Archive for February, 2013

Our next  meeting will be held at Wild Basin on March 19, 2013, 7-9 pm. The program will be a slide show and roundtable discussion on “Fall Bloomers – Care and Feeding”.

 

The presentation at the February 19, 2013, meeting of the Austin chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will be “Adventures with Native Plant Enthusiasts: Establishing the Best Little Seed Bank in Texas,” by Minnette Marr.

Summary
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at Austin promotes the environmental, economic, and aesthetic benefits of native plants and landscapes.  Over the past decade, their conservation department has collaborated with landowners and volunteers across Texas to establish high quality native-plant seed collections from all but one of the state’s twelve Level III ecoregions.  Training local volunteers statewide allows the LBJWC to focus efforts in those ecoregions which have recently experienced the best growing conditions.  Scouting for collections on lands managed for diverse goals provides opportunities to locate genetically representative populations of both widespread and endemic native-plant species.  The partnerships with various agencies, organizations, and individuals have increased the quantity and quality of seeds available for research and reintroduction projects.   Currently, the Wildflower Center’s Seed Bank contains 480 collections.  The data associated with each of these collections will be available online later this spring through their Native Plant Information Network.

Biography
Minnette Marr grew up exploring the tributaries to Bachman Lake in Dallas and spent summers roaming the ridges on her grandparents’ farm in northeast Texas.  During those years, her grandparents and Girl Scout leaders nurtured her natural curiosity.  She has earned a B.A. in chemistry from the University of Texas at Arlington (1981), an M.S. in science education from Texas Woman’s University at Denton (1991), and an M.S. in biology from Texas State University at San Marcos (2002).  While attending TSU, she managed the Wetlands Restoration Nursery at Spring Lake where she coincidentally met Flo Oxley.  A few years later in October 2005, Minnette began working at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.  As a plant conservationist there, Minnette collaborates with land managers and volunteers throughout Texas to complete plant inventories, document locations of invasive species, monitor rare species, and collect seeds of native plant species.

Meeting details
Tuesday, February 19, 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.

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