April 7, 2013: Big Day In The Park

Commons Ford Metropolitan Park Big Day In The Park 2013.  For a complete schedule of events, click on the link. The map below shows a non-toll route from Georgetown Public Library to the park. Mark your calendar for Sunday, April 7, 2013 for the Commons Ford Big Day in the Park and join us for plenty of birding and nature walks including activities for families and children. While attendance and all activities are free, the … Continue reading…

Getting Ready for Spring at the Pollinator Garden

By Marilyn Perz Nine hardy souls came to our NPSOT/Master Naturalists winter workday at the Pollinator Garden on February 19th.  Although it started out in the 40’s we all soon warmed up with our mulching, weeding and pruning exercise. Dennis Perz and Dick Galloway loaded the garden cart with loads of mulch to take to various workers in the beds.  Wayne Rhoden had outlined the planted beds giving the whole garden a grown up, cohesive … Continue reading…

Commissioners’ Court Presentation March 5

Representatives of NPSOT Williamson County chapter will be at the Commissioners’ Court on Tuesday, March 5th , to present the plant list resulting from the three-year plant survey of River Ranch County Park.  It is located on the second floor of the Historical County Courthouse on the Square in Georgetown.  Physical Address is 710 Main Street, Georgetown. It starts at 9:30 AM and those wishing to attend should plan on an arrival time of 9:20 AM. The … Continue reading…

Native Landscape Certification Classes in San Antonio Spring 2013

Last updated Feb 23, 2013. Information regarding the Native Landscape Certification (NLCP) classes being offered in San Antonio this Spring has been posted on the state website.  Level 1 classes are offered   on March 16 and on April 13.  Level 2 is being offered the first two weekends in May. Here is a link with information about the subject matter experts and the curriculum for the Native Landscape Certification Program. For those who did … Continue reading…

Native Landscaping Certificate Classes Planned in DFW

Level I certification classes are open for registration on the state NPSOT website.  The classes are scheduled on Saturdays in late March and April. Course content includes 50 native plants suitable for North Texas as well as other topics. The target audience includes homeowners and landscaping professionals, and to receive the certificate participants must pass a test indicating mastery of the content. For further information, refer to the link above.   … Continue reading…

Grow Native! Outgrown; New Slogan Sought

New slogan contest announcement from the state Native Plant Society of Texas: Posted: 04 Feb 2013 07:55 AM PST Unleash your imagination and help us come up with a new motto! For many years we have used the slogan Grow Native! as our motto. You’ve seen it on several different varieties of bumper sticker, on posters and other places.  We want to refresh our motto to better convey our Mission and new Vision statements. Our old motto has served its purpose, … Continue reading…

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…