Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest – April 2017 Announcements
Sunday, April 9, 2017: Bird Walk with Reba Collins – RESCHEDULED because of last week’s rain cancelation. 8:00 – 9:30 a.m., 1787 Holford Road. Look for spring migrating birds in Spring Creek Forest with certified Master Birder, Reba Collins. Come for a morning walk and learn to identify some of our resident and spring migrating birds. Dress for the weather. Bring binoculars and wear comfortable walking shoes. If it has been raining, mud boots are appropriate.
April 22, 2017: Earth Day!
April 29, 2017: Keep Garland Beautiful Trash Off to celebrate Earth Day 2017. Pick up trash at any Garland park and join the festivities. More information at GoGreenGarland.org.
May 6, 2017: BYO picnic and work session 9:00 to noon at 1787 Holford Road. Bring your lunch and we will picnic after work. Materials: Wear work gloves, long pants and sturdy shoes (no sandals) for your protection from poison ivy and thorns. Bring small spades, loppers and short-handled tree saws if you have them. This is the last scheduled work session until September.
Special Announcement from our friends at Texas Discovery Gardens:
Texas Discovery Gardens
SPRING 2017 Pollinator Plant Sale
April 7 is members only 4:00 to 7:00,
Public 10:00 to 2:00 Saturday and Sunday, the 8th and 9th. Come see us!
Our Greenhouse Runneth Over! With over thirteen hundred plant varieties, this has to be the biggest selection of plants in the state, as well as the most diverse. And approximately 60 percent are native species, so it’s probably the biggest selection of natives as well.
Plants include over 25 varieties of Cactus, Yuccas, and related woody lilies, many we’ve not offered before. Ferns include 3 native desert species. Sixteen of the eighteen Grasses are native Texans including the unique Bamboo Muhly and a new colorful Switch Grass called ‘Red Ribbons’. Over 25 Groundcover plants include the showy, native Golden Groundsel , a delightful shade species. Others are 2 species of Pussytoes, 2 Pipevines, and the extremely drought tolerant Sandpaper Verbena. Herbs include large numbers of nice Rue, host plant for both Black Swallowtail and Giant Swallowtail butterflies. An overwhelming selection of Perennials and Wildflowers is dominated by Texas natives such as Standing Cypress, Texas Blue Star and Texas Blue Bells, 3 species of Winecups, 5 species of Liatris, seven Penstemons, Texas Betony, 4 Ironweed species, and several Rudbeckias (Black-eyed Susans). The best nectar plant for pollinators, Texas Kidneywood, tops the list of numerous Shrubs and Small Trees. Others include Red and Texas Buckeyes, the showy False Indigo Bush and the swallowtail magnet Buttonbush. A fascinating Tree rarely offered anywhere is the south Texas Sandpaper Tree known for both colorful fruits and flowers. Other trees include Escarpment Black Cherry, Soapberry, Montezuma Cypress, Chittamwood (best bird attractant for fall migration), and 6 species of Texas oaks. Vines include Snapdragon Vine, host for Buckeye butterflies, unbelievably 10 different Passionvines, host for Gulf Fritillaries, and Oldfield Milkvine, a Monarch foodplant. Speaking of Monarchs, where else can you find 16 species of milkweed, all but 2 being native! A wide assortment of Tropicals include the giant Bird’s Nest Anthurium, several Angel’s Trumpets, and hummingbird favorites like Hummingbird Plant (Dicliptera), Epilobium, Firebush, Mexican Honeysuckle, Firespike, Pentas, Firecracker Plant, Porterweed, Esperanza, and several Salvias. We also have many old time favorites like Castorbean, Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia), and Bush Morning Glory.
The complete list is on TDG website. And don’t forget, the weekend prior to the sale (April 1st) is our famous Butterfly Garden Workshop, a must for anyone wanting to learn how to provide a butterfly attracting landscape. Hopefully you can also make time to tour our newly renovated gardens.
Director of Horticulture
Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park
|How to Visit:
Fair Park at Gate 6
3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
P.O. Box 152537
|P (214) 428-7476 ext. 210 Fax (214) 428-5338
Preservation Society General Information:
Meeting information: Meetings generally begin at 7:00 p.m.
Meeting Location: North Garland Library
3845 N. Garland Ave. (at Apollo Rd.)
Garland, TX 75040
Work session information: Generally held the Saturday after each meeting 9 – 11 a.m.
Locations: Locations vary and are announced by email or on our web site. They will be at 1770 Holford Rd, 1787 Holford Rd, and 4848 N. Garland Ave near Academy Sports, or 4695 Ranger Drive near the Naaman Forest High School baseball parking area.
Maureen Bly, President, Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest
Cell phone: 972-814-0902