Mid-winter is when gardeners can slow down and consider their goals — how to work better with nature rather than against it. To that end, the typical neighborhood lawn may be a concept whose time has come, and gone.    

“In the USA, the residential lawn is the number one irrigated crop, except we don’t eat it,” horticulture expert Randy Johnson said. He’ll discuss the problems with the American lawn in a presentation titled “Lawn Gone” at the January meeting of the Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society in Weatherford.

Johnson, a popular local speaker on native plants and landscapes, will explain how lawns originated, their many negative environmental impacts and the benefits of replacing these monocultures with diverse native landscapes.

Johnson is a former director of horticulture at Texas Discovery Gardens in Dallas’ Fair Park and at the Dallas Zoo. He owns Randy Johnson Organics and offers consulting services, habitat restoration and landscape design. His greenhouses are located in Forney.

The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at Mount Pleasant School, 213 Raymond George Way in Weatherford. Visitors are welcome and light refreshments will be available.

The mission of the Cross Timbers Chapter is to promote the conservation, research and use of native plants and plant habitats in Texas through education, outreach and example. For more information visit npsot.org/wp/crosstimbers.

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