Landscaping with Native Plants, is a smart alternative

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The Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society will host Manon L. Shockey lecturing about landscaping with native plants at 6:30 pm on June 13 at the Cherry Park Community Center, 313 Davis Street in Weatherford. Please note the change in location from last month. The public is welcome.

Shockey joined the Tarleton State University family as Instructor and Horticulture Center Manager in August 2008. As a horticulture instructor, she teaches Greenhouse Crop Production, Retail Horticulture, Floriculture, Plant Propagation and Environmental Horticulture. She is also a RLL Faculty Partner and the instructor/advisor for the Agriculture Residential Living Learning Community.

As manager of the Tarleton Horticulture Center, Shockey, with the assistance of her student workers, maintains all center facilities, greenhouses, and landscapes. Manon is also responsible for plant propagation and sales for Horticulture Center support. Previously she taught in the Golf Course and Landscape Management/Design department at Texas State Technical College in Waco. Here, she was responsible for plant science instruction with courses such as Herbaceous Plants, Turfgrass Science, Woody Plant Materials and Weed Science. Manon completed her masters degree in Agronomy in 2004.

With water a major concern, native plants offer a smart alternative to the traditional landscaping. Once established, native plants require little water, no fertilizer nor pesticides and provide food and shelter for animals, birds, butterflies and bees. Many native plants bloom throughout the summer, offering a variety of colors and textures. Attend the meeting to learn more about landscaping with native plants.

The Cross Timbers Chapter of the NPSOT meets second Thursday of the month (except July and December) at its new location, Cherry Park Community Center. Its mission is to promote the conservation, research and utilization of native plants and plant habitats in Texas through education, outreac and example.

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Timber or contact Eileen Porter 817-596-5567. Light refreshments will be served.

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