June 22, 2021
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The New England Carnivorous Plant Society

"The mission of the New England Carnivorous Plant Society shall be to share, to gain knowledge of, and to achieve expertise in all phases of growing, education, appreciation, and conservation of carnivorous plants in both culture and in native habitats."

The first meeting of the New England Carnivorous Plant Society (NECPS) was held on January 18, 2003 at the Charles H. Smith Greenhouses at the Roger Williams Botanical Center in Providence, RI by a small group of dedicated carnivorous plant enthusiasts. You can read the minutes from that fateful first meeting here.

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NECPS Founder John Phillip Jr.

The NECPS was founded by John Phillip Jr., who started keeping insect-eating plants on his dormitory windowsill in 1974 when he was an undergraduate at the University of Rhode Island, studying agriculture and plant science. In the beginning he was hopful that he could keep it interesting enough for people to come a few times a year to meet and talk about carnivorous plants. He was shocked when a vote was taken amongst those first members when they decided to meet every month.

John continued to serve as the Society's President for a full ten years and is still an active member to this day.

From such humble beginnings no one could have guessed where we would be today or the many things we have accomplished as a group since that time. From our popular Annual Carnivorous Plant Show to hosting the ICPS World Conference in 2012.

Throughtout it all the NECPS has remained true to it's mission statement, while remaining an informal, fun group of people who share a passion for carnivorous plants.

We would like to offer our thanks to all that have volunteered their time, services and support throughout the years and to those whose continued commitment has been essential in helping the NECPS achieve our mission.



    Officers and Staff

  • President: Dave Sackett
  • Vice President: Emmi Kurosawa
  • Secretary: Catherine Best
  • Treasurer: Michael Stiffler
  • Membership Secretary: Shaun Montminy
  • Librarian: Don Gallant
  • Program Manager: Don Gallant
  • Director of Education: Laurelin Sitterly
  • Webmaster: Ken Matteson
  • Newsletter Editor: Ken Matteson
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Founding Members at our first meeting


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