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

The December meeting of NPSOT Kerrville will be a holiday party.

Marilyn Butcher will demonstrate making seed balls,

Everyone will get to make their own to take home,

And, there will be refreshments!

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Tuesday, December 13

1:30 p.m. at Riverside Nature Center in Kerrville

The meeting is free and open to visitors.

Please join us!

Great Opportunity for a colorful nature walk!

On Friday, December 9 from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m., Leanne Beauxbeannes, Ranger at Hill Country State Natural Area, just southwest of Bandera will be leading a nature walk to see fall color. December is the best month to see fall color at HCSNA.

Here is the information provided by Leanne:

Come walk with a ranger as we take this unique opportunity to enjoy the lower creek-side trail on the west end of the park.

Join us as we take advantage of this special place to park and start on this unique trail, reveling the fall color on the hillsides and down along the creek.  Learn your hill country trees when not everything is a blended green. Stay on your own for a picnic or to hike other trails after the walk.

Meet at Headquarters at 10:45.

Regular fees apply.  Ask about Texas senior citizen discounts.

Comfortable footwear and layer clothing recommended.

11:00a to 1:00p
Fri, December 09, 2016
Leanne Beauxbeannes  (830) 796-4413

For map and directions, see the park website: http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/hill-country

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.


 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–