Welcome to the Kerrville Chapter of the
Native Plant Society of Texas!

Celebrating 25 years as a chapter in 2017!

First Chapter President, Edith Bettinger

At 1:30 p.m. on February 14

George Cates

from Native American Seed in Junction will present

“Taking an Active Role
in Ecological Landscape Restoration.”

1:30 p.m. on February 14 at Riverside Nature Center

The meeting is free and open to the public

Visitors are Welcome!

Other Nearby Chapter Meetings for February:

Boerne Chapter

WhenTue, February 7, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
WhereCibolo Nature Center, 140 City Park Rd, Boerne, TX 78006

 Speakers: Rufus Stephens and Jan Wrede will discuss their new book: “Attracting Birds in the Texas Hill Country – A Guide to Land Stewardship”. Copies of the book will be available for author signing. After years of working with landowners, land managers, naturalists, county officials, and others about wildlife management and land stewardship for birds in the Texas Hill Country, biologist Rufus Stephens and educator Jan Wrede teamed up to write a practical guidebook on how to improve habitat for birds on both small and large properties throughout the Hill Country.


Hill Country Chapter:

February 27th Chapter Meeting:
“Humble Grasses Providing Critical Ecosystem Services”

Presented By Shannon Brown, Reforestation Assistant for the Blanco River Reforestation Program, TreeFolks, and Co-Founder of Ecosystem Services Landscaping by Wiseman and Oakleigh
Native bunch grasses often go unnoticed among more charismatic and easier-to-recognize plants of the Texas Hill Country, but they provide essential soil and water conservation functions to the ecosystem. Learn how their eradication by grazing and mowing threatens the health of our aquifers, rivers, and hillsides, as well as how to identify common and crucial species which could be growing in your backyard.
6:00 pm – Social
6:30 pm – Program and Meeting
VFW Post #6441
401 Jacobs Well Road (CR 182), Wimberley Texas 78676

Fredericksburg NPSOT Chapter Meeting Notice

Date: February 28, 2017

Time: 6:30 PM Social with refreshments, 7PM Program

Topic:    Native Plant Restoration ”  The talk will focus on the successes and failures of parallel native plant restoration programs both in Texas and in the Grand Canyon National Park.

Speaker:  Beth McMahon, Gillespie County horticulture agent

Location:  Fellowship Hall of Memorial Presbyterian Church,

                601 North Milam Street, Fredericksburg.

Program is free and open to the Public.

The NICE! Plant for Winter, 2016 is

Goldenball Leadtree (Leucaena refusa)

Click here to read about this lovely little tree, as well as the great reasons for planting natives.

Be sure and look at the list of  previous NICE! plants (at bottom of the NICE! page) to get more ideas for your garden. Note that most of the Winter selections are trees – this is the perfect time to plant trees!

Remembering our Friend and Mentor,

Dr. Shannon Smith

The members of the Kerrville chapter of NPSOT are greatly saddened by the loss of a wonderful friend and colleague, Dr. Shannon Smith, who died on September 14, 2016.  Shannon served as chapter advisor and shared his knowledge of native plants generously and with good humor.  We will miss him both as a friend and as great source of information.  At the time of his death, Shannon was actively involved in many projects at Riverside Nature Center including two NPSOT-sponsored projects: the Carroll Abbott Garden, which Shannon designed as well as obtaining and planting many of the plants in the garden to honor his friend and colleague; and a new garden to demonstrate use of native plants in a more structured landscape setting.

We will miss Shannon greatly, but take pleasure in fond memories of his company as we tend and enjoy the gardens in which he invested so much of himself for all of us to learn from and enjoy.





Shannon in the field with one of his favorite resources




 Visit the The Carroll Abbott Garden

which has been  developed at Riverside Nature Center by our Kerrville NPSOT chapter in memory of Carroll Abbott. The Carroll Abbott Garden now has its own web page where you can find a list of plants in the garden as well as the numbered key to the garden.


Carroll Abbott’s little bookletHow to Know and grow

How to Know and Grow Texas Wildflowers

is available for sale at the Riverside Nature Center Gift Shop for $10.

This booklet is full of little known tips for growing wildflowers; tips learned by experience by Carroll Abbott as he worked to bring wildflowers into the nursery trade.  The supply is very limited for this rare publication, but copies are still available.

Note new winter hours for Riverside Nature Center are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.  Closed Sundays.

 A list of links to websites about Monarch and other butterflies has been added to the Monarchs and Milkweed page. Click here to access the list provided by Dr. Kip Kiphart

We Have Great Locally-Produced Resource Materials for Identifying Native Wildflowers

We are really fortunate to have talented members of NPSOT-Kerrville who have created some really great resources and shared them so that we can all identify the beautiful flowers that appear in our landscape.

On our Resource Materials page, you can find the wonderful e-books “Native Plants to Go” produced by the McGees – Sandra and Scott – who have made them available for free. You can also use this direct link to read more about the books and how to download them.

Another great free resource are the FaceBook photo albums of Marilyn McBroom Knight.  Click on “photos” and then also “albums” to help identify what we have blooming all around us.

 Why native plants?

(Hover over the poster above to stop the slideshow; use arrows left and right or buttons above to navigate)

– The poster series “Why Native Plants?” was created by the Kerrville Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas for the Exhibit “Wildflowers and other Natives,” displayed at the Riverside Nature Center during the spring and summer of 2014.

IMG_0824The Kerrville Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas maintains two native plant beds at the Riverside Nature Center. These gardens provide demonstrations of landscaping with native plants.  Please visit them to get ideas for your own landscaping and to enjoy whatever may be blooming when you visit.

Help Preserve the Health and Beauty of the Hill Country–