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

 The Summer, 2016 NICE Plant is Red Yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora)

red yucca blooming plant

You can read all about Red Yucca and its growing conditions on the NICE page. You can see the plant in bloom at Riverside Nature Center in the front yard as well as in both the Carroll Abbott Garden and the NPSOT Demonstration Garden.

If you’re looking for some interesting summer reading on a hot summer afternoon, you might want to check out the San Antonio NPSOT Chapter’s website or newsletter.  The have some interesting articles about topics and locations of interest to us.

 For our May meeting, we visited the property of Kathy Lyles outside Fredericksburg. Kathy gave us a tour of her beautiful area of nearly 2 acres, high fenced to protect the fauna from deer. She emphasized the use of various plants by butterflies, and at the end of the tour, she showed us how she protects cocoons and hatches butterflies.

5.16 field trip 2 5.16 field trip 1

Note: the field trip was our last meeting for the 2015-2016 year. Our next meeting will be in September.  We will be sending out a few Pointers emails over the summer as events and activities of interest come up. Have a great summer!

The July Fredericksburg NPSOT chapter meeting be on July 26.

Time: 6:30 PM Social, 7PM Program
Topic: “Plants we love and plants we hate”

A panel of experienced chapter members will share their enthusiasm and practical knowledge on a few of their favorite native plants. Learn where these plants should be grown, how to make them thrive, and how wildlife makes use of them. Members will also help others avoid or deal with some of the plants they have come to hate in their gardens.

This meeting is one of the members’ favorites. They look forward to learning of the successful techniques and are amused by the anecdotal failures and mistakes others have made.

Location:  Fellowship Hall of Memorial Presbyterian Church, 601 North Milam Street, Fredericksburg.
Programs are all open to the Public You can go to their website for further information.

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.

 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–