Georgetown Public Library Garden
In October 2013, the chapter collaborated with the City of Georgetown and the Georgetown Public Library to design and install the current native plant demonstration garden at the south entrance to the library. Plants were installed on January 15, 2014, and the chapter has continued to provide maintenance. Brochures available at the library identify the variety of drought tolerant native plants in the garden, which represent the beauty and character of Central Texas. This was not the first collaboration between the chapter, the city and the library! In February 1998, the original Georgetown Library Demonstration Garden at the library’s former location began to take shape. It was officially dedicated in July 1998 and underwent a redesign in 2003. We thank everyone who has ever helped with these projects since 1998.
The Pollinator Garden
The Pollinator Garden is a collaboration of the NPSOT-Wilco chapter, Good Water Master Naturalists, and Williamson County Waste Management. Planting began in November 2012. The garden includes a Monarch Waystation and is a Certified Texas Wildscape. The garden is located at the entrance to the Williamson County Landfill, at the corner of FM 1660 and Landfill Road, Hutto, TX. Visitors are welcome.
Native Landscape Certification Program
Members from the chapter teach classes in the state-wide Native Landscape Certification Program (NLCP). This series of classes teaches best practices for native plant landscaping, maintenance, and habitat preservation. See Resources: Native Landscape Certification Program on this website for more information.
The chapter carries out plant surveys when asked and our recently completed projects include the River Ranch County Park tract that will eventually become a new park near Liberty Hill, and Berry Springs Park and Preserve located North of Georgetown. We have now begun a two year plant survey of the Southwest Williamson County Regional Park located off CR 175 in Leander.
- Berry Springs Park and Preserve – photo gallery and plant list
- River Ranch County Park – photo gallery and plant list
- Southwest Williamson County Regional Park – photo gallery and plant list
NPSOT-Wilco booth at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Plant Sales
The chapter sells plants at the fall and spring plant sales to raise funds, and to advocate and educate the public about native plants. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator for more information.
The chapter provides speakers to the community on topics pertaining to native plants. Popular titles for have included: Why Native Plants?; Landscaping with Natives; Pollinator Gardens; and Monarchs and Milkweed. See the Speaker’s Bureau pull-down under Resources. (link to be added)
Making Seed Balls and Seed Starters
One of our most popular activities with children has been to make seed balls. Meredith O’Reilly has graciously consented to allow us to link to her website for the instructions which she prepared for the Healing Hands, Healing Lands project: Making Seed Balls
This fun, engaging activity is always a favorite of children, parents, and volunteers alike, and provides “teachable moments” during the activity as well as later when the wildflowers start to come up out of the soil. Calls for volunteers to support these events are posted in our blog announcements, or see Volunteer! on the main menu.
Plant Lists and Databases
The Williamson County and Austin chapters are creating a reference of plant lists and databases for areas in and around central Texas.
Members occasionally organize seed collecting trips around the area. Contact Dennis Perz for more information.
The chapter frequently searches for and obtains permission to rescue plants from sites threatened by imminent construction. Rescued plants are used for projects, plant sales, and by members for personal use. Contact Dennis Perz for more information.
Gault Archaeological Site – The chapter carried out a series of plant surveys during 2009.
Plant Taxonomy Classes
This project is not active at the present time. The chapter has sponsored basic botany classes for hands-on learning and also jointly sponsored sessions with the NPSOT-Austin chapter. If you have never attended a taxonomy class, this is a good place to start and it is a refresher for those who have. Flo Oxley, teacher extraordinaire, has been the leader. The classes were held on Saturdays at meeting rooms in local churches and libraries. There will be a blog announcement if we are able to re-start this activity.
Native Plant Advocacy on Local Media
Grow Native Plants! Radio Announcements The Austin and Williamson County chapters sponsored local radio announcements advocating native plants.
Garden Grants Program, Native Plants = Healthy Habitats
The NPSOT-Wilco Native Plants = Healthy Habitats Grant Program provided mini-grants to schools and non-profits for the purchase of native plants and seeds to be used in outdoor classrooms in 2014 and 2015. At this time the chapter is no longer awarding grants under this program.
This program was retired. The chapter had a Landscape Recognition project to acknowledge the work of local organizations, business etc. who incorporated native and adaptive plants into their landscapes. Our chapter’s process was created in 2007 to identify landscaping for recognition. The program provided the following forms related to this project: