Fall 1976 – Spring 1984 Carroll Abbott’s “Texas Wildflower Newsletter”

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In 1976, Carroll Abbott and his Green Horizons nursery began publishing the Texas Wildflower Newsletter. In it he advocated for the cause of native plants and urged the creation of the Native Plant Society of Texas. When the Society was established in 1980, Abbott’s newsletter was designated the official publication of the organization.

For business and legal reasons the Society began to publish its own newsletter in the Spring of 1983. However Carroll Abbott continued to publish his own newsletter until his death on July 6, 1984.

Vol 1 Number 1 Fall 1976
Vol 1 Number 2 Winter 1977
Vol 1 Number 3 Spring 1977
Vol 1 Number 4 Summer 1977

Vol 2 Number 1 Fall 1977
Vol 2 Number 2 Winter 1978
Vol 2 Number 3 Spring 1978
Vol 2 Number 4 Summer 1978

Vol 3 Number 1 Fall 1978
Vol 3 Number 2 Winter 1979
Vol 3 Number 3 Spring 1979
Vol 3 Number 4 Summer 1979

Vol 4 Number 1 Fall 1979
Vol 4 Number 2 Winter 1980
Vol 4 Number 3 Spring 1980
Vol 4 Number 4 Summer 1980

Vol 5 Number 1 Fall 1980
Vol 5 Number 2 Winter 1981
Vol 5 Number 3 Spring 1981
Vol 5 Number 4 Summer 1981

Vol 6 Number 1 Fall 1981
Vol 6 Number 2 Winter 1982
Vol 6 Number 3 Spring 1982
Vol 6 Number 4 Summer 1982

Vol 7 Number 1 Fall 1982
Vol 7 Number 2 Winter 1983
Vol 7 Number 3 Spring 1983
Vol 7 Number 4 Summer 1983

Vol 8 Number 1 Fall 1983
Vol 8 Number 2 Winter 1984
Vol 8 Number 3 Spring 1984

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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