Plant Of The Year
GNPS initiated its Plant of the Year program in 2000. The purpose of this program is to recognize native plants that are under-utilized in commercial and residential landscapes or which are vital components of Georgia’s ecology. We are looking beyond beauty, even though this is what often draws us to a special native plant in the first place.
Every September, GNPS members may nominate a plant they feel is deserving of being Plant of the Year for the upcoming year. Nominations are submitted online through the GNPS website. Besides being native to the state of Georgia and under-utilized in landscaping, a good candidate for Plant of the Year will not demand growing conditions that are too difficult for most Georgia gardeners to achieve.
The nomination period closes when six (6) acceptable nominations have been received. Voting commences online and completes at the November GNPS General Meeting. If no clear winner emerges at the meeting, the GNPS Board of Directors holds a run-off election to determine the winner.
GNPS’s new Plant of the Year is honored with some well-deserved publicity by being the feature of an article in January’s issue of our newsletter, NativeSCAPE. Tee shirts with an artist’s original design of the plant sell like hotcakes at the GNPS Symposium in the spring, and organizers of the GNPS Spring Plant Sale work hard to have as many of the new Plant of the Year available for purchase as possible.
Plant of The Year
Trilliums are special to Georgia because our state is host to at least 22 species, more than any other state in the US. Thus, it seems particularly appropriate to name a member of this genus as the Georgia Native Plant Society’s 2017 Plant of the Year....read more
Georgia Native Plant Society’s members have chosen Indian pink (Spigelia marilandica) as our Plant of the Year for 2016. A hummingbird favorite, this vibrant perennial is native to most of the Southeastern US.read more
We are proud to announce that Georgia Native Plant Society’s Plant of the Year for 2015 is Georgia aster! A sun loving plant, Georgia aster was once widespread across southeastern meadows and prairies, but is rare...read more
GNPS members have chosen red buckeye (Aesculus pavia) as the Plant of the Year for 2014. Red buckeye occurs naturally in Georgia's Coastal Plain and Lower Piedmont regions, but has been successfully introduced to most areas of our...read more
Sassafras (Sassafras albidum) is Georgia Native Plant Society's Plant of the Year for 2013. Sassafras is a deciduous tree that grows in every county of Georgia and is widely distributed over the eastern US....read more
The members of the Georgia Native Plant Society have chosen bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) as our Plant of the Year for 2012. This woodland perennial is a member of the Papaveraceae (Poppy) family and is known as a spring...read more
Voted the GNPS 2011 Plant of the Year, mapleleaf viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium) is a shrub native to thickets and shaded woods from New Brunswick, Canada, west to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, south to Florida and west to...read more
Voted the GNPS 2010 Plant of the Year, butterfly weed is a common, long-lived and striking perennial native to North America from southern Canada and New York to Minnesota, south to Florida and Colorado. This flowering...read more
The Georgia Native Plant Society is very pleased to announce the selection, by its enthusiastic members, of white oak (Quercus alba) as the Society's 2009 Plant of the Year, the first canopy tree selected....read more
The Georgia Native Plant Society is pleased to announce that its members have selected Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) as the Society's 2008 Plant of the Year. Christmas fern is among the most common ferns in the Southeast, and its evergreen fronds provide...read more