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Nature Speaker Series

Explore nature Thursday evenings with great speakers talking about everything from birds and butterflies to culture and art of the Rio Grande Valley.

The educational series is brought to you by the generous sponsorship of Thurmond Eye Associates.

Regular Schedule & Fees
Date: Thursday Evenings (October through April)
Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Fee: Included in General Admission
$3.00 Per Person
FREE with Membership

Many Uses of Yuccas & Other Native Plants

Benito Trevino

Thursday April 17th, 2014 6:00- 7:00 pm

The Wonders of Native Plants

Desiring become responsible citizens of Earth and lower their carbon footprints, many are turning to a greener way of life. This new direction takes many forms: using less water, recycling, upcycling, purchasing environmentally friendly modes of transportation, renovating with sustainable materials, etc. Mr. Benito Trevino, Rancho Lomitas, suggests looking to the land and using nature’s bounty as another green option.

Mr. Trevino and his wife, Toni, own Rancho Lomitas where they run a native plant nursery. Through their nursery, the Trevinos have provided close to 500,000 native plant seedlings for public and private re-vegetation throughout South Texas. Mr. Trevino and his wife also provide education on native plants through tours of their ranch and in lectures throughout the Rio Grande Valley.

Mr. Trevino was born and raised in Rio Grande City. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in Botany and Chemistry. He was a one-time oilfield chemist, who returned to his roots. Mr. Trevino describes himself as an ethnobotanist, tirelessly studying how plants are used for food, fiber and medicines. His passion derived early on in life by from watching his mother and grandmother use plants for many home remedies.

On April 17th, 20104, Mr. Trevino and his wife will be talking about native plants and their many varied uses. Mr. Trevino will reveal how the Yucca plant can be used for soap, shampoo and rope. He will also talk about how mesquite is useful for irritated eyes and heartburn. In addition, he will share how his mother used a combination of willow bark, mesquite and cactus root to provide pain relief, much like aspirin.

So come to Quinta Mazatlan and discover the beauty and gifts of native plants. Learn from Mr. Trevino’s vast and exceptional experience…do not eat the purple berries for “if you eat the purple berries of the coyotillo, you’re paralyzed for life.”

2014 Season


  • 2nd Raptors of the Rio Grande Valley, Bill Clark
  • 9th A Tour of Italy Cooking: Mark Deckard
  • 16th The Trees of the Valley, Carol Goolsby
  • 23rd Birding the Valley Virtual Tour, Tiffany Kersten
  • 30th Urban Ecology, Alex Racelis, UPTA Ecology Professor


  • 6th Birding the Yucatan, Dr. Timothy Brush, Professor of Ornithology
  • 13th Native Sounds Huehuetzin Concert
  • 20th Birds of the Lower Laguna Madre, Outdoor Movie Screening, Richard Moore
  • 27th Wildlife Sculpture Trail Talk, Mary Thorne


  • 6th Attracting Purple Martins. Mark Wright
  • 13th Life on the Laguna Madre, Scarlet Colley
  • 20th RESERVATIONS for Moon Over Mazatlan Fundraiser for Habitat (tickets $100)
  • 27th What Can the Birds Tell Us? Mark Conway


  • 3rd El Valle, NaturePhotography,Seth Patterson
  • 10th Dragonflies: A Natural Cycle. John Yochum
  • 17th Uses of Native Plants, Benito & Toni Trevino
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Quinta Mazatlan

600 Sunset Drive
McAllen, TX 78504

(956) 681-3370

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