The Native Plant Center was founded in 1998 as a program of the Westchester Community College Foundation and the first affiliate of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas.

Mrs. Johnson wrote at the time:

“What you are endeavoring to do here to educate people about the benefits of using natives in planned landscapes and how to grow and care for them gives me great joy. I hope all who come here will find their pleasure in our living world enlarged and enriched.”

The Native Plant Center has been privileged to uphold Mrs. Johnson’s legacy and to be a community resource and education center for the use of native plants.

The Center offers relevant, compelling instruction in the importance and benefits of native plants through…

  • Demonstration gardens on the Westchester Community College campus in Valhalla, NY, which inspire visitors to incorporate native plants in their own landscapes
  • Go Native U classes in the college’s Workforce Development and Community Education division
  • An annual landscape conference that attracts home gardeners and industry professionals
  • Collaboration with professors and students in sustainable topics and research
  • Among the largest and most respected native plant sales in the region, which moves more than 13,000 plants annually into area gardens
  • Partnerships with organizations and other entities