Become a Sponsor, Vendor, or Exhibitor!

If you and your business are native plant champions, consider becoming a sponsor, vendor, or exhibitor at our event!

The Native Plant Society of Texas is a state-wide organization with over 30 chapters and more than 4,800 members who promote conservation, research and utilization of native plants and plant habitats of Texas through education, outreach, and example.

The Society has assembled a remarkable schedule of recognized experts to speak about the rich heritage of the plant communities within the Blackland Prairies and Balcones Canyonlands ecoregions. The symposium is open to anyone interested in learning how to restore and preserve our state’s rich and diverse native plant communities. Highlights include plenary and concurrent sessions, workshops, field trips, a silent auction to raise money for scholarships, vendors and exhibitors, and an awards dinner and ceremony honoring outstanding achievements in the field of Texas native plants.

NPSOT Symposium 2024 will draw a diverse audience of about 400 academics, professionals, conservationists, educators, and landscaping experts from across Texas. It should not be missed!

View Sponsorship details here or Vendor and Exhibitor details here. (NPSOT Chapter Sponsors, please go here.)

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Thank you for choosing to support the Native Plant Society of Texas and the native plant habitats of Texas. The conservation and education goals of the Native Plant Society of Texas benefit us all, but we can’t do it without the generous support of friends like you. As a leader in this community, your support is truly needed – and appreciated – to make this event a success. We hope that you will join us and be a part of this year’s event.

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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