Native Plant Society

Highland Lakes Native Plant Society

 The Native Plant Society of Texas
Highland Lakes Chapter

The Native Plant Society of Texas wants to preserve our state's rich heritage for future generations. NPSOT is a non-profit organization run by volunteers who work to promote native plant appreciation, research, and conservation through 33 chapters located around the state.

The Highland Lakes Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets on the third Saturday of selected months. The Highland Lakes Chapter covers the Central Texas area around Burnet, Marble Falls and Kingsland. The next meeting will be Saturday, September 15th.  Social at 1:00, Program at 1:30 at the Marble Falls Library.  Everyone is invited to attend.

Program for Saturday, September 15th
The next meeting of the Highland Lakes Native Plant Society of Texas will be on Saturday, September 15, from 1:00pm-3:00pm at the Marble Falls Public Library.

Our speaker will be Kathy Lyles of the Fredericksburg Chapter of NPSOT and a 2015 recipient of the Benny J. Simpson Fellows award.  Her topic will be:   “Lessons learned in 18 years of Hill Country Gardening.” 

This program has been approved for Advanced Training for Master Naturalists and Master Gardeners.

Program for Saturday, May 19th

The next meeting of the Highland Lakes Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will be on Saturday, May 19 from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm at the Marble Falls Public Library.  It will start with a social and continue with the speaker at about 1:30 pm.  The speaker will speak for about an hour.


The speaker will be Clay Bales of the Texas Forest Service.  We have asked Clay to speak on all things trees - which trees are invasive to the Hill Country; what native trees do best in the Hill Country; tree diversity; should we avoid planting oak trees because of the threat of oak wilt; the latest science on ashe junipers; "under-story" trees; trees as nurseries; identifying oak wilt.  Approved for AT for MG 
Program for Saturday, March 17th
The speaker will be Bob Mione, Meadow Nature Preserve Manager, a member of its Board of Trustees, and chair of the Meadow Steering Committee.  The Meadow Nature Preserve is part of the Connemara Conservancy, and is located near Allen, TX  (Dallas area).  For more information see  Bob is going to talk about restoration efforts at the Meadow Nature Preserve.  Advanced Training credit for Master Naturalists and Master Gardeners. 

Past Meeting: SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, 2018
The next meeting of the Highland Lakes Native Plant Society will be at the Marble Falls Library on January 20, 2018, at 1:00 pm. Patsy and Tom Inglet will be presenting “Native Plants and Native Birds: a Relationship Worth Nurturing.” Nurturing this relationship will reward you with beautiful landscapes appropriate to the area and will attract and sustain wonderful birds. Even small habitats can make a difference. The link between native plants and birds of central Texas is important to the long-term survival of the ecosystem. Patsy and Tom hope that you will be informed, delighted, and inspired by their program. Tom and Patsy are native Texans from Houston, who retired to the San Antonio area in 1999. They consider themselves “professional volunteers” as docents at the San Antonio Zoo and Alamo Chapter Texas Master Naturalists. Birding has become a passion and a focus of their educational and conservation efforts, activities and travels. They are classroom instructors and Citizen Scientists at Cibolo Nature Center and Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, among other teaching and volunteer activities. They have both received the National President’s Volunteer Service Award for giving 5,000+ hours of volunteer work to the community. This program has been approved for both MN and MG. It is open to the public, so please bring your friends and neighbors!
  Advanced Training credit for Master Naturalists and Master Gardeners.
Past Meeting: Saturday, November 18th
Craig HensleyThe November 18 2017 NPSOT meeting speaker is going to be Park Interpreter and Naturalist Craig Hensley. He will be speaking on Butterflies and Native Wildflowers: Making Connections. He will speak about butterflies of Burnet County and the wildflowers upon which they depend. From nectar for adults to serving as host plants for caterpillars, native wildflowers are a critical link for butterflies.
Craig is the Park Interpreter and Resource Specialist at Guadalupe River State Park/Honey Creek SNA.

Celebrate Native Plant Week
Look for our 2018 Celebration in October, 2018

OCTOBER 7, 2017       9 AM - 1 PM

 This year the celebration is at the Falls on the Colorado Museum

Buy Native Plants and visit our informational booths 

A Free speaker (see below)

Native Plant Sale at the Falls on the Colorado Museum
 9 AM - 1 PM

The Native Plant Society of Texas, Highland Lakes Chapter is pleased to sponsor the annual celebration of Texas Native Plant Week on Saturday, October 7 from 9:00 to 1:00.  Native plants will be offered for sale and timely and important program will be presented.  

The celebration will feature many varieties of native plants that have been locally grown by Native Plant Society members and Wright’s Nursery.  Proceeds from the plant sale will be used to establish a native landscape for the newest Habitat for Humanity home.  Please join the Native Plant Celebration. 

You are very fortunate to have the opportunity to hear

 a free program with Dr. Alice LeDuc

Native Plant Week Celebration SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2017 9 AM TO 1 PM FALLS ON THE COLORADO MUSEUM MARBLE FALLS This year’s Native Plant Week celebration will feature as speaker Dr. Alice LeDuc, Adjunct Professor of Horticulture at Texas State University. She has a Ph.D. in Botany from The University of Texas.  She will speak at 10:30 a.m. on Propagation of Native Plants Using Seeds. There will also be available a specially featured tour of a private native plant garden. Cost $5. Information available at admission desk. This will be a great opportunity to purchase native plants. The Highland Lakes Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will partner with Habitat for Humanity, using funds from this event, to establish a native landscape for their newest home. For additional information, access our website at

Buy native plants at our sale and visit our informational booths.


   In-kind thanks to Wrights Nursery in Briggs and Printworks

 We appreciate all the volunteers who made last years event a success and hope to see everyone at this years event.

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