USA / United States of America

The fourth international "Fascination of Plants Day" 2017 will be launched under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO). The goal of this activity is to get as many people as possible around the world fascinated by plants and enthused about the importance of plant science for agriculture, in sustainably producing food, as well as for horticulture, forestry, and all of the non-food products such as paper, timber, chemicals, energy, and pharmaceuticals. The role of plants in environmental conservation will also be a key message.
Everybody is welcome to join this initiative!

We invite you to organize for the 18th of May 2017 a fascinating activity related to plants attracting and interacting with the public. Our goal is to break the record of 1000 events you organized in 2013. May 18th 2017 will be the Fascination of Plants Day itself and most events will be organized for this day. In addition, where this is not suitable, events will be organized throughout the weeks of 2 - 31 May 2017. Just contact the US national coordinator Natalie Henkhaus at the American Society of Plant Biologists or the EPSO Coordinator to discuss and get guidelines for using the Fascination of Plants Day. The Fascination of Plants Day corporate design can be downloaded for free at the “PR-toolbox” on this webpage to be used to prepare, hold and report on this day, see “Main Menu”.

We invite many others to join in, ranging from schools to horticulture and anyone who feels to have a suited contribution to this initiative. Many plant science institutions, universities, schools, botanical gardens, and museums, together with farmers and companies, have opened their doors at the Fascination of Plants Day 2012, 2013 and 2015 with a variety of plant-based events for all the family - just look at the “Success Story” links in the given countries by clicking “Countries”. Again, the media are invited to join in, and scientists, farmers, politicians and industrialists will discuss with them and present the latest state-of-the-art research and breakthroughs in the plant science world and explore all of the new potential applications plant science can offer.
The Fascination of Plants Day will be backed up by a range of events in public spaces, theatres, cafes, central city squares and parks designed to get everyone thinking about plants.

Plants are fascinating. From one little seed, planted into soil, many green lives can arise - from small herbs up to big trees, or from ornamental flowers to substantial crops which all animals and mankind need to survive on this planet. Plant biologists estimate the total number of plant species roughly to be about 250,000. On the back of this coordinated activity we hope to plant again many virtual and constantly germinating seeds in the collective mind of the European and World Public that plant science is of critical significance to the social and environmental landscape now and into the future.

These institutions will take part at the Fascination of Plants Day 2017. If you also like to join this initiative, just contact your national coordinator

American Society of Plant Biologists

  • -- USA Plant Day 2017 Event Raffle
    To participate, organize an education or public outreach event during the month of May 2017 in your community and submit your event by email to Events may be held in a classroom, laboratory, community center, or garden. One winner will be awarded a $300 cash prize for a pizza party for your classroom, lab, or research group. Raffle Contest Rules.
    Submit your event by May 14, 2017 (11:59 PM) and be entered into a raffle for a pizza party! One winner will be selected and announced on Fascination of Plants Day (May 18, 2017)!
    competition competition
    - May 14, 2017 / May 1 - 14, 2017
    - To participate, contact
    Target audience: students, professionals
    Organizer: Natalie Henkhaus, American Society of Plant Biologists,
    ASPB Education Outreach

American Society of Plant Biologists

  • -- #PlantDayUSA Photo and Video Contest
    Upload your fascinating plant photos and videos on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube by May 14 with the hashtag #PlantDayUSA to enter the American Society of Plant Biologists Photo and Video Contest. Prizes range from $50 to $150! The most liked photos and videos will be awarded prizes – make sure to share and like your favorites.
    competition competition
    - Deadline May 14, 2017 / March 29 - May 14, 2017
    - Twitter, Facebook, YouTube
    Target audience: everybody
    Blog ASPB share your fscination of plants

Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan, USA

  • -- From the seed to the fruit: evolution, development and adaptation of plants.
    Discover the fascinating world of plants and plant sciences research with fun hands-on activities, demonstrations and presentations for all ages! From the germination of the seed to the development of the fruits, come learn how plants evolved and adapted to their environment.
    - hands on activities
    - presentation
    - exhibition
    - Discussion Q&A
    - Saturday, May 20th: 10 AM to 3 PM
    - Michigan State University
    Atrium of the Molecular Plant Sciences Building
    1066 Bogue Street
    East Lansing, MI
    Target audience: everybody
    Organizer: Anne-Sophie Bohrer-Cognon, event coordinator
    Aparajita Banerjee, volunteers coordinator