On June 16, 2009 Governor Perry signed a bill into law that recognizes the third week in October as Texas Native Plant Week. The bill is intended to emphasize the role of native plants in conservation efforts and to be used as incentive for the Texas education system to teach school children about the importance of native plants. The Native Plant Society of Texas worked with State Representative Donna Howard to present the bill to the State Legislature. The bill passed unanimously in both houses.
To mark the fourth annual Texas Native Plant Week, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of the University of Texas at Austin, the National Wildlife Federation, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, San Antonio Botanical Garden, KLRU-TV, and the City of Austin and its Grow Green program join the Native Plant Society of Texas to encourage the public to learn more about our amazing Texas native plants.
For Texas Native Plant Week (October 14-20, 2012) we will feature plants that are native to the major metro areas in Texas, share information on events, volunteer opportunities and educational presentations offered throughout the state as well as provide locations where you can go visit demonstration gardens for ideas and inspiration. Visit our regional pages to learn more about events and plants for your area. If you are not in a major metro area of Texas, we have statewide resources available as well to help you no matter where you live.