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.
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.
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
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.
Wishes and Happy Gardening, Josephine
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.
us restore our landscapes to their native splendor.