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Conserving and Celebrating Native Plants

Tennessee Native Plant Society
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Our Mission Statement

“ Conserving and celebrating native plant communities and their habitats through education ”

From the Appalachian Mountains to the floodplains 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 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 our founding in 1977, 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 education of the public about native plants and 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 these irreplaceable resources.

Big Changes for TNPS

TNPS has been experiencing growing pains. As a completely volunteer organization in the past we relied on volunteers using spreadsheets to organize our memberships and their personal email to send out information. During 2023 we realized that would no longer work for us. Some of you did not receive newsletters and seminar reminders, especially our newest members. We apologize and have worked to amend that situation.

From late August to December 2023 we implemented NeonCRM which offers better management of memberships, accounts, and communications with our members. First to be implemented were:


  • New forms for membership application and renewal, as well as donation forms
  • No PayPal, instead an integrated payment system
  • A “Login” icon at the top of each page that allows you to manage your own TNPS account, i.e., change your home address, email address, name, and newsletter delivery preference; see your membership renewal date; renew your membership; and add a photo of yourself; include/link a family member (if membership is Individual/Family or Life)


  • Email receipts for all monies we receive and membership renewal reminders are sent automatically
  • Email reminders of native plant seminars, field trips, the annual conference, elections and special notices will be sent as needed
  • All TNPS emails to the membership will be marked with our red trillium logo. Please do not mark them as “Spam”.  If you prefer not to receive emails from TNPS, then at the bottom of the email select “Unsubscribe”. This will not stop automatic receipts and reminders.
  • If you are not receiving emails from TNPS, please check your SPAM folder.


  • Membership now runs from the date your last membership expired or the date you renew, whichever is later. We are no longer limited to calendar year memberships.
  • You will be reminded to renew your membership before it expires.
  • You can set your membership to automatically renew by selecting “recurring”.
  • You can manage your own membership by logging into your membership portal.  Select “Login” at the top of any of our web pages. Enter your email address and then enter a password of your own choosing to see and modify your TNPS account.

We appreciate your patience as we have worked through a few issues associated with this transition. If you encounter a problem or issue, please contact us at

We are glad that we can offer you the many features of this new membership management system. And we are excited to see this growth in our membership and take it as a sign that interest in native plants is increasing.

Tennessee Native Plants

Agalinis tenuifolia
Hypericum frondosum
Jeffersonia diphylla
Lobelia appendiculata var gattingeri
Matelea carolinensis
Northoscordum bivalve
Oxalis priceae
Phacelia dubia
Rhododendro cumberlandense
Sabatia angularis
Thalictrum thalictroides
Trillium simile

Achieving Our Mission

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 to guide us in locating the beautiful and sometimes rare native species unique to that habitat. Species identifications are shared and photos often are taken.
  • Monthly (except December) members gather online for a native plant seminar on a variety of topics offered by professionals and/or native plant enthusiasts. These seminars are offered on the third Tuesday of the month via Zoom for all members across the state.
  • Members meet annually for a conference that includes a variety of presentations and field trips to better inform us of the unique native plants and features of the area. We also provide student/teacher scholarships for attendance at various regional plant conferences.
  • Our quarterly newsletter informs us of TNPS activities and events, as well as rare or unique Tennessee plants that may need some level of protection.
  • TNPS supports the development and publication of materials that assist in the identification and preservation of our native plants. So far this includes our identification book, Wildflowers of Tennessee, plus Guide to the Vascular Plants of Tennessee, Woody Plants of Kentucky and Tennessee, and Tennessee Lichens. TNPS also supports the online Tennessee and Kentucky Plant Atlas.