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Vintage Oaks Xeriscape Fair, Comal County

By Deedy Wright and Pat Kent

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New Braunfels chapter table with Pat Kent and Deedy Wright talking to a Vintage Oaks resident about native plants in the landscape.

Saturday, July 22, Vintage Oaks New Braunfels POA sponsored a xeriscape fair for their residents.

About the Event

Vintage Oaks New Braunfels is a 3,900+ acre master planned community including multi-acre lots. Many new residents as well as longtime residents had expressed the need for information on how to landscape given the challenging weather patterns. Various gardening, conservation, and landscaping groups such as NPSOT, Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, the Comal County Conservation Alliance, the Headwaters at the Comal, and several landscaping companies participated. The event was very well attended by over 200 Vintage Oaks residents.

Native Plants a Hot Topic

Interest in our message about using natives was a hot topic. Both the New Braunfels and the Lindheimer chapters participated. Our New Braunfels table had information about how to xeriscape, a list of local nurseries, reasons to plant natives, and Native American Seed resources. One of the most popular items was an article from the San Antonio Water System on why covering your yard with rocks is not a good idea.

We were excited to see so much interest in saving water and growing natives. In fact, a discussion is going on now to organize many of the same groups as participated in the Vintage Oaks event and contact other area HOAs about doing something similar for them. This hot, dry weather has certainly focused people around here on how to save water, help the environment, and have a nice landscape.

Recommended Reading

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More Chapter Activities this Summer

Native Plant Society chapters are working hard this summer to continue outreach and education about native plants. For events like this and other ways to engage, check out the Calendar.