Plant Taxonomy Class February 23, 2013

Taxonomy Class:  Refresher course on Floral Characteristics (Part 2) Saturday,February23rd from 10-12 at the Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive , Austin Please disregard change of venue inormation previously disseminated. The joint Austin/Williamson County Taxonomy Class will continue in February with a continuation of the Floral Characteristics topic. … Continue reading…

Presentations available online from NPSOT Symposium 2012

Selected presentations from the NPSOT 2012 Symposium held in Kerrville on the topic of the Hill Country of Texas are posted online and are available for download as PDF files on the NPSOT website. The presentations are: Anne Adams – Ten Years and Beyond Being NICE! Cecil Carter – Image, Public Relations and NPSOT Rachel Cywinski – Native Xeriscaping for Water Conservation David Davidson – Accelerated Succession: KR Bluestem to Native Grass Restoration Armand Huffault – … Continue reading…

Taxonomy Class January 26 2013

Taxonomy Class  Refresher course on Floral Characteristics  Saturday, January 26th from 10-12 at the Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive , Austin  If you have never attended a taxonomy class, this is a good place to start and it is a refresher for those who have.  Flo Oxley, teacher extraordinaire, will be the leader.  Notes for the class are attached.   $10.00 fee for rent, refreshments and honorarium. … Continue reading…

Bring Back the Monarchs to Texas Grant Program

                by  Cathy Downs   Chair – Bring Back the Monarchs to Texas Committee Bring Back the Monarchs to Texas Grant Program Purpose: To establish a program by which Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) chapters, Texas Master Naturalists (TMN), nature centers, schools, educational groups and others can receive small grants from the NPSOT State office to spend developing Monarch Waystations or Monarch demonstration gardens on public sites in their immediate … Continue reading…

Application Period for Garden Grant Program Extended to January 15, 2013

The Native Plant Society Of Texas (NPSOT), Williamson County chapter, is soliciting applications from schools, nature centers, and other non-profit centers of learning for elementary through high school students for mini-grants for the purchase of Texas native plants. The application form and program information can be downloaded from the chapter’s website at http://npsotwilco.org under the “Projects” tab. Final applications must be received by January 19, 2013 and awards will be presented in early 2013. All applicants must be local … Continue reading…

Pollinator Demonstration Garden Seeds Are Sown

from Marilyn Perz A Pollinator Garden at the County Landfill has been planned as an educational and demonstration garden for our County.  It is a joint undertaking with our Williamson County NPSOT Chapter and the Good Water Master Naturalists Chapter.  Both Chapters will share maintenance at this garden. On November 2nd, Wildflower seeds (TX-OK Native Roadside Mix) were spread on a mound enriched with decomposed granite.  The fall window for planting seeds was closing so … Continue reading…

Call for volunteers: Native Plant Education and Plant Sale Event – Spring 2013

Native Plant Event 2013 Armand Hufault-Liaison ahufault35@yahoo.com Wanted: Planning participants for the above event. Pick an activity  below that you would like to participate in and email Armand your selection. Objective: Complete Plan by December 2012 and present to the chapter at the December meeting for approval. … Continue reading…

Heath Aster: Aster Ericoides, syn. Symphyotrichum ericoides

by Armand Hufault  ahufault35@yahoo.com This thick, bushy plant has small, white flowers and is covered with slender leaves. Height: 2′ – 3′. Sun. Best in low humus and well drained soils. The plant is extreme drought tolerant when established because of its small bristle-like leaves. The plant can be kept shorter by cutting it back in mid – August in Central Texas. Plant becomes full of white blooms in late September to October. The plants … Continue reading…

Celebrating Native Plant Week October 14-20, 2012

from Marilyn Perz Our Williamson County Chapter of NPSOT will be celebrating Native Plant week with our native plant information displays at six of the eight libraries in our County.  Two of the libraries do not permit displays other then those pertaining to library or city business, so we must respect their constraints.  We are most welcome in the others. We will be presenting/donating our plant book selections to all eight of the libraries but … Continue reading…

How To: Making Seed Balls

One of the most popular activities NPSOT sponsors is the making of seed balls with children. This provides us with many “teachable moments” with the children as well as their parents. This was one of the more popular activities provided by the Healing Hands, Healing Lands effort of which NPSOT was a part, in response to the wildfires in Bastrop County in 2011. Meredith O’Reilly, a Habitat Steward for the National Wildlife Federation and writer … Continue reading…