Native plantsman returns to Hamilton

Staff Writer
Glen Rose Reporter
Armand Hufault of Killeen captivated the audience at last year's Spring Fling, and hopes to do the same this year with his presentation on native plants.

Armand Hufault of Killeen captivated the audience at last year’s Spring Fling with a presentation on salvia greggii, or sage plants. This year he returns to the event on March 30 at St. John Lutheran Church Family Life Center, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., to tell why he chooses to grow native plants rather than introduced or invasive species.

A founding member and former president of the Williamson County Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT), Hufault operates his own wholesale native plant nursery. He supplies nurseries with his well-grown native plants. He encourages us when we go garden shopping to ask for locally grown natives for best success and sustainability in our gardens.

On behalf of the Hamilton Extension Education Association (HEEA), Hufault will propose labor- and water-saving ideas, and how to help your plants survive a severe drought. On this occasion he will also have several hardy native plants for sale. Hufault can be reached at ahufault35@yahoo.com to learn what he grows and supplies to his nearby nurseries, or to learn more about the NPSOT Spring Symposium Saturday March 28 at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin.

The Native Plant Society of Texas promotes research, conservation and utilization of native plants and plant habitats in Texas through education, outreach and example, and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization funded by membership dues, individual and corporate contributions, and foundation grants, and is run by volunteers. The two chapters nearest to Hamilton are Prairie Rose NPSOT in Glen Rose and Tonkawa NPSOT for Temple/Killeen.

Hufault is one distinguished presenter among the four scheduled to address the audience, along with charming musical entertainment by the St. John preschoolers, a primo silent auction, a wonderful assortment of 18 vendors, ample door prizes, and a mouthwatering salad/dessert buffet at 11:45 a.m., all, or any part, offered by HEEA for a modest $8 donation.

TEEA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is a catalyst for leadership development of Texas women, and community service activities are the medium for the expression of charitable interests and community enrichment. For more information on our Home and Garden Spring Fling or the TEEA, our HEEA chairperson Mary Lambert can be reached at 254-386-8396 or malambert65@gmail.com.