Next Meeting: February 8, 2018 – Useful Native Plants of Texas, with Scooter Cheatham, Useful Wild Plants, Inc.
The purpose of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) is to promote research, conservation, and utilization of native plants and plant habitats of Texas through education, outreach, and example.
When and Where We Meet
Williamson County Chapter-NPSOT meets the second Thursday of each month, 7 to 8:30 PM at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 West 8th St, Georgetown, TX, 78626. Meetings are free and open to the public. Arrive early (6:30 PM) for Plant Identification “Clinic” and Seed Swap. Business meeting at 7 pm. Presentations begin promptly at 7:30 pm.
2018 Meeting Dates & Program Topics
January 11, 2018 – Tree Talk: Mychorizza and Tree Health – Getting to the root of the issue with Catrin Dubois, ISA certified arborist, Doleva Elite Tree
next meeting-> February 8, 2018 – Useful Native Plants of Texas, with Scooter Cheatham, Useful Wild Plants, Inc.
March 8, 2018 – Top Natives for Novices & Plant Sale Preview – NPSOT-Wilco chapter members
April 12, 2018 – Land & Habitat Restoration with Selah / Bamberger Ranch staff, Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve
Coming soon: remaining 2018 meeting program topics
May 10, 2018 – Program Topic and Presenter TBD
June 14, 2018 – Program Topic and Presenter TBD
July 12, 2018 – Annual Election of officers, Programs, Projects and Field Trips Brainstorming Session (conducted by Dennis Perz)
August 9, 2018 – Program Topic and Presenter TBD
September 13, 2018 – Top Natives for Novices in Williamson County & Plant Sale Preview – NPSOT Wilco chapter members
October 11, 2018 – Program Topic and Presenter TBD
November 8, 2018 – Program Topic and Presenter TBD
December 13, 2018 – Annual Members’ Potluck Social and Silent Auction
Past Meetings – 2017
January 12 – Garey Ranch Park with Dave Melaas (City of Georgetown)
February 9 – Native Trees: Selection and Maintenance for Your Landscape, by April T. Rose
March 9 – Tops ‘N WilCo: A survey of the best of and favorites in Texas native plants for your Williamson County landscapes” by NPSOT-Wilco members, presented by Bob Kamper..
April 13 – Field Trips ‘R Us, a panel discussion featuring a roundup of slide shows from three completed county park 12-month plant surveys, and other field trip highlights over the past several years
May 11 – Tech Tools for Plant Identification, presented by Bob Kamper.
June 8 – How Might One (1) Become a Field Botanist and (2) Organize a Field Survey to Acquaint Oneself with the Local Flora, by Larry Fowler. (This meeting was held at the Williamson County, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office meeting room, 3151 SE Inner Loop, Georgetown, TX 78626 (map))
July 13 – Annual Meeting: Program and Field Trips Brainstorming and Elections. (This meeting was held at the Williamson County, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office meeting room, 3151 SE Inner Loop, Georgetown, TX 78626 (map))
August 10 – Gault School of Archaeological Research. Past, Present and Vision for the Future
Speaker: Dr. D. Clark Wernecke, Executive Director, of the Gault School of Archaeological Research
September 14 – Pollinators & Native Plants; Upcoming Planting Season & LBJ WFC Plant Sale presented by Sue Wiseman, Gary Bowers, and Barbara Wright.
October 12 – The Undiscovered County: Unobserved and Unreported native Texas plants of Central Texas, presented by professional botanist Bill Carr.
November 9 – Nature Watch: Big Bend, by Lynne and Jim Weber, authors of Nature Watch: Austin. Information on what to see, when and where throughout the year in their new (2017) book on Big Bend National Park.
December 14 – Annual Potluck Social and Silent Auction
Past Meetings – 2016
January 14 – Native Plants Expert Panel, with chapter members Kathy Galloway, Kathy Henderson, Randy Pensabene, Marilyn Perz and Sue Wiseman, moderated by Dennis Perz.
February 11 – Propagating Native Plants, by Barbara Wright
March 10 – Nature Watch: Discovering Native Plants and Animals Right Outside Your Door, by Lynne and Jim Weber
April 14 – Rain Gardens, by Stephen Brueggerhoff
May 12 – Wildflower Photography, by Steven Schwartzmann
June 9 – Yuccas, by Karen Clary
July 14 – Annual NPSOT-Wilco Chapter Meeting – public invited
August 11 – Documenting Plant Diversity in Space and Time: The Role of Plant Specimens and Herbaria, by George Yatskievych, Ph.D.
October 13 – Microbiology of the Soil: Lessons Learned, by Dennis Perz
November 10 – NPSOT Symposium Highlights: Conservation and Climate Change, with Kathy Galloway, Walt Henderson and Kathy Henderson
December 8, 2016 – Annual Chapter Potluck and Silent Auction
Past Meetings – 2015
January 8 – Remarkable Plants of Texas: Uncommon Accounts of Our Common Natives, by Matt Warnock Turner, author
March 12 – Oak Wilt and Drought, presenter Emily Driscoll, Texas A&M Forest Service
May 14 – Falling for Native Plants presented by Betsy Ross, Sustainable Growth TexasPast
June 11 – Really Weird Sex in the Garden presented by Dr. Flo Oxley
July 9 – Annual NPSOT – WilCo Chapter meeting – public invited
August 13 – The Ever-Changing Landscape of Plant Scientific Names by Art Gibson
September 10 – Dragonflies of Texas by Dr. John Abbott
October 8 – Native Plants: Natural Medicines, by Grace Bryce
November 12 – Native Grasses of the Texas Hill Country, by Brian Loflin, co-author
December 10 – Annual Chapter Potluck and Silent Auction
Past Meetings – 2014
January 9 – Maximize Your Chapter Potential; Native Plant Society of Texas
February 13 – Redefining the New Beautiful: Landscape Conservation in the City; presenter: Shae Luther, Education Resource Coordinator, City of Georgetown Conservation Services
March 13 – Seed Saving for Conservation; presenter: Dr. Karen Clary, Program Manager, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
April 10 – Rain Gardens for Conservation; presenter: Fred M. Hall, Extension Agent, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Williamson County
May 8 – Saving the Prairies: Native Prairies Association of Texas in Travis County and Beyond; presenter: Pat Merkord, Executive Director, Native Prairies Association of Texas
June 12 – Gardens in Public Spaces: Georgetown Public Library Native Plant Garden; presenter: Diane Sherrill, Owner, Native Earthscapes
July 10 – Annual NPSOT – WilCo Chapter meeting – public invited.
August 14 – Wildflowers: Seeds of History; video presentation.
December 11 – Annual Chapter Members Pot Luck and Silent Auction – private