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

Gwynn GroggelNPSOT-Kerrville has lost a valued member of our community.

Gwynn Groggel-Jackson lost her life in a plane crash near Tupelo, Mississippi on May 16.  Gwynn was member of the NPSOT NICE! team, for which she contributed many excellent articles about the use of native plants instead of exotics. She was a member of the Riverside Gleaners, and a Board member at Riverside Nature Center, in addition to her other roles and activities in the larger community. She will be greatly missed.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 10 AM on Saturday, May 28, 2016. at Rails Cafe at the Depot. The Celebration Reception will be at 3:30 p.m. at the Rails Event Hall.

 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.

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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!

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.

The Spring 2016 NICE! Plant is Rock Penstemon

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The NICE! Plant committee has prepared a great document full of information about growing Rock Penstemon. Click here to read the document, and then go get some for your spring 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.

The Fredericksburg NPSOT chapter meeting for May will be on May 24.

Time: 6:30 PM Social, 7PM Program
Topic: Growing Texas Native Plants from Seed

Speaker: Chuck Janzow

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.

We Have Great Locally-Produced Resource Materials for Identifying Spring Blooms!

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 are just now beginning to appear in our landscape for this year.

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.

henbit - noAnd for those less-than-optimal plants….
Get an early start on removing some of the most troublesome invasive plants from your garden or project areas. On page 5 of the the January issue of the Riverside Nature Center Newsletter, Julie Clay has posted pictures by Marilyn Knight and descriptions of non-native invasive plants to watch for and pull.



 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–