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.

It’s goldenrod time again. Learn how to distinguish the species in the Finger Lakes area.  A field guide version of Adrianna Hirtler’s wonderful graphic poster is available. It has been updated with additional guidance, a plastic sleeve, and it’s pretty.  It can be purchased at the Cayuga Nature Center ($10).  FLNPS members (i.e. you get regular monthly mailings Sept-June) can get one for half price by contacting Adrianna at or 607-272-2087 (landline - no texts). 
If you want confirmation of your ID, additional characteristics, or exceptional detail  in traits and photos, check out Arieh Tal’s Botphoto website: or his “visual key”

Arieh Tal Fritillaries on Asclepias tuberosa - South Hill

F. Robert Wesley Quaker Ladies

Betsy Darlington Discussing the flora at Hoxie Gorge

F. Robert Wesley Spring Beauty with Trout-Lilies

F. Robert Wesley Sarracenia purpurea in sphagnum bog

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.

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What's Happening?


NYS Parks Plant Materials Program

Talk • Wednesday7:00pm


Solstice Celebration

Talk • Wednesday7:00pm


Members' Night TBA

Talk • Wednesday7:00pm


topic TBA - FLLT

Talk • Wednesday7:00pm

Non-FLNPS Events


Twisted Tree Nut Bonanza