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Trinity Forks Chapter

Native Plant Art Exhibition

The Texas Native Plant Art Exhibition is an annual collaborative project sponsored by the Trinity Forks Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas, the Elm Fork Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist and Texas Woman’s University, College of Arts and Sciences. The purpose of the project is to raise awareness of the importance of native plants and educate the students about the role of native plants in conservation and our natural heritage. 

The Texas Native Plant Art Exhibition began with one school in 2009 in recognition of Texas Native Plant Week. The project has expanded to 25 Denton ISD elementary schools. In 2023, 837 pictures of native plants were created by fourth grade students in their art classes. Their art teachers are provided with information about Texas native plants to share with their students.

The reception is held at the end of April each year. The reception is to honor the students and their art teachers as well as recognize the display hosts and the project sponsors.
The art teachers, the students and their families come to see the artwork and enjoy refreshments and other displays. Every picture that was submitted is displayed. One best of show picture is selected from each school. These pictures are framed and receive special recognition. 

All of the artwork is returned to the schools in May along with a Certificate of Accomplishment for every art teacher and every student that participated. 

For more information contact:
Marilyn Blanton at
 marilynblanton42@gmail.com

2023 Native Texas Plant Art Exhibition Submissions

2023 Native Texas Plant Exhibition Displays

The artwork is continuously displayed from November through April. The displays share the artwork with the community in public locations where it is seen by hundreds. The display sites are happy to showcase the artwork every year.

2023 VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers from Trinity Forks Chapter, under the leadership of Marilyn Blanton, helped make this activity happen.  Not only did these volunteers work hard, but they also had fun coming together to organize, sort, judge and set up the displays. These volunteers also took down the displays and moved them from venue to venue six times between November 2023 and April 2024.

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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