Wildscapes Workshop 2018 – Update

Wildscapes Workshop 2018 – Save the Date Notice

Wildscapes is Back!

Mark Your Calendar Now and Plan to Attend

on September 22, 2018

After the 2017 Wildscapes Workshop cancellation due to Hurricane Harvey, this fantastic event is back for 2018. The date has been changed to later in the month to specifically avoid our city’s highest probability period for hurricanes. Plan to attend for the great speakers and for the bigger than ever, native plant sale. An effort is underway to bring the same speakers in from the 2017 program who did not get a chance to make their presentions. Details on the 2017 program can be found lower on the page.

The plans are now to hold 2018 Wildscapes Workshop event as indicated below:

When: Saturday, September 22, 2018 – 8 am to 3:30 pm

Where: Houston Community College West Loop Center, 5601 W. Loop South, Houston, 77081

More 2018 Wildscapes Workshop information is coming as soon as we confirm our speakers and topics.

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 Information on the 2017 Wildscapes Workshop / Will be updated for 2018 soon

Landscaping with Native Plants to Attract Wildlife

This 2017 event was canceled due to Hurricane Harvey

Presented by Native Plant Society of Texas – Houston Chapter

Co-Sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Link to sponsorship information  ***  See who are our sponsors at 2017 Sponsors List

Download full-color flyer in PDF Click here

Native Plant Sale List in PDF – Click here (subject to availability).

2016wwcolwebPhotos from 2016 Wildscapes Workshop & Plant Sale (Photo credit: James Holmes)


The 2017 Wildscapes Workshop is a one-day, not-to-be-missed educational event and local native plant sale. This year’s 19th annual event will involve four featured speakers in an effort to provide up-to-date information on the relationship between native plants and our local wildlife and environment, and Houston’s prairie history, culture, and its future.

Wildscapes Workshop Audience: Photo credit James Holmes

When you attend this year’s 19th annual Wildscapes Workshop, you will:

  • Explore a historical and personal perspective of Houston’s native landscape and what can be done to save it
  • Learn the benefits of creating ponds and wetlands and how they promote native wildlife, particularly dragonflies and damselflies
  • Hear a highly educational and fun talk on identifying the types of fireflies, the habitats in which they reside, and how they use light to communicate
  • Learn the soils and light conditions that our local native plants prefer, know when they bloom or fruit, their fall colors, companion plants, and much more. Discover which plants benefit specific animals, birds, and pollinators.
  • Be able to buy local native plants from the Wildscapes Workshop plant sale.

2017 Wildscapes Workshop was Cancelled Due to Hurricane Harvey / Check back in the near future for 2018 Wildscapes Workshop Information 

Program: Schedule, Speakers, and Topics

(NOTE: Click on speaker’s name or presentation title below for more details)

8:00 AM Sign-in / Register / Coffee & Snacks

8:30 – 8:45 Welcome – Wally Ward, President NPSOT Houston Chapter; Introductions/Announcements – Emcee Dr. Russell Kane, VintageTexas – author & naturalist

8:45 – 8:50 Special Video: NPSOT Native Plant Landscaping Certification Program -Wildlife is in Danger… It’s Time to Get Involved! by Nivien Saleh, Ph.D.

8:50 – 9:50 Dan Worrall, Member of the Harris County Historical Commission and Author. Presentation: “A Historical Perspective of the Native Landscape of West Houston: Its Settlement and Use by Early Area Pioneers, Disappearance, and Future

9:50 – 10:05 Break – Time to check out the native plants in the plant sale and books!

10:05 – 11:05  Dr. John Abbott, Director of Museum Research and Collections for the University of Alabama and Author, “Building a Pond to Attract a Diverse Array of Insects and Other Wildlife

11:05 – 11:20 Break – Time to check out the plants, buy books signed by author / presenters!

11:20 – 12:20 PM  Ben Pfeiffer, founder of Firefly.org, “Fireflies of Texas: Glowing, Glowing, Gone

12:20 – 1:00 Lunch (Box Lunch Provided – buy books, check our native plants)

1:00 – 2:00  Diana Foss, Biologist with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, “Great Natives for Wildscapes Gardens

2:00 PM Raffle Winners Posted / Announcements from the Podium

2:10 PM Native Plant Sale Begins – Click here for the tentative list of plants.

3:30 PM Wildscapes Workshop Ends

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2016 Wildscape Workshop attendees waiting for plant sale to begin


As in the past, this event will sell out. So, early registration is recommended.

Registration for 2017 Wildscapes Workshop will be handled online through the Eventbrite secure website using your credit card via the green registration buttons found on this page. For those without Internet, register via mail and check using a printed registration form (click here to display and print the form) following the mail and payment instructions on form).

When registering indicate the number of people registering, the number of vegetarian or gluten-free meals for registrants, amount. If you wish, you can also indicate the amount of a donation you want to make that will be applied in your name to the NPSOT Houston Chapter’s educational and charitable activities.

2017 Wildscapes Workshop was Cancelled Due to Hurricane Harvey / Check back in the near future for 2018 Wildscapes Workshop Information 

Sponsors and Donations

The Wildscape Workshop is the Native Plant Society of Texas – Houston Chapter’s only annual fundraiser. Last year’s proceeds helped support our monthly meetings and field trips, the Native Landscape Certification Program courses, Wildscapes Workshop, NPSOT Symposium, the Kate Hillhouse Scholarship Fund and more.

If you are interested in gaining the benefits and visibility that Wildscapes Workshop sponsorship can bring personally or for your business, please click here for details on sponsorship and donations. Sponsors receive complimentary ticket(s) to the workshop. First come first serve on registration.

See who are our sponsors at 2017 Sponsors List

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2016 Wildscapes Workshop Highlights & Videos

Click here for archived information, presentations and videos.

Hope to see you this year for 2018 Wildscapes Workshop