The North Metro Atlanta Chapter of the Georgia Native Plant Society


The North Metro Atlanta Chapter of the Georgia Native Plant Society was formed in 2021 and we have a membership of 300 and growing! While we have no particular geographic boundary, our members are mostly in Marietta, Roswell, North Atlanta, Dunwoody, Woodstock, Alpharetta, Chamblee, Cumming, Sandy Springs, Acworth, Kennesaw and anywhere in between and beyond.


We meet at various locations in our areas on both weekends and weekdays to accommodate our varying commutes and schedules.

Bylaws and Board Members

At our first annual meeting in 2021, the members adopted our bylaws and elected board members: Carling Kirk, Renee Hood, Dana Hallberg, Lilly Vicens, Whitney Ramsey, and Pat Carson.


You can reach us by email, or check out our Facebook page. You can also connect with other members in our private Facebook group.

How can I join?

For current members, login and update your chapter affiliation through the chapter affiliation form. For new or renewing members, you can also select your chapter affiliation on the membership form.

Chapter News & Events

Pre-order Woody Plants for the Fall

Pre-order Woody Plants for the Fall


To provide our members with access to more trees and shrubs at our Fall Plant sale we are offering the pre-order of select woody items, that can be picked up the same day as the plant sale, just 2 miles down the road at Wills Park. Availability is limited as these items are very popular so you will need to order between now and September 11th.


Event: Native Plants of the Cherokee

Join the North Metro Atlanta Chapter for an educational event, Native Plants of the Cherokee on August 13th at 10:30AM at the Alpharetta Library featuring author Mark Warren talking on how some of the most common native plants and trees were used by the Cherokee for food, medicine, insect repellent, crafts, shelter and fire. Mark Warren is the owner of the nationally renowned Medicine Bow Wilderness School in Dahlonega, GA, has been teaching nature and survival skills of the Cherokee to adults and children for half a century.

About the program

Mark believes today’s society can — and should — learn some valuable lessons and skills from those native people who inhabited this continent hundreds of years before European explorers ever landed on its shores. He will be discussing how some of the most common native plants and trees were used by the Cherokee for food, medicine, insect repellent, crafts, shelter and fire. Mark will bring along some plants and handmade crafts for viewing and discussion.

“All of us who live in Southern Appalachia reside on land that once belonged to the Cherokee. While these native people led lives of intimate daily interaction with their natural surroundings, most folks today have reduced nature to a backdrop of scenery. The great deficit in this scenario is our lack of understanding that we still depend upon nature. That dependency is largely hidden to us, especially to the new generations that come along to take over the ‘rules’ of how we behave with nature — air to breathe, water to drink, energy to consume for our daily actions. These are commodities that are easy to take for granted. If taken for granted, humans will have no reason to respect and conserve the pieces of the puzzle we call ecology.” – Mark Warren

About Mark Warren

Mark Warren is a graduate of the University of Georgia. At Medicine Bow, his nationally renowned wilderness school in the Southern Appalachians, he teaches nature classes and survival skills of the Cherokees. The National Wildlife Federation named him Georgia’s Conservation Educator of the Year in 1980. In 1998 Mark became the U.S. National Champion in whitewater canoeing, and in 1999 he won the World Championship Longbow title.

Warren has written extensively about nature for local and national magazines. He lectures on Native American history and survival skills, and Western Frontier History presenting at museums and cultural centers around the country. He is a member of the Wild West History Association, and Western Writers of America. His Wyatt Earp, An American Odyssey trilogy was honored by WWA’s Spur Awards, The Historical Novel Society and the 2020 Will Rogers Medallion Awards under the original hardback editions, Born to the Badge (2018) and Promised Land (2019.)

His published books include: from Lyons Press, Two Winters in a Tipi and Secrets of the Forest (a four volume series on nature and primitive skills), from Five Star – Gale Cengage and Two Dot, Wyatt Earp, An American Odyssey (an historical fiction trilogy on the life of Wyatt Earp), from Five Star – Gale Cengage, Indigo Heaven, The Cowboy, The Librarian and the Broomsman from the anthology Librarians of the West: A Quartet, Westering Trail Travesties, and from Speaking Volumes, Song of the Horseman and Last of the Pistoleers.

**Note: The Alpharetta Library prohibits the sale of books at events. If you would like to purchase from the author, please visit his website at

North Metro Atlanta 2022 Spring Plant Sale Info


Our 2022 Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, April 30th will be in conjunction with the City of Alpharetta’s Community Agriculture Program. This program teaches high school students to grow and sell organic fruits, vegetables, herbs, and cut flowers at the Old Rucker Farm. By coming to this one-stop-shop you can browse selections from the North Metro Atlanta Georgia Native Plant Society, Alpharetta’s Old Rucker Farm, and some of our favorite local native plant and seed vendors. Can you help make this event even more fantastic by volunteering your time?

What plants will be Available?

Thanks to generous donations from members and Plant Life Nursery, please find our 2022 Spring Chapter Plant Sale list. Many small quantity items are not on the list, so please come early for the best selection.
This is our second sale as a chapter. We have hundreds of plants lined up for the sale. Some of the chapter plants will be available in quantity, some may be single items only and others may be surprises from member donations (some arriving only the day before). This list represents only the plants being provided by the chapter with groups of 5 or more plants for sale. These include some of the most dependable native perennials around, suitable for even beginning gardeners.
We encourage you to come see what unique and special items didn’t make the list! Come early for best selection.
Participating vendors that will bring their own inventory:
  • Cottage Garden Natives
  • North Georgia Native Plant Nursery
  • Botany Yards (seeds)

Can you Volunteer?

We are in need of volunteers to set-up on Friday 4/29 and for the sale itself on Saturday 4/30 at Old Rucker Farm, 998-700 Old Rucker Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30004. Tasks include receiving, labeling, organizing donated plants, directing parking, and checking out customers.
If you are able to volunteer, please use THIS SURVEY to let us know what shifts you are available.
Thank you all and we can’t wait to see you!

Upcoming chapter events

Dec 03

North Metro Atlanta Chapter Annual Meeting

December 3 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Dec 10

Heritage Park Workday

December 10 @ 10:00 am
Jan 14

Heritage Park Workday

January 14, 2023 @ 10:00 am
Feb 11

Heritage Park Workday

February 11, 2023 @ 10:00 am
Mar 11

Heritage Park Workday

March 11, 2023 @ 10:00 am
Apr 08

Heritage Park Workday

April 8, 2023 @ 10:00 am
May 13

Heritage Park Workday

May 13, 2023 @ 10:00 am

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