Mission Statement

To promote the appreciation and conservation of Washington's native plants and their habitats through study, education, and advocacy.


New Look for WNPS Website

WNPS is revamping its website between December 2017 and late-Spring 2018. As features and sections are redeveloped, pages will be published. The new framework is mobile-responsive, and a search bar is coming soon.

This soft-launch beginning December 1 will featue a new look with the blog, new events calendar, and also email a monthly eNewsletter to subscribed users.

To get involved in the project please email .

Join WNPS as a Member

Join the community of plant enthusiasts, whether you are a botanist, hobbyist, parent, or gardener.

Explore with Others!

Find something to do across the state with like-minded friends. We recommend a lecture, plant sale, or hike!

Donate for a Difference

WNPS is dedicated to the conservation of plants and their habitats, all possible because of our passionate members.


View at a glance all the WNPS events coming up across the state. There are several ways to view and stay connected. The state events page and calendar shows every event, and as chapter and committee pages are published, each  will have their own calendar to view separately. Start planning your vacation and visit another chapter's programs.


No need to stay in the dark, WNPS will keep you connected sending you a monthly eNewsletter. This newsletter will feature blog articles, upcoming events, and important announcements. Open to anyone. If you're thinking about becoming a member, this is a great way to find out what the organization is all about.

Visit Blog

Started in 2012, the WNPS blog, Botanical Rambles, is curated by Sarah Gage. She is a writer and editor, a broad-spectrum botanist, a cranky gardener, and an accidental bureaucrat. Others have also contributed content as experts in their field covering many subjects including slugs, invasive species control, gardening, and places to hike or visit.


Upcoming WNPS Events

Thursday, March, 1, 2018 11:30PM
Conservation 2018 Grant Applications Due
Tuesday, March, 13, 2018 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Conservation Committee Meeting
Sunday, April, 15, 2018 9:30AM - 4:00PM
WNPS State Board of Directors Spring Meeting 2018
Sunday, April, 22, 2018 - Saturday, April, 28, 2018
WNPS: 2018 Native Plant Appreciation Week
Friday, May, 4, 2018 3:00PM - Sunday, May, 6, 2018 4:00PM
Study Weekend 2018: Rainbows of Wildflowers
Tuesday, May, 8, 2018 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Conservation Committee Meeting
Tuesday, May, 15, 2018 5:00PM
Education Grants Proposals Due
Friday, June, 8, 2018 - Sunday, June, 10, 2018
Botany Washington 2018
Tuesday, July, 10, 2018 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Conservation Committee Meeting

Upcoming Chapter Events

Wednesday, February, 21, 2018 7:00PM
Koma Kulshan: Plant Plumbing - How Plants Move Fluids
Thursday, February, 22, 2018 10:30AM
Dosewallips State Park Hike
Saturday, February, 24, 2018 9:00AM
Koma Kulshan: Lake Whatcom Watershed Work Party
Tuesday, February, 27, 2018 7:00PM
Northeast Washington Chapter: Program and Meeting
Tuesday, March, 6, 2018 6:30PM
Aquatic Weeds, Jennifer Parsons
Thursday, March, 8, 2018 7:00PM
Wenatchee Valley Program
Saturday, March, 10, 2018 9:30AM - 4:00PM
Koma Kulshan: Annual Cryptogamic Ramble
Saturday, March, 17, 2018 9:30AM
Gibbs Lake Hike with Varn Brooks

Botanical Rambles

03 February 2018
Why choose red-osier dogwood?  This fast-growing shrub pleases every month of the year. During dark winter days, its red twigs glow under sunny or gray skies. Leafing out, the shrub forms a fresh green backdrop to its own clusters of creamy-whit...
31 January 2018
The Washington Native Plant Society is proud to announce our involvement as a sponsor for the 2018 Washington Botanical Symposium. This program is co-hosted by the University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the University of Washington Herbarium at...
15 January 2018
​It seems these days that questions about butterfly and pollinator gardens have moved on from "why?" to "what shall we plant?"—with the conversation often turning to whether or not it is better to plant native species than nonnative ones. Led by Andr...
01 January 2018
As we say goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018, I'm cleaning up, cleaning out, and looking ahead! Flipping through my electronic and paper files, I found a number of items that didn't make it into Botanical Rambles in 2017 that I still wanted to share w...