Helpful Documents

Invasive Species – A brochure about invasive species from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

HCA: Native Landscaping – HCA’s issue paper on native landscaping in the Hill Country

The Dangers of Invasive Species – by Texas Parks and Wildlife

St. Augustine Grass Fact Sheet – prepared by Native American Seed, www.seedsource.com, to help raise awareness and prioritize both large and small-scale water conservation and land management practices.

Attracting Pollinators with Native Plants – Beautifully illustrated guide by Susan Reel and Nancy Seiler

Native and Adaptive Landscape Plants – An earthwise guide by Texas AgriLife Extension and the City of Austin

 

Helpful Links

TexasInvasives.org – Information and database on invasive plants in Texas

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – The Wildflower Center provides information for anyone interested in native plants. The center provides a database with information on plant species and a large assortment of how-to articles for home gardeners.

Native Plant Society of Texas – A nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving our state’s rich natural heritage for future generations.

Texas Master Naturalists – Their mission is to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities. Many communities and organizations rely on such citizen volunteers for implementing youth education programs; for operating parks, nature centers and natural areas; and for providing leadership for local natural resource conservation efforts. In fact, a short supply of dedicated and well-informed volunteers is often cited as a limiting factor for community-based conservation efforts. There are seven chapters in the Texas Hill Country: Highland Lakes, Capitol Area (Austin), Balcones Canyonlands (N&W Travis County),  Hays County, Lindheimer (New Braunfels), Alamo Area, Hill Country.

Natural Wildlife Federation – Information from the National Wildlife Federation about using your garden to provide habitat for wildlife.

City of Austin Plant Guide – A database from the City of Austin designed to help homeowners select native plants for landscaping.

Earth-Kind Landscaping – Information on sustainable landscaping and the Master Gardener program from Texas AgriLife Extension.

Wildflowers in Bloom – Information about growing Texas wildflowers developed through the Texas A&M University system.

Wild About Texas Wildflowers – An online guide to Texas wildflowers.

Blanco Lavender Festival – Information on the annual Blanco Lavender Festival, including information about the history of lavender in the Blanco area.

Helpful Videos

Why Native Plants?
“Why Native Plants,” an excerpt from Urban & Suburban Meadows, highlights the importance of native plants and the native plant/ native insect connection for sustainable landscapes.