February Newsletter

Our next meeting is February 27th. It will start a little earlier than usual.  Our speaker, as shown below, will begin at 6:00pm and when he is through teaching us, with his wonderful knowledge of nature, we can perhaps venture outside and use the iNaturalist App on the phones in our community garden. After all is done, we can hold our monthly meeting.

Bio Sam Kieschnick is an Urban Wildlife Biologist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, serving the east side of the DFW metroplex. Sam holds a Masters Degree from Tarleton State University and has previously worked as a nature educator for the City of Mansfield, a naturalist at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, a science interpreter with the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, a biologist with BRIT, and as an instructor at Weatherford College.

Walk “iNaturalist in the Field” Ever wonder what some plant, bug, bird, or track is when you’re out exploring?  Join Sam Kieschnick, Texas Parks and Wildlife urban biologist, as we utilize the free app iNaturalist to answer the question, “what’s that?!?”  iNaturalist is a social network for folks who appreciate and enjoy nature – it’s a great way to learn what’s out there!

Texas Wildscapes

Our first meeting of the year will be Monday, January 23, 2017, 6:00 PM at Somervell County Citizen Center. From 6-6:30 we have a short business meeting. Our program is Texas Wildscapes by author Kelly Conrad Simon. There is no one in the state of Texas who can better explain Texas Wildscapes to us! Kelly is based in Bastrop, Texas, and is an urban biologist for Texas Parks and Wildlife TPWD: Urban Wildlife Program. Join Prairie Rose Chapter for the first meeting of 2017. Our meetings are free and open to the public. We meet at the Somervell County Citizen Center located two blocks off the Glen Rose courthouse square.

Holiday Party

Prairie Rose Chapter and Somervell County Master Gardeners holiday celebration will be at High Hope Ranch Monday 12/12/2016 at 600PM.

Map programs frequently send one to wrong location. Please note directions below to High Hope Ranch: 3352 County Road 2009.

From Highway 67, just south of Glen Rose, turn on CR 2008 (sign for Fossil Rim Wildlife Center), Turn right on CR 2009 (you will see another green Fossil Rim sign), you will drive for another 2 1/3 miles to driveway. The entrance will be on your right.



In preparation for the soon to be announced date for a ribbon cutting ceremony for the garden we will hold two weekend opportunities each month to gather as a group and tidy up our space.

Please join us the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, beginning Saturday, March 19 from 9AM-11AM at the Native Plant Community Garden. It is located on the Glen Rose Courthouse Square, adjacent to the Somervell County Museum and the Land Office.12741999_10153912050134763_6659741925893821619_n
Bring items to help such as gloves, clippers, weeding tools, rake, hoe, broom, plastic bag or bucket, water & snacks.


Our guest speaker this month is Rachel McGregor. Rachel is from Springtown, Texas. She is married and has an almost two year old red headed son, Resin, and yes what they say about a red heads temper is true. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelors of Science in Urban Forestry in 2010, while working on undergraduate research with Dr. David Appel at Texas A&M University on oak wilt. Rachel received a Masters of Science in Plant Pathology with an emphasis on Nematology from Tarleton State University in 2012. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Cross Timbers Urban Forestry Council and is an ISA Certified Arborist. Rachel has been working as a Staff Forester II in Granbury for almost three years and her goal is to educate the public on the importance of early detection and management options for Oak wilt, while also assisting landowners with helpful stewardship information and resources for their property.


There are not many things more heartbreaking for Texans than to watch our mighty oaks succumb to Oak Wilt. Rachel McGregor, Texas Forestry Service’s Oak Wilt expert for our region will introduce us to Oak Wilt, including prevention, identification and disease management (when to prune, how it spreads and options for stopping the spread) at our Monday evening meeting.

We will then follow up with a field day at High Hope Ranch, Tuesday morning from 10:00 AM – noon, so we can put what we’ve learned to the test. We will see live oaks with and without oak wilt and discuss the best interventions and protocols. This will help us all be able to identify what is going on at our own properties and neighborhood. If you would like to join us at High Hope Ranch (adjacent to Fossil Rim’s Overlook) please let our program chair, Sandra Skrei know by emailing her.

A great link to use for Oak wilt: http://texasoakwilt.org/oakwilt



Our next monthly meeting will be Monday, February 8th at 6:00PM, at the Somervell County Citizens Center in Glen Rose.


Christine MorganOur guest speaker for February will be Christine Morgan. Christine is a long time resident of Glen Rose and has been quietly in practice for 26 years. She holds a Doctor of Naturopathic Ministry degree from Southern College of Natural Health. She started her career in the pre-veterinary program of St. Mary’s University and received a Bachelor of Science in Biology, majoring in Animal Nutrition Studies, and a Master of Science degree in Holistic Nutrition from the American College of Holistic Nutrition. She is also a Certified Nutritional Counselor, and a Holistic Health Care Practitioner from Leymans University. She has certification as a GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) and Gluten Sensitivity practitioner also. She also is an Amino Acid Therapy Practitioner, and EFT practitioner as well. She has been a researcher of human health all her adult life, and is passionate about continually learning about true health and effective living. She is a Master Gardener and a certified square-foot gardener, teacher and lecturer.

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She believes one of the most important aspects of living healthy is eating high quality food. She will be presenting her talk on “The Importance of Eating Greens and How to Grow Them”. She will be sharing growing tips for all seasons and will cover the health benefits of greens.

2016 Spring Outreach Invitations

On Saturday, February 13, 2016 10AM to 4PM, the Rio Brazos Master Naturalists are hosting Featherfest at Acton Nature Center in celebration of the annual Great Back Yard Bird Count (GBBC). Our chapter has accepted an invitation to participate in this wonderful community outreach opportunity. We will present this to our membership at the 6PM, January 11,2016 meeting. We hope all will be able to give 1-2 hours of booth support and help spread the word on the joy and benefit   of Texas native plant life. Additionally, from 7- 9:30AM there is a bird blind dedication and multiple bird presentations that are free and open to the public.Feather Fest Info


On Saturday, March 12, 2016 8AM-4PM the Dinosaur Valley State Park is hosting Spring Wingding to create awareness and conservation in Texas in regards to winged creatures. Prairie Rose Chapter has been invited to participate in this community outreach event also. We will sponsor a booth with native plants, seeds and information about our organization. Please plan to join us in this fun event.Spring Wingding Info


As mentioned previously, we will hold our chapter meeting from 6:00 to 6:30 PM. The CHES (Community Horticultural Education Series) presentation will follow from 6:30-7:30. Both are held at the Somervell County Citizen Center; 209 SW Barnard St. Glen Rose, TX 76043.

Change is coming to the Prairie!

The 2016 regular meetings of Prairie Rose Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will  be at 6PM on the second MONDAY of each month. Meeting location remains at the Somervell County Citizen Center of Glen Rose; 209 SW Barnard Street.

In addition to changing our meeting date and time we have partnered with the Somervell County Master Gardeners to host the monthly CHES (Community Horticultural Education Series) program. From 6PM-6:30 PM Prairie Rose will hold a separate meeting to address activities related solely to our club. From 6:30-7:30 we will co-host and attend the CHES program. We believe this program partnership will allow more people to attend the outstanding learning opportunities presented by both of our organizations. Master Gardeners hold a separate business meeting on the third Wednesday of each month.

Our new Vice President, Sandra Skrei, has set up some wonderful CHES programs. She is also setting up several excellent field trips. Join us Monday, January 11 6PM for our first meeting of 2016. It will be a “Swap and Meet”.

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Gifts – White elephant style, but no spending money allowed and you don’t get to be anonymous!  Bring a gardening/native plant book you no longer use to recycle, a plant, something from your garden, to help someone else garden, or you’ve made from your garden, even those goofy socks with plants on them you got for Christmas.

Information – Have a question prepared for members of the ‘other’ group or bring a ‘factoid’ about gardening and/or native plants to share.  When your gift is chosen, you’ll introduce yourself, explain your gift, and share your information or ask your question.


We’ll get to meet each other, and perhaps get to know your fellow members a little better!

How it will work:

Please bring your gift wrapped in a plain bag, newsprint, box, or something else reused, covering it just enough to disguise it.

When you sign in, you’ll get a raffle ticket, we’ll draw those to take turns.  When it is your turn, you pick a gift, and unwrap it.

The gift giver will then introduce his/herself, explain why they brought that gift, and then share their tip or ask their question.  If the question is asked by a Master Gardener, a member of the Native Plant Society will answer, and vice versa.

Gifts may be ‘stolen’ from each other, in which case the person who had to give up their gift picks another gift.  The first person who was drawn, will have a final chance to ‘steal’ a gift, too!