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.


portion of visual key

Goldenrod season is here! Anyone interested in field testing a visual identification key to the 17 goldenrod species found in the Finger Lakes Region? (sample portion below). Please contact Adrianna Hirtler at adriannalouise at





Arieh Tal Fritillaries on Asclepias tuberosa - South Hill

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

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

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.

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

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What's Happening?


Solstice Celebration

Talk • Wednesday7:00pm


Members' Night

Talk • Wednesday7:00pm



Talk • Wednesday7:00pm



Talk • Wednesday7:00pm



Talk • Wednesday7:00pm

Non-FLNPS Events

There aren't any at the moment. Please do check back later. Talks are monthly, September through May.