Don’t let the August heat wilt your visions of wildflowers blooming next spring in your yard. This is the right time to pick up some tips from Master Naturalists Troy and Martha Mullens on how you can bring native plants into whatever landscape you have, from larger acreage to a traditional city yard or just a patio with container plants. The husband-wife team will present a program on "Growing Wildflowers" at the August meeting of the Native Plant Society of Texas’ Cross Timbers Chapter in Weatherford.
They will discuss how to turn a property into a more natural prairie or meadow or use natives in a landscaped yard or garden. They will focus on what plants to use for different types of soil, for shade or sun, seasonal interests, drought resistance, size and color.
The Mullenses are members of the Native Plant Society, Sierra Club, Audubon Society and National Wildlife Federation. They are also accomplished nature and landscape photographers, so expect some inspiring visions of what native plants can do for your yard.
The Cross Timbers Chapter’s monthly business meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 at Cherry Park Community Center, 313 W. Davis St. in Weatherford. The program will begin at 7 p.m. with a short overview of a native "plant of the month," followed by the wildflower presentation. The public is always welcome and light refreshments will be available.
The mission of the Cross Timbers Chapter is to promote the conservation, research and use of native plants and plant habitats in Texas through education, outreach and example.
For more information visit http://npsot.org/CrossTimbers.