Tennessee Native Plant Society
From the Appalachian Mountains to the flood plains of the Mississippi, Tennessee’s native plant communities make this one of the most botanically diverse and interesting states in the nation. Remnant alpine and prairie plants also contribute to the variety of plant communities and give wildflower enthusiasts a chance to see plants that are rare or endangered, both nationally and regionally. The beauty and habits of Tennessee’s plants fascinate professional botanists and amateurs alike.
Since its founding in 1978, the Tennessee Native Plant Society has helped nurture the growing interest in wildflowers and other native flora while also working to protect Tennessee’s native plant heritage and preserve it for future generations.
The society’s objectives include the education of the public about native plants and the support of efforts to protect wild plant communities. We believe that a public educated about wildflowers of the state will help to ensure the conservation of this irreplaceable resource.
Members include wildflower enthusiasts from all over the state who share common interests in the areas of plant identification and folklore, growing native plants from seeds and cuttings for use in naturalized landscapes, and preserving natural areas to protect plants. Our members range from professional and amateur botanists to individuals simply interested in learning about Tennessee's diverse array of flora and unique environments.
TNPS members meet frequently at various locations all over the state for field trips. For these trips we rely on local amateurs and professionals who know the plants in a given area. Members learn of the time and place of these events and other news of the society through our TNPS newsletter.
Tennessee Plant Atlas
The botany community in Tennessee is developing an online Tennessee Plant Atlas in conjunction with Kentucky. This joint site will feature distribution maps, descriptions, detailed photos, digitized herbarium specimens, and other data for all plant taxa found in the two states. Specimens have been digitized and progress is being made on the database and website. Stay posted!
Survey Participants Needed for Citizen Science
Dr. Nash Turley is a researcher at the University of Central Florida and the coordinator of the Lawn to Wildflowers Project. This is a citizen-science project to turn grass lawns into pollinator-friendly wildflower habitats. Dr. Turley has contacted TNPS asking for help to promote a scientific survey they are conducting to understand people’s thoughts and opinions about lawns, wildflowers, and pollinators. This is a first step in a project that will build our basic understanding of what factors prevent regular people from planting wildflowers.
TNPS encourages members to take the survey located below: