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Growing Native! Workshop and Sale – Cancelled

October 7, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Registration includes admission to native plant presentations, live local floral identification, brunch, door prizes, a native plant garden tour, and early access to the plant sale. Attend the workshop to earn CEUs from Harris County Master Gardeners, Montgomery County Master Gardeners, Texas Master Naturalists, and the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.

Workshop: 8:30 am–1:30 pm

Native Plant Sale: 10:30 am–4 pm

Workshop Registration Fee:

TMS Members $30 and Non-members $35

Schedule of Activities

and Networking; Morning Refreshments

8:30 am–9 am

Welcome and Introductions

9 am–9:15 am

Knowing and Growing Native Plants: Suzanne Chapman and Don DuBois

9:15 am–10 am

Autumn blooming and fruiting native plants provide numerous landscape uses and ecoservices, like attracting resident and migrating wildlife. Discuss specific landscaping applications using native plants, such as screens and as part of bioswales. Identify local invasive plants and discuss native alternatives to use in landscaping.

Break and Brunch

10 am–10:30 am

Saving Wildlife with Nine Natives: Landscaping for Home & Public Spaces: Jaime González

10:30 am–11:15 am

Our planet is entering into a new era scientists are calling the sixth mass-extinction event. Across the globe, wildlife populations are declining severely. The good news is you can contribute to the solution and start small with your yard, church or school garden, or public park to help save wildlife at this critical time. Katy Prairie Conservancy is working with landscape architects on simple gardening plans, which incorporate nine plants native to our region that can be mixed with other plants and make a big impact.


11:15 am–11:30 am

Endangered Species and Native Plant Garden Tour: Anita Tiller and Dennis Samoska

11:30 am–noon

The Endangered Species and Native Plant Garden at Mercer Botanic Gardens is not only home to 27 threatened and endangered plant species, but it also serves as an important teaching tool. While touring the garden, identify plant species in the woodland and wetland habitats, and notice how common native plants complement the rare native species. Observe and discuss how local native plants create beautiful gardens that conserve water, are sustainable, and provide food sources and shelter for local wildlife.

Autumn Blooming and Fruiting Local Native Flora Education Displays

8:30 am–1:30 pm

Fresh specimens of distinctive, autumn blooming and fruiting local native flora will be displayed in the workshop classroom. Specimens will be grouped taxonomically by plant family and identified by scientific name, common name, and family. Descriptions will include annual or perennial classification, habitat, benefit to wildlife, and landscape applications.

Continuing Education Units

Association of Professional Landscape Designers—1.75 CEUs

Harris County Master Gardeners—2 CEUs

Montgomery County Master Gardeners—2 CEUs

Texas Master Naturalist—2 CEUs