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.

Temporary difficulty: IF you see a bizarre URL reference at the bottom of a page for a plant species, or a location, it means that there is an article in our newsletter, Solidago, that is relevant. Skip the link-like text - it does not work. Just take note of the volume and issue of Solidago referenced towards the end of the "link" and use the News & Resources tab to navigate to that issue. Sorry, and it will be fixed ASAP.

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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Fern Walk

Walk • Saturday10:00am


Moss and More at OD Von Engeln

Walk • Saturday10:00am


topic - native gardening

Talk • Wednesday7:00pm



Talk • Wednesday7:00pm


philosophy & ethics of foraging (topic)

Talk • Tuesday7:00pm