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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 […]

News Magazine Winter 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, length, grammar or for other reason. In matters of style our print publication generally follows the Chicago Manual of Style. Unless prior arrangements with the […]

Annual Holiday Party – North Central Chapter

Planning in progress. More details will be posted closer to the event. This month will be In person only. No Zoom option is available. Ornament Exchange - bring an ornament for our festive ornament exchange. Games and prizes Slideshow Fort Worth Botanic Gardens in the Rose Room 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, Fort Worth, Texas 76107

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 […]

Event Series Austin Chapter Meeting

Austin Chapter Meeting

This is a virtual meeting using Zoom. Please check back closer to this meeting to register to get the Zoom for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Registration link coming soon.

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.

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.

An Assessment of Native Seed Needs and the Capacity for Their Supply – December 17

A 2023 report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine says the insufficient supply of seeds from native plants is a major barrier to ecological restoration and other revegetation projects across the United States. The report calls for concerted action to build a more robust native seed supply and industry, especially as climate […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Event Series Austin Chapter Meeting

Austin Chapter Meeting

This is a virtual meeting using Zoom. Please check back closer to this meeting to register to get the Zoom for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Registration link coming soon.

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.

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 […]

Teddi Zonker Creating a Suburban Oasis for Pollinators, North Central Chapter Meeting

Creating a Suburban Oasis for PollinatorsWhat are the best practices for creating a suburban oasis?  Master Gardener, Master Naturalist and NPOST member Teddi Zonker will discuss the best plants to add to your landscape, the difference between host and nectar plants, and so much more!  Learn all about the synergies of butterflies, bees and birds […]

Event Series Pines and Prairies NLCP Committee Meeting

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 […]

Event Series Austin Chapter Meeting

Austin Chapter Meeting

This is a virtual meeting using Zoom. Please check back closer to this meeting to register to get the Zoom for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Registration link coming soon.

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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