About VNPS

The Virginia Native Plant Society (VNPS), founded in 1982 as the Virginia Wildflower Preservation Society, is a nonprofit organization of individuals who share an interest in Virginia’s native plants and habitats. The Society and its chapters seek to further the appreciation and conservation of this priceless heritage.

We are an organization that strives to have a positive impact on the future of the Commonwealth of Virginia. VNPS supports a variety of programs, including:

– The Wildflower of the Year spotlights a native plant and its habitat with a colorful and informative brochure.
– The Native Plant Site Registry of natural ecosystems is designed to recognize natural areas in Virginia that contain exemplary plant communities.
– Spring Wildflower Celebration coordinates events such as field trips, plant sales and programs.
– The Invasive Alien Plant program seeks to educate individuals and control invasive species in a partnership with Virginia’s Division of Natural Heritage.

Volunteers carry out the work of the Society with the support of membership dues and contributions. To further its goals, VNPS cooperates in statewide and chapter programs with government agencies, developers, horticulturists and other conservation groups that share our interests. We work with several Partners who share our dedication to the conservation of Virginia’s diverse and unique botanical heritage.

Members occasionally receive action alerts and are encouraged to communicate with their elected representatives on issues related to conservation and the natural environment.

Our website offers information about Society events; our Mission and Conservation Statement; our programs; our Chapters; and links to related organizations. Publications such as brochures, checklists, native plant nursery information and invasive plant lists, and the VNPS quarterly Sempervirens can be found on the website or requested from our office.

The Society maintains an active social media presence on FacebookInstagram, Vimeo and SmugMug.

In everything it does, the Virginia Native Plant Society emphasizes respect for the natural environment.

Read our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) Mission and Vision Statement.


  1. BJ on October 14, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    Mary Painter has passed away. I believe that she was the founder of VNPS.

    • VNPS Communications on October 20, 2019 at 9:35 pm

      BJ, thank you for the information about Mary Painter. We recently posted a note in our front page News & Events.