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. 

The new season of FLNPS talks starts in September. Notice the selected Cornell Plantations Fall Lecture Series listings to the right (lots in September). For the full list of their series, see here.

How many ferns DID we find at Fillmore Glen? See the list of ferns and other plants found on the most recent FLNPS walk. Click here.

Paul S. Schmitt Autumn Oaks

Krissy Boys Bottle Gentian, Gentiana clausa

Betsy Darlington Discussing the flora at Hoxie Gorge

Andy Buss (slightly cropped to fit) Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve

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

Ken Hull Slowly sinking at Jam Pond June 2015

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.

Explore our list of garden-worthy native plants | Advanced Search by Plant Characteristics

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What's Happening?


Native Green Roof at SUNY ESF (working topic)

Talk • Wednesday7:00pm


Solstice Celebration

Talk • Wednesday7:00pm


Members' Night (tentative)

Talk • Wednesday7:00pm


native plant gardens

Talk • Wednesday7:00am


Earthworms, Deer, and Understory Plants

Talk • Wednesday7:00pm