Native and Prairie Plants for the Post-Wild Gardener – Jan. 10th #TXplants Twitter Event

“Post-Wild” Plano Prairie Garden – credit: Michael McDowell http://planobluestem.blogspot.com

Native & Prairie Plants for the Post-Wild Gardener – Jan. 10th #TXplants Twitter Event

Where: On Social Media Platform Twitter (click here)

When: January 10th 7-8 pm CT on Twitter

How: Search/Follow hashtag #TXplants (click here)

The next #TXplants Twitter Tuesday event will be held January 10th 7-8 pm and will focus on “Native and Prairie Plants for the Home (Post-Wild) Gardener” where fully native landscapes can be created or where natives and non-natives may coexist. This one hour long online discussion and Q&A session will have two featured guests to lead the one hour discussion. They are:

  • Thomas Rainer @ThomasRainerDC – Horticultural futurist. Land architect. Urbanist. Gardener. He writes, speaks and tweets about the role of plants in urban situations. Mr. Rainer is author of the book, Planting in a Post-Wild World (click here).
  • Jaime González @Habitat_Jaime – Houston-based Wildlife Conservationist and Educator. Serves as the Community Conservation Director for Katy Prairie Conservancy.

We are extremely happy to welcome these highly regarded naturalists to our #TXplants Twitter Tuesday forum. We welcome their tweets and your interactions with them on the following topics:

  • Planting your own backyard prairie – How do I get started?
  • Native plant resources for the homeowner – Where to go? Who can help?
  • Can native and nonnative plants successfully coexist in the “post-wild” home landscape?

Access the #TXplants Twitter discussion using your browser or Twitter app on your computer, pad or phone. Simply follow or search using the hashtag #TXplants. You are experiment with it now and see who’s there and what they are saying. Or, for seasoned “twitterers” login Tuesday January 10th 7-8 pm CT and join the discussion.

Author Thomas Rainer @ThomasRainerDC

The Chicago Tribune says that Thomas Rainer’s book is: “as practical as it is poetic.”, and it is “an optimistic call to action. “Over time…we have driven nature out of our neighborhoods and cities. But, we can invite it back by designing landscapes that look and function more like they do in the wild: robust, diverse, and visually harmonious. Mr. Rainer’s book is “dedicated to the idea of a new nature—a hybrid of both the wild and the cultivated—that can flourish. It is both a post-wild manifesto and practical guide that describes how to incorporate and layer plants into plant communities to create an environment that is reflective of natural systems and thrives within our built world.”

This is the second TXplants Twitter event; the first held in early November on Monarchs and Milkweed. For more information on the format and success of that Tweeter event, please click here for the recent Native Plant Society of Texas Newsletter – See page 12 for the “Monarchs and Milkweed: Stop, Tweet & Listen” by #TXplants Twitter Tuesday by NPSOT Houston Chapter Member and moderator, Dr. Russell Kane @VintageTexas.

Jaime González, educator & naturalist @

Our other featured guest, Jaime González, promoter of the “Nine Natives” Plan created by Coastal Prairie Partnership, Katy Prairie Conservancy and HNPAT for home gardeners, works to engage the Greater Houston community in the protection of the Katy Prairie (and other local prairies) through educational initiatives and collaborative conservation action and planning. He is also a point person for grassland restoration efforts both on the Katy Prairie Preserve and at over twenty Prairie Builder Schools and Parks locations throughout the Greater Houston area. Jaime earned a Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction – Science Education (2007) and a B.S. in Biology (1996) both from the University of Houston.

We will be joined by fellow NPSOT members and friends of native plants and prairies from across America on Twitter for our upcoming January 10th event or anytime using the hashtag #TXplants. Also, look for members Bill Hopkins and James Holmeswho will be tweeting for the NPSOT state organization and Houston chapter Twitter accounts: @NPSOT, @NPSOT_HOU.

We look forward to your participation…mark your calendars for this fun-filled educational event.


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