Trinity Forks Chapter Meetings

Dates: The fourth Thursday of: January -- June, and August -- October.

Time: 6:30 for socialization and viewing of educational displays, 7:00 p.m. for start of meeting.

Place: The Ann Stuart Science Complex which is just to the north of Texas Street at the Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas.

Social time:  First floor atrium in the Ann Stuart Science Complex at 6:30 p.m..

Meeting:  Room 259 in the Ann Stuart Science Complex at 7 p.m.  There is an elevator to the second floor a short way down the hallway on the north side of the atrium.

Parking: On meeting nights we will be allowed to park in the visitors parking area, on the lane in front of the building (in designated parking spots), in the parking lots to the south of the building, or in the parking lot on the west side of Oakland Street, just south of the Human Resources building.

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Programs for future meetings

January 25, 2018

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February 22, 2018

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March 22, 2018

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April 26, 2018

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May 24, 2018

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June 28, 2018

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August 23, 2018

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September 27, 2018

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October 25, 2018

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Programs at past meetings

October 26, 2017

Speaker:  Sam Kieschnick.

Topic:  Create and Enjoy Wildlife Habitats.  As an urban wildlife biologist, Sam’s focus will be on three A’s: awareness, appreciation, and action.

Biography:  Sam is an urban wildlife biologist with TPWD, serving the east side of the DFW metroplex.  He previously worked as a nature educator with the City of Mansfield at Oliver Nature Park, as a naturalist at the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, as a science interpreter with the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, and as a botanist with BRIT.  Sam is also an instructor at Weatherford College.  He has a master’s degree from Tarleton State University, studying the genetics of pocket gophers.       

September 28, 2017

Speaker:  Cecil Carter.

Topic:  The Water and Native Plant Nexus.  The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality now charges water providers with reducing consumption 3% annually.  Cecil has emphaised that “for the past 60 years, Texas has grown by 1,000 persons daily…and none of them are bringing any water with them.”  North Texas Council of Governments Census Department estimates that there will be a substantial increase in demand for water in the future, as Denton County is expecting over a million new people in the next forty years.

Biography:  Cecil has served on the Lake Cities Municipal Utility Authority for the past 8 years, and for the last 5 years he has been the Board President.  Cecil has held several jobs in NPSOT over the past few years.  He specified that, “it is more important than ever that we all continue to be better stewards of the land and plant more water conserving native plants.”

Saturday. August 26, 2017

Speaker:  All who choose to converse.

Topic:  Trinity Forks NPSOT Summer Social.

Time: 10 AM to 1 PM.

Location:  The Trinity Forks NPSOT Summer Social will be held from 10 AM to 1 PM on Saturday August 26 at the home of Cecil and Polly Carter at 111 Lakeshore Rd. in Shady Shores.  There are no major problems getting to Shady Shores from I-35E, however the exit has been renamed.  Look for Exit #461, Lakeview Blvd/ Post Oak Drive.
Please bring one lawn chair per family.  Polly plans to lead plant tours in the yard and people can hike on the "hidden" trail in the back yard.  There will be a plant exchange--please bring one potted plant if you want to participate in the plant exchange.  For the brunch, you may bring pastries, fruit, vegetables, salads, or deserts, and your favourite drinks.  Ice, tea, and water will be provided.  There will be two grills for anything needing to be heated or cooked.

June 22, 2017

Speaker:  Rodney Barton.

Topic:  Iridaceae – The Iris Family.  Members of the iris family, or irids as they are called, are found all over the world.  Many are beautiful and some are quite unusual.

Biography:  Rodney lives and gardens in Hickory Creek, where he grows a number of interesting and unusual irises and other members of the iris family.  His other gardening interests include native plants and vegetables.  He is a member of the Iris Society of Dallas, the Species Iris Group of North America, and the Society for Louisiana Iris, all of which are part of the American Iris Society.  He is also a member of the Native Plant Society of Texas.  He is retired from the University of North Texas Heath Science Center in Fort Worth where he worked in the Safety Office.      

May 25, 2017

Speaker:  Ashley Hartman.

Topic:  Advantages of native plants in your landscape.

Biography: Ashley Hartman is a teacher of horticulture at North Central Texas College.  Ashley grew up on a local cattle ranch where she first developed an appreciation for agriculture and a zeal for gardening. She attended Texas A&M University, earning a MS in Horticulture Science and a BA in Psychology.  Ashley says, “Teaching has always been one of my greatest joys, and while attending Texas A&M, I was among the few graduate students selected to be a lecturer at the university.”  She interned at one of the South’s premiere botanical gardens, Callaway Gardens located in Pine Mountain, Georgia, where she worked in their education department teaching horticultural seminars, leading demonstrations, and directing hiking excursions featuring indigenous plant information.  Ashley left the field of horticulture for two years to serve as an AmeriCorps volunteer and missionary in the remote, coal-mining mountains of West Virginia as well as the hustle and bustle of Brooklyn, New York.  During her volunteer stint, she taught Master Gardener classes, helped repair homes, established a county-wide community garden, and helped lead peace camps.  In 2004, Ashley helped to start the NCTC Horticulture Program and has taught nearly every horticulture class offered. She manages the NCTC Greenhouse and is the principal Horticulture Advisor for the program.

April 27, 2017

Speaker:  Katherine Barnett

Topic:  Clear Creek Heritage Center.  This is a gateway to more than 2,900 acres of bottomland hardwood forest, upland prairie, and diverse aquatic habitats.  The Center features more than 10 miles of family-friendly hiking trails through diverse habitats.  Fisherman's Trail winds along Clear Creek to the Elm Fork confluence.  Wetlands Trail allows visitors to view constructed wetlands with inhabitants such as waterfowl and other birds.  Workshops are sponsored there: Topics have included organic and native gardening, rainwater harvesting, composting, and permaculture.

Biography:  Katherine works for the city of Denton as the Sustainability and Special Projects Administrator.  Her job is to coordinate activities and upkeep at Clear Creek.  She is a graduate of the University of North Texas, holding both BA and MA degrees.      

March 23, 2017

Speaker:  Ricky Linex.

Topic:  Plant Identification Basics.  This program has been customized for Trinity Forks, to provide chapter members with a basic understanding of plant taxonomy and a frame-work for determining the identity of plants.  Participants will learn about the major families of plants, traits that they should be looking for to distinguish those families, when to look for distinguishing traits, how to collect and preserve plant specimens, resources available to determine plant identification, operation of a simple plant key, and limits on the precision of plant identification.

Biography:  Ricky Linex is a biologist for the NRCS in Weatherford.  Ricky is employed as a senor biologist by the Natural Resources Conservation Service.  He is also author of the award winning book ”Range Plants of North Central Texas.”

23, 2017

Speaker:  Dr. Jeffry Robb.

Topic:  TWU Butterfly Garden Project.  The program will relate how this project was inspired by national efforts to bolster dwindling monarch butterfly populations.  TWU has embarked on a two stage garden project, with the first stage underway on the grounds of the Ann Stuart Science Complex.  The second phase will be a larger "showcase garden," named for TWU 's community leader Dr. Bettye Myers, which will be west of the Texas Pond on campus.  Featured native butterfly food plant and nectar sources will be discussed, as well as the gardens' goal of promoting students "Learning by Doing," in helping to plan, plant, and maintain our gardens, and then working with local community groups to help them develop their own butterfly gardens.

Biography: Dr. Robb is a professor of Government at TWU and, as an amateur lepidopterist, has a passion for butterflies.      

January 26, 2017

Speaker:  Alexandra Ponette-González.

Topic:  The influence of drought and land use on dust inputs to ecosystems and the potential for trees to serve as urban air filters.

Biography: Ponette-González grew up in Mexico City, where she regularly experienced ozone action days because of high levels of air pollution in the city.  Before joining the UNT faculty in 2011, she was a National Science Foundation Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, conducting research in Peru on the impacts of past fires and grazing on vegetation and soil dynamics at treelines.  She also went to Brazil, Indonesia and Mexico for research, focusing on substances discharged into the atmosphere in urban areas, and the substances' impact on tropical forests.  When Ponette-González came to UNT, she expanded her research to focus on the impact of air pollutants on urban areas.  With an NSF Career Award, she and her research team will measure how much black carbon is filtered from the air by 30 trees in the city of Denton, and determine how the buildings, highways and green spaces that surround the trees affect this process.      

October 27, 2016

Speaker:  Kevin Good.

Topic:  Nurturing Native Plants in Texas State Parks.

Biography: Kevin Good is an assistant Parks Director for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.  His job involves travelling the state to help manage our more than 90 state parks.  He is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin.  He is also a plant lover and knows all those complicated Latin names.  

September 22, 2016

Speaker:  Amy Martin.

Topic:  Itchy Business.

Biography: Over her varied journalism career of more than four decades, Amy Martin has covered environmental issues, written trail reviews of parks and preserves, and penned a book on herbology.  She operated a North Texas news service for 15 years, specializing in holistic health and other alternative topics.  During their 12 years of managing a private nature preserve, Martin and her husband, Scooter Smith, engaged in regular battles with poison ivy and poison oak.  Amy is known for articulating complex, provocative, and sometimes highly technical issues [like herbology] in a coherent and comprehensive way, while also being eloquent and lightheartedly wry.   
August 27, 2016

Speaker:  None.

Topic:  Late summer social.

Biography: Not Needed. 
June 23, 2016

Speaker:  Amy Martin.  (Did not show.)

Topic:  Toxic Plants.

Biography: Amy is a journalist and an author.  Amy Martin has a new approach to dealing with the urushiol allergy, born of research and her experience in managing wildlife habitats.  Her book, Itchy Business, deals with toxic plants like poison ivy, poison oak and some adapted exotics. Unlike prior books that focused on botany and lore, in Itchy Business: rash treatment is mastered with the author’s unique 4-stage approach.  The book outlines how to tame the unruly allergy through the 3 Cs of rash management: calm, cool and constrict. It extols the virtues of practicing safe scratching and outlines how to become a poison ivy ninja to outwit the rash.May 26, 2016

Speaker:  Sam Kieschnick.
Topic:  Native Grasses in Your Yard.

Biography: Sam is an Urban Wildlife Biologist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, serving the east side of the DFW Metroplex.  He leads nature walks, holds workshops, and makes talks to organizations like the Native Plant Society.  Sam holds a Masters Degree from Tarleton State University and has previously worked as a nature educator for the City of Mansfield, a naturalist at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, a science interpreter with the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, a biologist with BRIT, and as an instructor at Weatherford College.     

Apri 28, 2016

Speaker:  Ricky Linex.

Topic:  Fifty Shades of Green – Native Plants for your Landscape.  Attendees will receive a listing of all the plants discussed.

Biography: Ricky a noted conservation botanist and author who is employed by the Natural Resource Conservation Service and is based in Weatherford.  Ricky has been a member of NPOST for many years and has served as an officer in NPSOT.  He is author of the book, Range Plants of North Central Texas.  His book is in a large format with at least three photos of each of the 324 plants featured in his book.  Even though the book deals with “range plants,” Ricky points out that wildflowers are range plants too and he notes how valuable wildflowers are on the open range.  Ricky will bring a few books in case some of you have an interest in purchasing one for twenty-five dollars.   March 24, 2016

Speaker:  Troy and Martha Mullens.

Topic:  The Importance of Pollinators.

Biography:  They are members of the Native Plant Society and are both Master Naturalists.  They have held leadership positions in both the Native Plant Society and the Master Naturalist society.  Martha is Program Chairman for the North Central Chapter of NPSOT.

February 25, 2016

Speaker:  Marry Curry.

Topic:  Marry Curry will speak about her new book, North Central Texas Wildflowers.  The book has over 300 pages of text and photos of flowers from our area.  They are from places anyone can go visit, including the Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands, Wise County Park, Lake Bridgeport, Lake Ray Roberts State Park, and roads of Wise, Cooke, Montague, Denton, and Jack counties.  Mary will have copies of this book available for purchase before and after our meeting.

Biography: Marry Curry is a long-time member of our chapter who lives in wildflower-filled Wise County, where she pursues her long-standing interests in both natural history and art.  Currently she unites the two interests in nature photography, but has also worked in diverse materials from wood carving to stained glass.  For many years, Ms. Curry has conducted plant, bird, and GIS mapping surveys as a volunteer with the U.S. Forest Service on the LBJ National Grasslands, for which she was joint recipient of the National Grasslands Prairie Partner Award in 2003.  She founded monthly "First Wednesday" nature walks at the LBJ National Grasslands in 2004 and led them rain or shine until 2013.   

January 28, 2016

Speaker:  Dr. Dennis Benjamin.

Topic:  All About Mushrooms.

Biography:  Dr. Benjamin is a noted research associate at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (B.R.I.T.).  He is a published author, nationally known speaker, and authority on mushrooms.  The program will cover all aspects of mushrooms, including toxicity of certain species, as well as mushrooms native to Texas.  He has published the landmark study on the health effects and toxicity of mushrooms.  He holds B.S., M.B., B.Ch. degrees from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, So. Africa.  Dr. Benjamin immigrated to the U.S. from
South Africa in 1970.

October 22, 2015

Speaker:  Dana Wilson.

Topic:  Invasive Plants in Texas.

Biography: Master Naturalist:  An expert on data collection for the LBJ Wildflower Center's Texas Invasives database and techniques for removal and management of invasive plant species.       

September 24, 2015

Speaker:  John Worley.

Topic:  Photographing Flowers and Native Plants.

Biography: John Worley, a master naturalist, is an award winning photographer who specializes in photographing plants.  John said, “Often our brain sees light and shadow differently than our camera.” and, “Our brain uses color cues, adjusting the ‘perceived’ colors in various lighting situations; the camera uses electronic sensors.”  John will explain, in layman’s terms, how to take excellent photos.  He has taught photography to other native plant society chapters as well as master naturalist chapters.  John also thinks that, “preserving memories of our gardens to enjoy in the future is a great pastime.”

August 22, 2015

Topic:  Summer Social.

Location: the Moyers’ house

June 25, 2015

Speaker:  Cyndi Goodman.

Topic:  Firewise Landscaping

Biography:  Cyndi is a certified Firewise Landscape Architect.  She has presented numerous programs across the Metroplex on this subject and comes to us highly recommended.  Cyndi will describe what the process is and the Firewise Communities program, which is a process that empowers whole neighborhoods to work together in reducing their fire risk. There is a growing network of more than 1,028 recognized Firewise communities taking action and ownership in preparing and protecting their homes against the threat of fires caused by wildfires.  Cyndi is also a master naturalist and will explore a selection of native plants which mitigate fire dangers .

May 28, 2015

Speaker:  Jessica Becham.

Topic:  Native Bees of Denton County.

Biography:  Jessica Becham is a Ph.D candidate at UNT in the environmental science program at the University of North Texas.  Her research involves a multi-disciplinary approach to studying the bumble bees and pollinators in Denton County.  She is interested in conserving pollinators and finding ways that humans and bumble bees may coexist in an increasingly urbanized world.  Her current projects involve evaluating the presence and persistence of bumble bees across northeast Texas and studying the use of native urban green spaces by bumble bees in Denton County.  Bumble bees are an integral part of both natural and agricultural systems.  Unfortunately, they are declining worldwide; in Texas, five of our eight documented species have experienced range reductions in other parts of the United States.  This program will include information on the natural history of bumble bees, identification of common species in north Texas, ongoing research at the University of North Texas, and ways that individuals can help to conserve these vital pollinators.

April 23, 2015

Speaker:  Dr. George Diggs, Jr.

Topic:  The Co-evolution of Flowering Plants & Pollinators.

Biography:  Dr. Diggs is an evolutionary biologist and botanist who has studied and taught about human evolution, plant toxins, plant and cell biology, health, and nutrition for more than 30 years at Austin College.  He was educated at the College of William and Mary (M.A.) and the University of Wisconsin (Ph.D.).  He is McGregor Chair of Natural Sciences at Austin College and also is a Research Associate at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas [BRIT] in Fort Worth.  Dr. Diggs is co-author of three botanical books and more than 30 scientific articles.

March 26, 2015

Speaker:  Ann Mayo.

Topic:  The Ecological Importance of Ants.

Biography:  Ann, a doctoral student at UT Arlington, has spent the last 5 years tracking ants in the Fort Worth Nature Center and the Southwest Nature Preserve in Arlington.  Although most of us probably think of ants as pests, ants are critical to the functioning and health of nearly all terrestrial ecosystems.  In fact, they are often considered more important than earthworms in soil building.  Ann will present an overview of the ecological roles of ants, high-lighting some specific examples, including insights from her current research.  Come find out how ants may be particularly beneficial to plants, learn about the 3 species of mini-trap-jaw ants in the Ft. Worth Nature Center, and help Ann with an ant puzzle or two.

February 26, 2015

Speaker:  To be announced.

Topic:  To be announced


January 22, 2015

Speaker:  Jan Hodson.

Topic:  Prairies and their flora.

Biography:  Jan is both a Master Gardener (2003) and a Master Naturalist (2003) in the Elm Fork Chapter here in Denton.  She has completed more than 300 hours of advanced training.  She has also worked as a Park Interpreter at Ray Roberts State Park.  Jan will do a pared-down version of her usual 2 hour program on Prairies.  Come learn how: the Cross Timbers region of Texas came to be known as the cast iron forest, why a pasture is not the same as a prairie, what we need to do to restore prairies, myths about our native plants and trees, and how native grasses improve our water and air.  Jan is an excellent presenter (she delivered 25 educational programs in 2014).

October 23, 2014

Speaker:   President-Elect Rodney Barton

Topic:   A short slide show of photos of native plants and wildlife from his Wildscape.

Concurent activity:  Sales of a variety of milkweeds and other plants.

September 26, 2014

Speaker:   Katherine Barnett-White.  [Did not show.]

Topic:  Future plans for the Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center and how Trinity Forks can be a part of this venture.

Biography:  Katherine has managed the Center (a 2900 acre nature center/preserve) for the last 12 years.  The Trinity Forks Chapter has partnered with Katherine in many projects over the years.  Katherine is the Sustainability and Special Projects Administrator for the City of Denton.  Katherine has worked with the City for over 20 years on projects such as natural resource conservation, energy and water efficiency, environmental preservation and restoration, and education and sustainability.  She has overseen construction of this education facility and coordinated with the Denton ISD to bring outdoor education to over ten thousand grade-school students.  She coordinates with UNT, TWU and NCTC and other partners to facilitate higher education research and education at the center and has also instituted a nature lecture series that is free to the public.  Katherine has a B.S in Emergency Management Planning and an MPA from the University of North Texas.  She has overseen Denton’s Greenhouse Gas inventories, and she has facilitated the development of the City of Denton Sustainability Plan. June 26, 2014

Speaker:  Courtney Belvins.

Topic:  Urban Forestry: Oak Wilt and other Tree Killers.  “Trees are so vital to our ecology that we cannot afford to lose one of them and Oak Wilt is an insidious pathogen with no cure.”

Biography:  For years Courtney has been a member of the Cross Timbers Forestry Council, where he leads many trail trips.  He was born and raised in Texas.  After receiving a BS in Forestry from Stephen F. Austin University, he began a career with the Texas A&M Forest Service.  He worked with US Forest Service in Medicine National Forest, Wyoming and Sam Houston National Forest.  Since 1991 he has been a regional urban forester, first for the Dallas region, and now for the Fort Worth region.

May 22, 2014

Speaker:  Carol Clark

Topic:  Conducting a Milkweed Rescue Program.

Biography:  Carol told me that if we cannot mitigate the constant destruction of the milkweed’s habitat, Monarchs will continue to decline drastically. Carol has developed a new special program about rescuing and propagating milkweed. Frequently, she receives calls about developers moving into areas to scrape all vegetation from sites and the milkweed needing rescuing before they are destroyed. She will share ideas we can all adopt. Carol poses the question, “How long can the Monarch population continue to be viable, in the face continued habitat destruction.

April 24, 2014

Speaker:  Jim Varnum,  Master Naturalist.

Topic:  How to Learn Flower Parts.

Biography:  In 2012 Varnum attended a plant taxonomy workshop at the Fort Worth Nature Center and studied plant parts under magnification.  In doing further research, he realized how simple they are to learn if you just start at the bottom and work up.  He developed a field experience called "How to Sort Out Wildflower Parts." Varnum says, “I can teach wildflower parts in ten words. What are the ten words?  Come to the presentation and find out.”  His presentation utilizes handouts and hands-on experience.  He will bring some plants for folks to practice examining the flower parts.

March 27, 2014

Speaker:  Dr. Ray Chancellor, super Master Naturalist in the Southlake area.

Topic:  The program will cover the birds, pollinators, and the flora and fauna of our local area.

Biography:  Dr. Chancellor is a graduate of Texas A&M University.  After a career as a chemist, he served as Superintendent of the College Station I.S.D. for almost a decade before serving as Executive Director of Education Service Center, Region XI, which has responsibility for services provided to the 80 school districts of north Texas.  Most of Dr. Chancellor’s life has been dedicated to preserving our wonderful local wildlife areas.  He publishes an e-Journal, which covers the flora and fauna of the local ecosystem that is observed during each month’s nature walks in his area in exchange for your e-mail address.  Ray has made 500 nature presentations over the years.  Ray has been a nature enthusiast since he was in grade school.

February 27, 2014

Speaker:  Lynde Dodd.
Topic:  “Ecological  Restoration of the Dallas Floodway Extension – Wetlands and Grasslands”

Biography: Dodd holds a masters degree from the University of North Texas’ [UNT] environmental science program, and has a strong interest in helping with the transformation of lands back to nature. She has worked to research, enhance and restore aquatic plant communities across the nation.  "Stewardship is so important to me, and I learned it from my UNT professors," Dodd says. "They taught me the importance of being responsible for the land and protecting the environment in which we all live."

January 23, 2014

Speaker:  Brice Creelman from Shades of Green Nursery in Frisco.

Topic:  Caring for Your Natives.

Biography: Brice was born and raised in upstate New York where he discovered his love for horticulture as a young boy, working on a farm that happened to have a glass greenhouse with orchids being grown.  He discovered that working with the plants and learning about them was much more fun than working cattle.  After getting married, Brice moved to Texas.  He came to Shades of Green in the year 2000.  He and his wife live in Van Alsytne.  All who know Brice know what a great contribution he has made to horticulture in the North Texas area.  “I have worked with all aspects of native plants for the major part of my life.  Caring for natives from seed to maturity is my specialty.”

October 24, 2013

Speaker:  Randy Johnson.

Topic:  Native Milkweed: A Keystone Species.

Biography: Randy Johnson is an organic horticulturist who earned his degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University.  Randy was Director of Horticulture at Texas Discovery Gardens in Dallas from 2007 until 2012; he is currently employed by the Dallas Zoo as their Horticulture Manager.

September 26, 2013

Speaker:  Dr. Richard Dixon.

Topic:  The nature of cactus plants.

Biography: Richard Dixon is a distinguished Research Professor at the University of North Texas.  His life long hobby is cactus plant although his professional research interests include: modification of lignin and cell wall polymers in bioenergy crops; improvement of forage quality in alfalfa; and how flavonoid compounds interact with human health.

August 17, 2013

Annual picnic.

Location:  Carolyn Hayward's home. June 27, 2013

Speaker:  Mark Klym, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Topic:  Mark Klym will explore many aspects of wildscaping, the TPWD programs, and resources available for creating native wildscapes that are drought-tolerant as well as attractive to the eye, to birds, to butterflies, and other wildlife.

May 23, 2013

Speaker:  Bill Freiheit from the Lake Lewisville Environmental Leaning Area (LLELA).
Topic:  The Native Plants of LLELA and the new pollinator garden.

Biography:  Freiheit began volunteering at LLELA in 2007, working with his brother, Richard, to find grasses and flowers that belonged in the north central region of Texas.  Since then, his nursery project has generated tens of thousands of native grasses and flowers for LLELA.  They have planted these Texas natives in the forests of LLELA. April 25, 2013

Speaker:  Courtney Blevins of the Texas Forestry Service..

Topic:  “Urban Forestry and Citizen Foresters.”  Blevins said, “Urban forestry presents a lot of challenges due to constant new development and the fast population growth across north Texas.”  Blevins is a graduate of Texas A & M University, and four years ago he received the award of Arborist of the Year.  He has presented many programs on all aspects of forestry as well as leading nature hikes and organizing the Citizen Forester Program for the Forest Service.

March 28, 2013

Speaker:  Cathy Lustgarden.

Topic:  Tour of the Zumwalt Prairies in North-East Oregon.
Oregon's largest privately owned nature sanctuary lies within the Zumwalt Prairie, North America's largest remaining grassland of its type.

The Zumwalt Prairie grassland system remains largely intact unlike most other prairies in North America.  This fact can be attributed to its high elevation, harsh climate, and poor soils which made agriculture difficult.  Because most of the Zumwalt Prairie escaped the plow, much of the important habitat remains for the plants and animals.

February 28, 2013

Speaker:  Gayle Southerland

Topic:  Herbs and Native Plant Landscaping

Biography:  Gayle Southerland said, “It is amazing to see such a wide variety of herbs inside everyone’s back yard.  Many herbs and plants native to Texas are closely related.”  Southerland is well known in Herb Society circles.  She has presented many programs for Herb Society Chapters and Units all across the Metroplex.  She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and has studied horticulture at Texas A & M’s Extension Center in Richardson.  Gayle was instrumental in starting the first Herb Society unit in north Texas in 1986.  She has also held several leadership positions in the Heritage Herb Club of Plano as well as regional and national herb organizations.

January 24, 2013

Speaker:  No formal speaker.

Topic:  January’s program will be a get reacquainted and lively activity...making seed balls.  Cathy Lustgarten said her vision was that we could make thousands of seed balls to both distribute and to use ourselves.  Seed balls are a great way to propagate wild flowers and other natives.  If members don’t take all of them home, we can give them away at plant sales or other functions where Trinity Forks has a booth.  Dirt, water, seed and rubber gloves will be furnished.

October 25, 2012

Speaker:  Jim Varnum.

Topic:  Flora found in Lake Forest Park in south Denton.  Jim said, “It is amazing to see such a wide variety of native plants right here inside the Denton city limits.  This is a great place for a field trip.”

September 27, 2012

Speaker:  Gailon Hardin

Topic:  Sustainable Landscaping Using Natives Plants.

Biography:  A past president of NPSOT and the North Central Chapter (Ft. Worth).  She has a one-acre yard in Arlington with a dramatic native landscape that grabs lots of attention and only requires water during severe drought.

August 18, 2012

Topic: Annual picnic.  August 18: Ice Cream Social: 9:30 a.m. to noon at Polly and Cecil's home.  We are holding an Ice Cream Social, Plant Exchange, and “brunchish”  foods.  We will even crank up the grill, if you bring that kind of food.  Bring a plant to exchange with friends if you wish.  Remember, part of the fun is to identify some of the plants that Polly and Cecil don’t know the names of.

June 28, 2012
Speaker:  Michelle Villafranka,  a noted botanist at the Fort Worth Nature Center who is known for her insights about native plants.

Topic: Propagation and Seed Preservation.

Biography:  Michaelle started with the City of Fort Worth as a Forester in 2004 where she organized tree-planting events and coordinated volunteer projects.  She moved to FWNCR four years ago to assume the Natural Resource Specialist position.  She is now responsible for establishing and building the Restoration Greenhouse & Seed Collection Program.  She also oversees many natural resource projects with including invasive species control, trail maintenance, and establishing biological surveys to determine baseline data and monitor our habitat restoration activities Before coming to the City, she worked for various conservation and land management agencies (US Forest Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy and an environmental consulting firm) as a biologist doing bird surveys, plant surveys, wildland firefighting, and endangered species monitoring.

May 24, 2012

Speaker:  "Native" Dave and Christy Ilfrey.

Topic:  Connections: Relationships in Nature from the Trinity River to the Gulf Coast.  Christy said that, “We will share images of our work in and around Denton, Central Texas, and along the Gulf Coast, with special emphasis on our ongoing project on Copano Bay."

Biography:  Dave and Chirisy are native plant landscape designers.  David is a 7th-generation Texan and graduate of famous Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA.  David and Christy are both graduates of Southwest Texas State University and they have worked in various facets of horticulture all their lives. Their emphasis has been on sustainable landscaping, especially plants of the Blackland Prairie and Cross Timbers area.  Together they have over 20 years combined experience all aspects of native plants including designing gardens, writing and teaching.

April 26, 2012

Speaker:  Carol Clark, Collin Co. Master Naturalist and NPSOT member.

Topic:  Milkweed and the Clark Farm.

March 22, 2012    Note well:  This meeting will be at the new location on the Texas Woman's University campus.

Speaker:  Jim Varnum.

Topic:  The wonderful world of leaves.
The program will address some basic questions about the purpose and features of leaves, why leaves may be lobed, compound, or arranged in opposite versus alternate fashion.  Besides familiar sunflower, oak, rose, a grass leaves, Jim talks about big leaves, small leaves, plants with no leaves, plants with no green color, and other oddities of the plant world.  Come and learn about the fascinating world of leaves.

February 23, 2012

Speaker:  Tiana Rehman, Collections Manager at BRIT.

Topic:  Exploring the Wonder at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas.

Biography:  Tiana Rehman is well known in the plant research field.  She joined BRIT in 2003 and she holds degrees in environmental science from both Texas Christian University and Southern Methodist University.  Tina began working for the international research program at BRIT in 2004, helping to manage the thousands of plant specimens, data, and related botanical activities associated with projects in Peru and New Guinea.  She also assists in the collection of morphological, ecological, and geographical data from the herbarium specimens.

January 26, 2012

Speaker:  Paul Dowlearn.

Topic:  Landscaping with Natives

Biography:  Paul is well known in Wichita Falls gardening circles.  He and his wife Nila have owned and operated the Wichita Valley Nursery and Landscape Company for the past 27 years.  He is also a published author and has his own radio shows: "Gardenline" and "The Hometown Gardener" in Wichita Falls.  His vast knowledge is respected throughout the area. Dowlearn said, “Our organization provides a turnkey landscaping project using only native plants.  We think it is unique in our area.”  Paul has been a member of NPSOT for 16 years and is a charter member and past president of the Red River Chapter.  He and Nila designed and built the River Bend Nature Center where the 2009 NPSOT symposium was held.

October 27, 2011

Speaker:  Kathy Saucier and Irene Hanson.

Topic:  Sharing Your Natives, Multiplication and Division Made Easy.
Kathy will describe how to successfully dig and pot plants from your yard, keep them in pots, and transplant them so that you can either expand your landscape or share them with others.  Irene will show how she starts seedlings and then transfers them to pots.  There should be seedlings for attendees to take home.

Note Well: As has frequently been the case for the October meeting, there will be lots of little ghosts and goblins in the area around the building for the TWU Halloween party.  As a result, finding parking could be a bit challenging, so allow a little extra time.

September 22, 2011

Speaker:  Sandra Greenway, Executive Director of the Connemara Conservancy.

Topic:  The native plants found at the Conservancy’s preserve in Plano.

Biography:  Greenway is well respected throughout the conservancy community for her work in meadow preservation. She noted, “This is a great experience for people who love nature and love to see native plants in an urban setting. The hiking trails provide easy access to nature lovers. When Frances Williams donated her family’s beloved 72-acre meadow, the Connemara Meadow Preserve, in 1981, it became the foundation of today’s conservancy. Now, the Connemara land trust oversees 3,500 acres of North Texas land under its purview.  The Connemara provides the public with stellar activities in the Meadow and offers an emerging Ecological Literacy program. ”

August 27, 2011

Topic:  Ice Cream Social

Time:  9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Place:  The green house at TWU.

May 26, 2011

Speaker:  Russell Stevens from the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Ardmore Oklahoma.

Topic:  Native Grasses and the Noble research program.

Biography:  Stevens is a regional manager and a wildlife and fisheries consultant in the Agricultural Division's consultation program.  His areas of interest include grasses-range management, plant identification, wildlife habitat improvement, wild turkey management, white-tailed deer management, prescribed fire, and waterfowl issues.  Stevens joined the Noble Foundation in 1989.  Stevens is a certified wildlife biologist by The Wildlife Society, a certified range management consultant by the Society for Range Management, and a certified professional in rangeland management by the Society for Range Management.  Russell holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in biology from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and a Master of Science Degree from Angelo State University.   Stevens has authored numerous books and publications, including: Grasses of Southern Oklahoma and North Texas, Trees, Shrubs and Vines: A Pictorial Guide, Quality of Native Plant Forage Species Important to White-tailed Deer and Goats in South Central Oklahoma, and How Much Does it Cost to Burn?

April 28, 2011

Speaker:  Carrie Dubberly.

Topic:  Beautiful native plant combinations for North Texas.
“We will be sharing how to provide sustainable native landscapes that are beautiful, as well as earth-friendly with the Native Plant Society.”

March 24, 2011

Speaker:  Bobbette Brasfield.

Topic:  Water Conservation & the Role Native Plants Play in Water Conservation.

Note Well:  The location for this  meeting has been changed.  It will be in room 203 of the CFO building, just to the south-east of our regular meeting place.

Biography:  Bobbette Brasfield is from Texas Conservation Alliance which is the state affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation and has a 30-year history of work on water conservation issues.  Ms. Brasfield is a native Texan from Grand Prairie.  She earned a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Science from UNT.   She has supported environmental education and conservation efforts for many years through the Texas Master Naturalist Program, Texans Dive Club, and U.S. National Park Service.

February 24, 2011

Speaker:  Roger Sanderson Director of Botanical Gardens at the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney. 

Topic:  Description of the natural wonders to be seen at the Heard sanctuary.

Biography:  Roger was one of the featured speakers at the recent 30th Annual Native Plant Society of Texas Symposium held in Denton. Roger is on the board of the Collin County Prairie & Timbers Audubon Society and the Texas Herpetological Society.”  He and his wife are also active members of the Dallas Paleontology Society and both are active birders. He was Assistant Director of the Dallas Civic Garden Center (now Texas Discovery Gardens).  Roger had a weekly column for several years in the Dallas Morning News on plants and continues to write articles about nature in several publications.

January 27, 2011

Speaker:  Troy and Martha Mullens.  NPSOT members, Texas Master Naturalists, and Friends of the FWNCR.

Topic:  Native Pollinators.

October 28, 2010

Speaker: Review of the Symposium.

September 23, 2010

Speaker:  Dr. Dottie Woodson from the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Urban Solutions Center in Dallas.

Topic:  Landscaping Design with Native Plants and Water Conservation in Mind.

Biography:  Dr. Woodson's specialty is Conservation of Water Resources.  She delivers programs and demonstrations about landscape water conservation, rainwater harvesting, rain gardens and irrigation efficiency across Tarrant, Dallas, Denton, Collin counties.  Dr. Woodson provides practical solutions and information about landscape water use from design and plant selection to water conserving landscape management practices.  Woodson has B. S. and M.S. degrees in Horticulture from Tarleton State University and a doctoral degree from Texas A&M and Texas Tech.
    Dr. Woodson is also a noted authority and much sought after speaker.  She is a contributing author for Gardening in Fort Worth and The Lone Star Gardener's Book of List and the CD and computer web site, Texas SmartScape.  She writes a weekly garden column for Fort Worth Star-Telegram.  She appears weekly on NBC5 Sunday morning news.  She also produces a television series on Times Warner, "Gardening with Dotty," and Fort Worth Community Cable, "Extension In the City."  She appears regularly on HGTV "Gardening by the Yard" with Paul James and "Backyard Boomers" on the Health and Wellness channel.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Topic:  Ice Cream Social and other delectable food items, games, and a tour of the Benny Simpson Gardens.

Location:   At the greenhouse near the Benny Simpson Gardens at TWU.

Time:  9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Important:  Bring your own chairs!

May 27, 2010

Speaker:  R. Austin Sewell,  Rangeland Conservationist at Caddo - LBJ National Grasslands.

Topic:  Characteristics of many native grasses found in the Caddo-LBJ National Grasslands.

Biography:   Austin Sewell is a native of Wise County and he has also worked professionally on several cattle ranches and as a rangeland consultant in Iowa.  Sewell received his bachelor's degree in Rangeland Ecology and Management from Oklahoma State University.  He lives with his wife and two children in Denton, TX; he also raises grass finished cattle.

April 22, 2010

Speaker:  Dr. Linda Hanson, University of Michigan.

Topic:  How Plant Pathogens Changed the Course of Human History.

Biography:   Dr. Linda Hanson is a native of Washington State, where she was a member of the local Native Plant Society.  Dr. Linda Hanson is a Research Plant Pathologist with the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, working on soil-borne fungal diseases.  Linda holds a B.S. in botany from the University of Washington; a M.S., from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.  She has done postdoctoral research with the USDA Cotton Pathology Research Unit in College Station, Texas.

March 25, 2010

Speaker:  Michael Perez.

Topic:  An overview of the Fort Worth Nature Center that will include a discussion about the plants and trees native to the Cross Timber’s Region.  “Working as a Park Naturalist for the Ft. Worth Nature Center is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural history of north central Texas.  I have a profound affinity for exploring nature.” -- Michael Perez

Biological information: Michael Perez graduated from Texas A & M with a degree in Wildlife Science.  Michael Perez has also worked as a Naturalist for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

February 25, 2010

Speaker:  Camelia Maier, president of the Trinity Forks chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas.

Topic:  Plant propagation.

January 28, 2010

Speaker:  Gail Manning, Entomologist, Ft. Worth Botanical Gardens.

Topic:  Symbiotic Relationship between insects and native plants.

October 22, 2009

Speaker:  Kathy Saucier.

Topic:  Caterpillar Gardening with Native Plants.

Be prepared to see about 50 species of butterflies, moths and skippers found in the North Texas area and surrounding areas.  She hopes to show how the use of native plants and the right ones, will increase those populations in your own yard.  Learn about the larvae, many photos included, what they eat and how to appreciate them instead of curse their devouring your plants.

Biography –  Kathy has had an interest in nature, well about since she was born.  Since she was a small child, she has collected and observed anything alive and much that is not, all related to our natural world.  That included butterflies and especially sphinx moths.  She shared that interest with fellow members of her 4-H club by being entomology project leader for other kids.

Kathy has been a member of NPSOT & the Trinity Forks chapter for almost 18 years.  She has dabbled in landscaping with native plants since the early 80’s, basically when she graduated from college and had her first yard.  She even introduced a new author of native plant landscaping to Frogfruit.

In 1994 her yard was awarded the Texas Wildscape certification, as Backyard Habitat #290, with TX Parks and Wildlife.  A few years following, she was certified as a Wildscape Instructor & did some Wildscape landscape consultation for a few years.  It was the precursor to the Master Naturalist.  She loves to encourage others to use natives and has a passion for introducing new plants.  She continually provides new species to 2 growers to encourage more natives in the nurseries, one just delivered end of September.  Some of these include Chile pequin, Bush Sunflower, and Frogfruit.  That latest is Snakeherb, Dyschoriate linearis.
Currently she has about 180 species of TX Native Plants in her yard.

September 24, 2009

Speaker:  Cynthia Maguire.

Topic:  Birds, Bees, and Native Plants.  Cynthia Maguire will share her knowledge of the interactions between birds, bees, and native plants with members and guests of Trinity Forks.
Her appreciation of the plant community outside her back door is deeper and richer than ever before. She sees not only an attractive landscape, but a home for many of God’s creatures.  As her collection of native plants has become more diverse, so has the wildlife that calls her garden ‘home.’  Numerous kinds of birds and butterflies, moths, frogs, and a gecko family share the land.  Cynthia credits Trinity Forks, saying, “I now find myself choosing a new plant just because it will entice a certain animal into my garden.  None of this would have happened if I had not been introduced to the value of native plants by members of Trinity Forks.”

Biological information:  Ms. Maguire has a B.S. in Medical Technology, an M.S. in Biology, and an M.S. in Chemistry.  She was employed in clinical laboratories in Oklahoma, Illinois and Missouri for about 15 years. Cynthia's teaching career began in 1994, and in a short time she was hooked on teaching.  In the fall of 2003, Ms. Maguire joined the faculty of the Chemistry and Physics Department at TWU where she currently teaches Fundamentals of Science, Introduction to Chemistry, Introduction to Environmental Chemistry, and Science Math and Technology.  She sees her greatest challenge and takes the most pleasure in helping her students overcome their fear of science and get excited about learning. 

Ms. Maguire is active both locally and at the state level in the Native Plant Society of Texas, putting her science knowledge to good use for the betterment of TWU and the greater Denton community.

May 28, 2009

Speaker:  Cecil Carter.

Topic:   "Lush Lawns versus the Coming Water Shortage".  Statistics on the existing and coming water shortage in North Texas and the need for vigorous adoption of native plants in our landscapes.
Biological information:   Cecil is on the Lake Cities Municipal Water Authority.  He is a Certified Community Developer, having consulted for 10 years with small towns trying to finance new water facilities.  He has taken 18 hours of graduate classes in statistics and so is very knowledgeable in presenting statistical information.

April 23, 2009

Speaker:  Marshall Fox.

Topic:  Enticing birds to your yard with native plants. 

March 26, 2009

Speaker:  Allison Adams, Collin County Honey Queen.

Topic:  Honeybees in the Native Garden.  Allison will talk about the role bees  play in our native landscape.  Maximilian sunflower, horse mint,  Indian blanket, rock rose (pavonia), goldenrod and salvias are a short list of natives favored by honeybees.

Location:  This meeting will be in Room 202 of the Classroom Faculty Office (CFO) building, not in the Clock Tower.  The CFO is just to the south-east of the Clock Tower.

Biological information:  Allison Adams is the seventeen-year-old daughter of Ned and Caryl  Adams of Plano, Texas.  She began beekeeping five years ago through  the Collin County Hobby Beekeepers Association youth scholarship  program and has thoroughly enjoyed it ever since.  She also finds  pleasure in drawing, cooking, gardening, sewing, English country  dancing, and most of all, spending time with her family.

February 26, 2009

Speaker:  Cathy Lustgarten; current President of the Trinity Forks Chapter.

Topic:  Natives to Neighbours:  A New Program for Sustainable Landscaping in Denton County.

Biological information:   Dr. Cathy Lustgarten, a life member of the Native Plant Society of Texas, is a veterinary radiologist by profession, but wildflowers and native plants have been her life-long passion. Cathy worked tirelessly for her neighborhood association to redesign and replace their entry landscapes with native plants. She is the current president of the Trinity Forks Chapter of NPSOT, and uses native plants extensively in her home landscape.

January 22, 2009

Speakers:  Becca Dickstein and Lon Turnbull, Denton NPSOT members.

Topic:  “All grass to no grass, an 8-year adventure in native plant, herb, vegetable and xeriscape gardening in North Texas.”

Description: Trinity Forks husband-and-wife members Becca Dickstein and Lon Turnbull will discuss the transformation of their backyard from a boring all grass lawn to a lower maintenance no-lawn landscape containing native plants, herbs, vegetables and adapted exotics.  The backyard now has something in bloom almost all the time.  The transformation was done using organic methods and plants purchased small or plants grown from seed and therefore was done at low cost.   There will be plenty of pictures that help show the transition and how beautiful that a back yard can look when it has a large number of native plants.

Biographical Information: Becca Dickstein and Lon Turnbull are transplants to Texas who are avid gardeners and always willing to try new things in the garden.  Becca is originally from the US East Coast, while Lon is Canadian, hailing from British Columbia.  Both work in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of North Texas.  Becca is a Professor of Biochemistry and Lon is a Staff Scientist.

October 23, 2008

Speaker:  Members who have a favorite plant to report on.

Topic:  Members plant swap, photo display, and favorite plant report.

Bring potted plants of one variety. If you bring plants you can take home the same number for free.  If you want to take home more than you brought, a donation of an amount similar to the plant sale will suffice.  Please bring no more than a flat of plants.  Be prepared to give a very short educational presentation on the plant that you have brought to trade.

Bring pictures for a "Show 'N Tell" of one single subject.  These presentations will take place before the plant swap.  Tell us whatever you think that other members will want to know about this subject.  (Bring photos, or CD, or flash drive.)

September 25, 2008

Speaker:  Marilyn Sallee.  Master Gardener, Master Naturalist, and Coordinator for the Cross Timbers

Topic:  The Texas Invasives Program.
Marilyn is coordinator for the Cross Timbers Invaders, Texas Invasives Program, administered by LBJ Wildflower Center.  Invaders track the expansion of invasive plants and report them to the USDA. The Cross Timbers Invaders is the largest and most active Invaders group in the state.  They have partnered in reporting and removal on invasives with the City of Ft Worth, Arlington and the Army Corps of Engineers, as well as many individual property owners.  The PlantWise program is allied with the Invaders, offering education to homeowners about alternatives to invasives.
As an Invader, Marilyn documents invasive plants by recording the species and GPS coordinates every time she sees one. She then enters the data online to track the spread of invasives.  The main problem with invasives, she says, is that they out-compete and drive out the good plants, which destroys habitat and eliminates diversity.

August 28, 2008

Ice Cream Social

Speakers: Conversation with all those who attend.

Topics: Home made Ice Cream and Cookies, a guided tour on a native trail, and a game of water balloons.  (Bring your own drinks!)

May 22, 2008

Speaker: Dr. Camelia Maier, Associate Professor in Biology at Texas Woman's University (TWU).

Topic: Native Plant Research at Texas Woman's University, including snow-on-the-prairie, trout-lily, and bois d'arc, etcetera.

Note Well: The location of this meeting will be at TWU in Room 313 of the Arts and Sciences Building.  (Building # 3)  This building can be accessed from Oakland Street.  Parking is available the parking lot on the west side of Oakland Street, just north of the Human Resources building.

April 24, 2008

Speaker:  Steven Ray, with the USDA Denton office.

Topic:  Prairie Grasses.

March 27, 2008

Speaker:  Master Naturalist Jim Varnum.

Topic:  Botanical (A)musings, where he explores the world of plants and plant naming with plenty of nature jokes and trivia mixed in.  For example, would you like to know how our state flower, the Texas bluebonnet, became to be known as Lupinus texensis?

February 28, 2008

Speaker: Rodney Love owner of a company that places emphasis on waterwise landscapes. 

Topic:  The incorporation of native or regionally adapted plants with enhanced soil composition and an efficient irrigation system into yard designs.

January 24, 2008

Speaker: Kathy Saucier

Topic: Photography for the Average Nature Lover: Topics include composition background, light, close-ups, and flash.

October 25, 2007

Speaker: Tony Lucido, Registered Landscape Architect, North Texas Tollway Authority Landscape Manager.

Topic: Influencing Our Community to Grow Native: President George Bush Turnpike Landscape Project.

September 27, 2007

Speaker: Paul Cox, Assistant Director of the San Antonio Botanical Garden and senior author of Texas Trees: A Friendly Guide.

Topic: Influencing our Community to Grow Native – A Public Garden's Perspective.

Biography:  Texas plant expert and author Paul W. Cox has a B.S. in biology/forestry and a master's degree in botany from Stephen F. Austin State University. He is assistant superintendent of the San Antonio Botanical Gardens and this summer celebrated his 30th year with that facility.  Paul is an adjunct professor at Palo Alto College teaching about Texas trees and native plants. He is an expert in the care of native roses.  Paul has named and released several introductions to the nursery trade, e.g., "Bubba" Desert Willow, "Spank" Chomonque, "Kara's Revlon" Globe Mallow, and "Pink Ice" Rose.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Annual Ice Cream Social, Lake Ray Roberts picnic area.

Topic: Socializing, games, tour of new interpretive center, and eating.

May 24, 2007

Speaker: Phyllis Dolich, President of the Williamson County Chapter and Chair of the 2007 State Symposium

Topic: A preview of the Fall NPSOT Symposium "The Blackland and Grand Prairies"

April 26, 2007

Speaker: "Native Dave" of Native Texas Garden Designs

Topic: Landscaping with Native Plants: Balancing Economic with Ecological Values

March 22, 2007

Speaker: Pat Haigh of TxDOT 

Topic: Influencing our Community to Grow Native - Blooming Denton County Roadsides

February 22, 2007

Speakers: Susan Randolph and Rob Wier 

Topic: Influencing our Community to Grow Native - a Nursery's Perspective

January 25, 2007

Speakers: Steve Spurger, Dorothy Thetford and Cathy Lustgarten 

Topic: Natives in the Neighborhood

October 26, 2006

Speakers: George Diggs, Barney Lipscomb and Robert O'Kennon

Topic: Flora of East Texas

September 28, 2006

Speaker: Camlelia G.-A. Maier

Topic: Fruit Diversity and Ecological Significance

August 24, 2006

Ice Cream Social on the TWU campus

Topic: Socializing and Games

May 25, 2006

Speaker: Dr. Al Knauf

Topic:  Practical Soil Science for Plant Lovers

April 27, 2006

Speaker:  Don Kenney.  Don and Marilee Kenney run the Painted Flower Farm, a small, family-owned nursery that specializes in TexasTuff  perennials either native or adapted to the rigors of growing in North Texas.

Topic:  Plant Roots and Soil Microorganisms: The Perfect Couple

March 23, 2006

Speaker: Dr. Ken Dickson, professor with the department of biology at the University of North Texas

Topic: Water Needs of North Texas Native Plants

February 23, 2006

Speaker: Betty Dunn from the Boerne Chapter of NPSOT

Topic: Using native plants instead of common exotics!

January 26, 2006

Speaker: Howard Garrett, the "Dirt Doctor" and author of " Plants of the Metroplex"

Topic: Dirty Secrets Revealed

October 27, 2005

Speaker: Dr. Rebecca Dickstein, Associate Professor of Biochemistry at UNT

Topic: Plant Propagation: Multiplication and Division

September 22, 2005

Speaker: John Cooper, TAMU Agricultural Extension Agent for Denton

Topic: Landscaping with Native Trees

August 25, 2005

Ice Cream Social in the Gardens on the TWU campus

Topic: Socialization and Games

May 28, 2005

Speaker: Dr. George Diggs, Austin College

Topic: The Cross Timbers Across Time--a history of Cross Timbers Forest Plants

April 28, 2005

Speaker: Bill Lindemann, past president of NPSOT

Topic: Big Bend National Park: A Naturalist's Dreamland

March 24, 2005

Speaker: Dr. Howard Arnott, UT Arlington

Topic: Crystals in Plants

February 24, 2005

Speaker: Russel Stevens, Noble Foundation

Topic: Prairies and Grasses

January 27, 2005

Education topic: Dr. Becca Dickstein, biochemist at UNT will give a 5 minute demonstration on seed propagation.

Speaker: Bonnie Bradshaw, Texas Discovery Gardens in Dallas

Topic: Backyard Wildlife Habitats: Butterflies, Birds & Botany

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Speakers who canceled.

January 27, 2011

Speaker:  Roger Sanderson Director of Botanical Gardens at the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney. 

Topic:  Description of the natural wonders to be seen at the Heard sanctuary.

Biography:  Roger was one of the featured speakers at the recent 30th Annual Native Plant Society of Texas Symposium held in Denton. Roger is on the board of the Collin County Prairie & Timbers Audubon Society and the Texas Herpetological Society.”  He and his wife are also active members of the Dallas Paleontology Society and both are active birders. He was Assistant Director of the Dallas Civic Garden Center (now Texas Discovery Gardens).  Roger had a weekly column for several years in the Dallas Morning News on plants and continues to write articles about nature in several publications.

Last noted update by Lon: November 13, 2017.