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

Celebrating 25 years as a chapter!


For our final meeting of the 2016-2017 season, members are invited for a field trip to the property of Tom and Sherry Collins in Center Point, Texas.  Mr. Collins will lead the trip and discuss the various native trees, plants, and flowers that inhabit their property located at 261 Red Bird Loop, Center Point.

Participants are encouraged to bring their camera equipment if they wish to capture the natural beauty on the property. The field trip will assemble at 9:00 am at Riverside Nature Center, 150 Francisco Lemos Drive, Kerrville and depart at approximately 9:15 a.m.  Participants may carpool with other participants or drive their own vehicles, depending on the number of participants. Since we will be visiting privately owned property, all participants will be required to sign the Native Plant Society of Texas Release of Liability Form which will be available at Riverside Nature Center on May 9.

A travel map and directions will be provided to participants at Riverside Nature Center on May 9. The field trip will take approximately 2-2 ½ hours so participants are encouraged to bring their own sack lunch. Bottled water will be provided by the chapter. Finally, it is anticipated that participants will be able to depart Center Point at approximately 12:30 p.m. for the return to Riverside Nature Center if they wish. Mr. Collins has graciously provided directions to a small county park (Lions Park) in Center Point on the Guadalupe River for those wishing to linger in Center Point .

In the event of inclement weather, we will tentatively reschedule the field trip to Friday, May 12

The NICE! Plant for Spring, 2017 is

actually two plants:

Purple Leatherflower     and    Scarlet Leatherflower

Click here to read about these lovely flowering vines, 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.

Hill Country Chapter meeting

April 24: Propagating Native Plants
From Seed

Presented by Alice Le Duc, Ph.D. Botany, Adjunct Professor, Texas State University

Alice brings 16 years of teaching and research at 6 universities along with 24 years experience in public horticulture in gardens from Norfolk to Zilker. Discussing seed dormancy and non-dormancy she will tell us how you can artificially break dormancy to get the seed to germinate. We will also talk about how to put scarification and stratification to work for you.

6:00 pm – Social
6:30 pm – Program and Meeting
VFW Post #6441
401 Jacobs Well Road (CR 182), Wimberley TX 78676

Fredericksburg NPSOT Chapter Meeting Notice
Date:         April 25, 2017
Time:        6:30 PM Social with refreshments, 7PM Program
Topic:    Monarch Over Wintering Sanctuaries of Mexico
Speaker:  Kimberly Smajstrla, Fredericksburg NPSOT member
The last two years Kimberly has visited three of the four main monarch sanctuaries in the mountains of Michoacán, and will share photos/videos from her adventures there.  Additionally she will provide insights on how the home owner can help by providing pollinator habitat designed specifically for monarchs.
Location:  Fellowship Hall of Memorial Presbyterian Church,
601 North Milam Street, Fredericksburg.
Program is free and open to the Public.


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.

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–