It’s easy today for many Master Naturalists to recognize that the flora of our region are tied to the soil of the Blackland Prairie and the climate of North Central Texas, but this wasn’t always widely taken into serious account in early gardening and even in some restoration attempts. Different factors and forces affected the growing, selling, and use of native plants in Texas. The Heard Museum gardens reflect the evolution of the understanding and use of native plants in Texas. Heard Native Garden Manager Amy Monroy will present a history of native plant use in our area by sharing historic documents and photos from the first plans in 1994 for the Heard’s front gardens to today’s current challenges.
Amy’s Bio: Amy Monroy began volunteering in the Heard gardens and butterfly house in 2014 as a Master Naturalist, and in 2016 raised money for, designed, installed, maintained, promoted and created events and education for the Windmill Garden at Brookhaven College in Farmers Branch. In October 2019 she took over the position of Native Garden Manager for the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary.