Next Meeting:  February 8, 2018 – Useful Native Plants of Texas, with Scooter Cheatham, Useful Wild Plants, Inc.

Our Mission

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 Texaspresented 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.

September 8 – Invasives, by Heather Brewer McFarling and Invasive Removal by Charles Newsom

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

February 12 – The Value of Native Plants, presenter: Andrea Delong-Amaya, Director of Gardens and Growing, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

March 12 – Oak Wilt and Drought, presenter Emily Driscoll, Texas A&M Forest Service

April 9 – The State of Texas Water, presenter: Alyssa Burgin, Director, Texas Drought Project

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.

September 11 – Plant Rescues: Experiences from the Trenches; presenter: Ed Travis, Austin Chapter – Native Plant Society of Texas

October 9 – Native Plants – Native People; presenter: Leslie Bush, paleoethnobotanist and member Austin Chapter – Native Plant Society of Texas

November 13 – Monarch Watch; presenter: Cathy Downs, Bring Back the Monarchs chair, Native Plant Society of Texas

December 11 – Annual Chapter Members Pot Luck and Silent Auction – private


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