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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Yours truly gets lifetime achievement award

From birth, most people are taught not to be boastful, immodest or pompous. I'm going to break that rule right now because this is MY blog, and I'm not beholden to any company policy, outdated manners or any advertisers (that's my choice and intent). So I can write my opinions about whatever I see fit. If you think otherwise, email me with the subject line "Put in Trash".

This past Saturday, I was honored to receive a lifetime achievement award at a banquet in Corpus Christi.  It was for my work involving native Texas plants, presented by the Native Plant Society of Texas. Thank you very much!

NPSOT (as it's called - pronounced just like it's spelled) was founded in 1981 in Denton TX, and now has 34 chapters throughout the state. They've taken on the monumentally ambitious task of making Texas landscapes compatible with our unique environments. The method is to dramatise the many native plants of Texas, and that they, over the ages, got used to our heat, drought and poor soil. Therefore, they'll survive here!

The native plants, used in place of exotics, always fare better than the typical exotic plants from Japan, California, Italy or some other far-off land. Usually requiring much less maintenance too. The finicky exotics often end up in a dumpster.

My landscape design work, always including native plants, encompasses commercial and institutional work, as well as residential projects throughout Texas. In addition, the award is for extensive writing - over 200 articles plus this blog.

Great Blue Heron
But enough about me.  The following day we went to Padre Island and saw lots of Pelicans (whose beaks can really hold more than their belly can), tons of water birds, and a few Great Blue Herons (pictured).



  1. A very well deserved achievment. Your blogs are very informative and I look forward to them. Thanks for writing them.

  2. Congratulations! Enjoy your blogs very much and learn a lot from them. Thanks for your efforts putting them together.