What We Do

The North Carolina Native Plant Society offers an array of activities and events! We are a 501c nonprofit with a governing board and local chapters and members across the state. Our chapters are Blue Ridge (Boone area), Southern Piedmont (Charlotte area), Triad (Greensboro area), Triangle (Raleigh area), and SE Coastal (Wilimington area).

The Officers and Board members over see all the legal and tax requirements for the 501c, keep all the financial records, buy the insurance to cover field trips and plant rescues, and provide support to the Chapters.

The Society also administers the Grants and Scholarship program -In the last Fiscal Year we granted 11 Shinn Scholarships , 4 BW Wells Grants, and 2 Alice Zawadzki Land Conservation Grants., the Awards Program, the Garden Certification program –We certified 15 Gardens last Fiscal Year, bringing the total to 110, manage the Membership software, manage and maintain the web site,and plan and manage the Spring Outing which is a week end trip to one of the botanical wonders of North Carolina open to members and non members.

Chapters:

Chapter activities – in 2019, we sponsored 80 activities, and had contact with about 2400 people!
hold meetings
plan field trips,
plant rescues,
volunteer workdays
arrange and give talks,
plant sales,
and have a booth at local events.

Some chapters are involved in special events such as the NC State Fair where the Triangle Chapter has a demonstration garden, and the Green and Growing Show where volunteers from the Triad, Southern Piedmont, and Triangle Chapter have a booth each year.

Not all chapters offer the same opportunities, so check out the one near you to see the local happenings.

State Wide Activities

State Wide programs and events are:
Grants and Scholarships
Garden Certification
Spring Trip
Publish quarterly Newsletters
Maintain the ncnps.org web site
Maintain a list of plant nurseries,
a speaker bureau,
list of invasive plants in NC,
recommended native plants for gardens, and
native plant resources for NC.