Handout Materials for Plant Taxonomy Class May 25, 2013

Key to ID Opuntia leptocaulis

The following materials are for use in the Plant Taxonomy class this Saturday, May 25, 2013. Come and learrn how the pros identify plants. Keys – presentation on using keys to Identify plants. Keying Exercise – handout for building a key using materials in class. These will also be posted under the Upcoming Events page with the Plant taxonomy class downloadable materials. … Continue reading…

National Wildflower Week – Day 8 – be NICE!™

Celebrate the first extra day of NWW (the only nine day week we’ve ever heard of) by celebrating the accomplishments of our fellow chapters, among them the Boerne Chapter. Back in 2002, the folks in the Boerne Chapter of NPSOT had a brilliant idea.  Why not expand their Plant of the Month concept into a program that would reach the entire community to promote the use of native plants ? The purpose of the Operation … Continue reading…

NWW Day 5 – Why Garden With Native Plants?

Because, according to the USDA Forest Service Native plants are adapted to the local climate and soil conditions where they naturally occur. These important plant species provide nectar, pollen, and seeds that serve as food for native butterflies, insects, birds and other animals. Unlike natives, common horticultural plants do not provide energetic rewards for their visitors and often require insect pest control to survive. source: http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/nativegardening/index.shtml The United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service has a … Continue reading…

SATURDAY, MAY 4, – SUNDAY, MAY 12 National Wildflower Week!

It’s May 4th and I just found out about this week being National Wildflower Week (NWW). Which just goes to show how much we need to increase awareness of this event. You can download a list of suggestions for observing NWW from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center website. I wonder about item 15, but there are lots of good ideas there. Among the suggestions are: do some research, visit a park or botanical garden, take photographs … Continue reading…

Mark Your Calendars for May 2013

Here’s what’s happening this month: SATURDAY, MAY 4, – SUNDAY, MAY 12 National Wildflower Week!  May 5, 2013 Education & Outreach Bamberger Ranch Family Day 10 AM – 5 PM May 9, 2013 Meeting “Cacti and Succulents of Central Texas” Jeff Pavlat, monthly meeting 7 PM Georgetown Public Library May 25, 2013 Class Plant Taxonomy Class May 25, 2013 Location: Georgetown Public Library May 25, 2013 Field Trip Plant Survey 3 of 12 @ Berry Springs … Continue reading…

Photo Essay: Celebrating April

By Marilyn Perz. Photos by Marilyn Perz (click on photos for larger size) Lace Cactus at the Galloways  Kathy Henderson at Commons Ford Prairie “Big Day” Winnie Bowen, Kathy Henderson, Marilyn Perz at Commons Ford-Restored Prairie in background Prairie Paintbrush in my yard Kathy Galloway promoting Monarchs Earth Week Display at Georgetown Library April 22-28 Bluebonnets on wildflower mound of Pollinator Garden … Continue reading…

Brueggerhoff talks about Butterfly Gardening 4-18-13 6:30 PM

From the Round Rock Library newsletter:   Thursday, April 18, 6:30-7:30 PM in Room B Gardening for Butterflies – Our Organic Gardening series continues! Take flight and explore the world of gardening for butterflies with local gardener Stephen Brueggerhoff. Stephen will talk about native plants that are host to some of our popular winged gems, and will recommend habitats and design features to attract pollinators. Sponsored by the Williamson County Chapter – Native Plant Society of Texas … Continue reading…

Mark Your Calendars for April 2013

updated 4/2/13 Mark your calendars for April – it will be a busy month. Click on the links for more information: April 3, 2013 – Lecture Three Legged Stool: Native Plant Conservation, Habitat Restoration and Pollinator Recovery – by GARY NABHAM at LBJWFC April 4, 2013 – Lecture – Plant Conservation in a Rapidly-Changing World – by PETER RAVEN at LBJWFC April 6, 2013 – Plant Sales – Other – Master Gardeners Spring Garden Fair 9-2 … Continue reading…

Spreading the Word and Wildflowers at Archeology Days

from Marilyn Perz Archeology Days 2013 was actually a two day event.  On Friday March 22nd, 200 school children arrived to visit the 9 stations set up in Berry Springs Park and Preserve.  Every 20 minutes a new group would arrive at our NPSOT station to hear about the uses of native plants from Barb Coutant and then roll wildflower seed balls to be distributed in the park.  Their final craft was to make a … Continue reading…

Education: Free Lectures at Wildflower Center April 3&4

The Graduate Program in Plant Biology, Center for Plant Conservation, Wildflower Center and others are pleased to present two very distinguished speaker for this year’s Jean Andrews Lectures.  Details online at http://www.wildflower.org/lectures/  The receptions and lectures are free and open to the public.  Three Legged Stool: Native Plant Conservation, Habitat Restoration and Pollinator Recovery GARY NABHAM speaks at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3 in the Wildflower Center Auditorium; a 6:30 p.m. book signing and public … Continue reading…