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 support of our mission, we host The annual 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. In the first five years, we were able to donate over $20,000 to various organizations including offering Youth Sponsorships and Student Intern opportunities. 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. 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.

This year, our 6th annual conference held on August 1-3, 2014 at Bergamo Center in Dayton, OH was a great success!

We want to extend a big thanks to our 2014 Sponsors: In-kind Sponsor: ODNR Division of Wildlife, Wild Ones-Greater Cincinnati Chapter. Hepatica Level Sponsor- Cincinnati Wildflower Preservation Society, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Ohio Natural Areas and Preserves Association and Ohio Prairie Nursery. Bluebell Level Sponsor-Audubon Society of Ohio, Basically Natives, Companion Plants, Enchanter’s Garden Native Plants, Flora-Quest, Friendly Gardens, Keystone Flora, Natives in Harmony, Naturally Native Nursery, Scioto Gardens, Tecumseh Land Trust, United Plant Savers and Wild Ones-Columbus Chapter. Please see side-bar for a listing of our vendors and exhibitors.

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, 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.

And most of all, we want to give a big heartfelt ‘thank you’ to our conference attendees! We hope to see you again next year.

Please mark your calendar for next year’s conference at Bergamo Center, July 24-26, 2015. Keynote speakers are Kenn Kaufman, William Cullina , Don Leopold and John Magee.

About the Images on this site: 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.

Our Logo and Conference Plant artwork is courtesy of Ann Geise. Ann’s artistry showcasing the natural world is sublime. See more of her work on her website.

Vendors open to the public on Saturday!