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

Development of the Program Schedule for the 2016-17 meetings is well underway. A great set of speakers are already lined up. You can go to the Meetings and Events page for a preview.

The first meeting of the new season will be on Tuesday, September 13 at Riverside Nature Center. Dr. Jimmy Black will present the program on Cacti.  Put it on your calendar and join us at the meeting!

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for some things to do or read during the rest of August, see below for several ideas.

Interested in the idea of living “Off the Grid”?

There will be a presentation at Riverside Nature Center on August 23 at 6 p.m. by someone who has built an off-the-grid home here in the hill country and will tell all about 7 years of life off the grid near Mountain Home. The presentation is open to the public, but RSVP is requested. Click here for more information.

 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.

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.

Or, you might want to check out a relatively new book, Lab Girl, which combines the autobiography botanist Hope Jahren with lots of interesting information about plants. (Click here for NYTimes book review).

If you missed Daneshu Clarke’s interesting presentation to our chapter this past spring, you might want to catch it in Fredericksburg:
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Texas Hill Country Plants – Medicinal and Edible
Daneshu Clarke, a Hill Country herbalist and edible plant expert, is coming to Fredericksburg on August 23rd to give a talk on Texas Hill Country Plants – Medicinal and Edible. She will talk at the regular monthly meeting of the Native Plant Society of Texas – Fredericksburg Chapter in the Fellowship Hall of Memorial Presbyterian Church, 601 North Milam Street, Fredericksburg. The meeting will begin with refreshments and a social gathering at 6:30 p.m., followed by the 1 hour program at 7:00 p.m. The meeting is open to the public and free of charge.

On September 1 at Shreiner University, there will be a program by the Texas Water Symposium

How Micro-Flora & Fauna Contribute to Water Quality

Click here for more 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.


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–