Acadiana Native Plant Project
Our mission is "To promote the use of native plants within our landscape". To accomplish this mission we propagate, we demonstrate and we educate. A major part of our mission is to make native plants available to the public. While we work to increase demand for native plants that could support local growers and nurseries, we have committed to propagate over a dozen favorite local species for sale at spring plant festivals. Our volunteers propagate plants from seeds and cuttings from local sources at our greenhouse, June Walker Memorial Greenhouse. Because of this dedicated team of volunteers, ANPP was able to bring over 1000 native plants to market in 2018. In 2017 ANPP installed a demonstration garden at Acadian Village to showcase our natural heritage via prairie plants, ferns, woody shrubs and native irises. We also maintain a Rain Garden at Vermilionville which showcases native plants suited for stabilizing and thriving in wet soils. Volunteers maintain these gardens which demonstrate to the public the beauty, functionality and history of our native plants. ANPP helps our friends and neighbors understand the value of native plants by educating through monthly meetings, by giving invited talks at local group meetings, by participating in local events with information tables, maintaining a website and sharing notices of plant-related evens with sister organizations in our state.