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Native Plant Society of Texas - HOUSTON CHAPTER


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SEPTEMBER 13, 2014 at the Houston Zoo's Brown Education Center


Registration includes light breakfast, lunch, entry to the Zoo, Door Prizes, Exhibits, Nature Book Sale, Plant Sale, and Sunday Field Trip!


Subjects & Speakers:

Urban Prairies and Perspectives at MD Anderson Cancer Center by David Renninger Facilities Manager, M.D. Anderson

Why We Need More Natives in Our Gardens by Doug Tallamy, Ph.D. Author, Entomologist

Plants for Wildscapes Landscapes Featuring Plants Found at the Sale  by Glenn Olsen Master Naturalist, Birding Expert

Appreciating Insects (Even as they are Chewing Up Your Plants) by Katy Emde Master Naturalist, Native Plant Expert

For the Love of Herps: Attracting Reptiles and Amphibians to Your Yard by Matt Buckingham Biologist, Bayou Land Conservancy


2014 Executive Board and Coordinators










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Winter (Nov-Dec-Jan) deadline Oct. 10

Spring (Feb-March-April) deadline Jan. 10

Summer (May-June-July) deadline Apr. 10

Fall (Aug-Sept-Oct) deadline July 10

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 2014 Programs & Meetings

  • Watson Preserve Workdays:  Contact Pauline pollytx1 (at)

  • Houston Zoo Native Garden Workdays: Contact Sally at sowise at

  • Plant Propagation Committee, 2nd Thursday mornings, contact Lan at shen.gcmn (at)

Plant Lists

Lawther Deer Park Prairie

find other plant lists, events, seed collections opportunities and more at the Coastal Prairie Partnership Website

INFORMATIONPAGES.pdf Native Plant Information Pages- for printing out. updated 7/26/13

Native Plant Information with Hyperlinks! June2013NPSOTHoustonInformationPagesLinks.pdf

 Environmental List/Calendar updated 6/27/2014


Volunteer Opportunities

We need your help with our outreach information/display booth. Contact dknowlespe at Please let us know if you can help at these dates: 

Oct. 4 & 5 Fri. & Sat. Bulb Mart

Sat., Sept. 13 Wildscapes Workshop, hosted by the Houston Zoo\houston

Sept. 20 & 21 10 - 7 Sat. & 11- 5 Sun. Texas Home and Garden Show, Reliant Center

Sat., & Sun, Sept. 27 & 28 Mercer Garden Faire  

Sat. Oct. 18, Buffalo Bayou Kids Day

Sat., Nov. 1 Prairie Heritage Day

April 11, 2015 Earthday Festival at Discovery Green

 Get Volunteer Hours, Have fun!

Please let us know what other information you'd like to see on our website! dknowlespe at

NPSOT-Houston Mailing Address: P.O. Box 131254, Houston, TX 77219

Thursday,  July 17 Chapter Meeting  at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center in Memorial Park at 4501 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77024

  7:00 pm     Meet, Social Time, Refreshments

   7:30 pm    Speaker: Michael Eckenfels, Texas Master Naturalist

Subject: Gardening for Bees is Conservation for Everyone!

Do you enjoy having a garden with diverse plants that produce beautiful flowers and perhaps some fruits and vegetables? Do you enjoy seeing bees, butterflies and hummingbirds (pollinators) visiting your flowers for nectar rewards? Do you have the feeling that your diverse garden is in some small way contributing food resources and shelter that these animals and other small garden creatures require? Have you ever wondered about doing more to encourage pollinators?

Bees (and a few other insect groups) provide a useful service to urban plants. In return for the little floral pollen and nectar resources taken and perhaps some small space for nesting, bees pollinate many of the flowers of our ornamental, fruit, and vegetable plants. In some cases this service is obligatory, that is bees are absolutely necessary to cross pollinate plants to receive mature fruits and viable seeds. Thus, they are very beneficial to urbanites. This important service goes on largely unnoticed and uninterrupted during the flowering season. From

Note: Before the meeting, we will have a 5:55 pm Memorial Park Prairie evening walk.  We will look for plants, birds, butterflies, and moths. We will meet at 5:55 in the parking lot south of the pedestrian bridge.  We will begin our walk at 6:00.  Wear close-toed shoes as we may get off the road.  Bring your binoculars, a camera, bug spray, and water.  We will be back at the parking lot about 7pm.

 We will have refreshments and door prizes and would love to see you there!

From January to November, the Houston Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets at the Houston Arboretum


Upcoming Houston Chapter Native Plant Society Meetings:  Visitors are welcome at all meetings and field trips!


Thursday, August 21 Chapter Meeting:

Speaker: Laurie Roddy, Author andTexas Master Naturalist

"Get Out There Houston"

NPSOTH Field Trips

Three field trips are scheduled for Spring and three for Fall.

Native Plant Society of Texas 2014 Fall Field Trips.pdf

 Native Plant Society of Texas- Houston Chapter Field Trips

Three field trips are scheduled in Spring and Fall.  All field trips are on Sundays and led by Dr. Larry Brown.  We will continue to meet in the parking lot (GPS coordinates 29.767315  -95.447826, see notes below about GPS coordinates) east of the Memorial Park Arboretum.  Please wear appropriate footwear for walking through wet or dry fields, bring drinking water, bug spray, and a lunch if you like.  If the weather is drizzling rain, we proceed, but if it is a gully-washer, we still gather at the parking lot east of the Memorial Park Arboretum and then cancel. We meet at the parking lot east of the Memorial Park Arboretum between 8 and 8:30 AM, and depart promptly at 8:30 AM.  Please contact Paul Roling for information: PRoling(at) or 281-353-7413.

If anyone wants to be added to the NPSOT field trip e-mail list, send an e-mail to requesting to be added to the list.  E-mail reminders are sent out about a week before each trip.