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It’s Be NICE to Earth Day Saturday at TPML

Expect lots of fun things for children at Be NICE to Earth Day along with a plant sale and great advice on landscaping from experts with the LIndheimer Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas.

Be NICE to Earth Day is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20 at Tye Preston Memorial Library (TPML), 16311 South Access Rd., Canyon Lake.

It’s sponsored by TPML and Lindheimer Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT), and includes:

  • Native plant sale and information on native plants;
  • Activities for children;
  • Lots of information on native landscaping and interests including information on ball moss, oak wilt and invasive plants;
  • Information on area attractions.

Organizers say NICE is an acronym for “Natives Instead of Common Exotics.”

They want to encourage use of native plants in landscapes and discourage use of common exotic plants — especially invasives.

NPSOT said native plants require less water and save time, money and water while providing vital habitat for birds and other species of wildlife.

“We hope to make some of our hardy native plants available to attendees at reasonable prices,” said Pam Henderson, NPSOT’s outreach chairperson. “In addition to that, share some stories and advice with friends from the community.”

Activities for children include

  • Face painting
  • Painting with dirt
  • Map reading
  • Plant ID
  • Information about bats

“The event is definitely appropriate for everyone,” said Debbie Kyrouac, NPSOT’s Earth Day chairperson.

NPSOT promotes research, conservation and utilization of native plants and plant habitats of Texas through education, outreach and example.

Library Director Roxanna Deane said NPSOT’s mission is a fit with Tye Preston’s.

“I am very pleased that the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) is hosting Earth Day at the library,” she said. “One of the goals of our long-range plan is ‘to provide the community with opportunities to enhance their knowledge of nature and environmental protection and conservation methods.’

“Programs like Earth Day help us to meet that goal. We also demonstrate the importance and beauty of native plants by using them in the landscape and in the butterfly garden. Visitors can actually see how something might work in their own garden.”

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