About the North American Native Plant Society
Dedicated to the Study, Conservation, Cultivation & Restoration of North America's Native Flora
NANPS was founded in 1985 by a small group of dedicated conservationists as the Canadian Wildflower Society. As our American membership grew, and acknowledging that plants don't recognize political boundaries, we changed our name to the North American Native Plant Society in 1999. In 1985 we founded North America's foremost native plant magazine: Wildflower. The original magazine ceased publication in 2005, but it's name lives on under the editorship of Texas's Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Centre. In place of Wildflower, NANPS continues to publish a 16 page quarterly, The Blazing Star.
NANPS is a volunteer-operated registered charitable organization concerned with preserving native plant habitat in wild areas and restoring indigenous flora to developed areas.
Our key purpose is to provide information and inspire an appreciation of native plants with an aim to restoring healthy ecosystems across the continent.
It is our belief that nature belongs in urban, suburban, and rural areas as much as in remote areas.
To that end, we:
- publish a 16-page quarterly newsletter (The Blazing Star); and an incredible e-newsletter called The Local Scoop;
- provide this forum for people interested in learning more about native plants or helping us with our mission anywhere in North America;
- create information sheets, booklets and brochures on a variety of related topics;
- manage two conservation properties in Ontario and, through our membership, work to restore ecosystems around the continent;
- provide a Seed Exchange available exclusively to NANPS members;
- staff information booths at a variety of public events;
- offer guided excursions to natural areas;
- operate Canada's largest native plant sale each May followed by a number of smaller sales from June to October;provide support to people adding native plants in urban/suburban areas who may
- encounter some initial questions from their neighbours or city officials;
- create and present information to municipalities and interested groups on the benefits of native plants; and
- host a variety of seminars and workshops, culminating in the Annual General Meeting, Fall Plant Sale and Awards Presentation every October.