One Last Wildscape Trip for 2022

by Catherine Johnson

We made one last trip to the Milam Wildscape after the freeze.

Evergreens Wax Myrtle, Gardenia, Sumac, and Iceplant looked pretty with the Fall colors.  We accidentally trapped a cow in a fenced area but were able to free it without letting the sheep or Scruffy the donkey out! 

Kim planted blue Salvia and Rock Rose, and Rosie started a Bluebonnet patch. Mexican Plum and Arroya Sweetwood are the next additions. 

The Boy Scouts have installed bee houses and plan to construct a grape arbor. 

Come visit in the Spring when baby plants and Mason bees emerge and Nature’s cycle starts all over again.

That’s a Wrap for Nature Days!

by Catherine Johnson

Over the course of four Saturdays this November, 88 people attended Nature Days.  Thank you, Bird and Bee Farm, for the space to reach out to support those interested in benefiting natural resources and areas. 

Donna, Kim, Janice, Alan, Debra, Dorothy, Gene, Cindy, Don, Cindy, Patricia, and Rosie were volunteers for the final Saturday. Enjoy these photos of some of our visitors and Chapter members on this beautiful day.

Second Week of Nature Days: Chilly but Sunny

by Catherine Johnson

Our second Saturday of Nature Days on November 12 was cold and windy. Super Troopers Scott, Linda, Kim, Gene, Cindy, Patricia, and Rosie arrived bundled up for work.  New friends Kenny and Donna attended and harvested plants. 

Guests drove in from distances, including Salado, Taylor, Buda, and Driftwood.  We shared nature stories and how all were committed to benefiting natural resources and areas. 

One family brought their own picnic to the garden- what a surprise!  Children hid in the garden, picked flowers, and enjoyed the fairy garden.

Join us this Saturday to “Discover the Wonder,” as our friend, Greg Hensley, says.

First Week of Nature Days Success

by Catherine Johnson and Sue Ann Kendall

From Catherine

The weather was great for the first Saturday of Nature Days. Visiting under the oaks surrounded by wildlife was fun. 

Rio Grande turkeys and mason bee houses

Thank you to Carolyn, Donna, Scott, Suna, Debra, Gene, Cindy, Patricia, and Linda for making it a success. Linda was a real trooper for walking the entire garden with me. Also, thank you to Alan for bringing cypress trees and to Mike for the bee houses.

The best part of my day was meeting the couple who drove up from San Antonio and left with many native plants, including one of Debra Sorenson’s Turk’s Cap.

Visitors and their haul!

“Help ‘root’ people where they live so they can create their own connections and join others to care for natural resources”.     

Craig Hensley

Join us this Saturday at Bird and Bee Farm (1369 County Road 334, Rockdale, TX) from 9am – noon.


From Sue Ann

I enjoyed the chance to talk to members of our Chapter as well as visitors. I also took lots of photos of the plants and animals I saw, which I hope you will enjoy.

The highlight of the day for me was showing some visiting children the mason bee houses we have to give away and explaining to them how they worked. The young people got so excited about the idea of taking one home to welcome some busy pollinators.

Donna Lewis tries to give Scruffy a treat. Apparently, she was plumb full.

I took home two cypress trees, too, and am looking forward to planting them by one of our ponds!

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

by Catherine Johnson

When? Every Saturday in November from 9-noon.   

Where? Milam Wildscape Project – Bird and Bee Farm – 1369 County Road 334, Milano, Texas. 

What? Nature Days

Come see blooming tall purple asters, red and pink Turk’s cap, white fragrant mist flower, Mexican bush sage, Mexican honeysuckle, forsythia sage, Gulf muhly, and more. 

View this video for a sample of the thousands of pollinators.  We will be giving away free native plants, goody bags for all, bee houses, plus refreshments.

Come tour the garden and share YOUR nature stories with us.

Our garden is never finished, beautiful, and always WILD.