FNPS Promotes

the Preservation, Conservation, and Restoration of the Native Plants and Native Plant Communities of Florida.

We provide scientifically sound information on native plants, their habitats, the wildlife that depends on them, and their management and culture

Photographs above by Donna Bollenbach, Suncoast Chapter


Amendment 1 Implementation Comments

Posted January 09, 2015

The Florida Senate has launched a web page regarding Amendment 1 and its intent.  Your comments are needed to keep implementation of this amendment consistent with its intent.

You have a voice, we encourage you to use it!

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FNPS Announces 3 Requests for Proposals

Posted February 08, 2015

RFP for Conference Registration Services (212.54 kB) -- submission deadline February 22

FNPS Development, Fundraising and Grant Services RFP.pdf (343.43 kB) -- submission deadline March 20

FNPS Membership and Outreach RFP.pdf (328.18 kB) - submission deadline March 20


Dr. Dan Austin

Posted January 24, 2015

It is with sadness that we share the news of the passing of our friend, founding FNPS member, and ethnobotanist extraordinaire, Dan Austin.   Dan was one of the first Directors of FNPS and was well-known in Florida for his knowledge of Florida plants and ecosystems, and for his special ability to share that knowledge in a way that touched many of his students at FAU where he taught for many years before retiring to Arizona in 2001.  His contributions to science were many, including the publication of Florida Ethnobotany (winner of the Mary W. Klinger Book Award for 2005), and his work as an internationally acclaimed expert on the evolution and phylogeny of the Morning Glory family (Convolvulaceae),  His wit and wisdom will be very much missed, however his legacy will live on through the seeds of thought he planted in a generation of minds inspired by the natural sciences.  FNPS is fortunate to have had a founding member and friend like Dan Austin

Dan's most recent Palmetto article

FNPS 2015 Endowment Grant Research Awards and Conservation Grant Awards

Posted September 29, 2014

The Florida Native Plant Society maintains an Endowment Research Grant program for the purpose of funding research on native plants. These are small grants ($1500 or less), awarded for a 1-year period, and intended to support research that forwards the mission of the Florida Native Plant Society which is "to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida."

FNPS Conservation Grants support applied native plant conservation projects in Florida. These grants ($5000 or less) awarded for a 1-year period. These projects promote the preservation, conservation, or restoration of rare or imperiled native plant taxa and rare or imperiled native plant communities.  To qualify for a Conservation Grant, the proposed project must be sponsored by an FNPS Chapter.

Application guidelines and details are on the FNPS Web site (www.fnps.org), click on ‘Participate/Grants and Awards’. Questions regarding the grant programs should be sent to info@fnps.org.

Application deadline for the 2015 Awards is March 6, 2015. Awards will be announced at the May 2015 Annual Conference in Tallahassee. Awardees do not have to be present at the Conference to receive award.

FNPS Announces Requests for Nominations of Annual Palmetto Awards

Posted February 10, 2015

Awards include FNPS Green Palmetto, Silver Palmetto, Public Service, Chapter Achievement and Mentor. Awards will be presented at the 35th Annual Conference in Tallahassee, Florida (May 28-31) at the Saturday morning General Session on May 30, 2015.  Information on submitting nominations are provided at the link below.  The deadline for nominations is April 3.

Nomination Procedure

Latest from the Blog

Flagler Library Embraces Native Landscape

By Joan Bausch
Florida Native Plant Society
Martin County Chapter

A hearty "good job" to the Flagler Beach Library community and director, Ruth Young, for their initiative to subtract lawn and add Florida native plants at the library on 7th Street  (just west of A1A,  south of Route 100). Their efforts are noticed and welcome. Thank you Ruth and your collaborators!

Visiting in Flagler Beach in December, I found that the library there had installed some really nice natives to kick off of their goal of eliminating "lawn" care. I reached out Sonya Guidry, Paw paw Chapter Rep, and eventually recieved an email from Ruth Young, Library Director.

“With funds from our annual book sale, and the help of two special people, a local man who likes not to be recognized, Art Woosley, and MaryLou Baiata (now deceased), a local landscape business owner, this vision became a reality. Art did most of the work, with a little help from a few others. MaryLou was generous with her expertise and discounted prices on trees, plants and mulch. This was definitely a project of lots of labor and love. Please stop in if you are in the area sometime. Sincerely, Ruth Young, Director”

Sonya responded “...sounds as though we should make Flagler Beach Library part of a Flagler area Landscape tour.  Thanks for plugging a good deed well done!"

When you visit Flagler Beach, take a walk out along the natural Betty Steflick Memorial walkway that leads directly from the library to the greenway along the Intracoastal Waterway. You'll be delighted with this lovely natural area!
posted by Laurie Sheldon

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