This week, October 18-24, 2015, is Texas Native Plant Week.
So delegated each year, the third week of October is set aside for appreciation, recognition, and promotion of Texas native plants. Activities for the week focus on educating Texans–gardeners and others–on the importance of protecting native plants in the wild and gardening with our beautiful and diverse native plant species.
If you don’t live in Texas, there are lovely native plants where you do live–learn about them, grow them in your garden, protect them in the wild, and teach others about their value: for wildlife, for a healthy environment, and for beauty.
Check out the links below for the sponsoring organizations of Texas Native Plant Week, to learn more about what each offers in educational activities:
There are many reasons to go native in the garden: to benefit wildlife which is rapidly declining (with potentially catastrophic consequences), to conserve the valuable resource of water because native plants use less of it than traditional lawn and landscape plants, plus natives don’t require fertilizers or other chemical interventions which pollute waterways.
Also, native plants are just damn pretty.
For 2014 Texas Native Plant Week I wrote a series promoting the use of native plants in the home garden. If you’d like to read some of the reasons why you should switch to native plants as well as information about some of those native plants, check out the following links: