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News and announcements from our committee chairs, board members, and chapter leaders. Subscribe to our mailing list to stay up to date. For chapter news, visit Chapters.

Member Success Story: Be the Change

By Dell J. Hood, Hill Country Chapter For the past 18 years I have had the privilege of serving as a trustee of the Wimberley Village Library. By the end of this year, we will have finished our second expansion and added an 8,200 square foot wing to the existing

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Fellows Award Nominations are open through March 22nd!

The honor of Fellow is conferred upon members in recognition of remarkable service to the Society in advancing our mission. This high honor is granted in belief that special recognition should be given for exceptional and dedicated service at the state or chapter level. This honor recognizes this service and

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Invasives: Choose Native over Tropical Milkweed

What You Should Know By Carol Clark, Collin County Chapter Confused by all the fuss over Tropical Milkweed, Asclepias curassavica? You’re not alone. Internet sources about Monarchs and milkweeds are full of misinformation, partial truths, and ridiculous conclusions. Even scientific studies on the topic aren’t uniformly well conducted and trustworthy.

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My Journey with Native Plants

By Chelsea Schleifer, Dallas Chapter The first time I put a plant in the ground in Texas, my husband and I had just purchased our first home. The flowerbeds mustached against the front of our home were pathetically empty with only a few struggling Liriope plants, two Crepe Myrtles with

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PlantArte Native Plant Art Contest

PlantArte is a celebration of native plants through botanical art, offered by Arte Sana’s Plants & People, Plantas y Gente project and the following partners: Through the PlantArte handmade native plant art contest and online exhibit, participating artists will help raise awareness of the role of native plants in preserving

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Restoring My Prairie Home

By Jerry Winakur, Fredericksburg Chapter In 1999, my wife and I bought an old, broken-down, overgrazed 100-acre ranch on the Edwards Plateau outside of Comfort, Texas. We named it “Canyon Wren Ranch.” We are at the extreme eastern edge of this bird’s range, but they love the cliff faces along

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Texas Ecoregions Thrive with Native Plants

Yellow Indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans) is native to a variety of ecoregions in Texas. Brian Heatherington “Native plants give us a sense of where we are in this great land of ours. I want Texas to look like Texas and Vermont to look like Vermont.” – Lady Bird Johnson Texas

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Container Gardening with Native Plants

By Rebecca Bowden Narramore, Caddo Wildflower Chapter Many gardeners likely plant natives directly in the soil, but I decided to experiment with natives in containers. My first choice was Hooker’s Evening Primrose (Oenothera elata) which I purchased a few years ago at the local plant sale held by the Caddo

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Image of young person standing in front of a field of wildflowers

2024 Undergraduate Scholarship Applications Open February 1

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS February 1 – March 16, 2024 The Native Plant Society of Texas is offering two undergraduate student awards: the Dr. Alfred Richardson Undergraduate Scholarship and the Kate Hillhouse Undergraduate Scholarship. Applications can be accessed on the Scholarships page after February 1. Both scholarships are available to biology and ecology

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The Art of Native Plant Landscaping: From Mistakes to Mastery

Gardening has charmed me since I was a child. However, I’ve never really been a great gardener. Weeds make me crazy; fertilizer intimidates me, bugs gross me out. I’ve always wanted to be one of those people who could be on an outdoor walk and casually name all the plants I come across. My mom is like that. This is the story of how a garden brought me closer to being that person, how it taught me so much, including how to let go of control, and how it practically saved my life.

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Monarch garden grants deadline approaching

There’s still plenty of time to get on board! The Bring Back the Monarchs to Texas committee of the Native Plant Society of Texas awards grants up to $600 for the planting or improvement of pollinator gardens. We want to support gardens that create more usable Monarch habitat while showcasing

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Year End News and Events

The Native Plant Society of Texas is grateful for your dedication to native plants in 2023. Thanks to all of our members, volunteers, staff, state board directors and other leaders of the Native Plant Society of Texas. You made it possible to educate the public about the resilience of native

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Roger Sanderson, photo credit: Maclura pomifera, Texas Blackland Prairies Ecoregion

Last-Minute Holiday Gifts for Native Plant Enthusiasts!

There are two new online holiday shopping options in our 2023 collection of Native Plant Society of Texas-inspired gift possibilities. These gifts let you to share the love of native plants and awareness of our organization while giving proceeds back to support our mission! Improved NPSOT Gift Membership: It’s easier

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A few of our native milkweeds

Two of the most important for monarch butterflies are Antelope Horns and Green Milkweed because they are common milkweeds that grow in pastures and along roadsides throughout the central flyway of Texas, the path that most Monarchs take on their migration through Texas.

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Annual awards announced for 2023

Every year the Native Plant Society of Texas recognizes organizations and individuals that advance our mission. Their work will be honored during our 2023 Pineywoods Symposium to be held November 9-12, in Nacogdoches, Texas.

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Wild Plants of Texas NPSOT challenge Bioblitz 2023

As in the past years, we’ve wanted to see plants that are wild (not the ones planted in our landscapes) — I know folks love to show off their native plant gardens, and those are fantastic, but those plants have to be marked as “cultivated” even though they’re native.  This

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