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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.

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    Best Natives for Southern Plains

    Top pick: Standing cypress is a reblooming hummingbird magnet Name: Ipomopsis rubra Zones: 6–9 Size: 3 to 6 feet tall and 12 to 18 inches wide Conditions: Full sun to…

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    Southern Plains October Garden To-Do List

    October is a great time to be gardening in our region. We are in the prime month of fall, with cooler temperatures (but likely no freezes yet) and increased rainfall.…

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    Six Tough Picks for the Southern Plains Hell Strip

    If you’ve ever walked down a city sidewalk, then you are likely familiar with a hell strip—that narrow section of yard sandwiched between the sidewalk and the street. The hell…

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    Southern Plains September Garden To-Do List

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    Thorny Favorites for the Southern Plains

    Some of my very favorite plants for our region are also the gnarliest, thorniest ones. While it might take a little extra planning when deciding where to plant them, they…

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    Native Understory Trees and Shrubs for the Southern Plains

    It can be challenging choosing plants for shady areas, but we have a number of beautiful, hardy choices available to us in the Southern Plains. The following are a few…

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    Southern Plains August Garden To-Do List

    August is the month when many gardeners in our region dream of moving to cooler climes. Northern gardeners lament the month of January, but we suffer through August’s doldrums instead.…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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