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Native Plant Society of Texas

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* Congratulations to the board members who were elected on February 15, 2024!

  • Bob Dailey, President
  • Helen Capozzelli, Secretary
  • Jay Gowen, Director-at-Large (Membership)

*2* Work and Learn occurs weekly at Jesse H.  Jones Nature Center,  20634 Kenswick Dr, Humble, TX, on Wednesdays, 9am to noon.

*3* Work and Learn occurs weekly at the Mercer Society propagation workroom, Hirschfield Rd nursery, on Wednesdays, 9am to 11am.


  • Feb 24 – Rainbarrel Workshop at Mercer
  • Mar 2 – NPSOT Annual Spring Symposium and State Board Meeting at LBJ Wildflower Center in Austin
  • Mar 2 – Nature Fest and Plant Sale at Jesse H. Jones
  • Mar 2 – Texwood Home and Garden Show in Conroe
  • Mar 7 – Pines and Prairies Virtual Board Meeting 
  • Mar 20 – Cooking Up Natives Virtual Plant Party via Zoom
  • Mar 22-23 – March Mart Plant Sale at Mercer
  • Apr 6 – NPSOT-Clear Lake Plant Sale at UH-Clear Lake
  • Apr 6 – SFA Gardens Plant Sale at Pineywoods Native Plant Center in Nacogdoches
  • Apr 12-13 – Pines and Prairies Spring Plant Sale

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.


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

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Director at Large

Mike has been a lifelong gardener and nature enthusiast and enjoys hiking. Since retiring 11 years ago, Mike has volunteered

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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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