Pines and Prairies Chapter

Pines and Prairies


Pines and Prairies Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas was formed to serve the residents of Montgomery County and the nearby counties of Walker and Grimes. 

Chapter News

*1* Work and Learn Opportunities
  • Weekly at Jesse H.  Jones Nature Center,  20634 Kenswick Dr, Humble, TX, on Wednesdays, 9am to noon
  • Weekly at the Mercer Society propagation workroom, Hirschfield Rd nursery, on Wednesdays, 9am to 11am
  • Weekly at New World Botanical, 2701 Lone Star Parkway, on Thursdays, 9:30am to noon
  • Apr 6 – NPSOT-Clear Lake Plant Sale at UH-Clear Lake
  • Apr 6 – SFA Gardens Plant Sale at Pineywoods Native Plant Center in Nacogdoches
  • April 12-14 – Volunteer Opportunity at The Woodlands Art Festival – Sign up here!  This is a great opportunity to help people understand the importance of native plants at one of the premier arts festivals in the nation.  Thousands of people will be touring the festival where hundreds of artists from all over the world will be showing their works, some great musical groups will be performing, and many local restaurants will be serving delicious food, beer, wine, juice, and soft drinks. The daily entrance fee is $18, but if you volunteer to help at the NPSOT booth, you get in free!
  • April 19-21 – Kingwood Garden Clubs Gardenscapes Home Tour (purchase tickets at Wild Birds Unlimited or J&R’s Ace Hardware)

Upcoming Events

About Pines and Prairies Chapter

Formed in December 2020, the Pines and Prairies Chapter was approved by the Native Plant Society of Texas, State Board on January 23, 2021. The Chapter was formed to serve the residents of Montgomery County, Texas, and the nearby counties of Walker and Grimes. The Charter Members, who requested that a new chapter be approved were: Carol Childres, Kim Cox, Bob Dailey, Aram Derewetzky, Don Dubois, Kathie Herrick, Carolyn Langlinais, David Lemons, Teri MacArthur, Gail McConnell, Mike McGee, Paul Nelson, Martin Simonton, Carson Stokes, and Anita Tiller. Carolyn Langlinais, President of the Heartwood Chapter, Texas Master Naturalists, wrote a letter in support of forming a new Native Plants Society of Texas chapter. John Ferguson, owner of Nature’s Way Resources, sponsored the formation of the chapter.

Officers, Directors, and Botanical Advisors

  • The Board of Directors is comprised of seven elected positions: President, Vice-President and Program Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary, and three At-Large Directors. 
  • Botanical Advisors, members who are native plant specialists by training and experience, review all botanical resources and Chapter promotional materials and assist with training opportunities.


Robert C. “Bob” Dailey is a Texas Master Gardener, a Texas Master Naturalist, and a founding member of the Pines


Helen Capozzelli was born and raised in New Jersey and got to Texas as fast as she could in 1980.


Anne Blount earned her B.S. in Food Science way back in the 70s, and passed the CPA exam in Louisiana

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Director at Large

Abbie was born and raised on the dusty plains of Lubbock, Texas. She earned dual Bachelor of Science degrees at

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Director at Large

David first became passionate about plants and horticulture when he began working at Plants for All Seasons in 2014.  In

Director at Large

Jay Gowen’s interest in native plants began in 2014 when he moved to Montgomery County and saw the abundance and

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Botanical Advisor

Anita Tiller serves as botanist and conservation manager for Mercer Botanic Gardens, Harris County since December of 2000. Tiller directs

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Botanical Advisor

While Don’s formal training is chemistry with a PhD from the University of Kansas, he has always been fascinated by

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Botanical Advisor

Kathie Herrick holds a bachelor’s in biology from Grinnell College and masters degrees in botany and teaching of science from

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