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The second annual Texas Native Plant Week is October 18 - 24 and the Native Plant Society of Texas encourages the public to celebrate by learning about the wonders of native plants.
Native plants are a good choice whether you are planting a tree, shrub, flowers, vines or grasses because they are acclimated to your local conditions and soils, provide habitat for wildlife, typically require less water and maintenance once established, and do not rely on chemical fertilizers and pesticides to thrive.
These homegrown plants also give us a sense of place and help maintain the region’s wide variety of flora and fauna.
You can participate in Texas Native Plant Week in simple ways. Plant a native tree or native garden in your yard. Visit a demonstration garden in your area or attend an educational event.
On June 16, 2009 Governor Perry signed into law a bill recognizing the third week in October as Texas Native Plant Week. The law is intended to encourage the role of native plants in conservation efforts and to be used as incentive for the Texas education system to teach school children about the importance of native plants. The Native Plant Society of Texas teamed with State Representative Donna Howard to present the bill to the State Legislature. The bill passed unanimously in both houses.
The Native Plant Society of Texas is a non-profit organization run by volunteers who work to promote native plant appreciation, research, and conservation through 33 local chapters around the state. Most chapters offer a variety of educational speakers and events throughout the year which are free and open to the public. You can learn more about native plants and the work of the Native Plant Society of Texas by visiting the website at www.npsot.org.