Midwest Native Plant Society

Connecting People and Nature


The Midwest Native Plant Society is a non-profit organization of amateur and professional naturalists, botanists, teachers, researchers, gardeners, birders, photographers and others who share a deep appreciation for our native flora and fauna. We have no dues or fees. Our mission is to promote awareness of the importance of native plants and the wildlife that depend on them, within biologically diverse ecosystems and in our own home landscapes. In 2015, we hosted over 400 people at our annual conference in July, and a Tree Workshop in February.

In support of our mission, we host the Midwest Native Plant Conference and donate a percentage of proceeds to conservation projects and organizations that are working to preserve native plant communities and the wildlife those communities support as well as offer scholarships and student internship opportunities. In just 6 years, we have been able to donate over $30,000 for various conservation organizations to help conserve critical habitat.
We offer keynote speakers, breakout sessions, field trips and the chance to network with other nature lovers during this fun and educational weekend. If you can’t make the conference, we open our vendors to the public on Saturday from 9 to 5 for the Annual Native Plant & Artisan Sale. Our vendors offer the opportunity to purchase a variety of native plants, trees, shrubs and exquisite works by local artisans such as paintings, books, clothes, photos, and jewelry - all with a nature theme. No Admission fee. This year the 7th annual Midwest Native Plant Conference in Dayton, Ohio on July 24-26, 2015 is sold out.

In 2016, we are planning to hold the 8th Annual Midwest Native Plant Conference at Bergamo Center on July 8,9 & 10, 2016. We hope to focus on plant species that we haven't seen in bloom during our later summer conferences, and we hope to catch some birding action while many species may actively be feeding a second brood. After the conference in August, we are planning a Pollinator Workshop to be held at Caesar Creek on Saturday, August 13, 2016. This year, the 2015 conference sold out at 175 attendees in just 4 weeks, so be sure to join our mailing list below to be notified first of any future events!

And most of all, we want to give a big heartfelt ‘thank you’ to our conference attendees! For updates on events and future conferences, please subscribe to the email list (below).

We want to acknowledge those who have worked so hard all year long, and during the busy conference weekend. The Conference Team, in alphabetical order: Karen Arnett, Brittany Boggs, Yvonne Cecil, Yvonne Dunphe, Judy Ganance, Ann Geise,Teri Gilligan, Scott Hogsten, Ned Keller, Randy Lakes, Diana Malas, Jim McCormac, Kathy McDonald, Cathy Plum and Debi Wolterman. A special thanks to our partners, the Marianist Environmental Education Center (MEEC) for assisting us in hosting this event: Don Geiger, Leanne Jablonski, Michele Banker and Tara Poling.

About the Images on this site: Our Logo and Conference Plant artwork courtesy of Ann Geise. Ann’s artistry showcasing the natural world is sublime. See more of her work on her website. Unless otherwise specified, all of the photographic images throughout this site are courtesy of Nina Harfmann at Nature Remains. Please do not reproduce or otherwise use the images without her express consent. Many more of her amazing photographs of Ohio nature can be found and purchased through her website.

Midwest Native Plant & Artisan Festival!