Archive for March, 2012

Please join us for our annual spring social and pot-luck dinner!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

No formal program… just food and chat and cheer!  Bring a dish or beverage to share.

Meeting details:  
Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 7-9pm at Wild Basin Preserve, 805 N. Capital of TX Highway (Loop 360), Austin, 78746. 

Doors open at 6:30 PM for socializing, feeding, and general good fun!  Nonmembers welcome; free admission.
For further information, contact Mike Powers at 512-453-2289 in Austin.

Click for a larger view of this spring's bluebonnets.

 

 

 

Two field trips (Saturdays March 31 and April 7) are coming up soon! Also, the second meeting of Flo’s plant taxonomy class  will be Saturday, April 21st.

 

The topic for the March monthly meeting of the Austin chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas is Williamson County’s Protocol for Sustainable Roadsides:

Summary:  Landscape architect Sean Compton will describe innovative best management practices (BMPs) for managing drainage and erosion along our roadside corridors, in which the use of native vegetation plays a critical role.  By identifying and working with our ecological systems, both financial and environmental costs associated with roadway construction and maintenance can be reduced.  The results?…Safe, practical roads with an improved bottom line that are visually attractive and help create a sense of regional context.

Biography:  After high school graduation in San Antonio, Sean earned a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture at Texas A&M University in 1980.  An urban designer and landscape architect, he is a leading practitioner of urbanism ranging from city centers and rural conservation developments to scenic corridors and urban master plans.  Sean leads TBG Partners’ Austin urban-design studio of architects, urban designers, and landscape architects.  As a lifelong world traveler, he has acquired a deep understanding of ecological sustainability and mixed-use development through his practice in Asia, Europe, and Southern Africa.  Inspired by the common language of placemaking, his body of work remains rooted in creating places for people.  Sean has served on the board of Alliance for Public Transit and as president of the Congress for the New Urbanism, Central Texas chapter, since 2009.  Additionally, Sean is a USGBC LEED accredited professional and is active in the Urban Land Institute and Envision Central Texas.

Meeting details:  
Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 7-9pm at Wild Basin Preserve, 805 N. Capital of TX Highway (Loop 360), Austin, 78746.  Doors open at 6:30pm 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.