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 18th.  Social at 1:00, Program at 1:30 at the Marble Falls Library.  Everyone is invited to attend.  See below for information on the program.

Program for Saturday, May 18th

Minnette Marr will be the speaker for the May 18, 2019 meeting. She will be sharing her work in seed conservation and three current projects. Minnette is a plant conservationist and curates the herbarium and the seed bank at the Wildflower Center where she is the Conservation Program Manger. She provides workshops and leads field trips for conservation groups interested in contributing ecotypes of native plant species to the seed bank. Past experiences include maintaining the wetlands restoration nursery near the headwaters of the San Marcos River, inventorying plants for private landowners, surveying vegetation for the Texas A&M Forest Service, collecting and processing hundreds of seed collections for the Millennium Seed Bank, designing a milkweed ecotype collecting strategy for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and assessing vegetation keys for the National Park Service. For her master’s in science education, she designed a project-based curriculum for a high school environmental science course. For her master’s in biology, she inventoried the plants and mapped the vegetation at McKinney Roughs Nature Park in Bastrop County, Texas. 

Program for Saturday, March 16th

The March meeting of the Highland Lakes Native Plant Society of Texas will
be on Saturday, March 16 from 1:00pm-3:00pm at the Marble Falls Public
Library, 101 Main St., Marble Falls, TX  78654.

From 1:30pm-2:30pm, our speaker will be Elias Guerrero, formerly with The
Wildflower Center in Austin, and currently with the Escondido Golf and Lake
Club in Horseshoe Bay.  Elias is speaking on:  ”One is the loneliest
number, garden fails by failing to go bold!"  The presentation has been
approved for Master Gardener AT. 
Program for Saturday, January, 19th, 2019

The January meeting of the Highland Lakes Native Plant Society of Texas will be on Saturday, January 19, from 1:00pm-3:00pm at the Marble Falls Public Library, 101 Main St., Marble Falls, TX 78654. There will be a social half hour from 1:00-1:30pm; a speaker from 1:30-2:30pm; and a business meeting from 2:30pm to 3:00pm.

Our speaker will be Deedy Wright, a long-time member of the Native Plant Society of Texas and a current member of the Lindheimer Chapter. Here is how she describes what she will be talking about:

“When you think about landscaping, do you believe you can only use native plants in a wildscape? Broaden your horizons! Actually natives can be used in any kind of landscape if you know the right ones to plant. Let your imagination run wild! Discover how you can use natives in your landscape to attract wildlife (other than deer!), reduce your maintenance time and cost, and improve your environment.”  
Her program is "Native Plants Add New and Surprising Dimensions to Landscape Gardeners"  AT for MG and MN

Program for Saturday, November 17th
The November meeting of the Highland Lakes Native Plant Society of Texas will be on Saturday, November 17, from 1:00pm-3:00pm at the Marble Falls Public Library. Our speaker will be Josie Overton of Marble Falls.  Josie is a former rancher and a former teacher who has extensive experience in "dried crafts."  She will show us natural ways to dry wildflowers and native grasses to use in making notecards and floral arrangements.  She will also discuss finding in the fields appropriate flowers and grasses for drying and the best time of the year to harvest them.  Josie is planning a "hands-on" approach.


October 13, 2018   9AM—1PM

Horseshoe Bay City Hall and Park

Take FM 2147 to #1 Community Drive 

Horseshoe Bay, Texas    

              Buy native plants at our sale. 

Enjoy our speaker:  Deedy Wright at 10:30 A.M.

“Using Native Plants in Landscapes from Wild to Formal”


                                                                                      Hosted by                                                                                                                                  

Highland Lakes Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas and City of Horseshoe Bay

Native Landscape Certification Class

The Highland Lakes Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas is hosting a Level 1 Native Landscape Certification Class on Saturday, September 29, 2018.  The class will be at the Marble Falls Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 1101 Bluebonnet Drive from 8:30-4:30.
Learn about value of including and preserving native plants in landscapes
Learn Central Texas vegetation and soil types.
Learn environmental advantages of native plants
Learn 45 native plants for your landscape and 5 exotic species to avoid.

Each class includes classroom information and a 2 hour outside native plant knowledge walk.  Completion certificates presented at the end of class.  A competency certificate upon passing an optional end of day test.
This class has been approved by the Texas Nursery and Landscaping Association (TNLA), Texas Master Naturalists (TMN), and Texas Master Gardeners for advanced education  credits.

Please visit the Native Plant Society of Texas website for further information and  to register for this class.   The cost of the class is only $37.  Snacks and drinks provided.  Attendees should bring a bag lunch.

Questions should be addressed to Pat Campbell at


 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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