Pines and Prairies Chapter

Pines and Prairies


Pines and Prairies Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas serves the residents of Montgomery County and the nearby counties of Walker and Grimes. 

Chapter News

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

Upcoming Events

About Pines and Prairies Chapter

Formed in December 2020, the Pines and Prairies Chapter was approved by the State Board of the Native Plant Society of Texas on January 23, 2021. The Chapter serves the residents of Montgomery County, Texas, and the nearby Walker and Grimes counties. Charter Members are 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 Heartwood Chapter, Texas Master Naturalists, wrote a letter in support of forming a new Native Plant Society of Texas chapter. John Ferguson, owner of Nature’s Way Resources, sponsored the chapter’s formation.

Officers, Directors, and Botanical Advisors

  • Seven elected positions form the Board of Directors: President, Vice-President and Program Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary, and three At-Large Directors. 
  • Botanical Advisors, 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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