Welcome to NANPS: committed to preserving native plant habitat in wild areas and restoring indigenous flora to developed areas.

  • Moth on Monarda  (Photograph: Ruth Zaugg)

    Moth on Monarda
    (Photograph: Ruth Zaugg)

  • American Goldfinch on Agastache (Photograph: Paul LaPorte)

    American Goldfinch on Agastache
    (Photograph: Paul LaPorte)

  • Highbush Cranberry: Favourite Wildflowers and Shrubs

    Highbush Cranberry: Favourite Wildflowers and Shrubs

Blazing Star

Blazing Star

Quarterly magazine about native plants, published by NANPS.
Gardening Tips

Gardening Tips

If you plant it they will come!
Native Plants to Know

Native Plants to Know

These plants have been featured in NANPS newsletter.
Conservation News

Conservation News

Preserving wild lands is an important function of environmental organizations, such as ours.

Annual Plant Sale

Spring 2024 Plant Sale

Our annual native plant sale at Toronto Botanical Garden will be on Saturday May 18, 2024.

Become a Member

Become a Member

There are a variety of benefits to being a member. Learn More…

Donate to NANPS

Donate to NANPS

Like many charities, NANPS depends on the generosity of its supporters. Learn More…

Upcoming Events

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    2024 Native Plant Garden Video Contest

    Send us your garden videos and the best six (three experienced and three novice) will earn their gardeners a cash prize (in Canadian Dollars) to be used towards...


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Webinar: The Risks of Climate Change for the Home Garden: A Risk Management Approach: The video of our March 19, 2024 webinar with Kimberly Bell is now available to watch here.

NANPS Video – Danforth Pollinator Pathway: Learn how one Toronto neighbourhood came together to create a network of pollinator friendly gardens at homes and in public spaces and and the important features they included to help pollinators thrive. Watch now.

Webinar: The Role of Non-Native Plants in Butterfly Communities: The video of our September 19, 2023 webinar with Dr. Heather Kharouba is now available to watch here.

Pollinator Gardening: 9 Quick Tips. Thank you to TD – Friends of the Environment Foundation for a grant supporting the creation of this tip sheet.

Webinar: Native Shrubs for your Garden: The video of our March 21, 2023 webinar with Colleen Cirillo is now available to watch here.

NANPS How to Create a Pollinator Garden: A Beginner’s Guide: Thank you to TD – Friends of the Environment Foundation for a grant, making this Guide possible. In partnership with David Suzuki Foundation.

Webinar: Making Gorgeous Pollinator Gardens: How to do it! The video of our January 17, 2023 webinar with Clement Kent is now available to watch here.

NANPS Video Series – How to Create a Native Plant Garden from Start to Finish: To inspire new pollinator gardeners, NANPS has created three videos, explaining why native plants are vital to local ecology and offering tips on how to start your very own native plant garden. Watch now.

Webinar: Collecting and Cultivating Native Plant Seeds: The video of our April 13, 2022 webinar with Paul Heydon is now available to watch here

Webinar: Canada’s Wild Seeds: Growing our Biological Gold: The video of our February 16, 2022 webinar with Melissa Spearing is now available to watch here

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Our History

NANPS was founded in 1985 by a small group of dedicated conservationists as the Canadian Wildflower Society. As our American membership grew and acknowledging that plants don’t recognize political boundaries, we changed our name to the North American Native Plant Society in 1999. In 1985 we founded North America’s foremost native plant magazine: Wildflower. The original magazine ceased publication in 2005, but it’s name lives on under the editorship.


NANPS currently owns two conservation properties: Shining Tree Woods in the Carolinian zone of southern Ontario and Zinkan Cove on the west shore of the Bruce Peninsula on Lake Huron. Both properties offer unique gifts and distinct challenges. Maintaining conservation lands is a prodigious responsibility but the rewards are equally great. While relatively small, NANPS properties are home to a number of rare flora and fauna and we are justifiably proud of our efforts to protect them.