Which products should I AVOID using because they have neonicotinoids that harm pollinators and other wildlife?
Many have us have heard the news that many off the shelf products containing neonicotinoids, are causing great harm to the pollinators, especially bees and butterflies, and other wildlife that rely on insects for food. As members of the Native Plant Society of Texas and with our understanding that Native Plants = Healthy Habitats, we encourage everyone to discontinue use of chemical pesticides since we are trying to provide safe habitat for wildlife and the ecosystem that supports us all. But exactly which products contain these harmful chemicals? Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, there is not a national policy for clearly labeling products as containing neonicotinoids, so be wary of all chemical pesticides and avoid their use completely if you can. If you have a real invasion that you feel you must treat for, please consider researching and applying an organic solution, like integrated pest management or others that can be found through internet searches. There are many good ones out there that are much more cost effective and less harmful to you, your pets, and the wildlife that lives in our urban habitats. If you absolutely must use a chemical pesticide, consult the lists that you can click on below (and other more up to date versions may be available on the internet) BEFORE you go to the store, to search for one that does NOT contain neonicotinoids. When you look at a product's label, you want to find the information on the packaging that lists the active ingredients. If you see one of the following names listed, the insecticide includes a neonicotinoid:
These lists show products that contain neonicotinoids, which should be avoided.
Do you have to be a member to attend meetings?
No, membership meetings where we have a guest speaker or activities are open to EVERYONE! Members, guests, friends, or anyone from the public interested in native plants or the topic / activity of the month is welcome to attend! Meetings are on the first Thursday of the month, except January and July.
I have a photo or article I would like to share. Where do I send it?
We welcome your contributions to add photos, announcements, news articles, "How to Grow" info, etc. to both the monthly chapter newsletter and this website. The newsletter editor and website team have a shared email address so that they don't have to pass items back & forth to each other. Please send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that due to the layout of the template we purchased when creating this website, photos that are featured on the opening Home page of the website, need to be a high resolution, so technically speaking their ideal size is at least 2000 pixels wide. We can edit photos that are too large to trim them to size, but photos that are lower resolution are not suitable for the Home page since they start to look too out of focus. We can still use smaller resolution photos in many other places throughout the website. Please send us some new "eye candy" for this website.
Demo Gardens, Parks, Nature Centers
Is photography one of the ways you enjoy native plants? If so, please consider visiting one of our demo gardens or a park with native plants or nature center. We would love to receive your photo contributions of native plant places featuring:
- attractive plant combinations
- individual plants
- close ups of plant features
- wildlife on native plants
- people enjoying the native plants
Which native plants are hosts for caterpillars of Monarch butterflies?
There are several species of Asclepias, commonly known as milkweeds, that are native to the eco-regions which cover the North Central chapter. A few of the most common ones are:
- Asclepias asperula, Antelope horns milkweed
- Asclepias tuberosa, Butterfly milkweed or pluerisy root
- Asclepias viridis, Green milkweed
- Funastrum cynanchoides, Milkweed vine
How can I get involved?
As an all volunteer organization, the North Central Chapter can only do what its members do. There are no paid staff to carry out our mission. So pick and choose from the following:
- Attend membership meetings and invite a friend to join us
- Bring an item to membership meetings to donate to the raffle
- Attend Board meetings to be in the know of what is going on
- Participate in gardening days for the demonstration gardens
- Share a photo or write an article for the monthly newsletter
- Talk to any of the Chapter Leaders re: how you can help them
- Let the Vice President know of any topics or speakers you would like to hear at our meetings.
- Talk with the NC President about becoming a chairperson of a committee
- Participate in the City of Fort Worth, Mayor's Monarch Pledge Committee
- Donate native plants to the plant sale
- Volunteer to work at the plant sale
- Assist in set up and hosting of NLCP classes or lead a plant walk for the class
- Become a NICE! representative to a local retail nursery
- Volunteer to engage the public at our information booth at community events.
- Bring a snack to share at meetings
- Post our chapter's activities on public community calendars
- Share our chapter's meetings, events & activities on your social media and with your friends
- Help weave together a network of those concerned about the environment: Share your knowledge about other like minded organizations' events and activities through the newsletter, make an announcement at meetings or tell a Chapter Leader.
- Go on a field trip or native plant / prairie walk and learn at least one new native plant
- If you volunteer at a school garden, promote the inclusion of native plants
- Speak up for native plants to be used in your homeowners association landscape spaces
- Post on the Chapter's Facebook private discussion group
- Share photos that can be posted on the new chapter website.
If we all take a turn to share the load, we can do a lot! Many hands make light work! Start by taking just one item above and do it in the next month.
Where can I buy Native seeds?
Native American Seed is a wonderful source to buy native seeds.
Why do you have a raffle at meetings?
The raffle is used to collect a small amount of money to help cover the costs of the meeting room at the Botanic Gardens and other chapter expenses. A ticket only cost $1 or you can get 6 tickets for $5. The raffle also provides a way for members / attendees to share extra native plants, or gardening items they have. For example, a friend wanted to get rid of a bunch of decorative pots, so I took them to donate for the raffle. You can help support the North Central chapter by bringing an item to donate to the raffle or by buying a raffle ticket.
Where & when do you meet?
Membership meetings are held at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. Fort Worth. Meetings are on the 1st Thursday of each month, excluding January and July.
6:15 socializing & snacks
6:30 membership meeting, announcements
7:00 guest speaker
How much sun is full sun vs. part sun vs. shade?
With a very hot climate in North Central Texas, many plants that are considered "full sun" by the horticulture industry can tolerate some shade. Here are the general rules of thumb:
- Full Sun is at least 6 hours of full direct sunlight per day
- Part Sun is between 2 and 6 hours of full direct sunlight per day
- Shade is less than 2 hours of full direct sunlight per day.
Dappled shade of mixed sunlight and shade from tree canopies can alter these rules somewhat and it also depends on the particular plant.
Remember to think about the fact that the sun is lower in the horizon in winter and higher in the horizon in summer, so as seasons change during the year, the shadows created by buildings, trees, etc. also change and effect the amount of sun or shade a particular planting area may get.