Gardening with Deer in Mind

deer at stillhouse

Expand your plant palette with certain native plants that are generally avoided by our abundant deer. Learn about plant characteristics that deer find less palatable, and tactics that will contribute to your gardening success.  Audience participation will be encouraged.

Our speaker will be Jane Tillman,  a Capital Area Master Naturalist  and Habitat Steward who gardens in spite of the deer in her Best of Texas Backyard Wildlife Habitat in NW Hills.

Jane is an active member of the Travis Audubon Society, a Capital Area Master Naturalist and a National Wildlife Federation Habitat Steward Host. She is the president of the Austin Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas.

Jane was recognized by the four-million-member National Wildlife Federation as the 2011 Volunteer of the Year for her work training more than one hundred Habitat Stewards to create backyard wildlife habitat here in Austin. She was active in the effort to certify Austin as an NWF Community Wildlife Habitat in 2009. Jane teaches beginning backyard birding classes, leads field trips and gives talks about Central Texas birds to garden clubs, neighborhood associations, libraries, and the University of Texas continuing education programs. She gardens for wildlife, and was fortunate to have a rare Green Violetear hummingbird visit her yard in 2008.

The September meeting 7-9 PM will take place in the administration building of the Tarrytown United Methodist Church, 2601 Exposition Blvd., Austin, TX 78703. The administration building is on the southeast corner of Greenlee and Exposition. There is parking in the garage, which also has an elevator. You can enter the garage from Greenlee; look for the signs leading you to the second-floor meeting room. Arrive at 6:30 PM for snacks and seed exchange.