Buzz on Over to Prairie Rose!

Bee Forage

Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:30pm
209 SW Barnard in Glen Rose

Join the Prairie Rose chapter of the NPSOT on Tuesday February 4, 2014 at 6:30pm at the Somervell County Citizen Center, 209 SW Barnard in Glen Rose, for what will “bee” a “honey” of an evening! Teresa Taylor will present a program on bee forage that will teach us how to keep those precious bees happy! Teresa will show us how we can entice and encourage honeybees to take up residence in our landscape and thus encourage the all important process of pollination to take place in our own backyards. Teresa will first have us examine what we have already and then what we can do to enhance our landscape with a variety of trees, shrubs and flowers to bring and keep the important honeybees home!

Ready … Set … Go Native for 2014!

New Year, Exciting New Adventures!

Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 6:30pm
209 SW Barnard in Glen Rose

Join the Prairie Rose Chapter of the NPSOT on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 6:30pm, 209 SW Barnard in Glen Rose for the first in an exciting lineup of great programs.
We will start the year with learning how to identify plants by more than just pictures! We will begin with some basic plant 101 – a brief lesson in plant ID terms and jargon that are common in plant descriptions. We will have handouts and resources as well.

We have some great programs lined up for 2014 – Native Grass Management, Edible Native Plants, Native Herbs and their uses, Natives for Honeybees, Lazy Man Gardening with Paul Dowlearn, and many more ideas! We will have a roundtable discussion of our future programs, activities and field trips and get our plans firmed up – by you! We want your involvement and feedback! Plant clinics, plant swaps, seed exchanges, field trips??
Bring your questions for a plant forum or your favorite tips to share. What is working for you, or not working, as may sometimes happen?

This will be a new exciting meeting format, one to involve more sharing and participation.

2014 Officers Elected

Prairie Rose

Our 2014 Officers were elected at the November 5, 2013 meeting.

New officers for 2014 are:

President – Donna Hagar
Vice President – Karen Richardson
Secretary – Dianne Allen
Treasurer – Cindy Spencer

There will be no meeting in December. Our regular meetings will resume in January.

November 5 Meeting – Designing with Native Plants

Our extended drought doesn’t have to leave you with a lifeless dried up landscape. A well-planned, sustainable Texas native landscape can provide a thriving and green outdoor space with year-round color and wildlife habitat without a lot of maintenance and water requirements.

Native landscaping is as simple as taking cues from what works in nature – Texas native plants are suited to our soil and climate, need no special amendments or fertilizers. Once established, natives also need little to no water as most can survive on rainfall alone.

Mike WadeDr. Michael R Wade, Professor of Environmental and Agricultural Management at Tarleton State Univ and contributor to Texas Gardener Magazine, will show us how to design with native plants and give us a picture presentation of native landscape plantings.

The Benefits of Going Native

Texas Native Plant Week – October 20-26, 2013

By Cindy Stone, Chair, 2013 Texas Native Plant Week CommitteeAs water becomes scarce due to ongoing drought conditions, we are facing another problem – the loss of native plants and habitats. Our native grasses, wildflowers, trees and shrubs, which support habitats for wildlife, are being destroyed by the constant and progressive building on land supporting our native Texas heritage.

The importance of native plants lies in the benefits they offer:

  • Provide food sources (seeds, nuts, nectar and fruits for birds, bats, pollinating insects and butterflies)
  • Attract insects for birds to consume
  • Provide habitats for birds, wildlife and larval host plants for butterflies

Additional benefits include:

  • Requires less maintenance compared to introduced species
  • Tolerates and resists local diseases, pests, and lack of water
  • Protects the soil with long root systems
  • Protects water quality by controlling soil erosion
  • Minimizes the use of fertilizers and pesticides
  • Costs less and delivers more benefits
  • Conserves valuable water
  • Unlikely to become invasive
  • Low lawn maintenance with our native buffalo grass
  • Adds beauty to the landscape
  • Preserves our natural heritage to share with our children and their children

A native landscape habitat works in harmony with all its surroundings to give us a sense of community across our state.

Although it is vital to promote native plants and habitats all year long, we promote Texas Native Plant Week the third week of October. Communities all across Texas will offer wildflower walks, tours of local native gardens and wildlife habitats, talks by experts about native plants, and chapter meetings of the Native Plant Society of Texas. To learn more about fun activities, statewide resources, events in your region, becoming a team member and more, visit the Texas Native Plant Week website.

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The Native Plant Society of Texas has teamed with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas – Austin, City of Austin Grow Green program, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, National Wildlife Federation, Central Texas Gardener, San Antonio Botanical Gardens, and many others in promoting Texas Native Plant Week.

For more information contact the 2013 Texas Native Plant Week Committee.

October 20-26 is Texas Native Plant Week!

How can you help?

Look around your yard and community. Focus on the native plants and how they complement the overall goal of having a sustainable wildlife garden habitat. Observe and note the impact of native plants that use less water, fertilizer, pesticides, and maintenance while providing beauty and food for wildlife.

Expand the list of native plants in your yard to provide food sources. Trees, shrubs, grasses, and wildflowers provide an excellent source of seeds and insects for birds. Provide water sources not only for birds and wildlife that may venture into your garden habitats, but for our native butterflies, dragonflies, damselflies, and a host of pollinating insects. Our native plants also provide cover and a place for wildlife to raise their young.

Most of all, share your endeavors with children. Let them be fascinated by the world of nature and its importance to the ecosystems in their environments. The time spent with children exploring nature will last them a lifetime.

Consider certifying your yard with the following programs.

  • National Wildlife Federation: Wildlife Habitat
  • Texas Parks & Wildlife: Best of Texas Backyard Habitat & Texas Wildscapes
  • University of Kansas: Monarch Waystation.

These programs also share the following active recommendations

  • Keep cats indoors as they are known to be destructive to bird populations
  • Monitor nest boxes intended for native birds and remove European starlings and House sparrows.
  • Use black oil sunflower seeds to discourage House sparrows from your feeders
  • Establish a rain garden which will serve as a buffer to filter storm water
  • Xeriscaping flower beds with native plants
  • Eliminate chemical use
  • Mulch
  • Compost
  • Reduce lawn areas and increase habitat areas
  • Remove invasive exotic plants

Native Plants = Healthy Habitats

NPSOT Fall Native Plant Sale

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North Central Chapter Native Plant Society of Texas

When: Saturday, October 12, 2013
Where: Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.,Fort Worth, TX

Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sale Features
The sale features a large variety of plant species grown organically by our Chapter Members, including: Ground Covers Perennials, Shrubs, Vines and Trees.
• Grown from local seeds
• Better adapted to our climate
• Low requirement for water
• No need for pesticides or fertilizers

List of Plants for the Fall Sale
BrazosPenstemonPERENNIALS: American Beautyberry, American Germander, Big Red Sage, Blackfoot Daisy, Bluemistflower, Brazos Penstemon, Carolina Phlox, Columbine-Red, Columbine-Yellow, Datura, Drummond’s Aster, Engelmann’s Daisy, False Dragonhead, Frostweed, Gayfeather, Goldenrod, Gregg’s Mistflower, Heath Aster, Lanceleaf Coreopsis, Louisiana Iris, Maximillian Sunflower, Mealy Blue Sage, Mealy Blue Sage ‘Henry Duleburg’, Mexican Hat, Mexican Milkweed, Penstemon ‘Husker Red’, Pigeonberry, Pink Salvia, Pitcher Sage, Pokeweed, Prairie Phlox, Prairie Verbena, Purple Coneflower, urple Fall Aster, Red Yucca, Rose Vervain, Rough Sunflower, Scarlet Sage, Spiderwort, Western Ironweed, Willowleaf Aster, Willowleaf Sunflower, Zexmenia
VINES: Crossvine, Milkweed Vine, Passion Flower-Maypop, Passion Flower-Scarlet Fruit
GROUNCOVERS: Frogfruit, Golden Groundsel, Horse Herb, Lyre-leaf Sage, Missouri Violet, White Avens, Wild Petunia, Winecup, Yarrow
SHRUBS: Autumn Sage-Red, Chile Pequin, Coral Berry, Elderberry, Flame Acanthus, White Mistflower, Rock Rose, Skeleton-leaf Goldeneye, Texas Lantana, Turk’s Cap, Texas Sage-Green, Virginia Sweetspire
TREES: Desert Willow, Eastern Persimmon, Eastern Redbud , Eastern Wahoo , Flame Leaf Sumac, Mexican Buckeye, Mexican Plum, Toothache Tree, Texas Mountain Laurel
GRASSES & SEDGES: Cherokee Sedge, Inland Seaoats, Little Bluestem, Mexican Feathergrass
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This sale is part of the Fort Worth Botanical Society’s Biannual Plant Sale
Plant Sale Location
The plant sale is located at the back side of the Botanic Gardens. Exit north from Interstate 30 on Montgomery Street. Look for the huge Plant Sale signs on the the right. It is only a short distance from the exit.
See our website for more information about native plants and our organization: www.txnativeplants.org

October 1 Field Trip

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
2:00 – 5:00pm

Reminder!! We will not be having a regular monthly meeting in October. Instead we are taking a field trip on Tuesday afternoon, October 1 at 2:00! Yeah!

Rhett JohnsonWe will be visiting Rancho Hielo Brazos, a several thousand acre private ranch in western Somervell County. Rhett Johnson, Retired NRCS Rangeland Specialist will present a program on the Succession of Native Plants and we will tour the ranch to see examples of this process first hand.

Rhett will make a presentation using collected plants to help the audience understand the dynamics of the range ecosystem.  We will delve into what has caused the changes in the plant community and how we manage the plant community to achieve our desired results in relation to the soil, water, air, plants and animals.

Rancho Hielo Native LandscapeAfter our discussion as a group we will take a hay ride and see these things happening in the pasture.  Rhett’s hope is that you will not be able to look at rangeland through the same eyes again! This will be an incredible field trip!

We will meet at Big Cup in Glen Rose for lunch at 12:30 and then we will carpool or caravan from there at 1:45. If you prefer to meet us at the ranch at 2:00, please email for specific directions.

Space on this field trip will be limited, so Please RSVP by noon, Monday, September 30. To RSVP, reply to this email or send email to prairierose.npsot@gmail.com

Native Landscape Certification Class

Native Landscape Certification Program

Registration Now Open

Register now for the Native Plant Society’s Native Landscape Certification Program this Fall. The Native Landscape Certification program is a four level certification program that teaches the value of including and preserving native plants in landscapes.

Level 1 class
Sponsored by the Prairie Rose Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas

September 21, 9-4:30-Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Glen Rose  Register

  • Learn the value of including and preserving native plants in landscapes.
  • Discover the differences between sustainable and conventional development.
  • Understand your Texas vegetation region and soil.
  • Learn 50 native Texas plants recommended for your landscape.
  • Receive your Level I Native Landscape Certificate.

Level I Certification requirements:

1. Participate in the 7 hour Level I course program.
2. Pass the Level I native plant identification exam.

Participants completing the Level I requirements will receive a certificate and be registered with the Native Plant Society of Texas.

Space is limited so register early!

To Reserve Your Seat: Register here
Registration fee is $35.
For more information or to do paper registration: send a request to mwalterslagle@yahoo.com or call 214-701-1253.

Additional level 1 class also being offered

September 29, 9-4:30-Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Fort Worth  Register here

Sustainable Landscapes with Gailon Hardin

Gailon Hardin, Past President Native Plant Society of Texas will present ‘Sustainable Landscape with Native Plants’ at the next meeting of the Prairie Rose Chapter of NPSOT on September 3, 2013 at 6:30pm at the Somervell County Citizens Center, 209 SW Barnard in Glen Rose, TX. Gailon will also show five North Central Texas NPSOT members’ landscapes and what they have done.
Landscaping2sustainableIt is a fact that 36 states are now in water shortages, and people are using native plants today because they use less water.  However, that’s only part of the reason to use natives.  Biodiversity is equally important because the relationship between plants and animals support 87% of our food.  No food, no water could cause a problem in Texas and every where else.  People in China are beginning to pollinate some foods by hand.  In addition, if we are planting native plants we are not planting an invasive exotic.
That is what a sustainable landscape means:  using current resources without compromising resources of the future.  Each one of us can certainly do that in our landscapes.