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

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




The NICE Plant for Fall, 2016 is

Maximilian Sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani)


Click here to read about Maximilian Sunflower and how to use it in your landscape, as well as to learn about the NICE! project and the advantages of gardening with native plants.

At our next meeting, Patty Zohlen, recent past-president of Hill Country Master Gardeners, will present a program on vermiculture and vermicomposting.
(click here for more information)

peggy-zohlenThe meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. on
Tuesday, October 11 at Riverside Nature Center.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Visitors are welcome!

The Fall Native Plant sale (click for poster)

Check our list of previous NICE! plants  (near bottom of linked page) to see what plants you might want to look for at the sale!

sponsored by the Hill Country Master Naturalists and Riverside Nature Center will be held on Saturday, October 1 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. NPSOT-Kerrville will be on hand with an information table.

Members’ sale for Master Naturalists and members of RNC will be Friday, September 30 from 4:30-6:00 p.m.

See Below for some other area activities you might be interested in:

Fredericksburg NPSOT Chapter Meeting Notice

Date: September 27, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM Social with refreshments, 7PM Program
Topic:    The Natural History of Milkweeds
Speaker:  Craig Hensley, TPWD Interpretive Specialist and Monarch Expert
Location:  Fellowship Hall of Memorial Presbyterian Church, 601 North Milam Street, Fredericksburg.
Program is free and open to the Public.

The Fredericksburg Chapter of NPSOT will be holding their plant sale on October 8.
Click here for more information.

The Boerne Chapter of NPSOT will be screening “Hometown Habitat” on October 26. Click here for more information and how to RSVP

 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 fall 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–