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$2000 Bill Lindemann Scholarship Awarded to Mercedes Burks

The Fredericksburg Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) has awarded its $2,000 “Bill Lindemann Scholarship” to Mercedes Burks, a student at Texas A & M University.

“Our chapter board was impressed with Ms. Burks’ commitment to improve Texas ecosystems,” noted Deborah Simmons, President of the Fredericksburg chapter of NPSOT.

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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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