Status: Closed

This event is closed to further registrations. We typically hold classes in the fall and spring. Please check the website beginning in August for fall and January for spring classes:

Date, Time & Location

Sunday, Nov 12, 2017

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM  Central

Texas Discovery Gardens

3601 Martin Luther King Blvd.

Dallas, TX  75210


Native Landscape Certification Program

320 West San Antonio Street PO Box 3017
Fredericksburg, TX  78624



The Native Landscape Certification Program (NLCP) is a four level certification program developed by the Native Plant Society of Texas that teaches the value of including and preserving native plants in landscapes.

Level 1: Introduction to Native Landscapes
Level 2: Design and Development with Native Plants
Level 3: Installation and Maintenance of Native Landscapes
Level 4: Advocating for Our Native Plant Community (to be developed)

Participants must complete Level 1 before attending any other level. Levels 2, 3, and 4 may be taken in any order.


Level 3: Installation and Maintenance of Native Landscapes

- Visualize the differences between native and non-native landscapes.
- Comprehend how to install native plants into a landscape, including: plant choice, purchase, placement, spacing; bed and soil preparation; how to plant trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, and seeds; what soils to use; mulching techniques.
- Understand maintenance requirements, techniques, and maintenance schedules for native: trees, shrubs, palms, yuccas, perennials, grasses, and groundcovers.
- Become familiar with 45 native Texas plants recommended for your landscape and 5 plants to avoid.

The course includes a classroom session and a 2 hour outdoor plant knowledge walk.

The Native Plant Society (NPSOT) offers two levels of certificates:
Completion - attend the full day.
Competency - attend the full day and pass a test at the end of the class.

Students graduating with either certificate may progress to another class level.


Carrie Dubberley of Dubberley Landscape works with residential and commercial clients in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex to create beautiful and sustainable outdoor environments. She is committed to helping people and communities work with natural landscapes. Carrie taught a NLCP Level 1 class in Collin County.


Gail Kahle has been a NPSOT member since 1988 and a Master Naturalist since 2010. Retired horticulture teacher. Avid gardener for over 40 years.


Please wear clothing and shoes appropriate for the weather and walking outside for 2 hours. You may also need a bottle of water, insect repellent, and/or sunscreen. The outdoor plant walk will take place on slightly uneven paths for a short distance of 1 mile or less.

Texas Discovery Gardens is at Fair Park, Gate 6.


Tentative Schedule

8:45 - 9:00 Registration
9:00 - 9:30 Introduction
9:30 - 10:30 PowerPoint Presentation: Plant Knowledge
10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 11:30 PowerPoint Presentation: Plant Knowledge, Continued
11:30 - 12:00 Lunch
12:00 - 1:30 Plant Walk
1:30 - 1:45 - Break
1:45 - 2:45 PowerPoint Presentation: Installation and Maintenance of Native Landscapes
2:45 - 3:00 Break
3:00 - 3:45 PowerPoint Presentation: Installation and Maintenance of Native Landscapes, Continued
3:45 - 4:00 Break/Review
4:00 - 5:00 Test/Grading


Morning coffee and break time refreshments will be provided.

Lunch is limited to 30 minutes. You will not be able to purchase lunch in the area so please bring a bagged lunch. A kitchenette with a refrigerator, small microwave, and sink will be available for your use.


Registration questions: Meg Inglis, NLCP Coordinator, or 512-589-1316
Location and class specific questions: Nancy Nance, 214-734-8001,


Extreme events such as flooding, icy conditions, or tornadoes may cause us to cancel the class. In such a case, if advanced notice allows, an email will be sent to registrants from the NLCP Coordinator 24 hours prior to the class.


Level 1 is the same rate for all registrants: $37.
Levels 2, 3, and 4 (to be developed) are $37 for Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) members and $52 for all others.
Become a NPSOT individual member for only $35:

Pricing - Regular (Jul 21, 2017 - Nov 11, 2017)

Registrant Type Price
General US$ 52.00
NPSOT Member US$ 37.00

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your registration, please contact the NLCP Coordinator as soon as possible so another student may come in your place: Meg Inglis, or 512-589-1316. Fees may not be applied to future classes. Only cancellations made by midnight on the Monday prior to class are eligible for a refund. Upon cancellation, a $10 handling fee is deducted from the refund to cover charges incurred from our third party registration service provider. Thank you for your understanding in this matter!