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, May 20th at the Marble Falls Library at 1:00 PM for social time and refreshments. The public is invited to attend this free program.
We hope you will join us. More information later. 
“Botanical Illustration :  Why and How”

Our speaker for the May 20th meeting is Samantha Peters.   She is a science illustrator and is currently employed at the Dallas Zoo.  Her talk is “Botanical Illustration :  Why and How”.  We welcome you to join us at the Marble Falls Library - 1:00 PM social - Program at 1:30. 

Our speaker for the
March 18th meeting was Marvin Bloomquist. Marvin and Judy bought their ranch near Kingsland when Marvin retired in 2000. That gave him the chance to renew his interest in nature. To help him learn to identify flowers, he began photographing them with a digital camera in 2003. Since then he has photographed and cataloged about 200 species of flowering plants on their ranch. Native wild flowers remain his primary focus but he has also enjoyed photographing dragonflies, butterflies and birds. He found you don't have to own expensive equipment to get good flower pictures but using the right technique can make a big difference. Some of those techniques are what he will share with the Native Plant Society on Saturday, March 18th. Marvin is a past president of the Highland Lakes Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists, and past president of the Highland Lakes Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas.

Our speaker for the January 21st meeting was Steve Nelle. 
Former Hill Country Land Trust board member and volunteer Steve Nelle received the 2016 Lone Star Land Steward Award for outreach and education at the Texas Parks and Wildlife's annual awards banquet in Austin May 19.

Widely recognized for his expertise in range management and wildlife biology, Steve is widely recognized for his gift of inspiring landowners to become thoughtful land stewards by developing a long term commitment to follow those management practices that best protect and enhance their property. To give you an idea of the measure of his own commitment to educate landowners, since 1996, Steve has delivered over 450 oral presentations to different conservation and land management groups across the state.

Since retiring from the Natural Resources Conservation Service after almost 30 years, Steve continues to lead workshops and field days, as well as volunteering for the Hill Country Land Trust as an advisor to landowners. His special area of expertise is conservation of riparian zones and water catchment areas.  He will present 'The Great Grasslands Myth of the Texas Hill Country".  He will explain what the historic vegetation of the Hill Country looked like based on numerous eyewitness accounts.  I hope you will join us on January 21st.  Approved for Advanced Training credit for MN and MG.

Celebrate Native Plant Week

OCTOBER 7, 2017       9 AM - 1 PM
Save the date - below is last years celebration
Check back later for more information

 This year the celebration is at the Burnet Farmers Market on the Burnet Town Square

Buy Native Plants and visit our informational booths 

Two Free speakers at 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM at the Burnet Library (see below)

Native Plant Sale at the Burnet Farmers Market
 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 8 from 9:00 to 1:00 on the Courthouse Square in Burnet.  Native plants will be offered for sale and timely and important programs 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 along with Highland Lakes Master Gardner Farmers Market. 

You are very fortunate to have the opportunity to hear a free program with 

Valerie Bugh at 9:30 AM at the Burnet Library talking about "Flora and Fauna"

One of the programs will be Valerie Bugh presenting "Floral Fauna", at 9:30 in the Herman Brown Library Conference Room.

There is more going on in your garden than you might ever imagine. While it is well known that flowers lure such showy visitors as hummingbirds and butterflies, there is a lot more that occurs within this unique habitat. This talk will cover the wide range of arthropods that utilize blossoms as a place to find food and mates, as well as the relationships and interactions that occur between species.

Valerie Bugh is a local naturalist specializing in the arthropods of the Austin area, with interests in taxonomy and photography. She runs the Fauna Project at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, leads insect discovery walks, teaches entomology courses, provides insect/spider identifications, gives talks to local organizations, and is the author of pocket guides to "Butterflies of Central Texas," "Spiders of Texas." Website:  http://index.html

 Approved for Advanced Training for Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists

Also at 11:00 AM is Randy Johnson with a free program on "Pollinators and Natives: an Ancient Marriage"

Randy Johnson will present one of the programs, “Pollinators and Natives: An Ancient Marriage” in the large Conference Room of Herman Brown Library” at 11:00.

In this presentation Mr. Johnson will discuss the intimate and ancient relationship between our native plants and pollinators. Flowering plants and pollinators co-evolved with and for each other and that relationship is the foundation for almost every terrestrial ecosystem on Earth. We are losing the ecosystems and biodiversity that support this relationship for a variety of reasons, this talk exposes the worst threats and offers common-sense solutions for mitigating some of the losses.

Randy Johnson earned a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University. He is the past Director of Horticulture at Texas Discovery Gardens in Dallas and is currently serving as Horticulture Manager at the Dallas Zoo. Through his personal business, 'Randy Johnson Organics', he grows and sells native plants and offers consulting services on a wide range of subjects including native plants, propagation, garden design, and organic horticulture. He serves on the Board of Directors at Peckerwood Gardens in Hempstead, Texas and the Lake Highlands Community Garden in Dallas. He is the past president, current vice-president of the Dallas chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas and the Treasurer of the Blackland chapter of the Native Prairies Association of Texas.

Approved for Advanced Training for Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists

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 and homeowners who made last years event a success and hope to see everyone at this years event.

Please check out the main part of our website for information on other gardening events, gardening tips, Master Gardener activities and many other interesting pages from Sheryl's Garden Page.