Monthly Meetings

Next Chapter Meeting: Thursday, June 15, 2017

Special Presentation:

Water U Doing? Houston?

by Daniel Cunningham

Horticulturist, Water University, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and
Extension Center in Dallas, Texas 

Houston is one of the fastest growing cities in the country and has one of the most complex water systems. In order to meet the demands of a growing population a quarter of Texas’ future water needs are planned to be met through conservation. This program addresses the critical need for conservation in the Houston area with a whole systems approach to water budgeting, incorporating practical solutions to manage water during flood or drought. A focus on Native Plant Selection, Indoor and Outdoor Water Conservation, Rainwater Harvesting, Rain Gardens, Drip Irrigation, and New Water Conserving Technologies adaptable to the gulf coast region.

About the speaker:

Daniel Cunningham

As a Horticulturalist with Water University, 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 specializes in Texas native plants, vegetable gardening, edible landscaping and rainwater harvesting.  He also frequently forages for his own food and provides information for developing wildlife-friendly landscapes. 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. As a child, Daniel first became interested in native plants through the efforts of a pioneer in the Texas native plant movement, Benny J Simpson, co-founder and former president of the Texas Native Plant Society and life-long Horticulturist. Mr. Simpson pursued his more than 40-year career at the Texas A&M Research and Extension Center in Dallas where Daniel now works and strives to protect that legacy.

Mark your calendars – no charge to attend; this will be a special presentation

6:45 pm – Meet & Greet, Social Time & Refreshments;

7:15 pm Chapter Meeting Followed by Presentation

Houston Arboretum, 4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024.

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Past Meeting Topics:

  • Linda Paisley “Biomimicry”
  • Jaime Gonzalez “Road to Ruin” A highway planned to go through KPC’s lands.
  • Mickey Merritt “Urban Trees”
  • Earth Day Celebration
  • Lisa Gray: “Greening the Prairie”
  • Mary Carol Edwards “Wetland Plants for the Home Garden”
  • Michael Eckenfels “Gardening for Bees is Conservation for Everyone”
  • Laurie Roddy, Texas Master Naturalist and Author, on Get Out Here Houston! 
  • Dustin Brackney, Houston Zoo Horticulture Supervisor, on  “Green Roofs and Our Evolving Understanding of Rooftop Ecology