We had out first in person membership meeting since the pandemic! It was held on the shady patio at Rosa Keller Library (site of a current NPI project) on a perfect weather Sunday morning. Board members Ann and Kathy signed in current members and signed up new members. Our president, Tammany, welcomed everyone and caught us up on the goings on of NPI over the past year. Vice president Nell discussed the BTNEP grant awarded to NPI to fund more plant giveaways, the mini prairie planting at Rosa Keller Library, Broadmoor Rain Garden, and other current projects NPI is working on. Author, biologist, artist, and NPI member, Susan Norris-Davis, introduced her new book The Big Easy Native Plant Guide a native plant book written for New Orleans. Board member, Tanya, discussed NPI's involvement in the Gentilly Resiliency District and French Market Association's mural and native plantings. NPI member, Jennifer Prout, explained the design concept of matrix planting and its application in the Big Lake Native Plant Trail at City Park. We closed the meeting with a plant give away and refreshments. Exciting projects are on the horizon!! We hope you will become a member and join NPI's mission to increase the use of native plants in our area by expanding public awareness of their ecological benefits, boosting availability, and by preserving and creating native plant communities.