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TX Native Database

Texas Parks and Wildlife
Urban Program Certification

Our story and a link for you.

Go to Texas Wildscapes to get started on your own adventure.

You will find that the cost of your packet is very small just $15.00.

How we were introduced to native plants and became certified.

We found out about the program through an article that was featured in our local newspaper. They featured a yard in our city that was a certified, and Linda the featured gardener said that she would welcome inquiries, so I called her and asked permission to come and see her yard.

I had no idea that you could get your yard certified by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Urban Program, I imagine not many people know about it either, it seems to be a well kept secret.

I loved her yard, and all the good she was doing for the environment, so naturally I was very excited by the possibilities, and immediately sent for the certification packet and started planning my yard according to the requirements.

It took us 2 years to get to the point where we felt we qualified, then we sent in the application.
In about 6 weeks we got our certificate and outdoor plaque. Talk about excitement! I was jumping up and down, I was so happy.

Because we love this idea so much, we want to tell and help as many people as possible, so that they may experience the joy of watching beautiful birds and butterflies, and the beauty of our wonderful native plants and wildflowers.

Many people stop by our yard to admire this or that flower, which they had never seen, although they are natives to this region. We have raised the awareness in our neighborhood, and you can do the same in yours.

One book that I found most helpful during my planning stages is Landscaping with Native Plants of Texas and the Southwest. by George O. Miller. We highly recommend this book. We are not connected with the author or publisher in any way, we just love the book.

Best Wishes and Happy Gardening, Josephine

If you have questions on this topic or any other you can always go to Ask Josephine on this site.

Go to Texas Wildscapes to get started on your own adventure.

Let us restore our landscapes to their native splendor.