Welcome to Explore Plants. Our goal is to assemble and disseminate information that will encourage the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes throughout North America. The Native Plant Information Network (NPIN) is designed to inform a broad audience ranging from members of the general public such as homeowners, wildflower enthusiasts, and gardeners to practicing professionals such as botanists, land managers, and government personnel.You can dig a little deeper into NPIN history with the links below or start your native plant journey with the Explore Plants menu to the right.
Susan Rieff - Executive Director
As Executive Director of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Susan Rieff provides institutional support for the Native Plant Information Network. As a former employee of the National Wildlife Federation and advocate for conservation efforts, Ms. Rieff brings a National vision and wealth of experience to this project.
Damon Waitt, Ph.D. - Senior Director and Botanist
Dr. Damon Waitt holds a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Texas in Austin where he studied the evolutionary ecology and population genetics of Phlox. Dr. Waitt has served on the faculty at Saint Edward's University and Southwestern University and has extensive experience developing web-based information resources. Dr. Waitt serves as the Wildflower Center's botanical authority and is the author of the Wildflower Center's Native Plant Information Network.
Joe Marcus - Collections Manager and Native Plant Information Specialist
Joe Marcus holds a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from the University of Georgia in Athens. Mr. Marcus developed and maintained the system for management of plant accession records and garden mapping at the Wildflower Center and manages the plant answer services.
Wildflower Center Staff
Over the years, numerous staff have helped develop and mange the resources contained in the Native Plant Information Network. Special thanks to Kathryn Kennedy, Flo Oxley, Sage Kawecki, Phillip Hawkins, Susan Middendorf and Stephen Brueggerhoff for their contributions to this effort.
Wildflower Center Volunteers
Many volunteers have contributed hundreds of hours of their time to research information, scan images, develop databases, and manage collections. Without the help and support of volunteers like Barbara Medford, Janice Charnley, Susan Richter, Peter Knight, Nan Hampton, Emil Lazzeri, Ellen Bruce, Hannah and Rachel Waitt and many others, this project would not have been possible.