Wildscapes Workshop 2017 – Update 9/21/17

Wildscapes Workshop 2017 – Cancellation Notice

After many hours of research by several very didicated committee members of NPSOT Houston Chapter and with a limited time frame, it was decided that the logistics were still not coming together sufficiently enough to make our 2017 event possible. The constraints of our plant sale, speakers’ availability, and dates were difficult to match with available venues.

Wildscapes Workshop has grown in so many ways since the first one, way back in the last century! We would like to believe that we have made it better than ever, too. People are wanting to learn about the benefits of native plant habitats for the planet, for wildlife and for their own enjoyment.

Wildscapes Workshop will be back next year and will try to better navigate Houston’s “peak season” for weather woes. As soon as possible, we will start planning for the 2018 event!

For 2017 Wildscapes Workshop registrants, Eventbrite will refund all of your ticket costs and event sponsors will be reimbursed.

I hope to see you at a Chapter meeting soon!

Sheryl Marquez

RegistrarWildscapes Workshop

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2017 Wildscapes Workshop & Native Plant Sale

Landscaping with Native Plants to Attract Wildlife

2017 event canceled, but will be back even bigger and better in 2018!

Presented by Native Plant Society of Texas – Houston Chapter

Co-Sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Link to sponsorship information  ***  See who are our sponsors at 2017 Sponsors List

Download full-color flyer in PDF Click here

Native Plant Sale List in PDF – Click here (subject to availability).

2016wwcolwebPhotos from 2016 Wildscapes Workshop & Plant Sale (Photo credit: James Holmes)


The 2017 Wildscapes Workshop is a one-day, not-to-be-missed educational event and local native plant sale. This year’s 19th annual event will involve four featured speakers in an effort to provide up-to-date information on the relationship between native plants and our local wildlife and environment, and Houston’s prairie history, culture, and its future.

Wildscapes Workshop Audience: Photo credit James Holmes

When you attend this year’s 19th annual Wildscapes Workshop, you will:

  • Explore a historical and personal perspective of Houston’s native landscape and what can be done to save it
  • Learn the benefits of creating ponds and wetlands and how they promote native wildlife, particularly dragonflies and damselflies
  • Hear a highly educational and fun talk on identifying the types of fireflies, the habitats in which they reside, and how they use light to communicate
  • Learn the soils and light conditions that our local native plants prefer, know when they bloom or fruit, their fall colors, companion plants, and much more. Discover which plants benefit specific animals, birds, and pollinators.
  • Be able to buy local native plants from the Wildscapes Workshop plant sale.


Program: Schedule, Speakers, and Topics

(NOTE: Click on speaker’s name or presentation title below for more details)

8:00 AM Sign-in / Register / Coffee & Snacks

8:30 – 8:45 Welcome – Wally Ward, President NPSOT Houston Chapter; Introductions/Announcements – Emcee Dr. Russell Kane, VintageTexas – author & naturalist

8:45 – 8:50 Special Video: NPSOT Native Plant Landscaping Certification Program -Wildlife is in Danger… It’s Time to Get Involved! by Nivien Saleh, Ph.D.

8:50 – 9:50 Dan Worrall, Member of the Harris County Historical Commission and Author. Presentation: “A Historical Perspective of the Native Landscape of West Houston: Its Settlement and Use by Early Area Pioneers, Disappearance, and Future

9:50 – 10:05 Break – Time to check out the native plants in the plant sale and books!

10:05 – 11:05  Dr. John Abbott, Director of Museum Research and Collections for the University of Alabama and Author, “Building a Pond to Attract a Diverse Array of Insects and Other Wildlife

11:05 – 11:20 Break – Time to check out the plants, buy books signed by author / presenters!

11:20 – 12:20 PM  Ben Pfeiffer, founder of Firefly.org, “Fireflies of Texas: Glowing, Glowing, Gone

12:20 – 1:00 Lunch (Box Lunch Provided – buy books, check our native plants)

1:00 – 2:00  Diana Foss, Biologist with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, “Great Natives for Wildscapes Gardens

2:00 PM Raffle Winners Posted / Announcements from the Podium

2:10 PM Native Plant Sale Begins – Click here for the tentative list of plants.

3:30 PM Wildscapes Workshop Ends

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2016 Wildscape Workshop attendees waiting for plant sale to begin


As in the past, this event will sell out. So, early registration is recommended.

Registration for 2017 Wildscapes Workshop will be handled online through the Eventbrite secure website using your credit card via the green registration buttons found on this page. For those without Internet, register via mail and check using a printed registration form (click here to display and print the form) following the mail and payment instructions on form).

When registering indicate the number of people registering, the number of vegetarian or gluten-free meals for registrants, amount. If you wish, you can also indicate the amount of a donation you want to make that will be applied in your name to the NPSOT Houston Chapter’s educational and charitable activities.



Sponsors and Donations

The Wildscape Workshop is the Native Plant Society of Texas – Houston Chapter’s only annual fundraiser. Last year’s proceeds helped support our monthly meetings and field trips, the Native Landscape Certification Program courses, Wildscapes Workshop, NPSOT Symposium, the Kate Hillhouse Scholarship Fund and more.

If you are interested in gaining the benefits and visibility that Wildscapes Workshop sponsorship can bring personally or for your business, please click here for details on sponsorship and donations. Sponsors receive complimentary ticket(s) to the workshop. First come first serve on registration.

See who are our sponsors at 2017 Sponsors List

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2016 Wildscapes Workshop Highlights & Videos

Click here for archived information, presentations and videos.

Hope to see you this year for 2017 Wildscapes Workshop