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The Maryland Native Plant Society


Throughout the year, programs are offered in the evening featuring speakers on topics as varied as identification, habitats, landscaping, and stewardship. Many programs include brief business meetings of the society.

    • 08/27/2019
    • 7:30 PM
    • Kensington Park Library, Kensington, MD

    Speaker: Patrick Roden-Reynolds, Graduate Student, Ecosystem Health & Natural Resource Management, University of Maryland

    Many factors have influenced the dramatic rise in prevalence of tick-borne disease, including increases in host populations and habitat fragmentation. USDA-ARS and UMD are collaborating on an integrated pest management project in Howard County aimed at reducing the risk to local residents of contracting tick-borne disease. 

    Doors open at 7:00.
    Location: Kensington Park Library, 4201 Knowles Ave, Kensington, MD.

    The program is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

    • 09/19/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • New Germany State Park, Lake House

    Topic: Latin Lovers Make Better Gardeners 

    Speaker: Suzanne Hill, Frederick County Master Gardener and Master Naturalist intern

    Botanical names contain valuable information about plant origin, growth habit, flower or leaf form, color, historical use, etc. Today few people speak Latin or classical Greek, so there is no need to fear pronouncing them incorrectly. Learning just a few new terms like decapetalous (10 petals) or umbellata (flower arrangement term using same Latin root as English umbrella) will get you started. You already know a lot of them! Botanical Latin can be fun, even humorous, and is a great aid in plant identification.

    The public is welcome to attend this free program which will start promptly at 10:00 am. 

    Directions: From I-68 take exit 22 and follow signs for New Germany State Park. Turn left into the park onto McAndrews Hill Road. The program will be held in the Lake House.

    • 09/24/2019
    • 7:30 PM
    • Kensington Park Library, Kensington, MD

    Speaker: Marcia Watson, PhD

    The Maryland Ornithological Society owns ten sanctuaries, totaling over 2,200 acres, spanning the state from Garrett County in the west to Somerset County on the lower Eastern Shore. All of the sanctuaries are open to the public every day of the year, at no charge. They represent a microcosm of the habitats for birds and other wildlife in Maryland. Drawing on the files of the MOS Sanctuary Committee, historic published accounts, and photos and materials provided by MOS members from across the state, Marcia will describe the MOS Sanctuaries, providing habitat profiles and showing maps and photos of all the sanctuaries, and she will cover some of the challenges that MOS faces in managing the properties. Marcia will conclude with suggestions on how interested individuals can become involved with the sanctuaries.

    Marcia Watson is a long-time active member of the Maryland Ornithological Society who is working to foster awareness of the sanctuaries among MOS members and the public. For over 20 years before her retirement Marcia specialized in research dealing with the environmental signals that animals use to coordinate their life cycles with seasonal changes.

    Doors open at 7:00.

    Location: Kensington Park Library, 4201 Knowles Ave, Kensington, MD.

    The program is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

    • 10/10/2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Frostburg State University, Compton Science Center, Room 327

    Topic: Forest Health & Biotechnology 

    Speaker: Dr. Susan Offutt, Chief Economist, US Government Accountability Office (retired)

    The American chestnut, whitebark pine, and several species of ash in the eastern United States are just a few of the North American tree species that have been functionally lost or are in jeopardy of being lost due to outbreaks of pathogens and insect pests. Biotechnology has the potential to help mitigate threats to North American forests from insects and pathogens through the introduction of pest-resistant traits to forest trees. However, challenges remain: the genetic mechanisms that underlie trees’ resistance to pests are poorly understood, the complexity of tree genomes makes incorporating genetic changes a slow and difficult task, and there is a lack of information on the effects of releasing new genotypes into the environment. Offutt will discuss the findings of a study that she recently chaired by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine titled “Forest Health and Biotechnology: Possibilities and Considerations.” The report recommends research and investment to improve the utility of biotechnology as a forest health tool. It is available for a free download at

    This free program will begin promptly at 7:00 pm; the public is welcome to attend.

    Directions: From I-68 take exit 33 (Braddock Rd & Midlothian Rd exit). Follow Braddock Road approximately 1.3 miles to stop sign. Turn left onto Park Avenue. Drive a short distance and turn left, following signs for the Compton Parking Lot.

    No registration.

    • 11/14/2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Frostburg State University, Compton Science Center, Room 327

    Topic: TBD

    Speaker: TBD

    Details to follow. This free program will begin promptly at 7:00 pm; the public is welcome to attend.

    Directions: From I-68 take exit 33 (Braddock Rd & Midlothian Rd exit). Follow Braddock Road approximately 1.3 miles to stop sign. Turn left onto Park Avenue. Drive a short distance and turn left, following signs for the Compton Parking Lot.

    No registration.

Past Programs

08/17/2019 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
07/31/2019 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
07/30/2019 MNPS Program (Tuesday): "Dark Secrets on the Forest Floor"
07/15/2019 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
06/25/2019 MNPS Program (Tuesday): "How to recognize old-growth forests, and what makes them so special"
06/25/2019 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
06/12/2019 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
05/31/2019 Serpentine Barrens of the Northern Piedmont-Nottingham, PA (Friday)
05/28/2019 MNPS Program (Tuesday): "The Mushroom Chronicles: Why Plants Need Fungi""
05/25/2019 Pomonkey Forest Native Plant Walk and Trash Cleanup (Saturday)
05/24/2019 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
05/11/2019 Mountain Maryland Native Plant Festival
05/06/2019 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
04/30/2019 MNPS Program (Tuesday): "Are the Little Things Running the World?"
04/26/2019 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
03/26/2019 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Emerald Ash Borer Update for Maryland
03/23/2019 Creating Biodiversity in Your Environment (Baltimore County Forestry Board workshop)
03/14/2019 Western Mountains: March Meeting & Program
02/26/2019 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Invisible Connections - Introduction to Parasitic Plants
02/14/2019 Western Mountains: February Meeting & Program
02/09/2019 Rock Creek Orchid Club program-Native Orchids
11/27/2018 MNPS Program (Tuesday): O Where Are The Pines Of Piney Branch?
11/08/2018 Western Mountains: November Meeting & Program
10/30/2018 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Insects associated with local Apocynaceae, with side trips to the Caribbean and Horn of Africa
10/11/2018 Western Mountains: October Meeting & Program
09/25/2018 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Naked Mountain, The Delights and Challenges of Owning a Virginia Natural Area Preserve
08/28/2018 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Helping Nature Help Itself
08/06/2018 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
07/31/2018 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Milkweeds and Their Communities
07/16/2018 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
06/29/2018 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
06/26/2018 MNPS Program (Tuesday): The Algae of Maryland: Diversity, Distribution and Environmental Importance
06/08/2018 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
05/29/2018 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Ferns in the Natural Landscape
05/07/2018 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
04/24/2018 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Spring Wildflowers
04/22/2018 Environmental Concern Celebrates Earth Day at Layton's Chance Winery
04/16/2018 Western Mountains: Outdoor Activity
04/07/2018 Fish Grow On Trees-Wildlife Considerations for Streamside Forest Buffer Plantings (Carroll County)
03/27/2018 MNPS Program (Tuesday): The Limits of Restoration
03/20/2018 Mountain Laurel Garden Club
03/13/2018 Allegany & Garrett Counties' Bird Club
03/08/2018 Western Mountains: March Meeting & Program
02/27/2018 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Dogbanes and Milkweeds
02/08/2018 Western Mountains: February Meeting & Program
01/30/2018 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Life on the Edge
12/03/2017 Water Forum (sponsored by Sierra Club)
11/28/2017 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Members Share and (Short) Annual Meeting
10/24/2017 MNPS Program (Tuesday): The Botanical Society of Washington; Partnering for Plants
09/26/2017 MNPS Program (Tuesday): The Humane Gardener: Nurturing Habitat for Wildlife with author Nancy Lawson
08/29/2017 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Peas of Maryland
08/04/2017 Western Mountains Chapter: Outdoor Activity
07/25/2017 MNPS Program (Tuesday): How Geology Affects Plants: Examples Near Great Falls, MD
06/27/2017 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Transforming the Natural Heritage Plant List
06/08/2017 Hometown Habitat: Lecture & Documentary Film
06/02/2017 Western Mountains Chapter: Outdoor Activity
05/30/2017 MNPS Program (Tuesday): Fabaceae (Pea Family) of Our Region
05/05/2017 Western Mountains Chapter: Outdoor Activity
04/25/2017 MNPS Program: Native orchids - Ecologically interesting and deserving of MNPS support for their conservation
04/23/2017 MNPS Workshop: SERC Flora Project
03/28/2017 MNPS Program: Bringing Back the Grasslands, One Lawn at a Time
02/28/2017 MNPS Program: Vulnerability of Tidal Wetlands to Sea Level Rise (Tuesday)
01/31/2017 MNPS Program: A tale of two vines (Tuesday)
11/29/2016 The Science behind Wild and Designed Plant Communities (Tuesday)
10/28/2016 Additions, Deletions and Re-deletions to the Maryland Flora (Friday)
10/25/2016 Native Medicinal Plants: Cultivation, Conservation and Ethnobotany (Tuesday)
10/18/2016 Western Mountains Chapter: October Meeting & Program
10/01/2016 MNPS Program and Field Trip: Introduction to Native Plants and Visit to Cavano's Perennials (Saturday)
09/27/2016 Documenting Maryland's Flora Through Space and Time: the Norton-Brown Herbarium and the Maryland Plant Atlas
08/30/2016 Native Plant Production Utilizing Seeds of Local Ecotype
07/26/2016 Creating Beautiful Landscapes for Pollinator and Wildlife Habitat: Smithsonian Gardens to Your Front Yard (Tuesday)
06/28/2016 Conifer Diversity in Maryland: Identification and Ecology (Tuesday)
05/31/2016 Update on Wavyleaf Basketgrass: Habitat, Dispersal, Competition and Control (Tuesday)
04/26/2016 Signs of Deer
03/29/2016 Year of the Conifer (Tuesday)
03/17/2016 Native Plants in the Landscape (Thursday)
02/23/2016 Vegetation Dynamics in Serpentine Soil (Tuesday)
01/26/2016 Year of the Conifer- CANCELED DUE TO SNOW AND ICE
11/17/2015 Holiday Social and Members Share Night
10/27/2015 Native Plants of the Mid-Atlantic: Botanical Artists for Education and the Environment
10/20/2015 Western Mts Chapter Program: An Evaluation of Pest and Disease Vulnerability of DC Urban Street Trees
10/17/2015 Western Mts Chapter Program: Ginseng Talk & Fall Foliage Walk
09/29/2015 Ecological Restoration of Invaded Urban Forests
08/25/2015 What's in a Name? Botanical Names Explored
08/18/2015 Western Mountains Chapter Program
07/28/2015 MNPS Program: NatureServe- A Network Approach to Conserving Plants
06/30/2015 MNPS Program: Native and Non-native Vines in Maryland’s Natural Areas
06/16/2015 Woodland Ecosystems Urban Design (Tuesday)
06/13/2015 Bay-Wise and Beautiful Garden Tour (Saturday)
05/26/2015 Non-native invasive insects and diseases: What do they like to eat and attack?
05/07/2015 MNPS Northeast Chapter Program
05/07/2015 Douglas Tallamy- Book Signing and Presentation
04/28/2015 Effects of Non-native Earthworms on Mid-Atlantic Forest Soils
03/31/2015 Statewide Eyes Program: A Citizen Science Contribution to Protecting Maryland Biodiversity
02/24/2015 Year of the Vines
01/27/2015 The Effects of Climate Change on Native Plants
10/28/2014 A Year in Rock Creek Park: the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC
09/30/2014 Deer Overabundance: Unintended Ecological Consequences
08/26/2014 Herbal Uses for Native Plants - and a few pioneers...
07/29/2014 The Maryland Amphibian Reptile Atlas
06/24/2014 Amelanchier (Shadbush) of the Potomac Gorge
05/27/2014 The Decline of Orchid Populations in the Catoctin Mountains
05/04/2014 Native Plant Palooza
04/29/2014 Maryland Botanical Heritage Work Group Report Highlights
03/25/2014 The Mysterious Biology of Native Orchids
02/25/2014 Maryland Biodiversity Project
01/28/2014 MNPS Monthly Program: Introduction to the Rose Family in Maryland
01/22/2014 Plant Conservation Lecture Series- United States Botanic Garden
11/26/2013 MNPS Monthly Program: Members Share and (Short) Annual Meeting
10/29/2013 MNPS Monthly Program: How Are Mountain Wildflowers and Pollinators Responding to a Changing Climate?
10/22/2013 MNPS Program: Learn about Lupines and Invasive Plants
09/24/2013 MNPS Monthly Program: Challenges of Native Prairie Coastal Restoration
08/27/2013 MNPS Monthly Program: Geology and Natural History of Maryland
07/30/2013 MNPS Monthly Program: Let’s Do Lunch-The Uneasy Relationship Between Ungulates and the Landscapes They Inhabit
06/25/2013 MNPS Monthly Program: From Mountains to Sea: Maryland’s Natural Areas
05/28/2013 MNPS Monthly Program: The Path from Heath to Gardens
05/15/2013 MNPS Program: Native Plant Garden Tour
05/14/2013 Movie Night and "Early-Bird" Walk
04/30/2013 MNPS Monthly Program: Heath Diversity in Maryland
03/26/2013 MNPS Monthly Program: The Ecology of Wavyleaf Basketgrass
02/26/2013 MNPS Monthly Program: Introduction to Maryland's Heaths
01/29/2013 MNPS Monthly Program: Oak Hybrids of Our Region

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