NEXT CHAPTER MEETING:   Monday, March 6, 2017 starting at 6:30 pm

ProgramPlants at the East Texas Plant Materials Center that can be used for gardening, native landscaping, or pollinators by Melinda Brakie.

Melinda  is soil conservationist at the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) East Texas Plant Materials Center in Nacogdoches, Texas. She began working for the NRCS in 1988 and transferred to the East Texas Plant Materials Center in 1993. Melinda earned a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy in 1988 from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. In 1998, she received a Master of Science in Agriculture from Stephen F. Austin State University.

Melinda is a member of the Agronomy Society of America and the Native Plant Society of Texas. Melinda has written a thesis on eastern gamagrass fertilization and dry matter yield along with NRCS Plant Materials program native plant guides and various informational materials. At the East Texas Plant Materials Center, Melinda is currently working on a demonstration project to convert bahiagrass and bermudagrass sod to native warm season plant species and a native cool season grass adaptation study.


The chapter meets at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Nature Center at 11942 FM 848 (Bascom Hwy) in Tyler, Texas on the first Monday of the month, Sept-May; second Monday if the first Monday is a holiday. Meetings begin at 6:30 pm with a program followed by refreshments and a short business meeting. Meetings are open to the public. Several field trips are offered throughout the year.

5:00 Dinner at Posados Cafe, 2500 E. Fifth St. Tyler

6:30 Meeting at Nature Center

Directions: In Tyler take Loop 323 to SH 248 (southeast of Tyler). Go east on SH 248 past the UT Tyler Campus to FM 848 (about 3 miles). Turn right on FM 848 and travel 0.7 mile. The Nature Center is on the right.