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15 WINTER TEXAN TIMES OCTOBER 19, 2022 When you follow us on Facebook AND Subscribe to our FREE e-Edition newsletter You will be eligible to win great prizes from our advertisers through our drawings held throughout the season 956.580.7800 1217 N CONWAY, MISSION Follow us on wintertexantimes BRING US ALONG, & THERE’S ALWAYS MORE TO SEE, MORE TO DO IN PRINT, ONLINE ON ANY DEVICE YOU WILL WANT TO TAKE IT WITH YOU WHEREVERYOUGO Texas honors native plants in October During the month of October, the Center for Urban Ecology at Quinta Mazatlan is celebrating native plants, planning educational events, hosting the annual Planta Nativa Social, providing Native Plant Sales, holding a Native Plant Giveaway, launching an RGV Native Garden Contest, and planting Tiny Forests to create habitat for birds, butterflies, and all wildlife. The Rio Grande Valley is home to more than 1,200 native plants that provide habitat for our wildlife. Colleen Hook, Manager of Quinta Mazatlan, shares “Native plants provide economic benefits for cities by helping to grow the business of ecotourism—encouraging visitors from around the world to visit our beautiful region.” Hook continued, “Nature also benefits our mental health making us happier and healthier in life.” Attend the many October programs at Quinta Mazatlan including Foraging Forests on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m., and Bird and Plant Walks on Friday mornings from 8:30 to 10 a.m. On Thursday, October 20th, the brilliant botanist, Benito Trevino, will present on the many indigenous edible and medical plants in the Rio Grande Valley. The presentation will begin at 6 p.m. T r e v i n o received his botany degree from the University of Texas. He returned home to the Valley in 1986 and purchased his ranch in Rio Grande City, Rancho Lomitas. Benito and wife Toni offer history and native plant tours and provide a Bed & Breakfast for birders, locals and Winter Texans. Benito is a grower of native plants whose customers include local ranchers, farmers, and various state and federal entities. Since 1992, he has grown and sold over 800,000 seedlings, most used for habitat restoration. Join the fun Planta Nativa Social on Thursday, October 27th, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., $10 per person, advance tickets required on Guests will enjoy the native plant sale, forest bathing, live music, food trucks, plant giveaway, plant swap and more. Meet Joey Santore, YouTube Botany Star, as he presents “Crime Pays but Botany Doesn’t” on the north lawn under the stars. October is a great month for gardening as the days are usually cooler. Connect and learn about native plants this month by planting a native garden, attending an event, getting inspired by speakers, and taking a walk in the woods at Quinta Mazatlan. Tickets for programs and events can be purchased online at quintamazatlan.ticket leap. com. For more information, contact (956) 6 8 1 - 3 3 7 0 . Regular admission is $3. Some of the special events and programs are $5. Follow Quinta Mazatlan on social media for a listing of all the October programs and special events honoring native plants. Quinta Mazatlán is located at 600 Sunset Drive in McAllen, one block south of La Plaza Mall. Communities across Texas are honoring Native Plants in October. Quinta Mazatlan encourages you to get outside and plant a wonderful native plant in your garden this month.