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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 is to advance our collective understanding of the science of Ashe juniper and facilitate applications of this understanding into management and conservation of sustainable, resilient […]

Members Plant Swap and Plant Sale Volunteer Meeting

We are holding a plant swap for Austin Chapter members on Saturday May 11 from 9 to 10AM. If you are not a current member, please join or renew and then join us in the fun! See the plant swap details and RSVP on our invitation. (If you don't have any plants to share, you can still join us! Just […]

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Denton County Master Gardener Garden Tour, Flower Mound and Double Oak

The Native Plant Society of Texas will be hosting a booth at this fun event. We'll have information for you as well as knowledgeable volunteers to answer your questions. Please stop by and say "Hello."   Purchase a ticket at dcmga.com for specific addresses on this inspirational tour of Master Gardener home landscapes and a community […]

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 to shop their great native plant selection! Located at 975 County Road 2220, Mineola, Texas 

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 […]

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 collaboration: Please join us for an update about the program - come with questions! Presenters: Haeley Giambalvo, Claire Sorenson, Laura Legett, Meg Inglis When: Thursday, May 16, […]

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 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 […]

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, […]

June Leadership Meeting

Chapter Leadership meeting: our officers will meet from 6pm - 7pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. Let me know and I will send you the meeting invitation. Our Chapter Leadership consists of: Roberto Gaitan - PresidentEva Ryan - Vice PresidentMaki House - TreasurerJames Grizzard - SecretaryDevin Johnston - Membership ChairRichard Blanton - Communications Chair Anyone […]

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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