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Willow Waterhole Plant Rescue/Potting - join us on Th 3/13 + Pics from 2/22

posted Mar 9, 2014, 4:36 PM by Lan Shen   [ updated Mar 9, 2014, 4:38 PM ]
On February 22, GCMN members Katy Emde, Jackie Smith, and Lan Shen plus class member Celeste Mead joined Houston Audubon Society (HAS) volunteers and Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy volunteers and Harris County Flood Control personnel to rescue (dig up) native prairie plants in an area (near Westbury in SW Houston) to be shortly excavated by Harris County Flood Control. These were then potted into 1 gallon pots and transported to be stored at HISD Hollingsworth Science Center until ground is prepared at another site where they will be planted perhaps this fall.  We worked for about 3 hours. See photos below and at .  From Flo Hannah of HAS, one of the organizers of this event:
"Great event and a great team. We counted 1152 plants at Hollingsworth, which is truly amazing. Species included Texas coneflower, black-eyed Susan, Rattlesnake master, several Liatris species, Indian plantain, Little bluestem, Blue-eyed grass, Wine cup, Prairie parsley, and Goldenrod. I'm certain I've left some out. These plants will contribute to a very showy demonstration garden at WWH #4"  

Missed the fun on 2/22?  Want to do some plant propagation on 2nd Thursday - our normal GCMN-PPP workday? Go to Willow Waterhole and help pot more rescued plants.  Please bring your own chair, if you would like to sit.

Again from Flo: "Join us this Thursday, March 13th, 9 AM – Noon
Volunteers potting up newly rescued prairie plants at Willow Waterhole #3 on February 22, 2014
when we will again dig and pot up native plants from the soon-to-be-enlarged detention basin at Willow Waterhole Stormwater Detention Basin #3. The plants will be transported to a nearby holding area at HISD’s Hollingsworth Science Education Center for a new demonstration garden at Willow Waterhole #4 ( coming next Fall!).

I hope you can join us. Please email and let me know if you plan to participate so I can contact you if the weather or circumstances change. A required liability waver is attached for new volunteers. Please bring a shovel (if you plan to help dig), gloves and drinking water. I will have extra of everything. See attached maps for parking and directions. Our goal is to rescue and additional 350 – 450 plants, not 1000!

Please mark your calendar for a future plant rescue on Saturday, March 22nd.

Project Update: Two Saturdays ago we rescued 1125 plants from the site. Yesterday we made orderly blocks of the plants at the Hollingsworth nursery and were able to count the species: 373 Texas coneflower (Rudbeckia texana), 100 Black-eyed susan (Rudbeckia hirta), 132 Rosinweed (Silphium sp.), 120 Rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium), 193 Gayfeather/Blazing star (Liatris acidota, L. pycnostachya, L. bracteata), 7 Indian plantain (Arnoglossum sp.), 5 Little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), 3 Blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium sp.), 83 Wine cup (Callirhoe sp.), 7 Prairie parsley (Polytaenia nuttallii), 80 Swamp sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius) and several dozen miscellaneous plants.

Participating organizations include Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy, Brays Bayou Association, Harris County Flood Control, Houston Parks and Recreation Department, and an advisement group that includes Gulf Coast Master Naturalists and Houston Audubon.

Thank you for volunteering, Flo"

GCMN members, see your email for specifics.  Otherwise please email Flo Hannah <> to RSVP.