For 20+ years Fredericksburg members have enthusiastically used educational programs, workshops, and demonstration gardens to encourage Gillespie county residents to explore this valuable ecosystem with us. Topics touch every interest:
- cooking with native plants
- plant propagation
- attracting birds and pollinators
- understanding soil
- drought and flood
- bring your question for us to explore
Pollinator Garden Assistance and Recognition Program
The Texas Master Naturalists, Hill Country Chapter in partnership with the Kerrville, Fredericksburg and Boerne Chapters of the Native Plant Society of Texas are promoting small plot gardens. Think cottage size. With this free community service to aid you, you can help protect pollinators and increase the use of native plants in your own back yard. In addition, your garden will be beautiful.
Cross Mountain’s Monarch Garden
Led by the Board of Directors, Cross Mountain, with its Monarch garden, is a new and exciting collaboration between the City of Fredericksburg and our Native Plant Society chapter. A
The Fredericksburg Post Office Garden
The Fredericksburg, Texas Post Office Garden; an official NPSOT garden, managed by Linda Ross and Kim Lewis. In Fredericksburg, people still go to the post office! Once there, they are
NICE! Native Plant Partners
The NICE Native Plant Partners program is a collaboration between the Native Plant Society of Texas and local nurseries around the state to offer natives that are right for the local environment. Texas is a large, diverse state and plants that work for one region may not always be the best choice in a different region. Native Plant Partners committees run by our local chapters create a list of Plant of the Month plants (in some areas a Plant of the Season) in cooperation with participating local nurseries and wholesalers in order to assure availability. The Native Plant Society chapter then helps promote the Plant of the Month through its website and newspaper articles, signs at the point of sale and other means. Often an information sheet on the plant is available at the nursery.
Native Landscape Certification Program
Our Native Landscape Certification Program (NLCP) is a series of day-long classes highlighting best practices for native plant landscaping, including wildlife habitat gardening.
Each class consists of an indoor training session and a plant identification session. We show you plants native to the local ecoregion and illustrate their use in the landscape.
In each level you are presented with 45 native Texas plants recommended for your area, and 5 non-native plants to avoid.
Goals of the NLCP classes are to (a) educate NPSOT members and the general public about the value of natives, (b) how to use native plants in home, public and commercial landscapes and habitat restorations, and to (c) provide native landscape education, CEUs, and credentials to landscape professionals, developers, and nature-oriented groups.
- Level 1: Introduction to Native Landscapes – Class & Plant Walk
- Level 2: Design and Development with Native Plants – Class & Plant Walk
- Level 3: Installing and Maintaining Native Landscapes – Class & Plant Walk
- Level 4: Stewardship of Native Plant Communities (under development) – Class & Plant Walk Visit Native Landscape Certification Program