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Boerne Chapter Meeting

Boerne Chapter Meeting 6:00pm Social Time; 6:45pm Announcements and Presentation. Cibolo Nature Center Auditorium Topic: Mushroom Blocks to Promote Healthier Tree Soil Presenter: Angelica Torres, a local mushroom farmer, and native, […]

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.

Designing a Pollinator Garden

Adding a pollinator garden to your landscape is a wonderful way to support the insects and birds that enable all things to grow, and a wonderful way to interest children and adults alike in nature and the outdoors.
Sponsored by Keep Lewisville Beautiful and the Denton County Master Gardener Association

North Central Native Plant Exchange

Plant exchange, bring your favorite plant! Bring your favorite native plant to our chapter meeting and share with us why you love it. Exchange it for a new plant to […]

Fall Native Plant Sale – Austin

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

Visit our plant sale page for more information.

Dallas Fall 2023 Plant Sale

Join us for our fall plant sale at our meeting location under the main entry awning. If you have plans to donate plants, please let us know what and how […]

Plant Sale

At the Headwaters at the Comal Headwaters - while supplies last

Fall Plant Sale – Dallas Chapter NPSOT

We will be hosting our Fall Plant Sale on October 7, 2023 from 8am till noon, at the Gaston Christian Center – 8515 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75243 (Google map link: https://goo.gl/maps/f56RmuSnjn9Z6RQQ6 ) See […]

Fall Plant Sale, North Central Chapter

Veterans Park Grand Pavilion8901 Clifford St.White Settlement, TX 76108 The Sale feature a large variety of Texas Native Plant species good for our soils and climate. Native Plants make healthy […]

Seven Flags over Texas benefit

at Historic Old Town, Conservation Plaza, 1300 Churchill, New Braunfels, TX 78130  More details soon.

Founders Oak garden workdays

meet at Founders Oak in Landa Park and bring your favorite garden tools for planting and mulching.

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.

NPSOT Executive Board Meeting

Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) Executive Board meetings occur monthly and any member may attend. Contact the Executive Director prior to the meeting at state@npsot.org for Zoom and applicable […]

Williamson County’s Native Plant Rescue Project – Williamson County Chapter Meeting, Oct 12

Join NPSOT-Williamson County on Thursday, October 12, 2023, when our featured topic will be Williamson County’s Native Plant Rescue Project with Ashley Landry.  Free and open to the public. The meeting begins at 7:00 PM.  Our guest speaker’s presentation begins after a short business meeting. This month’s presentation will NOT be recorded for YouTube. About our […]

NPAT Dowell Ranch Prairie Potluck and Ranch Tour

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

We'd like to invite volunteers and friends of NPAT's Dowell Ranch to a Prairie Potluck on Saturday, October 14th, from 11am - 2pm. We'll have a ranch tour/fall wildlife walk starting at 11 am, followed by a casual potluck and grill out for lunch. We'll also talk about some upcoming volunteer opportunities. Should be a fun day, and […]

Texas Native Plant Week

The third week of October was designated as Texas Native Plant Week by the 2009 Texas Legislature. Texas Native Plants play an important conservation role, and the Texas Annual Wildflower Week educates children […]

Texas Native Plant Week

Did you know that in 2009, under Governor Rick Perry, designated the third week of October as Texas Native Plant Week? It was created with the goal to publicize conservation […]

Pines and Prairies Chapter Meeting

The October 18, 2023 Pines and Prairies Chapter meeting (virtual only meeting) will commence at 7 pm and will feature a presentation by Teri MacArthur.  Her presentation will be on the Destructive Nature of Invasive Species.  Teri is a member of the Heartwood chapter of Texas Master Naturalists as well as the Pines and Prairies […]

October Chapter Leader Forum –  Plant Rescues – Part 2

Topic: In Plant Rescues Part 1, Ashley Landry gave a very well received overview of how she organizes plant rescues for her local NPSOT and TMN chapters. This is a follow-up forum where chapter leaders are able to […]

Amending & Blending Soils for Native Plantings – October 19

Come explore some custom tricks of the trade for prepping soils specifically for a variety of native plants, including approaches for improving and restoring existing soils as well as recipes and techniques for blending your own mixes from scratch.

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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