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Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society

Focusing on native plants and conservation in North Idaho


  • to foster an understanding and appreciation of native flora and its habitats in the panhandle area of North Idaho
  • to advocate the conservation of this rich natural heritage for future generations
  • to encourage the responsible use of native plants in landscaping and restoration
  • to educate youth and the general public in the value of the native flora and their habitats

About our logo:  Marilyn McIntyre, naturalist and artist, has created our colorful logo depicting the flower, leaves, and the fruit of the kinnikinnick plant.


Current Newsletter:

 Jan/Feb 2022



Link to KNPS Cabin article from the 8-31-2021 Daily Bee


KNPS Presentations

The Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society has monthly presentations. 

The meetings are held on the 3rd Saturday of each month, January through June and September through November.

Currently all meetings will be held on ZOOM.
 See the meeting listing for signup information.


A Simple Invention that Transformed Botany and Changed the World
KNPS’s program on Saturday, January 15th, will be offered both in person in the large meeting room at the East Bonner County Library’s main branch, located at 1407 Cedar Street in Sandpoint, and online via Zoom. Registration (see below) is only required for Zoom attendance. (Note: We are meeting at the library on the third Saturday of the month because of the availability of WiFi there and its excellent technology for both in-person and Zoom attendance.) Our guest speaker will be Preston Andrews from KNPS. The program is co-sponsored by the East Bonner County Library District and Sandpoint Parks & Recreation. The Zoom presentation will also be recorded for later viewing on the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society’s YouTube Channel.   For those attending in person at the library, coffee and treats will available at 9:15 am, with a brief meeting and announcements at 9:45, and the program at 10:00 am.  
About the presentation: A simple invention for conveying plants, based on the astute observations and promotion by an amateur English plantsman, helped build empires, fed their colonies, introduced beloved garden plants, spread invasive species, and then the means to control them.   About our speaker: Preston Andrews is Program Coordinator and Vice-President of the Board of KNPS. He is an Emeritus Professor of Horticulture from Washington State University, and an avid gardener and student of plants.
  COVID-19 protocols for in-person attendance: Please attend only if you are fully vaccinated and feeling well. Masks are highly recommended, except when eating or drinking.   Registration (required only for Zoom attendance):
When the live program will begin: January 15, 2022 at 9:45 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)   To register, go to this link or paste it into your web browser






Landscaping with Native Plants in the Idaho Panhandle, a publication by the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society, is available at area retailers for $19.95 (see link below). First published in 2011, it is the resource for any home garden or large landscape project where the many benefits of native plants are desired. In addition to detailed material about the listed plants, there is extensive information included to accomplish successful results.  This book has been made possible with grant support, largely from the Inland Northwest Community Foundation.

Books can be purchased here

Addendum now available (free) online Here


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