Don't miss our next workshop! Demystifying Grasses
Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Join Sarah Chamberlain, Botanist and Curator of the PSU Herbarium to learn the skills necessary to identify this unique group of plants. Registration required, click here for details
Central Pa Native Plant Festival and Sale
Thanks to all who made our 2018 Plant Festival on May 5 a success! Between 800 and 1000 people enjoyed a gorgeous day under the trees at our new location - the Boal Mansion in Boalsburg - click here for details.
For a listing of Plant Sales throughout the state, click here.
Becoming a member of PNPS helps to support our mission of advocating conservation of native plants and their habitats and promote the increased use of native plants in the landscape
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.
Looking for Annual Meeting Committee Members
We are looking for volunteers to help plan and organize the PNPS Annual Meeting in September. Duties involve arranging for speakers, coordinating a location, etc. Please contact Jean at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
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.
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, require less maintenance such as watering, and are less susceptible to challenging conditions than non-native plants. Many Non-native plants are also invasive, and threaten to crowd out our native plant species. Incorporating native plants in your home landscape will encourage birds, pollinators, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.
Dame’s Rocket - Hesperis matronalis
No, Dame’s Rocket, is NOT a native, although it has been growing in North America since the Colonists brought it in the 17th century along with other species such as Queen Anne’s Lace and Teasel. And since it has been around for so long, and is so common, many people think it is a native plant – so we thought we’d set the record straight.
Many introduced species are now overtaking habitat and endangering our ecosystem. A vigorous re-seeder, Dame’s Rocket is actually in the same family as the notorious Garlic Mustard and is now on the Pa DCNR list of invasive species.
To learn more about invasive species and how to identify them, click here
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Photo courtesy of Diane Albright
July 10,2018 - Demystifying Grasses - Join Sarah Chamberlain, Botanist and Curator of the PSU Herbarium to learn the skills necessary to identify this unique group of plants. Registration required, click here for details
Mt Cuba Lecture Series - Various programs - click here for schedule.
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