Native Plant Society local chapter to discuss Texas Native Plant Week, certification program

Photo courtesy of Texas Native Plant Society

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Texas Native Plant Society

Special to the Current

Exciting things are coming to the Prairie Rose Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas.

In addition to this Tuesday’s special program on “Sustainable Horticulture Using Native & Adapted Plant Materials,” the Aug. 6 meeting will take ideas for celebrating the chapter’s First Texas Native Plant Week from Oct. 20 to 26. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Somervell County Citizens Center.

During the Texas Native Plant Week, some suggestions for participating might be include:

* Holding a native plant sale.

*Donating books on native plants to public or school libraries.

* Contacting city council members and county commissioners to declare Texas Native Plant Week for local communities.

* Setting up a display on native plants in a library or a school.

* Setting up an educational booth on native plants at plant sales or other public events.

In addition, the Prairie Rose Chapter is among only a few chosen to sponsor a Native Landscape Certification Program. This Level 1 course will be offered on Sept. 2 at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center.

Students will learn to:

*Identify 50 species of native Texas trees, shrubs, flowering plants and grasses.

*Understand the ecological benefits these plants provide.

* Discover the human benefits that native plants offer.

*Be a better steward of the land.

* Receive a Level 1 Native Landscape Certification.

Targeted audiences are native plant enthusiasts, landscape architects, landscape designers and nurserymen and -women, Master Naturalists, teachers, Master Gardeners, engineers and interested citizens.

Come learn more about the program at the chapter’s Aug. 6 meeting.

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