Celebrating 25 Years as a Chapter in 2017!

Welcome to the Kerrville Chapter
Native Plant Society of Texas

Our Next meeting will be Tuesday, November 14.

“What Birds have taught me about Plants.”

presented by

Susan Sander
Naturalist at Riverside Nature Center

The meeting will be at 1:30 p.m. at Riverside Nature Center, 150 Francisco Lemos St. in Kerrville.
Meetings are free and open to the public.
Visitors are welcome!

You can see the list of planned speakers and meetings for this year, here.

October 15-21 is Native Plant Week in Texas

Read about it here.

Take the opportunity to plant some Gulf Muhly, the NICE plant for fall, 2017!

          Gulf Muhly

  (Muhlenbergia capillaris)

is the Fall, 2017 NICE! plant. Click here to read about this beautiful bunch grass that can provide lovely color and motion in your fall garden.



October 24:    Steve Stoutamire from Kerrville, Texas, will give a talk on October 24 entitled “17,000 Years Of Climate History As Recorded In Halls Cave, Kerr County” 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 a social gathering with refreshments at 6:30PM, followed by the program at 7:00PM. The meeting is open to the public and free of charge.

November 8 and 9: The Kerr County Soil and Water Conservation District is having a tree sale.
Click here for more information. A copy of the pre-order form is available for download here.

 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




 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–