Who we are

The purpose of the Native Plant Society of Texas is the promotion of 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 and run by volunteers.

Our more than 30 chapters across Texas help further the mission of the Society at the community level, sponsoring 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  was founded in 1981 in Denton, following organizational efforts  begun by Carroll Abbott and others. The late Ann Miller Gonzalez, 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.

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 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.