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Last week, I wrote about some Hill Country native trees and shrubs that are not rare, but certainly not common. In the process of writing, I realized there were more trees and shrubs in that category than I thought, so here are several more.

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I have written before about the more common Hill Country trees and shrubs. Here are some that are not rare, but certainly not very common either. Carolina basswood, or Linden tree (Tilia caroliniana), can be a rather large tree of rich, deep, moist soils. It is fairly common throughout the w…

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I can’t count the number of times I have heard someone say they want to make their landscape “look natural,” only to then describe their view of a “natural” landscape or show me a picture or invite me to come see for myself, and it turns out to be, in my opinion, anything but natural.

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From left are Shirley Hagele, parliamentarian; Karen Argence, treasurer; Janice Walker, recording secretary; S.J. Derby, vice president; Pam Umstead, president; and Patty Zohlen, installing officer. Not pictured is corresponding secretary Jan Sewell.

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Dear Heloise: Travel is something I’ve always loved, especially to foreign places, but I used to go with my husband. We’re no longer together, yet I still want to travel. But to be honest, I’m scared to travel alone. None of my friends will go with me to other countries because they’re marri…

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High pressure is located east of our area across the Deep South. This will draw a very steady flow of Gulf moisture into our area for the next few days. Rain chances, in general, are not impressive locally. With that said, it’s not zero percent. Keep an eye to the skies as we enter the tail …

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The public is invited to attend the July 23 meeting of the Hill Country Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist program at the Upper Guadalupe River Authority lecture hall, 125 N. Lehmann Drive. Michael P. Masser, a professor and Extension Fisheries specialist, will present the program on “Aq…

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FREDERICKSBURG — The Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center will offer a workshop to explore native plants and their uses, both historically and in the present day.

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The public is invited to attend the Nov. 27 meeting of the Texas Master Naturalist Hill Country Chapter to hear Rufus Stephens, wildlife biologist, and Jan Wrede, educator, discuss their new publication. They will discuss common problems and possible solutions for developing optimum habitat …

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At the October meeting of the Hill Country Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists, three Kerr County residents received recognition for contributing 250 hours of service to local environmental projects.

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In order to recognize the role of native plants in conservation and to provide incentive for Texas schools to teach children about the importance of native plants, the state of Texas has established the third week in October each year as Texas Native Plant Week. This annual event, which bega…

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Have you noticed an invasion of caterpillars in your lawn or pasture? In the past few weeks, I have received numerous calls concerning such an invasion on many lawns around Kerr County. These have been identified as armyworms and fall armyworms in most cases. These larvae can cause severe an…

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The Ingram Garden Club met Oct. 10 at the First Presbyterian Church of Ingram. Guest speaker was Lorraine LeMon with Art2Heart, who provided information about working with children in the realm of the arts, which includes music, dance, painting and poetry. 

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On June 12, volunteers joined staff from the Hill Country Alliance and Native American Seed at the Texas Tech University Llano River Field Station in Junction. There, they set forth an ambitious goal: control the more than 100 chinaberry trees that are quickly spreading their footprint along…

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Weather forecast: Hot and humid for the next several months. Summer is here, and the annual “Fan Giveaway Program” at The Salvation Army of Kerrville is underway.

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The Native Plant Society of Texas - Kerrville Chapter will sponser a field trip to the property of Tom and Sherry Collins in Center Point on Tuesday. Tom Collins will lead the group and discuss the various native trees, plants and flowers on his property.

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Seven member libraries of the American Library Association are located in the four-country area of Gillespie, Kendall, Kimble and Kerr counties. Together, their areas encompass 4,083 square miles and have a combined population estimated to be 117,557. Would readers care to guess the location…

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Eggs are a fun and traditional Easter staple. Did you know that, at one time, they were banned during Lent and became a treat to eat on Easter? Eggs also symbolize fertility and renewal. They are associated with the end of winter and the coming of spring.

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Schreiner University is dramatically lowering tuition and housing fees for the 2017 summer sessions, making it possible for transfer and current undergraduate students to economically earn additional credit hours.

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The Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Community Shred Day from 9 a.m. to noon, or until the truck is full, on Friday in the parking lot behind Belk at the River Hills Mall, off Cully Drive. 

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Whether you are a lifelong Kerr County resident or an occasional visitor to our area, understanding flood risk and being connected to emergency warnings is essential. Floods are the most common and widespread of all natural disasters, but our area is particularly vulnerable to them. The uniq…

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Land stewardship generally focuses on encouraging landowners — individuals and families as well as businesses, municipalities and other organizations — and users — farmers, ranchers, hunters, fishers — to manage areas and protect or enhance these values, or to allow others to manage the biod…

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The Kerrville Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas is featuring two small but delightful native vines — scarlet leatherflower (Clematis texinsis) and purple leatherflower (Clematis pitcheri), at local nurseries this spring as part of Operation N.I.C.E.

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The Kerrville Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will meet at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Riverside Nature Center, 150 Francisco Lemos St. Guest speaker will be George Cates of the Native American Seed Company, who will speak on “Taking an Active Role in Ecological Landscape Restoration.” 

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FREDERICKSBURG — The fourth annual Hill Country Home and Garden Expo is set for Feb. 11-12 at Gillespie County Fairgrounds in Fredericksburg. This year’s event will feature “Dr. Lori” from Discovery Channel’s “Auction Kings.” Lori Verderame also has been seen on “The Daily Show,” “The Tonigh…

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Forrest M. Mims III will speak on three topics at the Texas Master Naturalist Hill Country Chapter’s meeting on Oct. 24. He will describe a “new” kind of bald cypress that is found along Hill Country rivers and streams, including the Guadalupe River, and will bring cross-sections of bald cyp…

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The Kerrville Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas is featuring Maximilian sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani), at local nurseries this fall as part of Operation NICE.

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Where would our salads be without the flavorful cherry or grape tomato? How about our red sauces without the meaty Roma? Or try a BLT without the mighty Big Boy? Absolutely nowhere. Tomatoes have invaded our lives, lunches and lore as almost no other vegetable has since the first cultivation…

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The easiest way to provide a constant stream of fresh vegetables to the family table is to grow them yourself. It doesn’t take massive land to provide enough healthy salads and veggies to sustain a family over the summer growing season — and just about any old pot will do.