Native Plant Society of Texas

Fredericksburg Chapter Resources

YouTube Presentations

Explore our official YouTube Channel:


Bergman Ranch Tour


09/27/22:  Edible & Medicinal Plants with Kim Ort

08/23/22:  Craig Hensley: Using INaturalist for Science, Learning and Fun, too.

05/24/22: Taylor Collins introduces “Restoring Functional Ecosystems with Regenerative Agriculture” land steward, founder of  ROAM Ranch

04/24/22: Sue Blackwell: Bee Keeping, Pollinators enhance our lives

02/22/22: Billy Kniffen: Rainwater Harvesting

01/25/22: Sustainable Soil    brought to life by David Vaughn, ISA certified arborist.

11/23/21: Ashe Juniper, Hill Country Cedar: History, Myths & Upland Stewardship ~ Daniel Oppenheimer:  Elizabeth McGreevy

10/26/21: Native Plant Seed Collection and Propagation ~ Beth McMahon

09/28/21: From Trash to Treasure ~ Sheryl Smith-Rodgers

08/24/21: Hill Country Native (and a few adapted) Flowering Trees and Shrubs ~ Sharon Hixon

07/27/21:  Attracting Native Birds with Native Plants ~ Rufus Stephens

06/22/21 Rainscapes Save Water ~ Shannon Brown

05/25/21: Hillside Stewardship ~ Daniel Oppenheimer


 Gilbriar Production videos highlight regional native gardening:

Jill Nokes Land Management 

Kathy Lyles’ Back Yard Tour 

Kathy Lyles’ Front Yard Tour  

Kathy Lyles’ Flower Bed

Al Smith ~ Native Orchid Program

Maggie Livings Spring Tour

Maggie Livings ~ Yard Design

Hal Livings’ ~ Bird Migration

Fall Bird Migration at the Creek. Hal Livings

Fredericksburg Nature Center Trail

Bill Lindemann – a Last Walk

Bill Lindemann Short Memorial Video

Kathy Saucier’s Cactus Garden

Kathy Saucier Yard Tour

NLCP Level 1 Plant Walk




Wildlife Management Planning Resources

Wildlife Management Plans

Landowner Incentive Program

Natural Resources Conservation Service: Pollinators and Insects


Drought Tolerant Plant Picks

Recommended native drought-tolerant-plants for summer and fall

Oak Wilt Resources and Information

Texas Forest Service Regional Contact

Robert Edmonson, Biologist III / ISA Certified Arborist, Texas A&M Forest Service
P.O. Box 1718 (mailing) 208 South Lady Bird Lane (physical), Johnson City, TX 78636
830-868-7949 (office)
979-220-0913 (cell) (email)

TFS Tree Planting Resources

Central Texas Restoration and Recovery Program
West Texas Nursery  (806) 892-3572

Taking Samples

Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory – 979-845-8032 / 979-845-6499 fax

Local Native Plant Sources

For a downloadable list, click on Nurseries

Plant Identification

An extensive catalogue of native plant images can be found at

Two general resources and three iBooks are recommended by members

  • Enquist, Marshall. Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country. Austin: Lone Star Botanical, 1988 (Kathy’s #1 book for ID) Austin conservationist Marshall Enquist provides detailed descriptions and color illustrations of 427 wildflower species. Broad in scope, the book covers everything from the smallest meadow flowers to the largest flowering trees and shrubs.
  • Linex, Ricky J.. Range Plants of North Central Texas: A Land Users Guide to Their Identification, Value, and Management. Independent publisher, 2014. (Find at and NRCS offices) “there are multiple photos of each of the 324 plants described, including pictures of seeds and flowers in many cases.”
  • Woody Plants of the Texas Hill Country, Sandra Magee and Scott Magee. iTunes.
  • Hill Country Grasses, Sandra Magee and Scott Magee. iTunes.
  • Common Texas Hill Country Forbs, Scott Magee. iTunes.

General Plant Lists

Our Chapter has compiled a Plant List of recommended native and adapted plants for our area.

A similar list of  Fall bloomers  is also available.

Do you need plants for dry shade?  Drought tolerance?  Wetlands?  Containers?  The LBJ Wildflower Center website has a variety of special collections designed for central Texas.

Help the Monarchs

Want to help Monarchs, here is a downloadable ranked list of the best wildflowers for Monarchs. (Plants suitable for the Southern Plains) .  This list was compiled by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) of the US Department of Agriculture.

Craig Hensley, featured speaker for our September 2016 program, provides the following as background and a call to action for all those who care about the fate of Monarch butterflies  Let the Monarch Migration Begin

Gardening and Landscaping Guides

    • Wasowski, Sally, and Andy Wasowski. Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region. Austin: Texas Monthly Press, 1988. (For some members, this is their “Go To” book)
    • Hudson, Virginia (Ginger)  Landscape Maintenance for Central Texas Gardens   iTunes

      General References
    • The Fredericksburg Nature Center is a wonderful local resource for viewing and learning about plants in garden and natural settings.
    • Hill Country Master Naturalists offer public talks on many topics of interest to property owners, as well as the Land Management Assistance Program designed to help you understand what you have and apply good stewardship practices.
    • Hill Country Master Gardeners offer information and a variety of programs to help you become a better gardener.  
    • The LBJ Wildflower Center is a go-to resource for almost any kind of questions you may have about native plants.
    • The Native Prairie Association of Texas is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of native prairies in Texas
    • TPWD Nongame and Rare Species Program has crafted native pollinator management guidelines landowners can use to develop their wildlife management plan for wildlife tax valuation. 

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