2014 Conference


Growing Native

Florida Native Plant Society's
34th Annual Conference
May 15-18, 2014
Florida Gulf Coast University

Ft. Myers, Florida


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This premier conference offers exciting programming and fantastic field trips.  You will hear dynamic speakers, receive high-quality content and enjoy affordable socials.  And, affordable on-campus housing is available.

For those not familiar with Florida Gulf Coast University, it is often referred to as "Florida's Environmental University."  Student housing is available to all conference attendees at an unbelievable price of $40 per bed or $80 for a private suite (2 beds).  This amazing price will include linens and a full breakfast in the morning.  On campus housing is strongly recommended for immersing yourself in the native plant environment.  Florida Gulf Coast University video 

Attention FGCU Eagles!  
We have a special conference package for you as well as any other students.  Select the EAGLES! link on the left for more information.


Bring your bicycle!  Why burn fossil fuels to attend our Growing Native Conference?  Bring your bike and you can easily peddle between housing in Palmetto Hall and the Cohen Center.  FGCU even has bicycle repair/inflation stations around campus.

Then there are the field trips!  Because the lodging is so inexpensive and easy, you will certainly want to participate in the Thursday and Sunday field trips.  You will have the opportunity to explore our natural treasures with the best of the best of experts around.

Our conference program on Friday and Saturday will knock your socks off!  Dr. James C. Cahill, an experimental ecologist from University of Alberta will be our special guest.  Dr. Cahill is featured in the PBS show What Plants Talk About.  He also spent half of his childhood in Florida.  He is looking forward to spending time with us at the Growing Native Conference. 

Conference participants and guests will certainly enjoy their Friday evening event at the fabulous Naples Botanical Gardens.  What could be more fantastic than a fabulous dinner nestled into The Garden with talks and tours?  You will NOT want to miss this one. 

There are so many exciting things to talk about.  Here are a few:

  • - Huge Native Plant Sale
  • - Carefully Selected Exhibitors and Vendors
  • - Scientific Poster Session of Professionals and Students, too
  • - Regional Science Fair Winners
  • - FLOR500 Native Plant Art Gallery Exhibition Opening
  • - "Walking with the Natives" Public Event for Families
  • - Student Naturalist-led Nature Trail Walks
  • - and much, much more

This is the event where those who already love our Florida native plants and native plant communities can celebrate them and learn more, while others can learn what makes these plants and plant communities so important to our world.

So, mark you calendar now! 

For more details, click the links to the left. 

Feel free to contact Marlene Rodak (rodakma@msn.com or 239-273-8945) for more information.