This just in – this Saturday, April 26, 2014 will be a planting work day for the butterfly garden at Murphy Park in Taylor. Volunteers are welcome. The work party starts at 9:00 a.m. For further information and details, please contact Pat Shirk at 512-352-5965.
RAIN GARDENS FOR WATER CONSERVATION
NPSOT meeting 10 April 2014
Stephen Brueggerhoff gracefully filled the shoes of Fred M. Hall as our speaker when we learned that Fred’s father had passed away. We truly appreciate Stephen’s talents and dedication.
Stephen began by defining a rain garden as “a shallow depression designed to absorb and filter run off.” Another name for it is bioswale. This structure allows Continue reading…
NPSOT Williamson County – Spring 2014 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (WFC) Plant Sale
by Randy Pensabene, Plant Sale Project Leader
I would like to thank all the NPSOT Williamson County Spring 2014 WFC Plant Sale workers. These conscientious and capable volunteers are very important to our success. It takes quite a few people to make the sale a success and there are many ways to contribute. Here is a little about what each group does to help our organization raise the funds necessary to support our NPSOT mission. Continue reading…
By Cindy Stone
I was introduced to these materials in the Habitat Steward class sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation and was greatly impressed. Unfortunately for those of us in the Austin Metro area outside of Travis County, these materials have been made available as free handouts only to Austin residents since October 2013.
However, Denise Delaney, Conservation Program Coordinator with the Watershed Protection Department, has said that anyone is welcome to print the PDF files on their website.
In addition, the popular Native and Adapted Landscape Plants booklet is presented as a searchable database that can list native plants for the Blackland Prairies and the Edwards Plateau eco-regions, if you want to avoid using “adapted” (non-native) plants in your landscaping. Continue reading…
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By Dennis Perz
At its January meeting in Georgetown, the Native Plant Society Of Texas (NPSOT) State Board assumed responsibility for the Native Landscape Certification Program (NLCP). Continue reading…
If you’ve ever wanted to contribute to the photographs displayed on this blog/website, here is an opportunity for you.
We are creating a new category called Scrapbooks in which will be posted informal pictures of NPSOT-Wilco activities and events for you to share your enjoyment and fun with others. We also will continue with the Seasonal Blooms category, in which we invite members to send in either photos of their own gardens, or seasonal plants in bloom. Continue reading…
For the first time in the century, and perhaps ever, the Williamson County Chapter has completely sold out all its inventory at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Spring Native Plant Sale. This is to advise volunteers not to worry whether or not they come to the WFC tomorrow. The Center and the Austin chapter will be there with plants to sell.
Congratulations to Randy Pensabene and the entire crew of volunteers for accomplishing this task. Although one might ponder how much is due to inventory choice and how much is due to the drought, waste little time pondering – there are more opportunities on the horizon for having fun and spreading the word - Native plants = Healthy habitats.
Wild Flowers of Central Texas, presented by Wayne Rhoden, will be featured Thursday, April 24 at the monthly meeting of the Good Water Master Naturalists, to be held at the Williamson County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Meeting Room, 3141 SE Inner Loop, Georgetown. There will be a short business meeting at 6:30, followed by the speaker. The public is invited. https://txmn.org/goodwater/