Calendar for -- December 2014

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  • Tarflower ChapterSpecial December Meeting!

    Tarflower Chapter

    Special December Meeting!

    6:00 pm

    Harry P Leu Gardens

    Tarflower has had a busy, fun and productive year and we want to celebrate by starting this month by sharing food and conversation before the program.

    If you would like to bring a favorite dish or hors d’oeuvre to share, we will start setting up at 5:00 p.m. Yes, sort of a pot luck dinner — we will have round tables and cloths, instead of just chairs! And there will be some surprises. Festive!

    Please let Jackie Sward know by email at jackrabbit31@hotmail. com what you will bring. Also let her know if you can come early and help a bit with set up. We will begin gathering at 6:00 instead of 6:30.

    The monthly meeting and program will begin at 7:00 p.m. Professor Royal C. Gardner will discuss his book, Lawyers, Swamps, and Money: U.S. Wetland Law, Policy, and Politics, and how recent developments (from the EPA-Corps proposed rule on the definition of waters of the United States to court decisions such as Koontz v. St Johns River Water Management District) are likely to affect wetland regulation, mitigation banking, and private property rights. A limited number of signed books will be available for purchase.

  • Cocoplum ChapterHolidayfest

    Cocoplum Chapter


    6:00 pm

    Environmental Studies Center, Jensen Beach, FL

    Members bring a dish to share. Watch for further plans for the party.... 

  • Tarflower ChapterDecember Program:

    Tarflower Chapter

    December Program:

    7:00 pm

    Harry P. Leu Gardens

    Professor Royal C. Gardner will discuss his book and how recent developments (from the EPA-Corps proposed rule on the definition of waters of the United States to court decisions such as Koontz v. St Johns River Water Management District) are likely to affect wetland regulation, mitigation banking, and private property rights. A limited number of signed books will be available for purchase.

  • Pinellas ChapterHoliday Conservation Celebration with Roger Hammer

    Pinellas Chapter

    Holiday Conservation Celebration with Roger Hammer

    6:30 pm

    Pinellas County Extension, Magnolia Room, 12520 Ulmerton Rd, Largo

    You MUST register for this event!

    Mark your calendar for this special event! Roger Hammer will present Wild Orchids of Florida at our December 3rd program. Roger has photographed 92 of Florida's 108 native orchids and, along the way; he discovered two tropical species that were new to the flora of Florida. This presentation takes you on a journey from the Apalachicola National Forest in the Florida Panhandle to the Key Deer National Wildlife Refuge in the Lower Florida Keys, showcasing the beauty and rarity of this most intriguing group of wildflowers, Florida's native orchids.If you are interested in Florida’s native orchids you don’t want to miss this fun and informative program.

    The Annual Holiday Conservation Celebration” is sponsored by the Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society and features educational exhibits by local environmental organizations, festive refreshments, a silent auction of giftable nature-themed items, and a special presentation Roger L. Hammer - award-winning professional naturalist, author, botanist and photographer. Roger is also a prolific author and will have his books at the meeting to sell (cash or checks only). We hope you will join us for this very special program. Please bring your friends; guests are always welcome at our meetings.

    FREE, but registration is required.

  • Tarflower ChapterPlanting of salvaged plants

    Tarflower Chapter

    Planting of salvaged plants

    9:00 am

    Bill Frederick Turkey Lake Park

    Contact Jackie Rolly at 407-620-6963 or for more information.

  • SweetBay ChapterHoliday Party

    SweetBay Chapter

    Holiday Party

    5:30 pm

    Science and Discovery Center, Panama City

    Join us for our holiday party with food, beautiful slide show and a plant exchange.  Bring a appetizer or light dish to share. Bring a plant for the plant exhange if you a one.  If not there are usually extras.

    Contact Jody Wood-Putnam at for more information.

  • Magnolia ChapterJim Cox - Burning and Birds

    Magnolia Chapter

    Jim Cox - Burning and Birds

    7:00 pm

    Room 1024, King Bldg., FSU campus

    Jim Cox will be making a presentation on prescribed burning and birds.

  • Magnolia ChapterField Trip led by Pierson Hill

    Magnolia Chapter

    Field Trip led by Pierson Hill

    9:00 am

    Sumatra area of the ANF

    Pierson Hill will lead a field trip to the Sumatra area of the ANF.

  • Tarflower ChapterPlanting of salvaged plants

    Tarflower Chapter

    Planting of salvaged plants

    9:00 am

    Bill Frederick Turkey Lake Park & Shadow Bay

    Contact Jackie Rolly at 407-620-6963 or for more information.

  • Tarflower ChapterMonthly Volunteer Workday

    Tarflower Chapter

    Monthly Volunteer Workday

    9:00 am

    Mead Botanical Garden

    Come out to Mead Garden and help us maintain our native plantings. Join us each month from 9a.m. until 11a.m. at Mead Botanical Garden, located at 1300 S. Denning Dr., Winter Park.

    Contact Catherine Bowman ( or Stacey Matrazzo ( for more information. 

  • Pawpaw ChapterDec. Chapter Field Trip to teh Zoo

    Pawpaw Chapter

    Dec. Chapter Field Trip to teh Zoo

    9:45 am

    Central Florida Zoo, Sanford, FL

    Dec 6 (Sat):  The Pawpaw Chapter field trip to the Central Florida Zoo in Sanford will be led by Dot Backes.  We will do a plant ID along the the boardwalk through a natural hammock, as well as along other landscaped walkways within the Zoological Park.    

    Carpools from the north:  Meet 9:00 AM at Home Depot (2455 International Speedway Blvd) in Daytona and plan to make the 31 mile trip via I-4. You'll take Exit 104 (SR 17-92) toward Sanford.  The Central Florida Zoo will be on your right.

    Carpools from the South: Meet 8:30 AM at the Home Depot in New Smyrna to take SR 44 to I-4 West, then take Exit 104  toward the Central Florida Zoo.  .

    At the Zoo plan to meet 9:45 AM at the interior (second) gate to the actual zoo, not the zip line-zoo entry kiosk just at the edge of the parking lot. The Zoo entry fee is $15 (seniors -$13).  After spending time at the zoo we plan to have lunch at a local downtown Sanford Restaurant.

    If you missed the sign up sheet in October and want to reserve for lunch, contact:
    Dot Backes  Email:  or  Home Phone: 386 428-1835

    (You may use Sonya Guidry's Cell Phone on the day of the trip: 386 690-1797)

  • Naples ChapterGreat Outdoor Adventure Day

    Naples Chapter

    Great Outdoor Adventure Day

    10:00 am

    Lovers Key State Park

    Interested in community outreach? The Naples Chapter is looking for volunteers to communicate our mission to visitors at the 2014 Great Outdoor Adventure Day. At our educational booth, we plan to offer a native plant quiz game for kids and adults to play, along with informative and membership handouts. This one-day event is scheduled for 10am-3pm.

    Please contact our Director of Outreach, Emily Wilson, at or (813) 367-6559 if you would like to participate.

  • Conradina ChapterOcean-Reef-Beach Festival`

    Conradina Chapter

    Ocean-Reef-Beach Festival`

    10:00 am

    Pelican Beach Park, Satellite Beach

    Ocean-Reef-Beach Festival at Pelican Beach Park, Satellite Beach.  10am to 4pm.

    Programs every half hour.   Conradina is a event sponsor and will have a booth.

    Parking and shuttle at CVS Pharmacy.


  • Suncoast ChapterChristmas Party

    Suncoast Chapter

    Christmas Party

    4:30 pm

    Harriet Wrights Home, 4215 Water Oaks Lane, Tampa, FL

    Our annual Christmas party at Harriett Wright's amazing home is something you don't want to miss!

    Her collections from a lifetime of travels around the world make for an intriguing venue for our Christmas celebration.  Harriett is the only person I know that has a mangrove growing in her backyard pond and she is not even close to the ocean.

    Join us while we celebrate another incredible year for the Suncoast Native Plant Society.  This is a potluck so bring your favorite dish to share.  We will be providing turkey, ham and sodas.

    Plan to spend the evening visiting with friends old and new.  We look forward to seeing you there! (FNPS members only)

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  • Conradina ChapterMonthly Chapter Meeting

    Conradina Chapter

    Monthly Chapter Meeting

    6:00 pm

    Melbourne Library. 540 E Fee Ave., Melbourne, FL 32901

    Holiday Wreath Making -  We supply wreaths and native plant cutting for you to decorate.


  • Pawpaw ChapterAnnual Pot-luck Dinner & Native Plant Auction

    Pawpaw Chapter

    Annual Pot-luck Dinner & Native Plant Auction

    6:00 pm

    Piggotte Center South Daytona

    Doors open at 6pm for the Pawpaw Chapter annual pot-luck dinner and native plant auction.

    There will be a very short business meeting at 6:30 followed immediately by dinner, then the auction.

    Members will bring dishes to share and 3 to 5 native plants (please no more than 3 of the same species) to auction off.  Members are also encoureaged to bring guests who may be inerested in obtaining some native plants for their landscape at bargain prices.  The chapter will also be providing several special plants from Full Moon Natives for the auction.

    The Pawpaw Chapter meets the Second Monday of each month at the Piggotte Community Center, 504 Big Tree Rd (enter from St. James St.), South Daytona.

  • Sumter ChapterMonthly Meeting

    Sumter Chapter

    Monthly Meeting

    6:00 pm

    Sumterville Community Building

    Susan & Steve Turnipseed are world travellers who have been installing a fantastic & successful native plant landscape around their new home in The Villages. Steve will present "Reforestation of a Tropical Forest in Sumatra."  Join us for refreshments and plants for raffle.

    Location: 2427 CR 522, Sumterville 33585 (stone building 1/2 mile south of 470 on Hwy. 301) For more information please call 352-568-8277.

  • Magnolia ChapterInvasive Plant Removal

    Magnolia Chapter

    Invasive Plant Removal

    9:00 am

    Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve, Grady County, GA

    Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve is a 140 acre property in Grady County, GA that contains tens of millions of early spring wildflowers.  It was saved from residential development by members of the Magnolia Chapter. The website is  

    On the second Tuesday of each month, a volunteer group from the Magnolia Chapter works to remove invasive plants, including privet, Japanese climbing fern, Japanese honeysuckle, and nandina. Participants are encouraged to wear long pants, boots and gloves.  If you want, you can bring your lunch and stay for a leisurely walk in the forest in the early afternoon.  To receive monthly updates on each month's plans, contact

  • Mangrove ChapterAnnual Christmas Potluck and Silent Auction

    Mangrove Chapter

    Annual Christmas Potluck and Silent Auction

    6:00 pm

    Lemon Bay Park, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood, FL

    Members and guests share food and participate in a silent auction of items donated by fellow menbers.


  • Sparkleberry ChapterDecember Chapter Meeting/Christmas Party

    Sparkleberry Chapter

    December Chapter Meeting/Christmas Party

    6:30 pm

    Hatch Park, Branford

  • NatureCoast ChapterDecember Chapter Meeting - Potluck Dinner

    NatureCoast Chapter

    December Chapter Meeting - Potluck Dinner

    7:00 pm

    Land O' Lakes Community Center

    The December meeting is a “Holiday Party” to relax and enjoy the good company and the season! Bring a favorite dish to share at the potluck! Native plants, some books, and a small tree will be part of a drawing. We welcome everyone!

  • Coontie ChapterPlant-Animal Interactions in Milkweeds

    Coontie Chapter

    Plant-Animal Interactions in Milkweeds

    7:00 pm

    Secret Woods, 2701 Florida (W. State Rd.) 84, Dania Beach, FL 33312

    Pollination Mechanisms and Plant/Animal Interactions in the Milkweed Family (Apocynaceae)

    Dr. Suzanne Koptur will spoke on this topic for the Gifford Arboretum series this spring and is bringing to us at the Secret Woods. She will talk about lots of different species, and her own research on native species here in Florida and the Bahamas.

    Dr. Koptur has been a professor at FIU for nearly 30 years, teaching courses in Ecology, Botany, and other things. She has also been a member of the Dade Chapter for that long, and says she owes her knowledge of native plants to the field trips she took with them when she first came to Miami! 

    We look forward to this fascinating topic that will be of interest to insect, butterfly and wildlife folks as well as those with an ongoing interest in our local native plants.

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  • Magnolia ChapterInvasive Plant Removal

    Magnolia Chapter

    Invasive Plant Removal

    9:00 am

    Gholson Nature Preserve, Chattahooche

    Where:  Meet in shelter on Park Street, Chattahoochee

    Please bring:  work gloves, weeding tool, bug spray & WATER!!!

    Attire:  Protective shoes/boots, hat, layers of clothes

    Children:  accompanied by responsible guardian/parent

    Snacks:  provided!!

    Directions:  The park is tucked away in the residential area of Chattahoochee. From US 90 in downtown Chattahoochee, take Morgan Avenue south. It goes down a steep hill and makes a long curve, 0.8 mile. Park Street is to your right along the curve, with a sign for the nature park. Park Street, is also a steep downhill.   If you prefer to use Google map, search for Park Street, Chattahoochee, Fl.

    Contact for more information:  Diana Picklesimer,

  • Tarflower ChapterDecember Field Trip: In-the-field Plant ID Workshop

    Tarflower Chapter

    December Field Trip: In-the-field Plant ID Workshop

    10:00 am

    Savage-Christmas Creek

    For December, we thought it might be fun to practice and learn how to use dichotomous keys (such as Wunderlin and Hansen’s Guide to the Vascular Plants of Florida) to determine the identity of plants in the field rather than inside at tables. So we decided to combine this useful type of workshop with a field trip to a local natural area — Savage-Christmas Creek preserve, a 1134-acre preserve located in the St. Johns River Basin watershed and one of Orange County’s environmentally sensitive lands. Former Tarflower Chapter President Rick Ehle will join us to help with identifying plants!

    We will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Burger King at East Colonial (SR 50) and Alafaya Trail to carpool OR meet at the site at 10 a.m. Bring a lunch, sunscreen and a hat. It will be best to carpool and not take too many vehicles onto the site.

    Resources for Savage-Christmas Creek are available at

    For more details and a list of what you'll need to bring, see the December Tarpaper.

  • Coontie ChapterIdentifying Native Plants at Tree Tops

    Coontie Chapter

    Identifying Native Plants at Tree Tops

    11:30 am

    Tree Tops Park, 3900 S.W. 100th Ave., Davie, FL 33328

    Meet us at Tree Tops Park, 3900 S.W. 100th Ave., Davie, FL 33328 at 11:30 AM, to search for interesting native plants. We'll meet in the main parking lot in front of the Office & Oak Ridge Hall Buildings.

    Fee: $1.50 per person Park Entrance Fee (5 and younger, free).

    This is a County Park with easy walking. We always recommend tennis shoes or similar for possible mud, long sleeves and pants, repellant, sunblock, hat, and water ... HOWEVER, all that is for your own comfort. Expect a tame walk. Camera, binoculars, ID guide or book can make the journey fun if you like to use them.

    This is an opportunity to learn more native plants with our Naturalist guide, Molly Taylor, and the others who will be along, and to just enjoy being outdoors in a natural area.

  • Beautyberry ChapterAnnual Holiday Potluck

    Beautyberry Chapter

    Annual Holiday Potluck

    12:00 pm

    Trout Lake Nature Center

    Join us for our annual potluck luncheon with our sister chapters from Audubon and Trout Lake.  Bring a dish to share and no formal speakers, but there will be music and a raffle. Audubon will present their Conservationist of the Year Award. 

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  • PalmBeach ChapterVolunteer Event: Native Plant Demo Garden Maintenance

    PalmBeach Chapter

    Volunteer Event: Native Plant Demo Garden Maintenance

    9:00 am

    Clayton Hutchenson Building

    Location: Clayton Hutchenson Building at Mounts

    Come and learn from experts as you help us maintain our Native Plant Demonstration Garden. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions, identify plants and take home cuttings for your garden. Work parties are held on the Saturday following our monthly meetings. Drop by anytime between 9:00 am and noon to learn, socialize and enjoy brunch in the open air. Don’t forget to bring your garden tools!

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  • Beautyberry ChapterFIELD TRIP

    Beautyberry Chapter


    11:00 am

    Wekiva River State Park

    Schools out! Kids welcome to come with an adult. Join Lavon Silvernell, Deborah Green and our usual crew for a relaxing day at Deborah's stomping ground -- Wekiva River State Park.  We'll meet at the Sand Lake parking lot where there are restroom facilities @ 11 am. 

    We'll start with an easy one mile walk with Deborah & Lavon highlighting interesting plants and animals along the way.  Bring your lunch and join us for a picnic after the walk.  After lunch, there will be an optional one mile boardwalk hike by the springs.

    As usual, bring water, sunscreeen, insect repellant and snacks.  Wear a hat and comfortable walking shoes,  Bring your bathing suit and take an invigorating dip in the spring?  Usual park entrance fees will apply.  Call Lavon with questions or to carpool 352-223-4761.


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