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Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets the second Thursday of the month at Harberger Hill community Center, 701 Narrow Street in Weatherford.

Native Plant Society plans milkweed program

September 26, 2014 by Phil Major

Event Date: 
Thu, 10/09/2014 - 6:30pm

Got milkweed? It’s not just for butterflies

The monarch butterflies that migrate through Texas and the milkweed plant family are intimately connected. Learn more about that vital link, and other milkweed facts, from Master Naturalist Carol Clark at the Oct. 9 meeting of the Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas, in Weatherford.
Along with the monarchs, whose numbers are declining as their food source disappears, many more animals depend on the milkweeds, too. Clark will offer an overview of the historic use of milkweed plants, descriptions of the local species, and growing tips.  A milkweed identification guide for nine local species and monarch butterfly handouts will be provided. Free native milkweed seeds will also be available.
Clark is president of the Collin County chapter of the Native Plant Society. She and her husband own and operate Clark Haven, a wildlife preserve and custom wildflower seed business in Cooke County. 
The program will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at Cherry Park community building, 313 Davis St. A short business meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by refreshments and the educational program. The public is always welcome.
The Cross Timbers Chapter promotes conservation, research and use of native plants in the rich biological region west of Fort Worth. Chapter meetings are held the second Thursday of the month.  For information, go to www.npsot.org/wp/crosstimbers.

Bringing back the Texas horned lizard

August 29, 2014 by Phil Major

Event Date: 
Thu, 09/11/2014 - 6:30pm

Horned Frogs, the purple kind, may be thriving in north central Texas, but the same can’t be said for the Texas Christian University namesake, the real Texas horned lizard. Once plentiful, Texas horned lizards are considered a threatened species in Texas, but researchers are trying to reintroduce them into their native habitat. Wildlife biologist Nathan Rains will outline those efforts at the next meeting of the Cross Timbers chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas Sept. 11 in Weatherford.
Rains, a wildlife diversity biologist with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, will explain the biology of the creatures, which are not actually frogs or toads. He will also discuss the department’s current research and monitoring efforts regarding the species. The decline in the horned lizard population has been attributed to loss of habitat, invasive fire ants, pesticide use and other factors.
The program will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at Cherry Park community building, 313 Davis St. A short business meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by refreshments and the educational program. The public is always welcome.
The Cross Timbers Chapter promotes conservation, research and use of native plants in the rich biological region west of Fort Worth. Chapter meetings are held the second Thursday of the month. For information, go to www.npsot.org/wp/crosstimbers.

Rainwater harvesting to be topic

August 1, 2014 by Phil Major

Event Date: 
Thu, 08/14/2014 - 6:30pm

Saving rainwater for a not-so-rainy day

When any rain falls in drought-stricken North Texas, a lot of it runs off roofs and gutters and down the pavement, lost to further use. But residents can learn how to catch and save that runoff – the volume of water may be surprising. The Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will present a program on rainwater harvesting at its Aug. 14 meeting in Weatherford.
Homer Babbitt, a certified rainwater harvesting specialist and master gardener, will review ways to capture and use rainwater. The program will cover topics such as how much water you can collect, size and type of tanks or rain barrels, costs, methods of collection and usage. Rainwater harvesting can be done by anyone who needs extra sources of water for outdoor uses, from individual residents to farmers and ranchers.
Babbitt, a Parker County resident, has given numerous presentations on rainwater harvesting as well as landscaping with native and drought-tolerant plants. He was a founding member of the Cross Timbers Chapter.
The program will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at Cherry Park community building, 313 Davis St. A short business meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by refreshments and the educational program. The public is always welcome.
The Cross Timbers Chapter promotes conservation, research and use of native plants in the rich biological region west of Fort Worth. Chapter meetings are held the second Thursday of the month. For information, go to www.npsot.org/wp/crosstimbers.

How-to workshop on native plant propagation

June 27, 2014 by Phil Major

Event Date: 
Thu, 07/10/2014 - 7:00pm

With the summer growing season in full swing, it’s a good time to learn how to propagate those favorite plants to expand a garden or share with friends. The Cross Timbers chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will devote its July 10 meeting to a hands-on session on how to propagate native and adapted plants from cuttings or seeds.
Manon Shockey, who manages the Horticulture Center at Tarleton State University and teaches upper level horticulture classes there, will offer her expertise and guidance to beginners as well as more experienced gardeners.
Visitors can bring their own cuttings and potting material, or some will be available. Shockey suggests bringing a basic potting mix or sand, pots and coffee filters to cover the drainage holes, and a pair of pruners or nippers. If bringing plant cuttings, take them as close to the class time as possible and keep the end moist or in water. Cut soft new growth at least 4-6 inches long and with at least two nodes on it.
The program will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 10, at Cherry Park community building, 313 Davis St., in Weatherford. A short business meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by refreshments and the educational program. The public is always welcome.
The Cross Timbers Chapter promotes conservation, research and use of native plants in the rich biological region west of Fort Worth. Chapter meetings are held the second Thursday of the month. For information, go to www.npsot.org/wp/crosstimbers.

Plant identification program

May 29, 2014 by Phil Major

Event Date: 
Thu, 06/12/2014 - 7:00pm

Have you admired a friend’s garden but don’t know what those flowers are or how to grow them? Have you seen a shrub blooming along a highway and wondered what it is? Do you have a mystery plant in your yard that you can’t identify? Liz Street, a member of the Native Plant Society of Texas’ Cross Timbers chapter, will discuss plant identification at the group’s June meeting in Weatherford.
With demonstration plants on hand, Liz will present tips and strategies for learning about and identifying plants. She will answer general plant questions and offer resources to take you further in identifying plants. Along with other members of the NPSOT chapter, she can help visitors identify plant specimens if they bring samples or photos.
Herself a transplant from New Jersey, Liz is now a Parker County Master Gardener, is co-chairman of the project gardens at the Weatherford Library, is active with Junior Master Gardeners, and is a member of the Parker County Gardeners' Club.
The program “What Is That Plant?” will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 12, at Cherry Park community building, 313 Davis St., in Weatherford.
The Cross Timbers Chapter promotes conservation, research and use of native plants in the rich biological region west of Fort Worth. Chapter meetings are held the second Thursday of the month. A short business meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by socializing and refreshments, and the educational program. The public is always welcome. For information, go to www.npsot.org/wp/crosstimbers.

Soil health subject for Native Plant Society

April 24, 2014 by Phil Major

Event Date: 
Thu, 05/08/2014 - 7:00pm

Ever wonder why that nursery plant you plopped in the ground died, or your landscape doesn’t seem to thrive? The answer may be right under your feet, literally. “Improving Soil Health” will be the focus of a presentation by soil scientist John Sackett at the May meeting of the Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas in Weatherford.
Sackett will discuss what he calls the Fab 5 principles for improving the health of the soil: armor or protect the soil, minimize disturbance, increase plant diversity, keep a living root year round and integrate livestock. He will explain how to assess the health of the soil and the role soil plays in the ecosystem.
Sackett has a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and range management from Tarleton State University and a master's degree in general agriculture with an emphasis in soil science. He has been a soil scientist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service for 12 years.
The program will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at Harberger Hill community building, 701 Narrow St., in Weatherford.
The Cross Timbers Chapter promotes conservation, research and use of native plants in the rich biological region west of Fort Worth. Chapter meetings are held the second Thursday of the month. A short business meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by socializing and refreshments, and the educational program at 7 p.m. The public is always welcome. For information, go to www.npsot.org/wp/crosstimbers.

New plant research program

February 27, 2014 by Phil Major

Event Date: 
Thu, 03/13/2014 - 6:30pm

Texas Master Naturalist Jim Varnum will speak about new plant research for the layman as well as the botanist during a presentation at the March 13 meeting of the Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas. His talk, titled “Where Have All The Asters Gone?”, begins at 7 p.m. at the Cherry Hill Park community building, 313 Davis St., Weatherford.
Chapter meetings are held the second Thursday of the month, with a short business meeting at 6:30 p.m. followed by socializing and refreshments and an educational program at 7 p.m. The public is always welcome. For information, go to www.npsot.org/wp/crosstimbers or call Eileen Porter 817-596-5567.

Native Plant Society Drought Impact Program

January 20, 2014 by Phil Major

Event Date: 
Thu, 02/13/2014 - 7:00pm

Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will host Courtney Blevins, who will present ‘Drought Impact on Native Texas Trees’ on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Cherry Park Community Center, 313 Davis Street. The public is invited.
The program will look at the drought effects on trees and what residents can expect from its impact. Severe water deficits in trees have an adverse effect on many of the tree's growth processes which will injure the trees and may kill them. Water stressed trees are more vulnerable to insect and disease pests. Numerous symptoms displayed by hardwood trees related to water stress include wilting leaves. At night with normal rainfall totals, trees will rehydrate and recover from temporary wilting, but during prolonged dry periods, the trees do not recover during the overnight period, and prolonged drought conditions usually kill most species of plants.
Blevins graduated with a BS in Forest Science in 1983 from Stephen F. Austin State University. She worked with the US Forest Service in Texas and Wyoming before joining the Texas Forest Service for the past 30 years. Since 1991, Courtney has been a Regional Urban Forester.

Texas Native Bees program

August 27, 2013 by Randy Keck

Event Date: 
Thu, 09/12/2013 - 6:30pm

The Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society will host a lecture about Texas native bees presented by Michael Warriner at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12th at the Cherry Park Community Building, 313 Davis St. in Weatherford. The public is welcome.

There are several hundred bee species that are native to Texas, of which the bumblebee is probably the most familiar. Except for the bumblebee, most native bee species are solitary and nest in the ground or in holes in trees. These native bees have resided here long before the European honeybee arrived, and are essential for the survival of native plants and are responsible for a significant amount of pollination in agricultural and ecological systems.

In 2009, Warriner became the resident Invertebrate Biologist in Wildlife Diversity for Texas Parks and Wildlife. For six years prior to that, his interest in bumblebees lead him to conduct field surveys of the bumblebees occurring in Arkansas’s remnant grasslands. Michael curates the website www.texasbumblebees.com, where you can learn how to identify the nine bumblebee species in Texas.

Landscaping program

May 22, 2013 by Randy Keck

Event Date: 
Thu, 06/13/2013 - 6:30pm

Beautyberry by Eileen PorterManon Shockey will lecture about landscaping with native plants at the next meeting of The Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society, which will meet at 6:30 pm on June 13 at the Cherry Park Community Center, 313 Davis Street in Weatherford.

Shockey joined the Tarleton State University family as Instructor and Horticulture Center Manager in August of 2008. As a horticulture instructor, she teaches Greenhouse Crop Production, Retail Horticulture, Floriculture, Plant Propagation, and Environmental Horticulture.

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.

The Cross Timbers Chapter of the NPSOT meets the second Thursday of the month 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, outreach, and example.  For more information, visit http://npsot.org/CrossTimber or call Eileen Porter at 817-596-5567. The public is welcome and light refreshments will be served.

Sports Calendar

Friday, December 19

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Joshua at Aledo High School, A 8 p.m., JV 5 p.m. and Varsity 6:30 p.m., *District Game

  • Aledo Ladycats vs. Joshua at Aledo High School, Freshmen 6:30 p.m., JV 5 p.m. and Varsity 8 p.m., *District Game

Monday, December 29

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Moritz Auto Group Holiday Classic, Aledo

  • Aledo Ladycats Varsity at Fibermax Caprock Classic, Lubbock

Friday, January 2

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Maypearl at Aledo High School, A 4:00 pm and JV 5:30 pm.

Saturday, January 3

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Joshua/Cleburne (Dark) at Cleburne, B 12:00 pm.

  • Aledo Soccer Alumni Game at Bearcat Stadium, Ladycats 12:00 pm and Bearcats 2:00 pm.

Tuesday, January 6

  • Aledo Bearcats at Burleson Centennial, JV 5:00 pm, Varsity 6:30 pm and A 8:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Ladycats at Burleson Centennial, JV 5:00 pm, Freshmen 6:30 pm and Varsity 8:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Bearcats at Boswell, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm.

Thursday, January 8

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Waxahachie 287 Tournament

  • Aledo Ladycats vs The Colony at Waxahachie Tournament, 7:30 pm. January 9 & 10 opponenet and time TBA.

  • Aledo Middle School Ladycats at Brewer. 7th Grade C 5:00 pm, B 6:00 pm and A 7:00 pm. 8th Grade C 5:00 pm, B 6:00 pm and A 7:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Middle School Bearcats vs Brewer Middle School. 7th at Aledo Gym 1, C 5:00 pm, B 6:00 pm and A 7:00 pm. 8th at Aledo MPC, C 5:00 pm, B 6:00 pm and A 7:00 pm. *District Game

Friday, January 9

  • Aledo Middle School Bearcats 7th & 8th A at Azle Junior High School Tournament.

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