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Karen Beaty

Karen works as a horticulturist at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas. She primarily works in the 4.5-acre Luci & Ian Family Garden but also participates in land management efforts such as prescribed burns. She received an M.S. in Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.S. in Biology from Davidson College. As a 5th-generation Texan she is fascinated with the native flora of the Southern Plains region and enjoys hiking and camping as a way to meet new plants. Her outside interests also include vegetable gardening, homesteading, and building things with scavenged materials.

  • Southern Plains Regional Reports

    Harvesting Native Southern Plains Fruits

    The Southern Plains is home to several plant species with edible and delicious fruits. Some, such as plums and grapes, receive a lot of attention for their long history of…

  • Southern Plains Regional Reports

    Southern Plains July Garden To-Do List

    Reduce the mosquito population in your yard and garden. While mosquitoes aren’t technically a garden pest, they are a serious gardener pest. This is a time of year when we…

  • Southern Plains Regional Reports

    Rock Garden Rock Stars for the Southern Plains

    Rock gardens are appealing for their natural, rugged beauty. For areas with steep slopes, a rock garden can be an excellent way to add interest to retaining walls or rocky…

  • Southern Plains Regional Reports

    Southern Plains May Garden To-Do List

    Harvest your vegetables and cut flowers. After all of the hard work you put into planting your spring garden, don’t forget to enjoy the harvest. By now your garden is…

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    Beautiful Heirloom Crinums for Southern Plains Gardens

    If you’ve ever walked through an old cemetery yard in the Southern Plains, you’ve likely seen crinum lilies (Crinum spp. and cvs., Zones 8–10). Crinums, which aren’t true lilies but…

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    April Garden To-Do List for the Southern Plains

    April is a great time to plant your spring vegetable garden if you haven’t already. If you live in the more northern reaches of the Southern Plains, April is likely…

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    Butterfly Host Plants for the Southern Plains Garden

    There are many reasons for having a butterfly garden, the simplest one being sheer beauty. People of all ages enjoy watching butterflies dance through their gardens. Butterflies also serve as…

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    March Garden To-Do List for the Southern Plains

    March is a golden month of opportunities in the Southern Plains garden. While the early summer months may be filled with more actual growth, March is the month when anything…

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    Drought-Tolerant Plants and Design Strategies for the Southern Plains

    Ask any Texas gardener about the summer of 2011 and you are likely to get a loud groan followed by several lamentations. A year of extreme drought, 2011 brought many…

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    Southern Plains: February Garden To-Do List

    Transplant spring- and summer-blooming perennials such as ‘Henry Duelberg’ mealy blue sage (Salvia farinacea ‘Henry Duelberg’, Zones 8–10), spring obedient plant (Physostegia intermedia, Zones 6–9), and square-bud primrose (Calylophus berlandieri,…

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