Native Plant ‘Fall is for Planting’ sale October 15

The Big Bend chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) will hold its fall sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15 at Brown Dog Gardens on Historic Murphy Street in Alpine.

“Fall is the best time to plant trees,” said organizer Dallas Baxter. “With the ground moist from monsoonal rains and without the winds of spring, trees have all winter to grow root systems that will support them through our warm, dry and windy spring and into a successful summer. We’ll also feature shrubs and herbaceous plants that thrive with fall planting.”

The sale will feature both flowering trees, such as Kidney wood and Mexican plum and shade trees such as Chinkapin Oak and Madrone as well as shrubs – cenizo, whitebrush and sumac – and many varieties of herbaceous plants, such as penstemon, damienita and scarlet bouvardia.

“With this year’s rain, we’re currently seeing a beautiful fall display of grasses throughout the Tri-counties,” said botanist Patty Manning. “And we’ve ordered a wide variety of beautiful grasses for home landscapes.”

A complete list of plants can be found on the chapter’s web site: or on their FaceBook page:

Also featured at the sale will be ornamental autumn wreaths, both completed wreaths for sale and a demonstration of wreath-making and material for purchase, as well as native plant seeds for fall planting. A wide variety of decorative pumpkins and gourds for home decoration will be available as well, and a mosaic pot-making activity will entertain children while their parents shop.

The NPSOT spring plant sale will be Earth Day, April 22, 2017. Both sales benefit the

  1. Michael Powell botanical scholarship at Sul Ross.

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