Archive for September, 2011

Have you ever wondered why you can’t find certain native plants in the nurseries but can always find others? Frustrated by the fact you can’t buy a shin oak to plant in your yard?


OCTOBER 18th, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (6:30 p.m. for plant sale)
Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve, 805 N. Capital of Texas Highway, Austin

Jared Pyka, Sales and Marketing Manager, Native Texas Nursery (Austin wholesaler) will speak on:

  • The future of native plant propagation
  • Challenges of native plant propagation
  • Mareting decisions made by plant nurseries
  • Propagation techniques from seed and cuttings
  • Sources for plant propagation

Bring your questions for this informal presentation!


Come early at 6:30 p.m. and bring your checkbook and/or cash to purchase our native plants remaining from the Wildflower Center’s Fall Plant Sale (Oct. 14-16).


Chuck Sexton in big bluestem

Hey!  Have you heard the joke about Mother Nature’s relationship with the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics?  No?…well, Mother Nature walks into a bar and…

Okay, I’m being silly.  You will laugh while you learn, however, when Dr. Chuck Sexton, local wildlife biologist, presents Energy Flow in the Landscape at our September meeting.  I’ve previously attended…and enjoyed…his fun, non-technical exploration of how energy flow can be seen as an organizing–and disorganizing–concept for understanding the shape, complexity, and everyday functioning of the natural world all around us.

Chuck migrated from southern California to UT-Austin in the mid-1970’s, earning his 1987 doctorate by studying the impact of urbanization on birds.  An acknowledged expert on both the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo, he first served as an environmental specialist with the City of Austin, 1985-1994, then as staff biologist for the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge (USFWS) 1995-2010.  Chuck has been active in environmental issues for over 25 years locally and around Texas.  You may know him best as one of the driving forces behind the formation of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve system.

Tuesday, September 20, 7-9pm at Wild Basin Preserve, 805 N. Capitol of TX Hwy (Loop 360) , Austin 78746

This chapter meeting will be preceded at 6:00 p.m. by a gathering of the Rare Plant Rebels (rare plant & seed exchange group).