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Small Scale Land Restoration – A Case Study – Aug 15

Tye Preston Memorial Library 16311 S. Access Road, Canyon Lake, Texas

Join the Lindheimer Chapter for a presentation from Meg Inglis, the Executive Director of the Native Plant Society. This in-person meeting will also be available over Zoom, click here for […]

Urban Permaculture – August 17

Permaculture is coined from permanent culture and integrates a holistic perspective in the design of sustainability in food, housing and community. Carol will provide an introduction to urban permaculture and review the work of Urban Harvest Permaculture Design Certification Program to bring forward the reconnection to ecological wisdom principles. She will highlight native plants, layers of a food forest, and plant guilds to restore nature and strengthen food access. 

Member Garden Tour NPSOT Austin

Our host and NPSOT member, Tom Heger, will show us around his undeveloped 6-acre property. We will have a chance to see some areas where he is working on restoration […]

Mimic a Natural Woodland in Your Own Yard – Aug 22

St. Joseph's Halle 212 W. San Antonio St., Fredericksburg, Texas, United States

This month’s meeting of the Fredericksburg Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) will focus on creating a landscape that mimics a natural woodland habitat. In its native state, a natural woodland is an open meadow dotted with dense clumps of trees, shrubs, vines, and ground covers.

Doug Tallamy Webinar – Aug 23

The Collin County Master Gardeners Association would like to invite you to a FREE webinar to hear the world-famous entomologist and proponent for the benefits of native plants—Dr. Doug Tallamy.

Event Series Native Garden Workday

Native Garden Workday

Texas Museum of Handmade Furniture 1370 Churchill Drive, New Braunfels, Texas, United States

Please join us at the Texas Museum of Handmade Furniture to help maintain the Lindheimer Chapter's native demonstration garden. Please bring water, closed toe shoes, gloves, and your favorite gardening tools. Contact Craig Bruska at craigbruska@hotmail.com for details and to confirm the workday.

Event Series NPSOT Growing Area Project

NPSOT Austin Growing Area Project, 4th Saturday Workdays, Cancelled due to heat.

Dowell Ranch Preserve 301 West FM 1626, Manchaca, TX, United States

We have started a new collaboration with the Native Prairie Association of Texas, on their 150 acre Dowell Ranch Preserve. In return for allowing us to hold our plant sales and store equipment, we will assist with their prairie restoration. Part of these activities will be to grow native plants that can be used for […]

Southwest U.S. Native Plants Workshop (Online Webinar)

Half Moon Education, Live Webinars Event Fee: $319.00 This six-hour course will instruct design professional on how to utilize and maintain native plants in the southwest United States to support […]

$319.00

Field Trip to Doremus Nursery

Doremus Nursery is located at 2167 County Rd 1550, Warren, TX. Details will be posted at a later date.

August Chapter Meeting – Craig Hensley

Speaker: Craig HensleyNative Plants, Butterflies, and other Pollinators: Making Connections Native plants and pollinators, including butterflies, fit together hand in glove. Without one you don’t have much of the other. […]

Native American Seed, George Cates – Aug 28

Hill Country Chapter NPSOT Chapter Meeting George Cates was born and raised in North Texas (Sherman). As a kid he enjoyed competitive sports, especially soccer, and spending the summers on […]

Boerne Chapter Meeting

Boerne Chapter Meeting 6:00pm Social Time; 6:45pm Announcements and Presentation. Cibolo Nature Center Auditorium

Event Series Native Garden Workday

Native Garden Workday

Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country 4831 FM2673, Canyon Lake, Texas, United States

Please join us at the Heritage Museum to help maintain the Lindheimer Chapter's Demonstration Garden. Please bring water, closed toe shoes, gloves, and your favorite gardening tools. Contact Mickey Riviere at mr0752@gvtc.com or Peggy Haley at phaley@gt.rr.com to confirm the workday.

P&P Board Meeting

All members are invited to attend. Advanced registration is required. Attachments were included in the September 4, 2023, email from President McConnell. Agenda:Call to orderRoll call for a quorumMinutes of […]

Second Saturday Workday, Boerne Chapter

Second Saturday Workday 9:00am-Noon, Cibolo Nature Center Demonstration Gardens. Please bring hat, work gloves, water, sunscreen, insect repellent.

Seed Propagation Class – Clear Lake

Clear Lake Chapter - Seed Propagation class taught by Martha Richeson and Marty Shows at EIH. A UHCL parking permit is necessary.

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About the Region

New Braunfels, the location of our Fall 2024 Symposium, straddles both the Edwards Plateau Ecoregion and the Blackland Prairie ecoregion. Interstate 35 divides the city of New Braunfels; its path through the city closely parallels the boundary of these two ecoregions, with the Edwards Plateau on the west side and the Blackland Prairies region to the east. The Edwards Plateau area is also called the Hill Country; however, this general term covers a much larger area extending farther north. Spring-fed creeks are found throughout the region; deep limestone canyons, rivers, and lakes (reservoirs) are common. Ashe juniper is perhaps the most common woody species found throughout the region. Additional woody species include various species of oak, with live oak (Quercus fusiformis) being the most common. Sycamores (Platanus occidentalis) and bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) border waterways. This area is well known for its spring wildflower displays, though they may be viewed in spring, late summer, and fall, as well. According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, average annual rainfall in the Edwards Plateau ranges from 15 to 34 inches.

The Blackland Prairie extends from the Red River south to San Antonio, bordered on the west by the Edwards Plateau and the Cross Timbers, and on the east by the Post Oak Savannah. Annual rainfall averages 30 to 40 inches, with higher averages to the east. This region is dominated by prairie species. The most common grass species include little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) and Indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans) in the uplands and switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) in the riparian areas and drainages. Common herbaceous flowering plants include salvias, penstemons, and silphiums. This area has suffered greatly from overgrazing and agricultural use. Few intact areas remain, though many of the plants can be found along county roadsides throughout the region.

Our four host chapters (New Braunfels, Lindheimer, Guadalupe, and the Hill Country chapters) are located in one or both of the ecoregions above. However, the eastern portion of Guadalupe County also falls within the Post Oak Savanna ecoregion. Annual rainfall averages 35 to 45 inches, with higher averages to the east. A wide variety of hardwood trees are found, including several species of oaks, elms, and in the Bastrop area, loblolly pine (Pinus taeda). Grasses and forbs dominate in the open savannas, with most common grass being little bluestem. Ranching, agriculture, and fire suppression have allowed woody species to encroach on the once-open savannas.

Source: Wildflowers of Texas by Michael Eason