Wildscapes Workshop 2017 – Update 5/28/17

Wildscapes Workshop 2017 – Updated Speaker/Presentation Info!

2017 Wildscapes Workshop & Native Plant Sale

Landscaping with Native Plants to Attract Wildlife

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

Presented by Native Plant Society of Texas – Houston Chapter and 

Co-Sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department 

The 2017 Wildscapes Workshop will be held: 

Saturday, September 9, 2017 – 8:00 am-3:30 pm

Workshop Venue: Houston Community College – West Loop Center, 5601 W. Loop South, Houston, Texas 77081 (Same as last year).


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.

2016 Wildscapes Workshop Audience: Photo credit James Holmes

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

  • A historical and personal perspective of Houston’ s native landscape and what can be done to save it.
  • Learning the benefits of creating ponds and wetlands how they promote native wildlife particularly dragonflies and damselflies
  • 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.
  • The soils and light conditions our local native plants prefers, whether it blooms or fruits and when, fall color, companion plants, and much more. Learn which plants benefit specific animals, birds, and pollinators.
  • Being able to buy local native plants from the Wildscapes Workshop plant sale.

2017 Wildscape Workshop Program: Schedule, Speakers, and Topics

(Click on speaker’s name or presentation topic 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 Russell Kane, VintageTexas – author & naturalist

8:45 – 9:45 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

9:45 – 10:00 Break – Time to check out the native plants in the plant sale and books!

10:00 – 11:00  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

11:00 – 11:15 Break – Time to check out the plants, buy books signed by author / presenters!

11:15 – 12:15 PM  Ben Pfeiffer, founder of Firefly.org, “Fireflies of Texas: Glowing, Glowing, Gone

12:15 – 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

3:30 PM Wildscapes Workshop Ends

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Registration for 2017 Wildscapes Workshop will be handled online through the Eventbrite secure site using your credit card or Paypal account, and via mail registration by check. As soon as the Eventbrite registration link is active around the 1st of June, it will be placed on this page.

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, invasive removal at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, the Southern Plains & Prairie Conference, Artist Boat, 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.

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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