GENERAL MEETING MINUTES OF THE NPSOT –
CROSS TIMBERS CHAPTER
January 11, 2018
The January 11, 2018 meeting of the NPSOT Cross Timbers Chapter was held at the Cherry Park Community building in Weatherford. President Jacque Wortman called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm.
Minutes: There were no corrections to the Nov. Minutes. The Nov. Minutes are posted on the website. If you have any changes or additions to the Nov. minutes, please contact Kathy DeMaggio, Secretary, with the changes (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Attendance: 24 members which included 5 guests signing in.
Treasurer: The Treasurer’s report was read by Jacque. Beginning balance was $2568.81 and with expenses paid out, the ending balance is still $2411.88. There were no corrections so the Treasurer’s Report is approved as read.
Membership: Tonight’s refreshments are provided by our members Jacque and Libby Afflerbach. Next meeting Kerry Newbury and Kathy DeMaggio.
Visitors: Jacque asked Jeff to recognize our guests.
- Saturday, April 28 10:00 am we are having a Walk About at Eileen Porter’s property. She is a Master Naturalist. Meat will be provided, just bring side dishes. Details will be announced.
- Weatherford Blooms will be on April 14, 10-4pm and we are planning to have a booth. Cleo Pitman and Janie Murray are co-chairs. Please get in touch with them to join the committee.
This is our only fundraiser. If you can’t join the committee, please sign up to help the Saturday of the event. We need people to help sell plants. We get most of our plants from Stewart Nursery but members also bring plants from their gardens to help us raise money. If you have 4” or gal. plants, please let us know.
- Libby Afflerbach described the Landscape Certification Classes. They will be posted on the state website – NPSOT.org Keep checking when they post the classes.
- Operation NICE Program is a program to promote native plants. It is an acryonym for “Natives Instead of Common Exotics.” Stewart Nursery is our closest NICE nursery.
Kathy DeMaggio will be posting the flyer. Check with Stewart’s to see what the plant of the quarter will be.
- State Spring Symposium will be held February 24. Please check on the state website for details. It will be held at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center that Saturday. You can register online.
- There is a sign-up sheet going around to sign to help with the Mineral Wells State Park Pollinator Bed maintenance. Kerry Newberry is in charge of this event. Contact her at email@example.com if you want to work on Jan. 20.
Break for refreshments.
Plant of the Month
Terri Walker presented Blacksamson or Purple Coneflower as the Plant of the Month.
Asteraceae – aster family
Echinacea purpurea – a perennial with 2-5 ft. stems, long lasting lavendar flowers. Purple flowers are singly atop the stems, spiny centers and drooping lavender rays. Has Large black roots that are fibrous.
Sun, part shade, dry soil, well drained, sandy or richer soils. Suitable for prairie garden or use in flower arrangements. Goldfinches, deer and pollinators like coneflowers. Can be propagated by seed or divide crowns. Also used for medicinal purposes.
Understanding Nature’s Balancing Act
A patch of bare ground doesn’t stay that way for long. Mother Nature generally steps in with a succession of plant life that can heal, change and stabilize a disturbed landscape. That process of plant succession will be the topic of the January meeting of the Native Plant Society’s Cross Timbers chapter in Weatherford.
Range and grassland expert Dan Caudle will explain how over time — years, decades or centuries — groups of plants establish themselves, one after another, until an ecosystem become stable. You can tell by what species are growing in a prairie, for example, how recently the land has been disturbed and how far along it is in recovering its natural state. An understanding of these succession stages is important, says Caudle, in managing your property to establish, restore, maintain or enhance your lands.
Caudle is a native West Texan with a special interest in native grasses of the plains and prairies. He spent 40 years as a rangeland management specialist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. He is now an independent consultant for landowners in Texas and Louisiana. Since 2014 he has also been a resident research associate at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, located in Fort Worth. Dan can be contacted at dcaudie@brit.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:30.