Archive for May, 2011

Hooker's palafoxia (Palafoxia hookeriana) - photo by Bill Carr

Think you’re pretty familiar with natives in the garden?  Are you getting ho-hum about red yucca and blackfoot daisy?

Join us as Andrea DeLong-Amaya, Director of Horticulture at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, presents “Lesser-Known, Garden-Worthy Native Plants,” respresenting some of the recent success stories they’ve had at the Wildflower Center.

Andrea’s going to wow us with the latest native flora that’ve passed muster at the Center, including palafoxias (see left), plumbagos, globemallows and grasses, to name a few, that deserve more attention in our landscapes.

Tuesday, May 17, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Wild Basin Wilderness meeting room, 805 N. Capital of Texas Highway.

Tour of Willowbrook Reach

Who knew about these backyard gems?

Willowbrook Reach, a half-mile stretch of Upper Boggy Creek in the Cherrywood neighborhood of East Austin, offered a great example of what a community can do to restore habitat along a creekbed.  David Boston, of Friends and Lovers of Willowbrook Reach, and Staryn Wagner of the City’s Watershed Dept., met about 15 NPSOTers for the low-down and tour.

Remember the old airport?

The pond at Mueller Prairie - onetime parking lot for Austin's old airport!

We then had a great visit to Mueller Prairie, just a few blocks away, to see a larger-scale, work-in-progress in re-establishing short and tall grass prairies right here in the city.  Janelle Dozier, of Friends of the Prairie, as well as many prairie birds–meadowlarks, scissortails and snowy egrets–were there to greet us.