Robert C. Sivinski
‘Native Plant Society’ is a wonderful name. It distinguishes us from exotic plant societies that fascinate over tropical orchids, African violets and other plants from far away. The word ‘native’ anchors us to the place we inhabit and makes us an organization that appreciates local nature. We are more than a garden club, and have our roots in the natural world. I often wonder why more people do not join us, or similar societies, and am confronted with the realities of current attitudes and values. Here is an example – a true story.
Several years ago, one of my uncles, who lives in Omaha, Nebraska,