Here and There

by Catherine Johnson

The last few months have been busy with ice storms, native plant nursery tours and work at our chapter’s Milam  Wildscape.

The tour guides Mandy and Brandon taught us about wholesale plant operations and we were able to view many beautiful Texas native plants.  The interest in using natives in landscaping is increasing and both businesses are expanding. 

Volunteers at our Wildscape have been working to prepare for upcoming educational programs and tours.  Hope to see you there.

Thank you to Gary Johnson for driving us to Native Texas Nursery and to Patricia Coombs for taking pictures at Joss Nursery.

Field Trip to Native Texas Nursery

by Debbi Harris

Last week, members of our Chapter went on a field trip to the Native Texas Nursery in Manor. The trip was organized by Catherine Johnson, who uses them as a source for many of the plants in our Wildcape. The nursery has 40 acres of outdoor plantings and greenhouses, called casas by the team.


We had a great tour guide, Mandy Pixler, and learned a lot about how native plants are propagated from her.

More information on the trip is found in the captions on the photos below!

The area where they mix up bins of soil was very interesting. Here is where they put the soil into different sizes of pots.

Lots and lots of pots.