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!


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