Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Biology Wildscape and Teaching Gardens

Biology Wildscape and Teaching Gardens

Our first plantings on the south side of the Biology-Earth Science Building. At the time this picture was taken, this garden had not been watered in two months and 9 different species are in bloom.

These gardens will serve the multiple purposes of improving the esthetic beauty of the Texas A&M-Kingsville campus, as teaching resource for the Biology Department and providing habitat and food for wildlife, such as birds and butterflies.

On Nov. 13, 1999 the Graduate Biology Student Association (GBSA) will plant a seedling of Esenbeckia runyonii, which is one of the rarest trees in Texas. Believed to be extinct in the wild in Texas, 15 trees were rediscovered in 1984 in Cameron County.  Read more about "Limoncillo" here.  Along with this rare tree, we will be adding many other unusual plants from South Texas to our garden.

The gardens highlight native South Texas plants that can be easily grown in a home or commercial landscape. We also have other Texas and Northern Mexico natives that will do well in this area.  Once established these plants will do well without extra watering and generally are more disease and insect resistant than exotic plants. Once we add water to our garden, another necessity for the wildlife that has already begun visiting, the Biology Department will register the garden with Texas Parks and Wildlife as a Texas Wildscape.

This page was last updated on: June 11, 2014