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April is now National Native Plant Month for the United States
As of March 25th, 2021, the United States has an official National Native Plant Month!
The Florida Native Plant Society has been celebrating Florida Native Plant Month every October since 2015. Most recently, in 2019, Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried declared October Florida Native Plant Month during a ceremony at Native Nurseries of Tallahassee.
We have been following the quick introduction and passage of Senate Resolution 109, co-sponsored by Rob Portman (R-OR) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI)1. Introduced to the Senate on March 15th, it was passed by a unanimous vote on March 25th.2
We signed on as a supporting organization for this resolution and wrote to Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) requesting that they support the resolution.
The Washington Native Plant Society holds a Native Plant Appreciation month in April, and this year was even able to have April 2021 proclaimed as such by the State of Washington3.
Executive Director Juliet Rynear on the resolution: "The Florida Native Plant Society is pleased to support this resolution to promote a greater understanding of the importance of native plants to our wellbeing, our environment and our economy"
We hope that this new recognition of the value of our native plants results in more general awareness of our unique flora and the fauna that depend on it.
Please join us in thanking our Senators for supporting this important resolution.
Read the full text below or download the pdf here.