Welcome to the Kerrville Chapter of the
Native Plant Society of Texas!
Celebrating 25 years as a chapter!
The final meeting of the 2016-2017 season was a field trip to the Collins property near Center Point. In spite of the drizzle, it was a perfect day to see spring blooms and the diversity that is possible on local property well-managed for Hill Country flora and fauna.
Regular meetings will resume on the second Tuesday of September. Meanwhile, have a great summer!
The NICE! Plant for Summer, 2017 is Texas Lantana (Lantana urticoides) – a great, bullet-proof plant that will bloom all summer despite the heat and dry conditions.
Click here to read about Texas lantana 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.
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.
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.
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.
The 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.