Next Meeting: March 13 - Seed Saving for Conservation; presenter: Dr. Karen Clary, Program Manager, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Williamson County Chapter – NPSOT meets the second Thursday of each month, 7 to 8:30 PM at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 West 8th St, Georgetown, TX, 78626. Meetings are free and open to the public. Arrive early (6:30 PM) for Plant Identification “Clinic” and Seed Swap. Business meeting at 7 pm. Presentations begin promptly at 7:30 pm.
Nine NPSOT members and Master Naturalists met at Berry Springs Park & Preserve on a beautiful Saturday afternoon to conduct the 7th monthly plant survey. In February, we expected to see emerging rosettes of spring wildflowers and perhaps some budding trees and shrubs. We did indeed see an abundance of greenery on the ground, including many common inhabitants of your residential lawn and vegetable garden. Also, our treasure hunt yielded one new species of plant to the Master Plant List: Sowthistle! See the Field Trip Calendar for future plant surveys at Berry Springs Park & Preserve. Continue reading…
- Marilyn Perz will be taking orders for the chapter shirts.
- Choose green or tan with the “Grow Native” slogan plus line drawings of native plants
- Samples of sizes (M &XL) can be seen at the March 13 meeting
- Order at our next meeting (March 13) directly from Marilyn Perz
- Order by email from firstname.lastname@example.org
- Order by phone: 512-864-3828
- Order by March 28th with
- Delivery by April 10th
- You do not pay $10 for sizes S-XL and $12 for 2XL until Delivery
By Marilyn Perz, Voulnteer Coordinator
The Reagan School Carnival on March 1, 2014, started out overcast and dreary. Since it was on the top of a ridge (on Vista Ridge Blvd), it was also really windy. Vicky Husband, Arlene Boyer and I set up and were helped by Arlene’s Granddaughter, Samantha. She remembered making seed starters long ago at an “Up the Chisolm Trail” event in Georgetown. We got a great spot between the Girl Scout Booth and the Petting Zoo. The families just kept coming by, and even the sun came out of hiding.
We helped many children make the seed starters and talked to many parents about native plants. We got to meet some of the members of the school’s “Garden Committee”. Reagan has applied for one of our NPSOT Chapter’s $200 Garden Grants. One father is ready to haul soil, and another mother is pleased to see the plans for a garden. She said they had just moved in and had a wonderful garden at their last school. All of the children were happy to take their little paper patch of seeds for their personal wildflower spot.
Vicky Husband with Kathy Galloway will be co-liaisons for this school. The Chapter’s Garden Grant Committee has discovered that we need to have a liaison for each school receiving these grants so that there is continuity. The school gardens seem to be about a 3 year project. The first year comes the planning and preparation. The second year they actually get plants growing but still need to provide care through the summer break. By the third year, these gardens are finally established. Teachers these days are kept so busy with jammed packed schedules that they have a hard time being the driving force. They really need a liaison person to provide advice and some direction. As this Garden Grant program takes off, we will need more advisers in this capacity. Even if you’ve never done this, even if you don’t have experience, relax. You will be paired with a co-liaison who does have experience. Please consider helping us to get these children and gardens off on the right foot!
The Austin Butterfly Forum’s program for the Spring Equinox is drawing interest from Abilene to Dallas and on South to the Rio Grande Valley. They will have field trips on March 22 and 24, the speakers at the general meeting on March 24 will be Catalina Aguado, John Christian, Bill Calvert and Lincoln Brower who will tell of their experiences discovering the Monarch’s overwintering grounds in Central Mexico during the mid-1970′s. A special meeting will be held on Tuesday March 25 featuring Professor Lincoln Brower on The Grand Saga of the Monarch Butterfly Research. Details at the Austin Butterfly Forum website, http://www.austinbutterflies.org/
Creating a Sustainable Wildlife Habitat
Project Leaders: Cindy Stone and Lori Merlino
Location: Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery & Prayer Garden
330 Berry Lane Georgetown, Texas 78626
Work Days: March & April
March 0800-1130 am. Tuesday: 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
Saturday: 15th, 29th
April 0800-1130 am. Tuesday: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
Saturday: 5th, 19th
Please contact me to let me know if you are coming so I can plan the project needs around the group size.
Contact: Cindy Stone mobile: 954 494 7519 Email: email@example.com Continue reading…
We have a whole lotta opportunities to have fun with the young’uns coming up in addition to the Spring Plant Sale. For more information and to volunteer, contact Volunteer Coordinator Marilyn Perz.
Saturday March 1 - Seed Starters at the Reagan School Carnival from 3-7 (covered)
Saturday March 22 – Volunteers needed to staff the Bring Back the Monarchs to Texas table. March 22 Taylor Garden Expo is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Taylor Main Street Campus (old high school). Our Monarch Watch display will be indoors. Native plants are being sold outdoors. Contact: Arlene Boyer firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday May 3 – Two locations:
Round Rock – Old Settlers Park Pioneer Days (Volunteers needed) Contact Marilyn Perz email@example.com
Taylor – Zest Fest (Volunteers needed) Contact Arlene Boyer firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday May 10 - Two locations:
Round Rock – Champion Park – Dino Days (Volunteers needed) Contact Kathy Galloway email@example.com
Hutto – Garden Show – (Volunteers needed) Contact Arlene Boyer firstname.lastname@example.org.
Award-winning author Dr Doug Tallamy will deliver the keynote address at the Spring Symposium on April 26. This event is sponsored by the Native Plant Society of Texas and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
* Registration opens February 28th *
Before April 18 – $55 ($50 NPSOT & LBJWC members). After April 18 – $65.
The Native Plant Society of Texas is accepting applications for a part time coordinator for the Native Landscape Certification Program (NLCP) through February 28.