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Chapter Meeting at Cibolo Nature Center Auditorium

May 7 - Chapter Meeting at Cibolo Nature Center Auditorium - 6:00pm - Social Time; 6:45pm - Chapter Announcements, followed by the Speaker Speaker: Leslie L. Bush is a paleoethnobotanist, an […]

2024 Ashe Juniper Symposium

The 2024 Ashe Juniper Symposium by Biodiversity Works will take place on May 8th and 9th, 2024 at the Commons Conference Center in Austin, Texas. The goal of the symposium […]

Executive Committee Meeting – May 8

Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) Executive Committee meetings occur monthly and any member may attend. Contact the Executive Director prior to the meeting at state@npsot.org for Zoom and applicable document links. Please be prepared to follow the Visitor’s Executive Meeting Protocol.

Sorelle Farms Mother’s Day/Spring Festival

Join Sorelle Farms in Mineola for their second annual spring event celebrating mothers. Bring Mom and celebrate her with an afternoon of food, music, plants and more! And don't forget […]

Spring Social at Landa Park – with a bioblitz using iNaturalist

Landa Park  New Braunfels NPSOT is transforming the usual July summer social into a May spring fling!  A pot-luck picnic at Landa Park will be held on Monday, May 13 at 5:30 pm and we will hold our own bioblitz, documenting plants, animals, organisms of all kinds, using the iNaturalist app. If you are inexperienced […]

Pines and Prairies NLCP Committee Meeting

Dear NLCP Committee Members,  This Monday begins our first meeting of 2024. We will meet at 7:00pm on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month on this Zoom link:  https://npsot-org.zoom.us/j/87628189964?pwd=NUdBV3ZTSzFVMjJjTnpycjlQTGRJQT09.  We're a small committee, and we don't get to see each other in person very often, so please plan to join with your camera on.  See […]

Chapter Meeting -The Importance of Dark Skies

This presentation provides information about the effects of artificial light on the natural world, ways you can change your own impact and hopefully, that of others such as neighbors and your community. Join us at Riverside Nature Center. Business meeting at 1:30 pm, presentation at 2 pm. This event is free and open to the […]

Welcoming Pollinators to Your Yard

Supporting all pollinators, especially honey bees, is so important, and there are many things each of us can do on our property to help them along. Our program, “Welcoming Pollinators […]

Chapter Leader Forum: H-E-B Initiative – May 16th

Topic: H-E-B Initiative Description:  About a year ago the Society began a collaboration with H-E-B. The Native Plant Society of Texas team and H-E-B had the following objectives for the […]

Pines and Prairies Chapter Meeting

Topic: Fungi in the Web of LifePresenter: Tina DavisLocation: SHSU The Woodlands Campus, 3380 College Park Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77384 Zoom Link

Mushroom Walk

Join Teri MacArthur for a Mushroom Walk from 8:00 - 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at Bear Branch Park, 5200 Research Forest Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77381.

BioBlitz: Cabler Park (Brownsville)

What can we find at Charlie Martin Cabler Park in Brownsville? Join us to find out! As part of a partnership with Brownsville Parks & Rec, let’s see what is […]

Coastal Water CleanUp (Gayman Bridge)

Come out and volunteer with us as work to clean up a piece of our local environment at the Puente de Los Lobos and Gayman's Bridge. EMR USA Metal Recycling […]

Outreach: Growing Native Milkweed

Saturday, May 18 — Join Greg Pearson at Friendswood Garden Emporium for a presentation on how to grow native milkweed.

Event Series Beaumont Chapter Meeting

Beaumont Chapter Meeting

Tyrell Park 6088 Babe Zaharias Drive, Beaumont, Texas

Join us for our monthly chapter meetings. You do not need to be a member to attend. We meet the 3rd Monday of each month. Meeting Location: Tyrrell Park - 6088 Babe Zaharias Drive, Beaumont, TX 77705 We meet in the Binks Horticultural Center in the Beaumont Botanical Gardens area of the park.

Event Series Austin Chapter Meeting

Native Riparian Vegetation Beneficial for Holding Together Creeks and Rivers in Texas – May 21 Austin Chapter Meeting

Our guest speaker this month is Ricky Linex. His presentation is a virtual creek walk across Texas identifying riparian plants found in different regions of the state.  Native plants in riparian areas across the state of Texas will be shown and discussed.  Plants are what hold the creeks and rivers together and we need to […]

Dear NLCP Committee Members,  This Monday begins our first meeting of 2024. We will meet at 7:00pm on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month on this Zoom link:  https://npsot-org.zoom.us/j/87628189964?pwd=NUdBV3ZTSzFVMjJjTnpycjlQTGRJQT09.  We're […]

Fredericksburg Chapter Meeting: “Ecosystem Regeneration Starts with You”

Shannon Brown, our speaker leading into this hill country gardening season, creates Central Texas rain gardens with the native plants that thrive in our soil and temperature . Find out how your garden can improve water capture in the soil while painting your wildlife canvas with pollinators and birds. 6:30 greeting friends new and old […]

News Magazine Summer Submission Deadline

The Native Plant Society of Texas encourages submission of articles, photos, pertinent news or other interesting information for publication. We reserve the right to edit all submissions for accuracy, relevance, […]

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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