Chapters in Georgia Native Plant Society
Over two decades ago, the Georgia Native Plant Society was founded by people based in metro Atlanta. Since that time, their initiative and message around the importance of native plants to our lives and the ability of individuals to make a difference locally in their protection, stewardship, rescue and propagation, has spread across Georgia and in fact across the USA. Today our members are served in other locations across the state where local groups are providing educational information, restoration opportunities and opportunities to learn more.
In November 2019, GNPS adopted new bylaws, which implemented a state-wide governing board to set organizational policy, define its strategic vision, and directly support chapter activities. This new organizational structure paved the way for more chapters to form throughout Georgia.
Join a chapter
There are currently six chapters of the Georgia Native Plant Society with two more forming. As a member of GNPS you too can get to work and join like minded people in your area by aligning yourself with one of our chapters.
Form a chapter
Let us know if you are interested in learning more about how to join or start up a local chapter near you in the state of Georgia by using the Contact Us form. Current members can also use the Chapter Interest Form. To learn more about the overall process, view the Chapter Quick Start Guide. For a more in-depth guide to forming and running a chapter, see the Chapter Manual.
News & Events
The forming North Metro Atlanta Chapter of GNPS is excited to hold its first plant sale on October 9th. Plants available will include member donated and rescued plants as well two native plant vendors: Cottage Garden Natives and Night Song Native Plant Nursery. For more details see North Metro Atlanta Chapter Plant Sale
The plant sale will be held at Old Rucker Farm Park in partnership with the City of Alpharetta.
Join the Fringed Campion Chapter for a hike to spot native plants at the Hitchiti Trail on September 25 at 10:30AM
Meet at Hitchiti Trail in Brender Experimental Forest near Juliette (https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/georgia/hitchiti-loop-trail) for a hike to spot native plants. Bring a water bottle. Closed toe shoes, long pants, a hat, and insect repellant recommended. CANCELLED IF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AREA. Contact email@example.com for more details.
Event Details: Hitchiti Trail Hike with Fringed Campion Chapter
Chapter tours the University of Georgia Mountain Research & Education Center (GMREC) native plant gardens. Tour guides included members of the Union/Townes County Master Gardeners. We thank GMREC and the Master Gardeners for hosting the group.
The Intown Atlanta startup committee has met multiple times since June. Most of the required steps for full approval as a chapter of GNPS have been completed. We expect to be incorporated in the next month or so, which will be the final step before being eligible for full chapter status. We understand that many local members are excited about having activities, and currently we hope to have some events in the fall. Meanwhile, we encourage all members in the area to affiliate with the existing or forming chapter that best serves their needs. In particular, if you live inside the perimeter of Atlanta, you should consider the Intown Chapter or the North Metro Chapter. Affiliating with a chapter will ensure that you get notices about upcoming events. GNPS members are always welcome at the activities of other chapters, aside from voting on chapter matters, so there is no way that you can join the wrong chapter.
The City of Roswell unanimously passed a resolution to use native plants in city landscaping on June 14th, 2021.
This resolution was the product of a grassroots effort of a few residents who shared a passion for native plants and preserving the local ecosystem. Residents, including many from our forming North Metro Atlanta Chapter, wrote in letters and even recorded videos to show their support to the city council over the course of a year. Many showed up to the city council meeting and gave comments in support of the resolution.
As a result of their hard work, starting in 2021, 60% of newly designed or updated city landscapes will comprise of native plants. By 2024, that number will grow to 80%.
The resolution states that native plants are a cornerstone to maintaining a healthy biodiversity and reducing stormwater runoff, as well as preserving and promoting a historical and cultural heritage.
The city will also develop a pilot project that will create a plan to eradicate invasive plant species.
You can find the details of this resolution here.