- No October meeting
- Saturday, October 28, 2017 – Fall Plant Sale
- Friday & Saturday, November 3-4, 2017 – Fall Symposium at the Sam Houston Memorial Museum in Huntsville
- Monday, November 20, 2017 – Pot Luck Dinner
- No December meeting
Fall is almost here and the plant sales have begun! If you have any plants you can donate, please let us know so we can have them posted below. We’d also love to have you for an hour or more to help spread the good word on natives and explain how our availability will work in their gardens. Will we see you there?
Plant List (stay tuned for updates):
Agave americana / Agave americana
Beebrush / Aloysia gratissima 1
Gregg’s Mistflower / Conoclinium greggii 2 – 4″
Blue-eyed Grass / Sisyrinchium spp 7
Butterflyweed / Asclepias tuberosa 3
Chili Pequin / Capsicum annuum 2 – 4″
Coral-Berry / Symphoricarpos orbiculatus 2 – 1 gal.
Coral Honeysuckle / Lonicera sempervirens 2 – 4″
Crossvine / Bignonia capreolata (Yellow blooming) 1
Engelmann’s Daisy / Engelmannia peristenia 4+
Fern, deciduous / Thelypteris sp.? 1
Flame Acanthus / Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii 2+
Four-Nerve Daisy / Tetraneuris scaposa 1
Fragrant Mistflower / Chromolaena odorata 1 – 1 gal
Frog Fruit / Phyla nodiflora 18+ – 4″
Frostweed / Verbesina virginica 1
Golden Groundsel / Packera obovata 1
Gregg’s Mistflower / Conoclinium greggii 1
Gulf Coast Penstemon / Penstemon tenuis 6+
Heartleaf Skullkap / Scutellaria ovata 3
Lindheimer Muhly / Muhlenbergia lindheimeri 5 – 4″
Lyre-Leaf Sage / Salvia lyrata 2
Rayless Gaillardia / Gaillardia suavis 1
Rock Penstemon / Penstemon baccharifolius 10 – 4″
Scarlet sage / Salvia coccinea – pink variety 1
Scarlet sage / Salvia coccinea – red variety 1
Skeleton-Leaf Goldeneye / Viguiera stenoloba 4 – 4″
Snakeherb / Dyschoriste linearis – 24 – 4″
Texas Betony / Stachys coccinea 5 – 4″
Wood Violet / Viola sororia 2 – 4″
Missouri Violet / Viola missouriensis
Zexmenia / Wedelia acapulcensis 2+ – 1 gal
Join us Monday, Sept. 18th @ 7PM at Midway Hills Christian Church for a lecture on Thoreau, raffle tickets for the annual quilt fundraiser for Ann Miller Gonzales Research Grant Fund, snacks, and good friends.
Ms. Hehmeyer’s talk covers the varied aspects of Henry David Thoreau’s life, emphasizing his place as one of our first naturalists and particularly his interest in wild flora. It will explore why so many across the world still admire and celebrate the thoughts of this American, even after two hundred years!
Lauren Hehmeyer is a professor of History and English at Texarkana College and has published in the fields of Library Science and Education. She has also served that institution as the Reference Librarian and Interim Dean of Academics. In 2015, she received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to attend the “Summer Institute on Transcendentalism and Reform in the Age of Emerson, Thoreau, and Fuller.” She and her colleague, Dr. Phyllis Deal, have been selected to present their forthcoming paper on Thoreau at the upcoming Thoreau Bicentennial Celebration in Concord, Massachusetts, in July 2017.
On Monday, August 21st @ 7PM, Roseann Ferguson, a volunteer at the Texas Discovery Gardens, will present a propagation workshop.
Are you ready to solve the mystery of propagating new plants? Learn how to create new plants from cuttings, division, and layering, and discover the ABCs of seed collection, storage, and germination. This is a great way to save $ in your garden, share your specimens with family, friends and neighbors, as well as donate plants for our fund raising plant sales.
Roseann Ferguson is a retired social studies teacher and Dallas County Master Gardener.
On Monday, June 19th @ 7PM we’ll be meeting in the front courtyard at the George W. Bush Library to tour the Native Texas Park, a 15-acre urban park, with “a one-mile network of trails take you through native Texas environments, such as Blackland Prairie, Post Oak Savannah, and Cross Timbers Forest.”
- Option A: Mockingbird Station
- Option B: Burleson Park (can also walk from the park if you have a buddy to walk back with at dusk)
- Option C: Mary Louise Whitlow’s house where she’s offered to give early-birds a tour of her home garden. http://news-stage.dallasnews.com/life/gardening/2016/09/28/see-woman-turned-front-lawn-festival-flowers
If you’ll be carpooling, we’ll need RSVPs to make sure no one is left behind or at a location by themselves. When you RSVP, we’ll send location specifics and addresses. We’ll also need everyone to sign a release of liability form. RSVP via the Facebook event or by emailing NPSOT.Dallas @ gmail.com (removed the spaces when emailing)
Join us Monday, May 15th @ 7PM when the Master Gardeners have kindly volunteered to guide us around their gardens around Midway Hills Christian Church – our typical meeting location. “The Raincatcher’s Garden is one of three Research, Education and Demonstration projects of the DCMGA in Dallas County. They hold classes for the community on such topics as plant selection and vegetable gardening. They welcome several hundred school children and preschoolers each year to introduce them to the wonders of a garden.
Gardening in Dallas County is not easy. We have designed the Raincatcher’s Garden to show homeowners how to have a beautiful garden that uses less water, fertilizer and pesticides. Gardening success in Dallas often comes down to two things: soil preparation and plant selection. We have used a variety of native Texas plants in the design of the parts of the Raincatcher’s Garden that have been installed:
Turfgrass Demonstration– choices of lawn grasses that use less water. Two of the five grasses are native, including Buffalo and Habiturf ™, a mix of three native grasses.
Power Line Garden – mix of large shrubs and small trees selected because their mature height fits under the trimming requirement for power line safety. Native plants include Mexican Plum, Possumhaw Holly, Texas Mountain Laurel and Mexican Buckeye.
Urban trees– alternatives to overplanted tree varieties used in Dallas County. Natives include Cedar elm, Mexican or Monterrey oak, Chinquapin oak and Lacey oak.
Wildflowers– a 20’ x 60’ area by Midway Road in native Texas wildflowers using seed from Native American Seeds. The wildflowers provided nectar for spring pollinators. We plan to overseed with more bluebonnet seeds this year and possibly expand the very successful wildflower area. We worked with several hundred school children to make wildflower seedballs to plant at their schools and homes.
Pollinator garden – designed to attract the more than 200 species of Dallas County butterflies and moths, hummingbirds and other pollinators. The garden mixes native and adapted plants on the west side and just native plants on the east side. We received a small grant from NPSOT to purchase native plants for our Monarch Waystation and are participating in Mayor Rawlings’ effort to encourage the planting of Monarch host and nectar plants in Dallas.
The next area of the garden to be planned and developed will be a Wildlife Habitat, featuring plants that attract birds, butterflies and other insects, and small mammals. The entrance will be a donated martin house, already in place.”
We have the beginnings of our plant list that will be again at the North Texas Master Naturalist’s Native Plants & Prairies Day at White Rock Lake’s Bath House on Saturday, May 6.
# For Sale
American Century Plant / Agave americana
Angel Trumpet / Datura wrightii 3
Brown Eyed Susan 10
Coral-Berry / Symphoricarpos orbiculatus 1
Crossvine / Bignonia capreolata (Yellow blooming) 1
Englemann (or Cutleaf) Daisy 20
Fall Aster / Symphyotrichum sp. 1
Fall Obedient Plant 6
Four-Nerve Daisy / Tetraneuris scaposa 2
Frog Fruit 8
Frostweed / Verbesina virginica 4
Gayfeather / Liatris mucronata 4
Gayfeather / Liatris pycnostachya 2
Golden Groundsel / Packera obovata 2
Gregg’s Mistflower / Conoclinium greggii 10
Gulf Coast Penstemon 15
Lindheimer Senna 1
Lyre Leaf Sage 2
Milkweed, Antelope Horn / Asclepias asperula 1
Milkweed, Green / Asclepias viridis 1
Pokeweed, American / Phytolacca americana 1
Purple Coneflower / Echinacea purpurea 1
Prairie Rose / Rosa setigera 1
Rock Rose / Pavonia 3
Salvia greggii ‘Pink’ 3
Salvia azurea 3
Smooth OxEye / Heliopsis helianthosides 2
Toothache Tree / Zanthoxylum clava-herculis 1
Virginia Creeper / Parthenocissus quinquefolia 1
Wild Fall Aster – Calico Aster? / Symphyotrichum lateriflorus? 1
Few native grasses
Inland Sea Oats 2+
Little Bluestem / Schizachyrium scoparium 4
Mexican Feathergrass 1+
Panic Grass 1
Texas Sedge (?) / Carex sp. 3
Join the SCFP conservation group on Saturday, February 25, any time between 10:00 a.m. and noon. When you arrive, volunteers at the pavilion will welcome you and give you introductory information. Then, we will send you along the clearly marked trail to the Trout lily field. Tom Frey, our adviser, mentor, and friend who is leading the event for the 24th year, will be at the Trout lily field. After you have seen the lilies and talked to Tom, you will walk along to the next marked spot, where we will have another knowledgeable naturalist that will tell you about the significance of that area of the Preserve. The volunteer naturalists will be at several stations along the trail in the Preserve from 10:00 until the last walkers go through.
1770 Holford Road, Garland
On Monday, April 17, Daniel Cunningham will visit us again and be bringing rain barrels to assemble after a short presentation.
“Does your rain just run off? Divert it, save it, use it!! Come learn the basics and benefits of rainwater harvesting and the effects stormwater has on the environment. Participants will learn how to collect and utilize rainwater at home and have the opportunity to construct their very own 55 gallon rain barrel. (This class is hands on “DIY” and each participant can take home a barrel(s) at $50 dollars each.)” To request a rain barrel, please reserve one using this link. https://dallas.tamu.edu/courses/2017/april-17-2017-saving-from-a-rainy-day-making-a-rain-barrel-native-plant-society-dallas/
“Daniel Cunningham is a Horticulturalist with Water University. His programs focus on sustainable landscaping and food production systems. Daniel specializes in Texas native plants and trees, vegetable gardening, edible landscaping and rainwater harvesting. He forages for his own food and provides information for wildlife gardening.
Daniel addresses professionals and the public to provide the most sustainable information about landscape water use from design and plant selection to water conserving landscape management practices.
Daniel received a B.S. in Environmental Horticulture with a minor in Natural Resource Management from Texas Tech University. While at Tech, he discovered a passion for water conserving landscapes while conducting breeding and trial research with native plant material. While working towards an M.S. in horticulture, also at Texas Tech, his research focused on community development and implementation of integrated sustainable food production systems in arid areas.”
On Monday, March 20th, Brett Johnson will be presenting “Natural Resources of Dallas”
In this talk he will highlight the natural resources found in Dallas, and especially highlight those things found on Park’s property. Dallas Park and Recreation properties have everything from a globally rare plant community, to the escarpment zone that is ecologically more similar to the Texas Hill Country.
Brett Johnson is the Urban Biologist with the City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department. He went to Texas A&M University earning a BS in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, and later an MS in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas Tech University. He has also worked for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as an Urban Wildlife Biologist.