Welcome

The Prairie Rose Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas is made up of individuals from 6 counties, Bosque, Erath, Hamilton, Hood, Johnson and Somervell. Our monthly meetings are held on the fourth Monday of the month at 6:00 pm at the Somervell County Citizens Center, 209 SW Barnard Street in Glen Rose. The meetings are free and open to visitors.

For more information, email prairierose.npsot@gmail.com or call (254) 300-8661.
For a listing of our upcoming programs and events, click here.

January Meeting. February and March 2018 Events

Bring the Natives Home

Our speaker, January 22, 2018, the one and only Randy Johnson from Dallas. Most folks think of ‘wild spaces’ when the phrase ‘native plants’ is mentioned, but did you know that they transition very nicely into the home landscape? With an unparalleled expertise in the natural world, Randy will lead a walk and talk showing you how to transition to your home garden commonly seen native plants in the wild.

Our meeting will be at 6:30  in the Somervell County Citizens Center, 209 SW Barnard, Glen Rose.

 

Acton Nature Center Bird Walks

1st Saturday Bird Walks  Feb. 3RD, 2018 @7am FREE to All!!!
If you have them, bring binoculars and field guide.
Stroll along and learn with Dr. Billy Teels.
How many species will YOU see?

Feather Fest at Acton Nature Center March 24, 2018

Want to know more about the birds in your backyard?
The Acton Nature Center is hosting the 3rd Annual Feather Fest on Saturday, March 24.
This fun, free, and educational event is a celebration of all things birds, with activities for the whole family!
Activities include:
• educational presentations on birding
• raptors demonstrations, and
• craft activities for children
Visitors can also enjoy informational booths about
• Fossil Rim
• Cleburne State Park
• Dinosaur Valley State Park, and
• Native Plant Society
Bring your family to Acton Nature Center on March 24 to learn more about our feathered friends and the nature in your neighborhood. Admission is free and open to all ages.

October Native Plant Week November Meeting and Christmas

November Meeting

Mon, November 27, 6:00pm – 6:30pm Somervell County Citizen’s Center

Gifts of Color: native plant dyes

Jane adding dried sunflower petals to the dye pot.

Jane Packard presented an evening of fun with a  presentation on using native plants as dye August 28th at the Somervell County Citizen Center.  All members present chose yarn and chose a native plant to use as a dye medium. The meeting was well attended. Members also enjoyed home made desserts centered around the prickly pear cactus. Desserts were created by members Sandi Stringer and Linda Heideman. Program chairperson, Sandra Skrei was applauded for another wonderful Prairie Rose Chapter meeting.

All are encouraged to join us September 25, 2017. Our speaker on “Why Families are Important”, with Dr. Allen Nelson, Tarleton State, is going to be very informative. This is a chance for all of us to up our plant identification skills by focusing on plant families! Dr Nelson says his research interests are in floristi Octobercs, conservation, plant ecology, and plant systematics. His research group is active in working on the floristics of the Cross Timbers and Colorado River bottomland plant ecology. Students have been active in projects involving conservation of Cross Timbers plants. They have also completed studies that have examined the burrow ecology of the Texas kangaroo rat, a state-threatened species. Systematic studies of the genera Arachis (peanuts), Chelone (wild snapdragons endemic to eastern North America), Castilleja (paint brushes), and Nothochelone (a wild snapdragon endemic to western North America) are also ongoing. This will be held at the Somervell County Citizen’s Center at 6:30 PM with a short business meeting (all members encouraged to attend) at 6PM.

Also coming up is Prairie Rose Chapter’s participation in the Comanche Peak Native Arts Day Celebration 2017. It will be held Saturday, October 7 from 10:00 until 2:00 at the Comanche Peak Nature Trail. More details will become available soon.

We are planning our Native Plant Week October 14th thru the 21st.  Governor Perry designated the third week of October as Texas Native Week, in 2009  We will be holding our plant sale on the Square downtown Glen Rose on Saturday the 21st of October.

Prairie Rose will again, also join other organization to celebrate Halloween on the Glen Rose Court House Square at the end of October. Be thinking of a fun costume and collecting seeds to share in envelopes will hand out. If you have festive, holiday appropriate stickers we can apply to the envelopes, please share them with us soon that we can put them to good use!

 

August 28th Monthly at 6:00

July Meeting
We had a great speaker for the month of July meeting. Brooke Best explained to us about how the Botanical Research Institute of Texas uses succulents as part of their Living Roof!

Monday, August 28th
Get ready to dye! Dr. Jane Packard, formerly of Texas A&M and a research associate at Fossil Rim, will share some of her favorite native plants she uses to dye the yarn she makes! We’ll all be able to experiment with the dying process, and have some yarn to take home afterwards.

Every spring and fall the City of Burleson and Keep Burleson Beautiful sponsors a community clean-up event. We have our fall event scheduled for Saturday, September 9 from 9:00 – 11:00 meeting at Warren Park. September 9 is also National Planting Day ( see link below) so… we would like to incorporate National Planting Day with our Trash Bash Clean-up day .We were wondering if your group would be interested in volunteering with our event.
https://www.kab.org/our-programs/great.

 

Wheeler Dam Trek

June Meeting.

On our regular evening meeting for the month of June, instead of being at the Somervell County Seniors Citizens Center, we actually hiked through the trails at Wheeler Dam. There were several of us there and while hiking we identified many of the native flowers and wild grasses of Texas.  The old  iron bridge from the river crossing at Tres Rios had been moved to Wheeler Dam about a year ago and is in the process of being installed.  This will be a great place to hike when all is done. Part of the trail had an old homestead that only had some remnants of the resident’s yard, a China Berry Tree and a trailing Lantana.  I have never seen that type of Lantana, but know they are invasive in Australia, but not here, since I have only seen one in Glen Rose!

July 24th,  The Living Roof at BRIT.  Learn about using succulents to keep your heating costs down, and your roof interesting!!!   With Brooke Byerley, Botanist, Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Ft. Worth.  6:00 pm, Somervell County Senior Citizens Center.
For more information, contact Program Chair Sandy Skrei, 512-554-7421, 4highhope@gmail.com. Check out our calendar at npsot.org/wp/prairieroselendar

Brooke earned a Ph.D. in Botany from Colorado State University, where she studied floral morphology and evolution in the genus Phlox (Polemoniaceae) and the impacts of native and invasive ant-plant interactions. She joined BRIT in 2007 and is currently working with BRIT Press to help edit and publish the Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas and various book projects. Brooke’s research interests include the biogeography of Texas ferns and lycophytes, the ecology and long-term viability of BRIT’s living roof, and plant succession relative to shifting cultivation practices in Southeast Asia. In her free time, she enjoys collecting plants from the Rolling Plains region near Scurry County, Texas, and birding.