Louis Castillo and Andrew Curry loading plants at Wilcox Nursery & Landscape
Louis Castillo, left, and Andrew Curry, right, loading plants at Wilcox Nursery & Landscape. Developing and recruiting new native plant professionals is one of our foundation's most important goals. 

Mission: Make sustainable communities possible by expanding the supply of native plants and professional landscape expertise.

Vision: Urban, rural and wild landscapes everywhere are planted with native plants. Plants, growers, retail outlets, landscape and restoration experts are available in every community. Demand for native plants is strong and native plant businesses are thriving and attracting new professionals, including young people, to expand plant production and use.

How do we do it?

With your help, we are already:

  • Providing internships to students and professionals who want to change careers
  • Providing education opportunities to students interested in careers with native plants
  • Developing and sponsoring continuing education for industry professionals
  • Supporting education and outreach that creates demand for native plants

Native plants, the new norm. Together, we'll make it happen.

FOUNDATION PROGRAMS

  • Student support
  • Internships
  • Professional development
  • Education and outreach

Preserving pollinator and wildlife habitat, water quality, resilient landscapes ...

What do all these sustainability challenges have in common? the need for native plants

Native plants are essential for maintaining the quality of life we enjoy and depend on. But native plants are under assault.

Natural areas are being degraded or developed. Invasive species are outcompeting native plants. Urban areas are being planted with a mishmash of exotic species that don't function together as an ecosystem, the way native plant communities do. 

To counter these threats, we must grow more plants and use them effectively. We need a developed and expanding native plant industry – growers, landscape professionals and restoration firms.

Today's small native plant industry faces many challenges in growing and using native plants, making them more widely available, and recruiting and training the next generation of native plant growers. The industry is in its infancy – not unlike where the production of healthy, organic local food was just a few decades ago – mostly small farmers and businesses with limited resources and perishable products that make experimentation a risky venture. Today we can walk into almost any grocery store and find good quality, affordable, attractively packaged and delicious healthy local food products. This wasn't always the case.

To sustain our quality of life, we need to make big progress in producing and using native plants. You can help us get there.

The Native Plant Horticulture Foundation is a new public charity that gives native plant advocates the organization you need to expand native plant production and use.

With your help, thhe foundation will fund, direct and promote:

  • Recruitment and training of growers and other native plant professionals
  • Recruitment, development and training of young people and career switchers
  • Demonstrations and research into native plant quality, benefits and value
  • Activities and events that expand the availability of native plants
  • Education and research supporting increased native plant production and use
  • Collaborations with native plant partner organizations and other groups that share our goals

HELP US GROW TODAY: DONATE 

Native Plant Horticulture Institute Inc. DBA Native Plant Horticulture Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization recognized as tax exempt by the IRS.

CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION REGISTERED WITH THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE & CONSUMER SERVICES, CHARITABLE REGISTRATION CH 49382. A COPY  OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.