Fredericksburg Chapter

Fredericksburg Chapter Resources

We have added LIVE meetings to our YouTube Channel! Explore the potential with us.

If you can not join us in person, join us for our live meeting:  7:00 p.m. on the 4th Tuesday of the month for our presentation.

From the home page of Fredericksburg Texas Native GardeningClick “live” to open the scheduled meeting. Click the picture to be connected. The chat window will be open for questions during the presentation. You must be a subscriber to join the chat.

YouTube Presentations

We began recordings on our YouTube channel during the pandemic to share excitement, encouragement and information about our amazing ecosystem when we couldn’t meet in person. We continue to share here. The presentations provide a great way to glean thoughts that you missed the first time around.


Bergman Ranch Tour

Evening Primrose  with Paula Stone


04/23/2024   “Get Real” Garden Design with Native Plants    Paula Stone presentation. “I’ll show you practical ways to build gardens that will enhance your property and be less work as time goes by,” noted Stone.



“Invasive Non-Native Plants – and How to Get Rid of Them” Cheryl Hamilton states “Non-native, invasive plants are destroying biodiversity and wreaking havoc in our backyards, neighborhoods, parks and preserves,”



01/23/2024   Where is the Understory?  Robert Edmonson, Texas A&M Forest Service biologist,  discusses what happened to the native understory vegetation in the Texas Hill Country. He shows which plants are missing and most suitable for reintroduction into home landscapes.

09/26/2023  What’s Happening to Our Water Cycle?   Peggy Sechrist has 35 years of experience in regenerative land management and shares things that all of us can do to improve our water availability.

 08/20/23   Creating Woodland Habitat in Small Spaces presented by Deborah Simmons. “We are most successful when we plant native plants in the micro-habitats for which they are adapted – in groupings similar to what Nature arranges on her own.”

   07/28/23: Xeriscaping Your Yard   Learn how to xeriscape your yard to save water and the frustration of replacing dead plants with DeeDy Wright. Properly chosen native plants can thrive in a low water yard. Examples of Garden Planning Maps

    06/27/23: On the Edge of Night    Dawn Davies speaks to the Fredericksburg Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas about how the coming eclipse will affect plants and animals.

    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 with tours of landscaping with natives:


     Samples of Garden Planning Maps:     6 individual diagrams from Deede Wright to lead you through the process of designing your own landscape. Can be used with the YouTube video Xeriscaping Your Yard.

     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   iBook

          General Reference
        • The Fredericksburg Nature Center is a wonderful local resource for viewing and learning about plants in garden and natural settings. Their facebook page provides a tour all by itself.
        • 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 foralmost 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.

         General Plant Lists

    Recommended native plants for our area.

         Plants for Birds and Pollinators

          Recommended from experience: native drought-tolerant-plants for summer and fall

          Fall bloomers

         The LBJ Wildflower Center website has a variety of special collections designed for central Texas gardeners searching for ideas concerning specific challenges: dry shade?  drought tolerance?  Wetlands?  Containers? .

         Local Sources for Native Plants

    • Blue Oak Trading Company, 1834 Junction Highway, Kerrville, 830-315-2583
    • Natives of Texas, 4256 Medina Highway, Kerrville, 830-896-2169
    • Plant Haus 2, 604 Jefferson Street, Kerrville, 830-792-4444
    • The Gardens at The Ridge, 13439 S. Ranch Road 783 (Harper Rd.), Kerrville, 830-896-0430
    • Friendly Natives, 1107 N. Llano Street, Fredericksburg, 830-997-6288
    • Medina Garden Nursery, 13417 TX Highway 16, Medina, 830-589-2771


         Help the Monarchs
    The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) of the US Department of Agriculture.has created a downloadable ranked list of the best wildflowers for Monarchs. (Important Plants of the Monarch Butterfly
    Southern Great Plains Staff Guide) .  Not everything in the list is native to the Edwards Plaateau, but a great number of them are. This is a good place to start your exploration.

    The above page is the most explicit page for us on the website produced by NCIS.  Monarchs, the title of the entire site, is worth the exploration .


    Wildlife Management Plans

    Landowner Incentive Program

    Natural Resources Conservation Service: Pollinators and Insects


    FORESTRY CARE ( for whatever size forest you have):   General urban and community guides to trees and forest health

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

         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)


         Taking Samples

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


    WHAT IS IT? Plant Identification

    Seek by iNaturalist Search your app store for this app for your phone/camera. Designed by the iNaturalist team it was created for individuals and children who simply want to point, click, and have an immediate idea what that plant or animal is. No registration needed.

    • Get outside and point the Seek Camera at living things

    • Identify wildlife, plants, and fungi and learn about the organisms all around you    Is the more extensive version of the crowdsourced species identification system and an organism occurrence recording tool. You can use it to record your own observations, get help with identifications, collaborate with others to collect this kind of information for a common purpose, or access the observational data collected by iNaturalist users. Download the app at your app store.

    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. Apple Books.

        • Hill Country Grasses, Sandra Magee and Scott Magee. Apple Books.

        • Common Texas Hill Country Forbs, Scott Magee. Apple Books.


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