Organization: Fredericksburg

N.I.C.E. for the season

Flame Acanthus – a N.I.C.E. plant for a hot summer

Flame Acanthus is one of the indestructible natives that regularly laugh at Texas summer heat and drought -actually blooming through the midst of it. It is even a favorite nectar plant of the Monarch butterfly during the worst of our summer heat. This summer it is a N.I.C.E. plant on the Edwards Plateau.


June 25: Create an Enchanted Garden Oasis. No Magical Experience required.

Learn how to Design a Garden that invites Butterflies and Wildlife to share it with you: butterflies on your flowers, birdsong dancing in the air.

Deborah Simmons added, ““If you want your yard to attract wildlife , you can do it on purpose by designing an environment that invites creatures to come.”


Native Plants That Help Soak Up the Rain: May 28, 2024

“It’s very exciting to see more people interested in revitalizing our Texas waterways and natural habitat by installing a rain garden in their small yards or larger properties,” said Shannon Brown, speaker at the May 28 Fredericksburg chapter NPSOT meeting and founder of Ecosystem Regeneration Artisans (ERA) Landscapes. “Rain gardens and native plant landscapes have different growing habits and care needs than traditional plants and lawns, and it’s important to plant the right natives so they’ll thrive and require less work.”

Day Family Scholarship

The $2500 Day Family Scholarship honors Katie Gibbons Day, an elementary teacher who loved the native plants and ecosystems of the Texas Hill Country. The scholarship will be awarded to a Gillespie County high school senior who shares Katie’s love of the natural world and plans to major in ecology, conservation, land stewardship, or similar field at a college or university in Texas.

Paula Stone sitting at her design table with plans and books.

April 23, “Get Real” Garden Design with Native Plants: View on YouTube

“I’ll show you practical ways to build gardens that will enhance your property and be less work as time goes by,” noted Paula Stone. “I once heard someone say that, ‘The gardening should get easier as the gardener gets older.’”

Paula Stone, Vice President of the Fredericksburg Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas, will share her extensive knowledge about landscape design using native Texas plants on April 23 from 6:30-8 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Halle, Fredericksburg.


Esperanza – a N.I.C.E. spring plant and Texas SuperStar

Esperanza, also known as “yellow bells” and “yellow trumpet,” is a native shrub with a tropical feel. Call it eye candy for your summer landscape – if you get it planted during the spring! Planted in the spring, they will have months of our warm weather for root growth before the first hard freeze.

Chapter Meeting

March 26 “Invasive Non-Native Plants – and How to Get Rid of Them”

“Non-native, invasive plants are destroying biodiversity and wreaking havoc in our backyards, neighborhoods, parks and preserves,” stated Cheryl Hamilton, How do you recognize them? How do you eradicate them?” Hamilton, our speaker this month and co-founder of the Invaders of Texas Program, Balcones chapter, provides us with the tools.

Chapter Meeting

Feb. 27: “Native Seed Selection and Planting Tips”

“Reading your land and picking out the right type of native seeds for your particular landscape is just the beginning,” explained George Cates, spokesman for Native American Seed. “Preparing the site and correctly planting the seeds are equally important.


Explore the Fredericksburg Nature Center

Catch a vision of how to view the areas of your garden. Through technical difficulties we didn’t manage to create a YouTube video, but we did capture a phone video. Create your own Nature Center with all you can glean from this exploration.

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