Native Plant Habitat Certification
This program exists to recognize and honor you, the GNPS members, for planting, nurturing and protecting native plants in your gardens. With your work, you demonstrate that even a small residential property can can help sustain the native ecosystem—its plants, wildlife, water, soil, and air—a vital contribution to a world that has lost so much. A garden is always a work in progress: it will have its ongoing tasks and its ongoing and unfolding pleasures. We hope to help you appreciate and enjoy the process.
Once your application is received, a member of the certiﬁcation committee will arrange to visit you on your property as part of the certiﬁcation process. Having a guide to help you explore the plants, site conditions, (and sometimes the wildlife!) on your property can be a fun and inspiring way to see it with new eyes.
GNPS is unable to certify your site as a native plant habitat if you are actively cultivating any Category 1 plants, as listed by the Georgia Exotic Plant Pest Council (http://www.gaeppc.org/list/). Some of the more common plants on this list are: Privet, kudzu, wisteria, Japanese honeysuckle, mimosa, English ivy, and autumn olive (eleagnus). We can help you identify the others during our site visit, but if you do not know what they are, chances are you are not trying to grow them.
Upon certiﬁcation, we would welcome a photo showing off the native plants in your garden. Your photo will join others in the GNPS Native Plant Habitat Certiﬁcation Album and be available for viewing and inspiration at various GNPS events.
Please include a certiﬁcation program fee of $10 for Bronze and $30 for Silver or Gold, payable to GNPS, along with your completed application. You must be a member of GNPS to participate; if you are interested in certiﬁcation and are not yet a member, all you need to do is join! Be sure to ask about the custom stakes coordinated to match your sign and securely mount into your garden.
There are three ways to complete the application form: (1) Complete the interactive online form above and submit your information directly to the Certification Committee; (2) Download the Habitat Certification Application, complete, and email the form to the certification committee address located on the last page of the application; (3) Download the Certification Application, print, complete and mail to the address on the last page of the application.
Thank you for your interest in the GNPS Habitat Certification program!
Information Request Form
For more information on our program, please fill out the form below with your contact information, questions about the program, and when you would be available to meet. Please take a minute to review the Habitat Certification Application Form by clicking the image above. It provides information on the different levels, invasive plant information resources and the steps to having your landscape certified as a Bronze, Silver or Gold Georgia Native Plant Habitat!
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