Your Native Plant Society in the Finger Lakes

We are an organization located in central New York, founded in 1997, dedicated to promoting the appreciation of our native flora. We hold free public field trips throughout the year and free indoor programs during the colder months. Members receive our newsletter, Solidago, and participate in a seed exchange, a spring native plant sale, and a December celebration of native plants. 

Ithaca Native Landscape Symposium - Register now! Reduced price for FLNPS members.
Always a winner - a great way to learn more about using regionally native plants in a garden or public setting. Stay warm and enjoy the slides and the conversation of other native plant lovers! More info under External Events to right.

Paul S Schmitt Fall Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)

Rick Lightbody David Werier describing a local moss at the Solstice gathering

Rick Lightbody Cooperation on winter plant ID at the Solstice meeting.

F. Robert Wesley Quaker Ladies

Norm Trigoboff Getting a close look at moss on a winter walk

Betsy Darlington Discussing the flora at Hoxie Gorge

Preservation of Native Plants for Future Generations

FLNPS is primarily an educational organization, with programs for experts and those who have just discovered native flora. We organize talks, walks and other activities related to conservation of native plants and their habitats. We also organize education and activities on threats to our native flora, including invasive plants and insects and their control.

Learn more about invasive plants.

Gardening with Native Plants

FLNPS is not a native gardening organization, but encourages the use of ethically propagated native plants in private and public gardens. Many members are gardeners, who collect seeds and spores from private lands and propagate seedlings for our annual spring sale. Please explore our list of Finger Lakes natives suitable for gardens, plus a short list of non-native garden plants you should avoid.

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