Please join us Tuesday, August 15th for our next Chapter meeting.  Our speaker will be Minnette Marr, who will talk about “Uses of the LBJ Wildflower Center’s seed bank.”  Minnette will touch on the past and current uses of the seed bank, as well as, describe and propose potential uses.  Minnette will invite us to collaborate with the seed bank program to better structure our seed collection efforts, and to germinate and grow out particular seeds as a group for the many varied restoration projects that at least several of us are engaged.  If there is a particular species or two that you are trying to find a seed source for, email Minnette [mmarr@wildflower.org]  by August 10, and if she has any that she can share, she will bring them with her to the meeting.

 Minnette is originally from Trinity River Watershed on the Texas Blackland Prairie (Dallas) and studied at Texas State University obtaining her M.S.  in Biology.  Minnette’s academic studies focused on floristic diversity of plant communities in Central Texas.  She has been with the LBJ Wildflower Center since October 2005 working on a variety of projects for the Millennium Seed Bank, U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Center for Plant Conservation and Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.  She currently collaborates with volunteers and landowners to inspire conservation of native plants on the Edwards Plateau and Texas Blackland Prairie.

The meeting is at 7:00 p.m.in the administration building of Tarrytown United Methodist Church, 2531 Exposition Blvd., Austin. Arrive at 6:30 for snacks and seed exchange.