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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 […]

Green Jobs: Exploring STEM Natural Resource Careers

Webinar with Ted Stevens, Education Director, Texas Forestry Association Learn how to use Project Learning Tree's new Green Jobs guide that is TEKS-aligned and STEM correlated to inspire your students […]

Pop Up / No Frills Tour

Richard and Ann Thames and Michael Golden invite members and friends (and their friends) to a “last minute” NO FRILLS TOUR of native gardens, prairies, ponds, and woods on Schoenberg […]

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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 […]

Executive Committee Meeting

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.

All About Seeds – Williamson County Chapter Meeting, June 13 (in-person only)

Due to the hands-on nature of this month’s presentation, this meeting is in-person only.  It will not be hosted on Zoom. It will not be recorded for NPSOT-Williamson County's YouTube channel. Join NPSOT-Williamson County in person on Thursday, June 13, 2024, when our featured topic will be “All About Seeds” with Beth Erwin.  Free and […]

Prairie Commons Tour with Bill Nieman

Sponsored by Native Plant Society of Texas – Trinity Forks Chapter Open to the public.  Free! Explore the unique integration of over seventy-five native plant species within a commercial real estate development. You will observe firsthand how sustainable landscaping practices can enhance biodiversity, conserve water, and promote night sky-friendly lighting. Bill and Leslie from Native […]

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.

Dallas Chapter June 17, 2024 meeting. Can Forgotten Cemeteries Help Restore Biodiversity?

Friends of Warren Ferris Cemetery, a nonprofit organization in Dallas, Texas, is working to transform cemeteries into sanctuaries for wildlife and native plants through a two-year pilot called the Constellation of Living Memorials.  ZOOM our monthly meetings at:  https://npsot.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f20269a37974d8413fc79c831&id=12aa33f97f&e=d2e8f28b23 If needed, use: Meeting ID: 837 2523 6133 / Passcode: 882399a*

Native Milkweed 101

June 18 – In-person class. Tips for successfully growing your own native milkweed plants from seeds.

Event Series Austin Chapter Meeting

Rainscaping: The Next Generation of Water-Wise Landscaping – Austin Chapter Meeting June 18

With droughts and floods, our water challenges need an innovative solution. Rain gardens help solve both problems by maximizing the amount of water that stays on and in your landscape. Rain gardens support lush vegetation to provide habitat for butterflies and birds. Create your own backyard oasis by learning how to harvest the rain in […]

June Chapter Book Club

Landscaping with Native Texas Plants by Sally WasowskiButt-Holdsworth Memorial Library 505 Water Street Kerrville, Texas

Chapter Leader Forum: Native Plant Society of Texas Standing Rules Revision – June 20th

Topic: Native Plant Society of Texas Standing Rules Revision - Questions and Comments Description:  Here is your opportunity to ask questions and give critical feedback about the recently revised standing rules! The Governing Documents Revision Committee revised the Society Standing Rules and submitted the revision to the State Board of Directors at the May 4th Q2 […]

Native Plant Society of Texas Standing Rules Revision – Questions and Comments

Here is your opportunity to ask questions and give critical feedback about the recently revised standing rules!  Proposed Rules can be found in Key Documents 1.A.  Access through the website Member Portal > Member and Chapter Resources The Governing Documents Revision Committee revised the Society Standing Rules and submitted the revision to the State Board of […]

Pines and Prairies Chapter Meeting

Agenda Topic: Beneficial Insects and Native PlantsPresenter: Carson StokesLocation: SHSU The Woodlands, 3380 College Park Dr, Room 330, The Woodlands or via Zoom Use this GoogleForm to SHARE or ADD native plants for our PLANT SWAP! Then bring your plants to the meeting, and/or come looking for what you’d like to add to your gardens!

Night Wings Over the Prairie – Insect Life After Dark – June 20

As native plant enthusiasts, you probably know a lot about prairie plants and their associated insect life during the daytime.  But how much do you know about insect nightlife? Join us as we explore nocturnal insect species at three Houston-area prairies.

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 […]

Milkweed and Floral Resource Availability for Monarchs in the US – June 25

Be among the first to discover what 8 years of Integrated Monarch Monitoring Program data can tell us about monarch habitat! MJV staff will share the findings from a variety of studies that utilize the IMMP to survey monarchs and their habitat. They'll summarize habitat metrics across over a thousand sites, covering much of the […]

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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