About the Virginia Native Plant Society, Pocahantas Chapter

The Virginia Native Plant Society (VNPS), founded in 1982 as the Virginia Wildflower Preservation Society, is a nonprofit organization of individuals who share an interest in Virginia’s native plants and habitats. The Society and its chapters seek to further the appreciation and conservation of this priceless heritage.

VNPS is dedicated to the protection and preservation of the native plants of Virginia and their habitats, in order to sustain for generations to come the integrity of the Commonwealth’s rich natural heritage of ecosystems and biodiversity for purposes of enjoyment, enlightenment, sustainable use, and our own very survival. To this end, we advocate and follow practices that will conserve our natural endowment and we discourage and combat practices that will endanger or destroy it. We are committed to do all we can to slow the accelerating conversion of natural landscape to built and planted landscape and to reduce its damage to natural ecosystems.

The Pocahontas Chapter of VNPS, chartered in 1985, serves the central Virginia counties of Amelia, Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, King William, New Kent, Powhatan, Prince George, and the cities of Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Petersburg and Richmond. The Pocahontas Chapter has approximately 375 active members, a board of eight chairs, and has partnered with Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden for over a decade. To become a member, visit VNPS’s website.

VNPS Public Meetings at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

The Pocahontas Chapter of VNPS hosts meetings with guest speakers at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden on the first Thursday of the month from September through April (except December). These meetings are free, begin at 6:30 pm and non-members are welcome. To view upcoming meeting agendas and guest speakers, visit VNPS’s website.

For any inquiries about the work of VNPS or for more information on upcoming meetings, please contact Matt Brooks, Pocahontas Chapter President at [email protected]. You can follow VNPS on Facebook, Instagram, and Vimeo.