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Vol. 15, No. 2 August 2009

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Vol. 15, No. 2 August 2009

The purpose of the Native Plant Society of Texas is to promote the conservation, research and utilization of the native plants and plant habitats of Texas, through education, outreach and example.

Monthly Meeting: Regular meetings are the third Thursday of the month 7:00pm at St. Mary's Catholic Church Parish Hall, 2108 Ridgewood, Longview (just off Hollybrook Drive

August 20, 2009

7:00 p.m.

St. Mary’s Parish Hall on 4th Street in Longview
Our annual “Eatin’ Meetin” – Bring a covered dish and hearty appetite.

Message from the president
by Ellen Anderson
The rain has provided a nice relief to all the watering, but we are back at it again. Since Floyd likes to collect seeds, watering is a must for blooms and seed production. We are having a lot of bees, a few butterflies, and a couple of hummingbirds.

Our July meeting was fun. We had nineteen people attend, including some faces we had not seen in a while and some that we had never seen. Caroll Flournoy is a new member who had never attended a meeting. Rosanna Salmon and Vera Garlough, we had not seen much lately. Rex and Yvonne Youngblood, Doug Young, and Cameron Carlile came all the way to Marshall. Jeanette Smith brought her husband. It was fun to watch Cameron, Rosanna, and James Hayes finally meet one another.

It was so hot that there was only one tour of the yard—and no sitting on the porch. Geri, Frances, and myself stayed inside in the cool where the good food was.

Speaking of good food, there will be a lot of it at the August meeting. So come hungry!


Angela Schroeder, our scholarship recipient, was part of a team who won an award at the Southern Region American Society for Horticultural Science. You can read the article at

Nature at its best
August, 2006 August, 2009

Something made dinner of Floyd’s Cardinal Flower (Lobelia Cardinalis L.). We will never know what it was because another someone had all the cocooned caterpillars for dinner after that. Each cocoon was compromised and the caterpillar ruined. I suspect a hummingbird. Oh well, maybe next year………

Members are encouraged to submit articles for the monthly newsletters. Items for Events and Notices are welcomed. Contributions are greatly appreciated. Deadline for the September newsletter is September 8th. You can contact Betty by email @ or mail to: 100 Lakeview Circle, Jefferson, TX 75657.

Texas native plant week signed by governor

Effective September 1, 2009, there will be an official Texas Native Plant Week, celebrated annually the third week in October.
During the 2009 Texas legislative session, Representative Donna Howard of Austin authored a bill entitled “An Act relating to a recognition week to celebrate Texas native plants” (CSHB 1739). She introduced the bill at the urging of Faye Tessnow of the Highland Lake Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas.
Texas’ youngest senator, Glenn Hegar of Katy, sponsored the bill in the Senate. It passed unanimously in both houses. Governor Rick Perry signed the bill into law on June 16, 2009.
Faye Tessnow convinced Representative Howard to introduce this legislation because she felt the official state recognition could serve to emphasize the role of native plants in conservation efforts, support efforts to teach school children about native plants, and make the public aware that native-plant species are threatened by loss of habitat and invasion of exotic species.
The weeklong focus on native plants will be new this fall, but Texas has had a Wildflower Day since April 26, 1980. This first day was proclaimed by a gubernatorial edict of Governor Bill Clements in conjunction with the first annual Wildflower Day conference at Texas Women’s University in Denton. This symposium, in effect, was the first meeting of the Native Plant Society of Texas.

News from the npsot quarterly meeting

By James Hayes

As representative for our chapter, I traveled to Fredericksburg for the quarterly meeting of the State

Texas Native Plant Society. I did find out that the coldest room in Texas and the place with the hardest

chairs are both located in Fredericksburg, Texas, and coincidently both are at the meeting place for the

State society. There was a large crowd in attendance and most of the State’s chapters were there. I

found and met the new in-coming president at the State level who from the Tyler chapter so East Texas

views will be represented there.
Some of the up- coming events they announced were a Wildscapes Workshop to be held in

Fredericksburg on September 12, 2009. Some of the workshop subjects are Sustainable Landscapers,

Edible and Medicinal Native Plants, Pollinators and Plants they Seek Out, and Grow It Yourself-Mixing

Edible Plants in Your Landscape. Our President will have an application if you would like to attend. Cost

Are $30.00 for registration and $40.00 for registration after September 4. Also up coming is the annual

Native Plant Symposium to be held October 7-10, 2010 in Denton, Texas. There will be several field trips

for attendees.
Chapter representatives were asked what type of local projects each was doing to promote native plants

and several gave very good answers. One was working with a large waste disposal company, which has

decided on a state level to plant various plants around the landfill to attract butterflies. The company

was working with a member of that particular chapter to plan and plant what was needed for that area.

Another was working with a local ACE Hardware Company (with ACE providing most of the money) for

special projects.

They also mentioned at a long-term project to have a Native Plant week in the State of Texas had finally

been approved and the governor was going to be signing the proclamation. They also mentioned that

one of our chapter members, Belinda McLaughlin, had recruited 52 new native plant society members in the new chapters.
The next quarterly meeting will be held in January and whoever goes to represent our chapter take heed

to this warning. Take a coat and a cushion.

Events and notices

Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge Grand Opening: Saturday September 26 at the Refuge headquarters in Karnack. For more information email Shirley Shivers @
Annual NPSOT Symposium: October 15-18, 2009; Wichita Falls, TX; hosted by the Red River Chapter; for more information
Caddo Wildflower Chapter NPSOT: meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.  Meetings are held in Atlanta at Horn Enterprises located on the northeast corner of the intersection of Texas Hwy. 77 and Texas Hwy. 43.  (Just off U.S. 59 on the southwest side of Atlanta.)  The old Texas National Guard armory sits diagonally across the same intersection on the southwest corner.  The Atlanta ISD Junior High School is across the street.

Lake Country Chapter NPSOT: meets at 7:00 p.m. the first Tuesday at the Titus County AgriLife Extension building, 1708 Industrial Road (FM 1402), Mount Pleasant.


Four Corners Chapter NPSOT: meets at 7:00 p.m. the first Thursday at Williams Memorial United Methodist Church parlor, 4000 Moores Lane, Texarkana.

Tyler Chapter NPSOT: meets at 7:00 p.m. the 1st Monday of the month (unless a holiday, then 2nd Monday) September – May at the Fairwood United Methodist Church, 1712 Old Omen Rd., Tyler.
Northeast Texas Organic Gardeners: meets at 10:00 a.m. the 1st Wednesday at Wildwood Eco-Farm in Kilgore. For directions call Carole Ramke at 903-986-9475
Master Naturalist Cypress Basin Chapter: meets at 6:30 p.m. the 3rd Tuesday most months. For information on location email the president, Ted Barrow, @
Master Naturalist East Texas Chapter: meets at 7:00 p.m. 1st Thursday at the County Extension offices at the Cotton Belt Bldg. 1517 W. Front Street in Tyler

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