Prairies, Birds, & Pollinators Workshop 2/25/17

This NPAT (Native Prairies Association of Tx) & EIH (Environmental Institute of Houston) workshop at UH Clear Lake Environmental Institute of Houston offers a day of indoor and outdoor learning on creating better habitats for birds, butterflies, and monarchs. Register by email to .


Monarch Workshop in Sugar Land 2/20/16

Coming to Sugar Land NEXT Saturday, February 20, 2016:

Want to learn more about Monarchs, pollinators and how to help create or preserve their habitat? Join us for this one day work shop in Sugar Land. We’ve got a great line up of speakers and topics. Presented by Native Prairies Association of Texas and Monarch Gateway. Click photo for flyer in pdf.
This workshop qualifies for Texas Master Naturalist and Texas Master Gardener Advanced training hours


“Growing Milkweed Dinners for Monarchs” @ HNPAT Meeting, Feb. 25 (Wed), Speaker: Barbara Keller-Willy

Native Milkweed at Deer Park Prairie by Kelly Walker

Lots of links in this blog, but follow them all to get great information about native milkweeds!

“Growing Milkweed Dinners for Monarchs, Native Prairie Milkweeds” will be the subject of Barbara Keller-Willy‘s talk at the February meeting of Houston-NPAT. Barbara is NPAT & HNPAT board member, member of Coastal Prairie Texas Master Naturalist, Brazos Bend State Park Volunteer, and first vice-president of the Sugar Land Garden Club.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Meeting at 3015 Richmond Avenue, 1st floor
(parking lot entrance on Eastside)
6:30 p.m. – Refreshment; 7:00 p.m. Program Begins

Barbara has her own greenhouse and grows many native milkweeds and will be bringing some for door prizes at the meeting. She also has installed several monarch way stations, two of which she donated last year for the Prairie Celebration silent auction.

She wrote a Spotlight article for Brenda Beust Smith’s Lazy Gardener & Friends Houston Garden Newsletter. Click here for her article (or

Join us and learn about Monarchs & Milkweeds from Barbara!

More information concerning growing native milkweeds, especially Asclepias tuberosa are below:

  • Barbara in an email dated April 9, 2014 wrote this about growing native milkweed from seed:
    Attached [click link], please find my recommended method of growing native milkweeds.  It has resulted in 75% plus germination rate.  Of the seed pods I myself examine for readiness, I have closer to a 90% germination rate. I’m going to share with everybody but wish to be credited when it used. I’m currently working with a professor to publish a paper on this subject.  My research has included measuring temperature, soil, stem growth, % of shade, watering etc. so it is fact based and replicated.
  • Sent by Doris Heard are two wonderful articles in the Spring, 2014 Cajun Prairie Habitat Preservation Society. The first has photos of many native milkweeds. In the second, Professor (retired) Malcolm Vidrine gives his method of germinating and growing native milkweeds, especially Asclepias tuberosa. Malcolm Vidrine will speak on Monarchs and Milkweeds at the Native Plant Society of Texas Houston Chapter meeting on April 16, 2015 at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, 7:00 p.m. for refreshments & 7:30 p.m. for program.
  • Sent by Michael Eckenfels are the following links:


Offsprings from Monarch Way Station from Deer Park Prairie Celebration

First 2 Monarchs to emerge by Janis Terry.

First 2 Monarchs to emerge. Photo by Janis Terry.

For the silent auction at the Deer Park Prairie Celebration on April 5, 2014, Barbara Willy donated 2 Monarch Way Stations.  Janis Terry won the bid on one of them. Barbara planted the Monarch Way Station in Janis’ yard shortly thereafter.  This is the result:

From Barbara Willy on October 9, 2014:

Janis’ Deer Park Auction Monarch way station delivered its first offspring. She took the caterpillars inside to protect them from predation and now the butterflies have “eclosed” (emerged) from their chrysalis. And I just noticed she has one male and one female. The black dot on the wing of top butterfly denotes male.

From Janis Terry to Barbara Willy earlier on the same day:

Two Monarchs were waiting for me this morning! They are the first that I know for sure came from the garden you planted. Exciting!