Weatherford Living

Native grasses — pretty and practical

Native grasses can do double-duty in the landscape, blending the beautiful with the practical once you get to know them. A specialist in ornamental native grasses, John Snowden, will be the speaker at the Feb. 8 meeting in Weatherford of the Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas.

Snowden’s program will focus on varieties of native ornamental grasses for pocket prairies, soil stabilization and pollinator beds. He will emphasize repairing damaged areas and winter transplants. Snowden notes that native grasses fit the growing need for plants that need less water but still make an attractive landscape with a variety of colors and textures.

Snowden owns Bluestem Nursery in Arlington, which specializes in native ornamental grasses. He has a master’s degree in horticulture and a bachelor’s in wildlife and fisheries sciences, both from Texas A&M University.

The Cross Timbers Chapter’s monthly business meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, at Cherry Park Community Center, 313 W. Davis St. in Weatherford. The program will begin at 7 p.m. 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