To educate people about the environmental necessity, economic value, and natural beauty of native plants in the Northeast. 

Why Native Plants?

Plants native to the Northeast are those that naturally occur in the region. Having evolved over thousands of years, they are suited to the area’s climate, weather conditions, and soils, and are less susceptible to its pests and diseases. Once established, native plants often require little maintenance.

Native plants provide valuable sources of food and shelter for wildlife and help protect water quality by filtering stormwater pollutants and reducing soil erosion. They also provide a regional identity, a geographic “sense of place.”

Save Time. Save Money. Go Native.

The Native Plant Center was established in 1998 under the auspices of the Westchester Community College Foundation as the first national affiliate of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas. The following year, in 1999, Lady Bird Johnson and her daughters, Lynda Johnson Robb and Luci Baines Johnson, visited the Westchester Community College campus for the dedication of The Native Plant Center’s demonstration garden named for the First Lady.


Steering Committee

Co-Chairs:  Guy Pardee, Jacquelyn Bergonzi

Brooke Beebe, Jan Blaire, Bob DelTorto, Nancy Dexter, Kim Eierman, Barbara Fischer, Patricia H. Keesee, Ursula LaMotte, Catherine Ludden, Angel Morris, Heather Sandifer, Denise C.R. Santomero, Jessica A. Schuler, Carolyn Summers, Phillis Warden, Elizabeth S. Wattles, Lucille Werlinich, Anthony Zaino


Carol Capobianco, Director

Jennifer Beaugrand, Horticulturist/Educator

Susan E. Palmer, Administrative Assistant/Events Coordinator


Marybeth Weston Lobdell

Marie Smith Schwartz

Betsy May Stern


Contact Us 

The Native Plant Center
at Westchester Community College
75 Grasslands Road
Valhalla, NY 10595
(914) 606-7870
(914) 606-6143 (Fax)