Native plant expert to speak on harvesting wild seeds

HARLINGEN — Harvesting seeds for propagating native plants is the subject of the next presentation of the South Texas Border Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists.

Christina Mild is guest speaker at the Aug. 19 meeting of the group to be held at St. George Orthodox Church in Pharr at 6:30 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Mild is a well-known Texas Master Naturalist who will deliver a lecture on tips on collecting native plant seeds, which plants grow well from wild-collected seeds, cleaning seeds for storage and seed planting methods.

Mild holds a master’s degree in biological sciences studying cell biology and quantitative chemistry. She has studied native plants at the University of Texas-Brownsville, the University of Texas-Pan American and the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque.

She has been a high school science teacher, volunteer elementary school science liaison and is a former director of the Valley Nature Center in Weslaco. Mild wrote a weekly native plant column for five years for the Valley Morning Star, Rio Delta Wild, and has been the editor of the Native Plant Project newsletter “Sabal,” since 2009.

A founding member of the Arroyo Colorado Audubon Society, Mild also is a life member of the Valley’s Native Plant Project and an honorary member of the Rio Grande Valley Chapter, Texas Master Naturalist.

She began re-vegetation work at Harlingen’s Hugh Ramsey Nature Park 22 years ago and continues to help train Master Naturalist volunteers on native plants and habitat theory in the park.


If you go

WHAT — Texas Master Naturalists, South Texas Border Chapter

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

WHEN — Aug. 19, 6: 30 p.m.

COST — Free