The presentation at the August 20, 2013, meeting of the Austin chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will be “Cacti & Succulents of Central Texas” by Jeff Pavlat.
The one-hour program will consist of habitat photos and commentary about native cacti and other succulents at several sites around Central Texas, mostly to the west of Austin on the escarpment. Although more scarce to the east, occurrences in that direction will also be described.
Jeff Pavlat has always liked desert plants but became more interested as he began to landscape his home thirteen years ago. Like many Centex residents, he searched for plants which needed minimal water and wouldn’t be eaten overnight by deer. Cacti and succulents worked perfectly. While searching for suitable plants, he discovered the diversity of amazing succulents from around the world. Soon hooked, he built his first greenhouse. He currently works part time at Oracle Gorge, a small cactus and succulent nursery in Westlake Hills. His Austin hillside garden extensively features this plant group and has become a favorite stop on several local garden tours. Jeff has traveled throughout the southwestern United States chasing plants in habitat. In 2012, he made his first trip to South Africa.
Jeff received a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas with an emphasis on graphic design, photography, and printmaking. Later, he worked as a graphic designer and design manager at National Instruments in Austin until his son was born in 2003. He subsequently left his desk job to focus first on raising his son and then later on his plants as well. He currently serves as Vice President of Education for the Austin Cactus and Succulent Society and and in the past was society president and newsletter editor. A member of the Horticulture Committee at Zilker Botanical Garden, Jeff also serves on the board of directors of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America. He lives in Austin with his partner and son.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 7-9 pm at Wild Basin Preserve, 805 N. Capital of TX Highway (Loop 360), Austin, 78746. Doors open at 6:30 pm for socializing, munching, and general good fun. Nonmembers welcome; free admission.
Remember to bring
(1) seeds to exchange and give away;
(2) mystery plants for identification.
For further information, contact Mike Powers at 512-453-2289 in Austin.