April Meeting Report: Rain Gardens


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-Wilco volunteers’ collaboration leads to plant sale success

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…

President’s report on state board meeting April 19 2014

State Board Meeting of NPSOT
19 April 2014
Heard Natural Science Museum
McKinney, Texas
Hosted by the Collin County Chapter

President Bill Hopkins called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. and we spent the morning reviewing minutes of the January meeting and the financial statements, discussing and approving the budget for 2014, officially closing the Concho Valley chapter, and learning about the $2000 scholarship, named the Ann Miller Gonzalez award, recipient.   She is a graduate student at A&M studying the Concentration of Tannin in Oaks, trying to discern the determining factor when one oak dies due to weather, and the one nearby survives.   I’m sure we will hear more about this research at the fall symposium. Continue reading…

Grow Green program resources

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…

How to: submit photos to this blog for publication

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…

NPSOT-Wilco Spring plant sale – all sold out

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.

Spring Plant Sale

Spring Plant Sale

Wildflowers in Williamson County and surrounding area

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/