The January 21st chapter meeting will include a presentation by Stephen Scace on the native grass mixture known as HABITURF™, developed by The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center for dry regions of Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona. HABITURF™ is a mix of Bouteloua dactyloides (buffalograss), Bouteloua gracilis (blue grama), Hilaria belangeri (curly-mesquite), and other native species. As a replication of nature’s shortgrass prairies, it requires less mowing, watering and weeding than domestic turfgrasses. Tuesday night’s presentation will show how to create a native lawn and will take a look at the science behind it.

Stephen Scace is a volunteer docent–and the son of a 20-year volunteer–at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, where he helps maintain trails and wild lands, assists with research projects, and guides tours. He is particularly interested in the Center’s work restoring and creating native ecosystems, and really likes native grasses.

Please note that this January 21st meeting will take place at the familiar time of 7–9 PM but in a new and more central location: Tarrytown United Methodist Church, 2601 Exposition Blvd., Austin, TX 78703. We will meet in the administration building just across Greenlee St. on the south side of the church campus at the corner of Greenlee and Exposition. There’s parking and an elevator in the garage off Greenlee.

Doors open at 6:30 PM for socializing. Snacks will be available then and after the presentation. Nonmembers welcome; free admission.

Remember to bring:
(1) seeds to exchange and give away;
(2) mystery plants for identification.

For further information, contact Phyllis Schunck at (512) 472-2086 in Austin.


Stephen Scace