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Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets the second Thursday of the month at Harberger Hill community Center, 701 Narrow Street in Weatherford.

Water expert’s landscape advice: Go native

July 2, 2015 by Phil Major

Event Date: 
Thu, 07/09/2015 - 6:30pm

Water is always an important aspect of planning and keeping a landscape in North Central Texas – whether there are months with too much water or years with too little. Dotty Woodson, a well-known water specialist with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, will be the guest speaker for a program hosted by the Native Plant Society of Texas’ Cross Timbers chapter in Weatherford Thursday, July 9.
Woodson will focus on the use of native plants to save water, including the design of the landscape, the right selection of plants, soil preparation, irrigation and maintenance.
“A water-saving landscape is green and beautiful all summer, while reducing the average amount of irrigation water by two-thirds,” she said. And she can suggest plants that will bloom all summer as well.

Program on weather extremes

June 2, 2015 by Randy Keck

Event Date: 
Thu, 06/11/2015 - 6:30pm

Looking at plants, animals and the weather, Jim Varnum’s timing couldn’t be better. As the Texas drought washes away in a flood, the Texas Master Naturalist will bring his program on “How Extreme Weather Affects Flora and Fauna” to the June 11 meeting of the Cross Timbers chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas.

Varnum’s discussion will include heat waves, cold waves and tropical cyclones, using Bastrop County, the polar vortex and Hurricane Sandy as examples. 

Native plant group touring Chandor Gardens

May 7, 2015 by Phil Major

Event Date: 
Thu, 05/14/2015 - 6:30pm

A guided tour of Weatherford’s botanical landmark Chandor Gardens will highlight the May 14 meeting of the Cross Timbers chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas. 

Program planned on Monarch Waystations

March 2, 2015 by Phil Major

Event Date: 
Thu, 03/12/2015 - 7:00pm

Imagine driving the interstate highway between Texas and Canada without plenty of fueling stations along the way. That’s what is facing the monarch butterfly during its annual migration from Mexico to Canada and back again -- dwindling sources of food and rest stops in the natural environment. But many groups, including some in Parker County, are trying to reverse the decline by planting Monarch Waystations and butterfly gardens to help the insects feed and reproduce along their journey. 

When wildlife and urban life collide

January 26, 2015 by Phil Major

Event Date: 
Thu, 02/12/2015 - 6:30pm

Deer, armadillos, coyotes and other local wildlife may be fascinating to watch in their native habitats, but when they are eating prized plants, digging up the lawn or stalking the family cat, it’s another story. That’s when residents might turn to urban biologist Adam Henry, who will present a program "Urban Wildlife - Problem Solving" at the February meeting in Weatherford of the Cross Timbers chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas.
Based in the Texas Wildlife Services’ Fort Worth District, Henry deals with bird and mammal species across 61 counties of North-Central Texas and the problems they may cause. On a given day he might be giving advice on controlling critters ranging from mice and moles to feral hogs and beaver.

Cactus specialist to speak

December 29, 2014 by Phil Major

Event Date: 
Thu, 01/08/2015 - 6:30pm

Looking at a cactus, John Chmielewski doesn’t see prickly spines or thorns. He sees beauty. “I like them for their unique characteristics and stunning flowers, as well as their variety. ...I continue to be amazed by their ability to grow in such rugged, harsh conditions and yet reward you with huge, showy flowers.” A self-taught aficionado, he will share his knowledge and enthusiasm for these under-appreciated native plants at the Jan. 8 meeting of the Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas, held in Weatherford. 

Native Plant Society plans milkweed program

September 26, 2014 by Phil Major

Event Date: 
Thu, 10/09/2014 - 6:30pm

Got milkweed? It’s not just for butterflies

The monarch butterflies that migrate through Texas and the milkweed plant family are intimately connected. Learn more about that vital link, and other milkweed facts, from Master Naturalist Carol Clark at the Oct. 9 meeting of the Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas, in Weatherford.
Along with the monarchs, whose numbers are declining as their food source disappears, many more animals depend on the milkweeds, too. Clark will offer an overview of the historic use of milkweed plants, descriptions of the local species, and growing tips.  A milkweed identification guide for nine local species and monarch butterfly handouts will be provided. Free native milkweed seeds will also be available.
Clark is president of the Collin County chapter of the Native Plant Society. She and her husband own and operate Clark Haven, a wildlife preserve and custom wildflower seed business in Cooke County. 
The program will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at Cherry Park community building, 313 Davis St. A short business meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by refreshments and the educational program. The public is always welcome.
The Cross Timbers Chapter promotes conservation, research and use of native plants in the rich biological region west of Fort Worth. Chapter meetings are held the second Thursday of the month.  For information, go to www.npsot.org/wp/crosstimbers.

Bringing back the Texas horned lizard

August 29, 2014 by Phil Major

Event Date: 
Thu, 09/11/2014 - 6:30pm

Horned Frogs, the purple kind, may be thriving in north central Texas, but the same can’t be said for the Texas Christian University namesake, the real Texas horned lizard. Once plentiful, Texas horned lizards are considered a threatened species in Texas, but researchers are trying to reintroduce them into their native habitat. Wildlife biologist Nathan Rains will outline those efforts at the next meeting of the Cross Timbers chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas Sept. 11 in Weatherford.
Rains, a wildlife diversity biologist with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, will explain the biology of the creatures, which are not actually frogs or toads. He will also discuss the department’s current research and monitoring efforts regarding the species. The decline in the horned lizard population has been attributed to loss of habitat, invasive fire ants, pesticide use and other factors.
The program will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at Cherry Park community building, 313 Davis St. A short business meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by refreshments and the educational program. The public is always welcome.
The Cross Timbers Chapter promotes conservation, research and use of native plants in the rich biological region west of Fort Worth. Chapter meetings are held the second Thursday of the month. For information, go to www.npsot.org/wp/crosstimbers.

Rainwater harvesting to be topic

August 1, 2014 by Phil Major

Event Date: 
Thu, 08/14/2014 - 6:30pm

Saving rainwater for a not-so-rainy day

When any rain falls in drought-stricken North Texas, a lot of it runs off roofs and gutters and down the pavement, lost to further use. But residents can learn how to catch and save that runoff – the volume of water may be surprising. The Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will present a program on rainwater harvesting at its Aug. 14 meeting in Weatherford.
Homer Babbitt, a certified rainwater harvesting specialist and master gardener, will review ways to capture and use rainwater. The program will cover topics such as how much water you can collect, size and type of tanks or rain barrels, costs, methods of collection and usage. Rainwater harvesting can be done by anyone who needs extra sources of water for outdoor uses, from individual residents to farmers and ranchers.
Babbitt, a Parker County resident, has given numerous presentations on rainwater harvesting as well as landscaping with native and drought-tolerant plants. He was a founding member of the Cross Timbers Chapter.
The program will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at Cherry Park community building, 313 Davis St. A short business meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by refreshments and the educational program. The public is always welcome.
The Cross Timbers Chapter promotes conservation, research and use of native plants in the rich biological region west of Fort Worth. Chapter meetings are held the second Thursday of the month. For information, go to www.npsot.org/wp/crosstimbers.

How-to workshop on native plant propagation

June 27, 2014 by Phil Major

Event Date: 
Thu, 07/10/2014 - 7:00pm

With the summer growing season in full swing, it’s a good time to learn how to propagate those favorite plants to expand a garden or share with friends. The Cross Timbers chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will devote its July 10 meeting to a hands-on session on how to propagate native and adapted plants from cuttings or seeds.
Manon Shockey, who manages the Horticulture Center at Tarleton State University and teaches upper level horticulture classes there, will offer her expertise and guidance to beginners as well as more experienced gardeners.
Visitors can bring their own cuttings and potting material, or some will be available. Shockey suggests bringing a basic potting mix or sand, pots and coffee filters to cover the drainage holes, and a pair of pruners or nippers. If bringing plant cuttings, take them as close to the class time as possible and keep the end moist or in water. Cut soft new growth at least 4-6 inches long and with at least two nodes on it.
The program will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 10, at Cherry Park community building, 313 Davis St., in Weatherford. A short business meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by refreshments and the educational program. The public is always welcome.
The Cross Timbers Chapter promotes conservation, research and use of native plants in the rich biological region west of Fort Worth. Chapter meetings are held the second Thursday of the month. For information, go to www.npsot.org/wp/crosstimbers.

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