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Native Landscape Certification Program Classes

There are four class levels to help you learn about native plants.  The Level 1 class is a prerequisite before taking a Level 2 or Level 3 class.  Each class takes only one day and includes both classroom time as well as a plant walk to see many of the native plants being studied in an actual garden setting.  Also, some plant specimens are brought into the classroom for viewing up close.  More General Program Info

The next local classes:

  • April 23, 2022, Level 2
  • May 14, 2022, Level 1


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NLCP L2 Oct 2016 Design Presentation



Introduction to Native Landscapes

Appreciate the benefits of including and preserving native plants in landscapes and building wildlife habitat.  Distinguish between sustainable and conventional development.  Become familiar with your Texas ecoregion, including soil type.


Design & Development with Native Plants

Learn to create landscape designs incorporating native plants.  Recognize important considerations for creating a design.  Determine how to preserve native plants in your landscape.


Installing & Maintaining Native Landscapes

Visualize the differences between native and non-native landscapes.  Understand how to install native plants into a landscape, including: plant choice, purchase, placement, spacing; bed and soil preparation; how to plant trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, and seeds; what soils to use; mulching techniques.  Identify maintenance requirements, techniques, and maintenance schedules for native trees, shrubs, palms, yuccas, perennials, grasses, and ground covers.


Becoming an Advocate for Native Plants

More details to come.  Course curriculum under development.

Sandy Fountain Ann Knudsen


Assist Putting on NLCP Classes

It takes a team effort to put on a class and many hands make light work.  Consider if you can assist by:

  • Making copies of course materials for students
  • Help identify location of plants for the plant walk
  • Registration:  check in students as they arrive
  • Bring plant specimens for students to view in class
  • Arrive early and help label plant specimens

Molly Hollar making plant labels

  • Set up the classroom with display photos, etc.
  • Bring snacks for students to enjoy during breaks
  • Lead or assist one of the plant walk groups

NLCP Plant Walk

  • Help grade tests
  • Help clean up

Contact Sandy Fountain if you are able to help out with the next class.


NLCP L2 Sandy Fountain IntroNLCP Class