Native plant expert to speak in Pharr

HARLINGEN — When it comes to cultivating native plants, acreage isn’t necessarily required.

The South Texas Border Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists will be presenting guest speaker Juan Sebastian Chavez at their next meeting Monday in Pharr.

Chavez is a graduate of UTRGV with degrees in biology and clinical laboratory science, but he’s also quite knowledgeable about propagating native plants, the naturalists say.

“He’ll be sharing about the plants and the different places that they can be put, like those that will fit into smaller places,” said Elizabeth Perdomo, a spokesperson for the Texas Master Naturalists’ border chapter.

“Mainly he’ll be introducing people to the native things that do better in our area, that take less water and maintenance, and which also serve the purpose of helping wildlife,” she added. “Butterflies, lizards, birds and things like that, he’ll be touching on all those.”

Chavez will be speaking at 6:30 p.m. at St. George Orthodox Church Hall, 704 W. Sam Houston, in Pharr. For more information, visit

The event is free and open to the public.

If you go

WHAT — Growing native plants anywhere

WHERE — St. George Orthodox Church Hall, 704 W. Sam Houston, Pharr

WHEN — Monday, May 20, 6:30 p.m.

COST — Free and open to the public