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Alabama Wildflower Society
Alabama's native plant society. Has local chapters, online resources, and a biannual newsletter.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Kaul Wildflower Garden
2612 Lane Park Rd., Birmingham, AL 35223
Tel: 205-879-1227
The garden contains native plants of Alabama. A visual treat in all seasons, the garden's primary attraction has been the early- to mid-spring floral display. Native plants are sold year-round, particularly during the garden's Fiesta sale each April. Docent tours available at no charge; request at least two weeks in advance.

University of Alabama Arboretum
Department of Biology, University of Alabama
Box 870344, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Tel: 205-553-3278
Sixty-acre arboretum maintains plant collections for botanical education and appreciation. Has four sections, the largest being a native woodland, which contains 6 miles of walking trails and includes trees, shrubs, and vines native to western Alabama habitats. An Experimental Garden demonstrates organic gardening techniques, an Ornamental Garden includes rare species such as the Alabama croton, snowwreath, dawn redwood, popcorn tree, and pistachio. A Wildflower Garden includes 250 labeled plant species, many of which are rare and endangered.


Alaska Native Plant Society
P.O. Box 141613, Anchorage, AK 99514-1613
Tel: 907-333-8212
Publications: a newsletter and field trip guide.

Georgeson Botanical Garden
University of Alaska Fairbanks
309 O'Neill Resources Bldg., West Tanana Dr., Fairbanks, AK 99775
Tel: 907-474-5651
The garden serves as a repository for native plant species found in subarctic Alaska.


Arizona Native Plant Society
P.O. Box 41206, Tucson, AZ 85717

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
2021 N. Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ 85743
Tel: 520-883-2702
Founded in 1952, the museum focuses on natural history and is dedicated to fostering public appreciation of the Sonoran Desert Region. A native plant Pollination Garden supports native bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and bats. Ongoing live animal demonstrations are given by docents on the grounds as weather permits.

Boyce-Thompson Southwestern Arboretum
37615 E. U.S. Hwy. 60, Superior, AZ 85273
Tel: 520-689-2811
Extensive cactus gardens, legume garden, and water-efficient demonstration garden. Hosts periodic plant sales.

Tohono Chul Park
7366 N. Paseo del Norte, Tucson, AZ 85704
Tel: 520-742-6455
A 49-acre desert reserve located in northwest Tucson, Tohono Chul Park is dedicated to enriching people's lives by providing them with the opportunity to experience the wonders of the Sonoran Desert and to gain knowledge of the region's natural and cultural heritage. Park features include nature trails, a garden for children, exhibits, lectures, concerts and workshops.


Arkansas Arboretum
Pinnacle Mountain State Park
11901 Pinnacle Valley Road, Roland, AR 72135
Tel: 501-868-5806
Six natural divisions and geographic regions based on vegetation, topography, and surface geology are represented at the park, from the flat-topped hills and steep, narrow valleys of the Ozark Plateau, to the flat bottomland and tallgrass prairies of the Mississippi Alluvial Plain. Special events include a three-mile guided hike through the park's wildest lowlands and a winter bird count.

Arkansas Native Plant Society
Dept. of Math and Sciences
University of Arkansas, Monticello, AR 71655
Contact: Eric Sundell
Tel: 870-460-1165 or 870-460-1066


California Native Plant Society
2707 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95816-5113
Tel: 916-447-CNPS (2677)
Publications: Fremontia, a quarterly magazine; a state bulletin; and a chapter newsletter (all included in membership).

Living Desert
47900 South Portola Ave., Palm Desert, CA 92260
Tel: 760-346-5694
Eight different desert regions are represented. Sells seeds and live plants.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
1500 North College Ave., Claremont, CA 91711
Tel: 909-625-8767
Located on the outwash plain of the San Gabriel Mountains, the 86-acre garden includes three sites: Indian Hill Mesa, a large, flat-topped hill of dense clay soils; the East Alluvial Gardens, at the base of the Mesa on rocky, alluvial soils; and the Plant Communities, located in an area of rocky, sandy-gravelly alluvial soils. The garden is dedicated to the collection, cultivation, study and display of native California plants and features more than 6,000 native species.

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
1212 Mission Canyon Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Tel: 805-682-4726
Founded in 1926. Education and research programs recognized nationally for contributing to the study of native California plant life. Sixty-five acres and 5.5 miles of paths through a canyon, redwood forest, stunning landscapes and view of the Channel Islands. Picnic area, gift shop and library. Garden Growers Nursery sells native plants.

Regional Parks Botanic Garden
Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley, CA 94708
Tel: 510-841-8732
Situated in beautiful Wildcat Canyon, the garden displays California native plants from all across the state. The garden is divided into 10 sections and 3 subsections to delineate various regions.

Southern California Botanists
Department of Biology, Fullerton State University, Fullerton, CA 92634
Contact: Alan P. Romspert
Tel: 714-278-7034
Publications: a newsletter.

Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers & Native Plants
10549 Tuxford St., Sun Valley, CA 91352
Contact: Margaret Robison
Tel: 818-768-1802
Publications: Poppy Print, a quarterly newsletter.



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