May 1, 2021 - Buy Native Celebration
In lieu of our annual Plant sale this year, we are encouraging everyone to go out on what would have been the day of the sale and patronize our vendors. Many are having open houses or special events. Click here for details.
2021 PNPS Facebook Photo Contest
Get your cameras and smart phones ready for the 6th Annual PNPS Facebook Photo Contest. You must be a member of the Facebook group to enter.
To enter, post your photo in the comment section of the Facebook event. We will announce the winner on Facebook on August 6th.
The winning photo will be featured on the back cover of our print newsletter PNPS Notes, Fall 2021. All entries will be posted on our website: http://www.panativeplantsociety.org/facebook-forum.html
Click here for rules and more details
What is a Native?
A native plant is one that occurs naturally in a particular region, ecosystem, or habitat without direct or indirect human intervention. We consider the flora present at the time Europeans arrived in North America as the species native to the eastern United States. Native plants include all kinds of plants from mosses and ferns to wildflowers, shrubs, and trees.
Because native plants are adapted to the growing conditions where you live, they are often easier to grow, and less susceptible to challenging conditions than non-native plants. Many Non-native plants are also invasive, and threaten out our native plant species.
Pussy willow - Yes, there is a native pussy willow! Those fuzzy little catkins are one of the first harbingers of spring. Blooming in early to mid-March, the pussy willow (Salix discolor) provides early season nectar for pollinators. A week of warm weather in March will have little white buds showing along the branches. Pussy willow is dioecious, meaning there are male and female plants. The male plants have larger, showier catkins that develop yellow pollen as the catkins mature. You will be surprised at the number of bees and native pollinators that flock to the bush. It is also a larval host for Mourning Cloak and Viceroy butterflies. Some birds, such as hummingbirds, actually use the “fuzz” to line their nests.
Pussy willows are easy to propagate - a cutting, placed in damp soil, or even water, will root easily. Pussy willow works well in rain gardens or damp areas in your yard as it grows deep taproots that up a lot of water, but is tolerant of a wide variety of conditions. The bush should be cut back heavily every few years to encourage lots of vigorous new growth. See article from Penn State Extension.
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Article courtesy of Diane Albright - photo courtesy of Penn State Extension
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many events are being cancelled. Please be sure to double check before you head out to an event.
Check our Complete Calendar for all upcoming events. If your event isn't listed, let us know and we can add them to our Calendar - email email@example.com.
PNPS 2020 Annual Meeting video now available
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we held our Annual Meeting this year via Zoom. If you were not able to attend, we recorded the program - click here for details.
Membership Dues and Donations
PNPS is committed to supporting programs and events advocating for the use of native plants. Money obtained from memberships and donations go to the following:
We accept donations and membership payments online and by check. Thank you for your support!
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Volunteer - Your help is needed!
There are always opportunities to help, regardless of your level of expertise. Click the button to see what volunteer opportunities area available.
Join our Facebook forum to share photos, events and opportunities related to natives plants and our mission. Our group is closed and you must submit a request to join. We do this to help us keep out spam and maintain this group as a respectful forum for people interested in native plants. You must submit a request and answer 2 simple questions to join, even if you are added by a current member.
We are over 14,000 members strong and growing!
For general inquires, email us at email@example.com Our mailing address is P.O. Box 807, Boalsburg PA 16827