Who we are
The purpose of the Native Plant Society of Texas is to promote research, conservation and utilization of native plants and plant habitats of Texas through education, outreach and example.
The Native Plant Society of Texas is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, funded by membership dues, individual and corporate contributions, and foundation grants. The Society is run by volunteers, working primarily through over 30 local chapters around the state.
The Native Plant Society of Texas was founded on April 25, 1981 in Denton, following organizational efforts begun by Carroll Abbott and others in 1980. The Native Plant Society of Texas was originally organized as an unincorporated association. In January 1994, it incorporated as a non-profit corporation in the State of Texas.
The late Ann Miller Gonzalez, who served as President in 1988 and later became Society Historian, wrote about the founding of the Society.
To learn more about Carroll Abbott and the early native plant movement in Texas, see “Mr. Texas Bluebonnet – the Carroll Abbott Story” at the Texas A&M website.
More than 30 chapters across Texas help to further the mission of the Society at the community level, sposoring educational speakers, field trips, workshops, on such subjects as plant identification, propagation and landscaping, work in demonstration gardens and many other types of projects.
The Native Plant Society of Texas envisions a future where:
- Texans value native plants, habitats, and healthy ecosystems as essential to the well-being of all living things and to our quality of life.
- Texas native habitats are managed as critically beneficial natural assets.
- Texas residential and commercial developments employ sustainable designs that preserve and promote native habitats.
- The Native Plant Society of Texas is recognized as a valuable source of expertise and information and as an influential and passionate advocate for native plants and their habitats.
- The Native Plant Society of Texas continually and effectively educates and develops our youth as the future conservators of native plants and habitats.