All Day Two Day Festival
APRIL 21-22


Earth Day Dallas features two days of engaging exhibits, compelling speakers, music, entertainment, food and fun for everyone. Join us April 21-22, 2012 in Fair Park to see how you can make a difference.
Mission:  Learn. Grow.

Celebrate Earth Day at this fun festival with exhibits, speakers, films, music, food & more focused on making a positive impact on our environment.

The heart of the festival is the Eco Expo, and exhibitors will use their presence to promote their achievements as green leaders, and teach attendees how to take environmentally responsible action by better utilizing available resources, switching to eco-friendly products, or joining their organizations.

In addition to the Eco Expo, attendees will have a number of educational entertainment options, which will include:

Please bring your favorite work gloves, shovel, litter picker upper, or gardening tools.

Wear appropriate clothing for the weather and for working in a natural area (long pants, long sleeves, sturdy shoes, hat).

Water and snacks will be available.

O.S. Gray Natural Area has no restroom facilities, but Kroger is nearby.

Info: friendsofosgray@gmail.com

The purpose of the Native Plant Society of Texas is to promote the conservation, research and utilization of native plants and plant habitats of Texas through education, outreach and example. As such, the Dallas chapter implemented a native garden grant program. A few of these grant recipients will be at the meeting to show their gardens, their purpose what they've accomplished and their future plans. Please join us in congratulating the hardworking efforts of these native plant advocates:  Tenison Park Pollinator Garden, Big Bear Native American Museum, Dallas County Master Gardener's Rain

The sale features a large variety of plant species grown at the Greenhouse by Wildscape volunteers, including: ground covers, perennials, shrubs, vines and trees. Many species of grasses are provided by Blue Stem Nursery. $2.50, $4, $7, $15 and up. Proceeds benefit the wildscape.

Learn from well-known local experts on topics such as pollinators of North Central Texas, potted plants, Texas trees and more. Attendees can question a panel of experts about gardening issues during the Ask the Experts session. A conservation garden tour will follow at 1 p.m.


The director of horticulture at Texas Discovery Gardens will provide updates on Harry Moss Park, and if times permits, Crawford Park.

Brett Johnson, urban biologist for Dallas Parks and Recreation, will provide updates on White Rock Lake Prairie Remmants Management.



Owners of the Ebel Grassland Ranch in Sulphur Bluff, Texas, will speak about their conservation methods.

Taylor Quedensley, PhD, research botanist at BRIT will speak on “Developing a Lichen Research Program at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas.”

The herbarium at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas houses approximately 1.5 million botanic specimens. Recently, BRIT has added to its collection of lichen specimens, not only from Texas, but from other parts of the world as well.

Topics to be discussed include lichen biology, the distribution of lichens in Texas,and projects involving the collection and acquisition of lichen specimens through research at BRIT.

Come early to select from more than 120 species of organically grown native plants, including ground covers, perennials, shrubs, vines and trees – most below nursery prices. Many hard-to-find species. More info on website link.

Info: Vicki Gleason, VGwriter@gmail.com or 432-770-4694