Look for the NICE! logo and sign in your favorite retail nursery. NICE! is an acronym for “Natives Instead of Common Exotics.”

Texas is a large, diverse state and plants that work for one region may not always be the best choice in a different region. The Native Plant Society of Texas created the Operation NICE! program to help nurseries offer natives that are right for the local environment.

Operation NICE!™ committees run by our local chapters create a list of Plant of the Month (POM) plants (in some areas a Plant of the Season) in cooperation with wholesalers in order to assure availability, and in cooperation with participating local nurseries. The Native Plant Society of Texas then helps promote the Plant of the Month through our website and newspaper articles, signs at the point of sale and other means. Usually an information sheet on the plant is available at the nursery along with care and planting instructions.

Nurseries participating in Operation Nice!

Queen Bee's
South Texas
Canyon Lake Ace HardwareCanyon
Painted Flower
Stegalls NurseryFort
Shades of
Weston Gardens in BloomFt
Alltex Nursery &
Gardens at the
Natives of
Plant haus
Backbone Valley NurseryMarble
Schulz NurseryMarion
Green GateSeguin
Maldonado Garden


Chapters participating

Look for signs like this one in participating nurseries. NICE! features a different native plant each month or season.

Operation NICE! programs are run by our local chapters. Following is a list of chapters participating in the program and links to their websites, where you can find information about featured plants, as well as information about other local activities.

A complete list of all our local chapters is available on the Chapters tab.