Funds, Grants & Scholarships

B.W. Wells Stewardship Fund

(Open to the Community)

The B.W. Wells Stewardship Fund supports stewardship of NC native plants and grew out of a donation made to the North Carolina Native Plant Society by Maude Wells.

The Natural gardens of
North Carolina

the cover of the book The Natural Gardens of North Carolina by B.W. Wells

by B.W. Wells

$34.95 / $21.95

available through
UNC Press

The fund receives net royalties from a revised edition of The Natural Gardens of North Carolina (pictured at right), from bequests and memorial gifts and from plant sale income.

About B. W.

Bertram Whittier (B.W.) Wells moved to North Carolina in 1919 at the age of 35 to become a professor of botany at North Carolina State College (now NCSU). During his years there as professor and department head, he was an active researcher in the field of plant ecology.

In 1932 he published The Natural Gardens of North Carolina, a classic book on some of the natural plant communities of North Carolina and a key to many of the State's herbaceous wildflowers.

B.W. Wells continued to promote the conservation of North Carolina's native flora and the protection of our natural areas until his death in 1978. Dr. and Mrs. Maude Wells' retirement home, Rock Cliff Farm, is now protected as part of Falls Lake State Recreation Area in northern Wake County.

You may learn more about the B. W. Wells Association at

Guidelines for B. W. Wells Stewardship Fund

The B. W. Wells Stewardship fund supports stewardship activities that are in keeping with its mission to promote the enjoyment and conservation of North Carolina's native plants and their habitats through education, protection, propagation, and advocacy.

Local native plant chapters, individual NCNPS members, state agencies involved in native plant protection, as well as citizens from the wider community may request funds for a stewardship project.

Stewardship projects shall be considered in their broadest sense. Such activities and costs may include (but are not limited to) equipment and supplies, training materials, subsistence (food and lodging), supervisory and professional costs, insurance, message T-shirts or other items for public messaging, transportation expenses, and for stewardship activities at public and private nature preserves.

How to Apply for a Grant

There is no standardized application form. A proposal should contain the following information:

Mail application to:

North Carolina Native Plant Society Stewardship Committee
P. O. Box 10815
Greensboro, NC 27404

Obligation of Grant Recipient

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