Native Plants and Prairies Day
May 6, 2017
Join us for a FREE fun day at White Rock Lake!
The North Texas Master Naturalists will host the fifth annual Native Plants and Prairies Day on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 10 AM to 3 PM, at the Bath House Cultural Center grounds at White Rock Lake.
Highlights for the day include 15 thirty-minute wildflower and prairie walks guided by local experts, a lecture series by naturalist experts, and 30 demonstrations/information/outreach booths, raptors, and snakes. For the first time we will have local artists displaying their nature-inspired creations for purchase.
Come help us construct our own Climate Ribbon tree during the event. The Climate Ribbon project is an opportunity for us to share what each of us stands to lose to climate change and affirm our solidarity as we unite to fight against it.
Other offerings include a raffle with terrific gifts provided by event sponsors, children’s activities, and food trucks.
This FREE family event has been enthusiastically received by the local community for its focus on Texas plants and animals and the benefits of using native plants in home landscapes as disease and drought-resistant alternatives to non-native species. Our native birds, animals, and insects all depend on these native plants for survival.
Major sponsors for the event include: Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Dallas Zoo, Pariveda Solutions, Texas Discovery Gardens, Whole Earth Provision Co., Wild Birds Unlimited, Arborilogical Services, Inc., Rohde’s Nursery and Nature Store, Earth Day Texas, and the Dallas Sierra Club.
For more information, updates on the latest event developments, and the detailed descriptions of the speakers, walk guides, artists, and exhibitors, go to ntmn.org
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IMPORTANT NEIGHBORHOOD UPDATE
As I am sure you are aware, every year we host a Home Tour. In addition to providing financial support to several area schools, the proceeds from the Tour provide the money we need to run the neighborhood, such as providing services like common landscaping, the newsletter and social events, to include the ones at Christmas, Halloween and Easter. This year the tour weekend will run Saturday April 29th thru Sunday April 30th from noon to 5:00pm.
This year, one of your neighbors will have their home included in the Tour.
Several thousand people will be in the neighborhood, as well as on your block to see the wonderful place we are proud to call home.
As a result, we need your help. Following are things we would like you to take into consideration during tour weekend.
Here are the homes on the Tour this year.
7003 San Mateo
910 Monte Vista
Thank you for your cooperation & support.
Home Tour Committee
Saturday, April 22
We hope you’ll join us this Saturday morning at Tenison Park Pollinator Garden.
We currently have 14 species of nectar and host plants in the ground; this Saturday, we are planting to double that.
Diversity in the garden is not only aesthetically pleasing but also leads to an overall healthier garden.
Providing a variety of nectar and pollen sources in our garden supports beneficial insects during all their life stages.
Biodiversity offers a ton of protection for a garden: soil organisms and insects improve soil condition,
and birds and predatory insects keep pests under control.
Encouraging our garden to become an ecosystem creates a more self-sustainable
and productive garden…more reward with less effort!
Check out this story from Candy's Dirt. Make sure you visit the link to see the before and after photos and to enter the contest for free home tour tickets.
Home Tour season is upon us. From my vantage point, nobody does it better than Hollywood, and I don’t mean Los Angeles.
I’m a bit biased as I’ve lived in Hollywood Heights since the beginning of the tour’s 26-year history. Having been involved, I can attest to the fact that organizing a home tour is a daunting operation. It takes patience, persistence, and problem solving and you have to love your neighborhood. Fortunately, you can’t find a tighter-knit group of neighbors than those in Hollywood Heights.
This year, five unique historic homes are on tour — from a two-story Tudor, complete with original blueprints to the remarkable renovation we’re sharing today at 1014 Clermont.
Shortly after the home was built in 1936, the Bert family moved in. If you know anything about the State Fair of Texas, you’ll have heard the name. Samuel Bert, or “King Sammie,” as he was known throughout his life, worked at the fair for 65 years. He’s best remembered for inventing the snow cone machine. He and the family ran multiple rides including the Merry-Go-Round and owned the Cotton Bowl Roller Rink and Restaurant. The fourth generation of Bert’s family is still actively involved with the fair.
It’s hard to believe in this quiet leafy neighborhood that “yeggmen” could have ever tied kids up with Venetian blind cords and blown open a safe!
The home sat unoccupied for years. When it finally went up for sale, the entire neighborhood worried it would be split up, and ugly new faux Tudors erected. I raced over and took a few photos of the original home, in preparation for a blog post. We all thought it would take ages to sell, and be an eyesore for years due to the necessity of rezoning it as three separate properties. However, no sooner had I loaded photos of the knotty pine attic, the clown portraits, and the vintage kitchen than I got the good news. ReNewell Design had purchased the lots and the existing 1936 Tudor home. A collective neighborhood sigh of relief was almost audible. We all knew David Kennedy and Ashley Holbrook, the father-daughter team behind ReNewell, have a passion for restoration. They always do the right thing.
This house was quite a challenge as you can see from the before photos, but the results are nothing less than spectacular. ReNewell hit a home run. The house is now 2,867 square feet with three bedrooms. The present owners, Kerri and Colin Watson, added a third bathroom in the fantastic attic space and put in glass panels to let more light flow up the stairs — brilliant touch. It’s gorgeous.
The 26th Annual Hollywood Home Tour runs next weekend, April 28-30. This is one of the best collection of homes I’ve seen in years so, to encourage you to get out and see them we’re giving away tickets!
The auction party at the Dallas Arboretum is a highlight on Friday night, along with a candlelight tour of the homes. On both Saturday and Sunday, Hollywood Art in the Park will offer activities for kids and an arts and crafts market for adults.
To win a pair of tickets comment on CandysDirt.com and let us know what you love most about Hollywood Heights or if you know the definition of “yeggmen”!
Email your full name and daytime phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Hollywood Home Tour Ticket Giveaway.”
The contest closes at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 18. Good luck!
See the before and after photos at Candy's Dirt.
Hollywood / Santa Monica Neighborhood Association
P.O. Box 140763 Dallas, TX 75214