In anticipation of its Spring Plant Sale, the Native Plant Society’s Big Bend Chapter will host a ‘sneak peek’ of the sale from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on March 31 in room 204 of the Warnock Science Building on the Sul Ross State University campus in Alpine.
Michael Eason, botanist and landscape designer — and a major participant in the Spring Plant Sale each year — will present a program on the sale, giving us a sneak peak at the plants that will be available, as well as talking about plant selection and placement and soil amendments.
Many of the plants that will be offered have been grown from seed gathered in the Big Bend and adjacent Chihuahuan Desert, and Eason has gathered much of that seed.
Eason will also have photographs of many of the sale plants as well as plant lists, giving participants an opportunity to plan plant sale purchases and to ask questions about their gardens and native plants.
The Spring Plant Sale will be part of Alpine’s Earth Day celebration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 23 at Brown Dog Gardens on Historic Murphy Street in Alpine.
Newcomers to Big Bend gardening as well as experienced native plant gardeners are urged to attend to see what’s new in natives this spring!
Berlandier’s yellow flax; Linum berlandieri var. berlandieri. Named for French-Swiss physician Jean Louis Berlandier (1805-1851) who collected plants in Texas and northern Mexico. (Photo courtesy of Native Plant Society of Texas.)