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Calendar for -- April 2014

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  • Cocoplum ChapterMartin's Endemic Four Petal Pawpaw

    Cocoplum Chapter

    Martin's Endemic Four Petal Pawpaw

    7:00 pm

    Environmental Studies Center Auditorium

    Anne Cox will bring us up to date on this special plant.

     

    Anne Cox has been a member of the Florida Native Plant Society since September 1982 and is the President and owner of Ecolo-G, Inc, an environmental consulting company (2004-present). The majority of the consulting services include conservation and research studies on conservation and state owned or managed lands.

    Conservation and rare plant studies include the Four-petal pawpaw (Asimina tetramera), wide-leaf Warea (Warea amplexifolia), and Perforate Lichen (Cladonia perforata) as well as surveys for other listed species in central Florida. Projects include baseline wetland studies in the Upper Kissimmee Basin for South Florida Water Management and Invasive species mapping for FNAI.

    Anne currently lives in Jupiter Florida and coordinated the Scrub-jay Watch program in Palm Beach County for the Coalition for Wilderness Islands from 2007-2010. Anne serves as a board member on: the Florida Native Plant Society and Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park; steering committee member for the SE Florida Scrub Ecosystem Working Group and the Treasure Coast Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA); and is a member of the FNPS Cocoplum Chapter in Martin Co. 

    Anne provides presentations to various conservation organizations throughout Florida about the role of the FNPS members in state land management reviews and also selected listed plant species in Florida. 

     

  • Tarflower ChapterMonthly Meeting: Pollinators in the Garden: Bringing the Buzz Back

    Tarflower Chapter

    Monthly Meeting: Pollinators in the Garden: Bringing the Buzz Back

    7:00 pm

    Leu Gardens

    Pollinators in the Garden: Bringing the Buzz Back focuses on our native bees, how best to attract them to your garden, how to build a population once they have arrived, and why you have less to worry about than you think when it comes to the dreaded bee sting.

    Taryn Evans is co-owner, with her husband, Terry, of Creative Garden Structures, a small retail garden shop that specializes in helping homeowners create backyard habitat. They sell native plants, as well as bee, bird, and bat boxes from their home in Weirsdale in Marion County. Learn more about Creative Garden Structures and Taryn's demonstration garden at www.creativegardenstructures.com or www.facebook.com/creativegardenstructures.

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  • Pinellas ChapterLow Impact Development with Native Plants

    Pinellas Chapter

    Low Impact Development with Native Plants

    7:00 pm

    Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater

    tampabayJoin us to see how native plantings can be used in combination with low impact development techniques like rain gardens and bio-swales to reduce urban storm water pollution. Tom Levin, a landscape architect with Ekistics Design Studio will talk about a recent project in Palmetto that is esthetically and environmentally friendly.

    Learn more about low impact development.

    More information about the Palmetto project

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  • PaynesPrairie ChapterSpring Native Plant Sale, Friday 4/4 - Saturday 4/5

    PaynesPrairie Chapter

    Spring Native Plant Sale, Friday 4/4 - Saturday 4/5

    4:30 pm

    Morningside Nature Center, 3540 East University Avenue

    Spring Native Plant Sale

    April 4th, Friday, 4:30-6:30pm
    Open to FNPS members only. Memberships available at the gate.

    April 5th, Saturday, 8:30am-12:30pm
    Open to the public.

    Get specialized garden advice from our experts. They will help you start a list of native plants that will thrive in your landscape, learn maintenance techniques, and avoid mistakes in plant choice and placement.

    There will be native plant vendors, guided wild flower walks, live music and hands-free shopping with park-a-plant.

    Proceeds help the Friends of Nature Parks.

    Now accepting credit cards.

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  • Tarflower ChapterApril Field Trip: Hal Scott Preserve

    Tarflower Chapter

    April Field Trip: Hal Scott Preserve

    8:00 am

    Hal Scott Preserve

    Join us for an exciting tour of our very local Hal Scott Preserve!  This vast expanse of flatwoods and open prairie straddles the Econlockhatchee River in east Orange County. Peter Henn, Land Manager of the Preserve, will give us a guided tour. Bring a lunch to enjoy after the guided hike.

    To carpool, meet at the parking lot behind the Burger King  at E. Colonial and Alafaya at 8:15a.m. Or meet at the entrance of the preserve at 9:00a.m. From Orlando, head east on Colonial Dr. (SR 50) to SR 520. From SR 520, turn right into the Wedgefield subdivision on Macon Parkway. Turn left on Bancroft Boulevard, right on Meredith Parkway, left on Dallas Boulevard. The park entrance is 1.6 miles from the Meredith/Dallas intersection, on the right. There is also an exit for Dallas Boulevard from the Beachline Expressway (SR 528) eastbound.

  • Magnolia ChapterApril Field Trip - Rare Plant Search for Future Rescue

    Magnolia Chapter

    April Field Trip - Rare Plant Search for Future Rescue

    9:00 am

    Bay County

    Primary Meeting Point: 10:00AM EST (9:00 CST) US Fish & Wildlife Service - Panama City Field Office 1601 Balboa Ave. Panama City, FL 32405

    Our guide, US Fish and Wildlife Service Botanist Dr. Vivian Negron-Ortiz, will show us a site in Bay County slated for development. We will document telephus spurge that will be lawfully rescued at a later point. Afterwards, tour several research plots on a neighboring mitigation bank.

    For more info contact Scott Davis, 954-292-3099.

  • Serenoa ChapterSerenoa Spring Plant Sale

    Serenoa Chapter

    Serenoa Spring Plant Sale

    9:00 am

    Sweet Bay Nursery, Parish, Manatee Co.

    Spring Plant Sale. Many excellent plants, and volunteer opportunities abound!

  • Coontie ChapterNative Plant Sale

    Coontie Chapter

    Native Plant Sale

    9:00 am

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

    At the Secret Woods Nature Center 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Our best local native nurseries, The Friends of the Secret Woods, and the Broward Chapter cooperate to have ONE BIG SALE where you can find native species that are otherwise difficult or impossible to find locally. Each sale is different, so stop by to find species you can't find elsewhere. (If we knew the plants we would have, we would tell, but plants are rounded up only a day or two before the sale.) The Broward Chapter drives to Redland to find plants that are reliably native stock and otherwise unavailable.

    I is a good idea to visit the FNPS.org site "Natives for Your Area" http://fnps.org/plants/refinelist/Broward, and print our one or more lists for the species that grow in the conditions in your yard. If these species are not available at the sale, knowledgeable people at the sale will be able to find other species that meet the requirements of your yard. This will help you get the Right Plant for the Right Place in your yard. (Tip: If the list is long, copy and paste to a document or email for just part of the list you want.)

    See you there! A map to the Secret Woods Nature Center is available on our site under the Map tab.

  • SeaRocket ChapterMaritime Hammock Hike

    SeaRocket Chapter

    Maritime Hammock Hike

    9:00 am

    Maritime Hammock Sanctuary

    Dr. Paul Schmalzer will lead a walk through several of the habitats offered by the Maritime Hammock Sanctuary. This is free to all, offered by the Sea Rocket Chapter.
     
    The Maritime Hammock Sanctuary is in the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge west of A1A on the barrier island. This 150-acre sanctuary features a hiking trail with 2 bridges, boardwalk over wetland areas, and an observation deck over a marsh pond. Visitors experience a variety of protected barrier island habitats: coastal strand, maritime hammock, and mangrove forests.
     
    Directions: I-95 to US-192 (Melbourne Cswy). East on US 192 to A1A. South 10.3 miles on A1A. There are two trailheads on the west side of A1A. One trailhead is north of the Mark's Landing development, and the other is a few hundred yards to the south. Park at the north trail-head.
    Bring hat, sunscreen, water, and insect repellant and hiking shoes.

  • Pinellas ChapterField Trip -- 10AM-Noon

    Pinellas Chapter

    Field Trip -- 10AM-Noon

    10:00 am

    Shores of Long Bayou Condominiums, 6301 Shoreline Dr, St Petersburg

    Ernie FrankPinellas Chapter member Ernie Franke will give us a tour of ponds that were restored at the Shores of Long Bayou. With funding help from the Tampa Bay Estuary Program and the Pinellas Chapter, residents there removed muck from the ponds, recontoured them to create littoral shelves, and planted them with native aquatic plants. The Estuary Program recognized the project with its 2011-2012 Golden Mangrove Award. To RSVP, contact Jan Allyn.

    Video about the project.

    Map to the site

  • SeaRocket ChapterButterfly Garden Workday

    SeaRocket Chapter

    Butterfly Garden Workday

    10:00 am

    Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

    From 10AM till 2PM volunteers are working in the various butterfly gardens around the kiosk at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary. Weeding, trimming, planting, and whatever else needs to be done to enhance the natural beauty and functionality of these native gardens will be in work. Great time to learn from experts about native plants. Bring water, hat, gloves, and stable shoes.
     

  • Beautyberry ChapterSouth Lake Beautyberry Meeting

    Beautyberry Chapter

    South Lake Beautyberry Meeting

    10:00 am

    Cooper Memorial Library

    Program for this month will be "Eat the Weeds: Healthy & Edible Native Plants," presented by Scott Davis, Ranger at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. Cooper Memorial Library, 2525 Seaver Drive, Clermont.  For more information contact Jon Pospisil at 407-448-6195

  • FNPS ChapterFNPS EX COM meeting

    FNPS Chapter

    FNPS EX COM meeting

    4:00 pm

    Teleconference

    The Go To Meeting Link has been sent via email.

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  • Magnolia ChapterGholson Exotics Workday

    Magnolia Chapter

    Gholson Exotics Workday

    9:00 am

    Angus K. Gholson, Jr. Nature Park in Chattahoochee, FL

    9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Contact , Diana Picklesimer, diana.picklesimer@gmail.com, for further details and updates

  • Cocoplum ChapterSearching the Scrub for Asimina tetramera

    Cocoplum Chapter

    Searching the Scrub for Asimina tetramera

    1:00 pm

    Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area (JILONA)

    Field Trip plans for April have changed from previously published information!

    We will head to Tequesta and the north side of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse area, where several Asimina tetramera can be found, on SUNDAY AFTERNOON 1 pm to 3 pm. A pdf of Anne's article on the JILONA pawpaws is in The  Dahoon (Palm Beach County's FNPS chapeter's newsletter), find link on Cocoplum's HOME page.

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  • Hernando ChapterMonthly Meeting and Public Program: Native Plant Propagation

    Hernando Chapter

    Monthly Meeting and Public Program: Native Plant Propagation

    12:00 am

    Chinsegut Hill, Brooksville FL

    Master Gardener and long time Native Plant Society member, Rita Grant, will present a workshop on Native Plant Propagation.  The program will be hands-on so come ready to get your hands dirty!  The workshop will cover planting seeds, cuttings, plant division and air layering, all things the nursery owner does herself.
     
    Join us at 6:30 PM at Chinsegut Hill,  22495 Chinsegut Hill Road,  Brooksville, FL 34601. For a map, or additional information, go to www.HCFNPS.org

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  • Magnolia ChapterWolf Creek Work Day

    Magnolia Chapter

    Wolf Creek Work Day

    9:00 am

    Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve

    Contact Beth Grant at bethgrant@bellsouth.net for details and updates.

  • Mangrove ChapterSpeaker's Program

    Mangrove Chapter

    Speaker's Program

    7:00 pm

    Lemon Bay Park

    "Spring Flowers on a Wet Prairie at Babcock/Webb WMA"- Al Squires and Denny Girard

  • NatureCoast ChapterJohn Bartram (1699-1777) First American Native Plant Expert

    NatureCoast Chapter

    John Bartram (1699-1777) First American Native Plant Expert

    7:00 pm

    Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd (US 41), Land O'Lakes

    Adrienne Condon will explain how John Bartram, a Pennsylvania farmer in the 1700's, became interested in native American plants and was considered to be the best American natural botanist of his time.  In his sixties he traveled to Florida to collect botanical specimens. His son, William Bartram, the naturalist and illustrator, accompanied his father on the groundbreaking trip. 

    Adrienne's career teaching English at the university level and her love of gardening intersected for her PHD dissertation at USF on John Bartram and his connection with botanists in England during the 1700's. 

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  • Coontie ChapterScott Bryan: Native Plant Pollinators

    Coontie Chapter

    Scott Bryan: Native Plant Pollinators

    7:00 pm

    Secret Woods, 2701 W. SR 84, Dania Beach 33312

    Scott Bryan has done the homework. You can sit back and enjoy learning more about the fascinating relationships between our native plants and their pollinators. You'll get the big picture and many fascinating facts about these intricate dances quietly taking place around us. Come and discover: Wednesday at 7 pm at the Secret Woods. (Photo: Mary Keim)

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  • SweetBay ChapterFlorida Association of Native Nurseries Native Plant Show

    SweetBay Chapter

    Florida Association of Native Nurseries Native Plant Show

    12:00 am

    Kissimmee, Florida

    10-11 April

    For more information: http://www.nativeplantshow.com/

  • LongleafPine ChapterHypericum Spp.

    LongleafPine Chapter

    Hypericum Spp.

    6:00 pm

    University of West Florida, Pensacola, Bld. 58

    This free event will be hosted by our own Longleaf Chapter for the benefit for anyone intrested in St John's Wart.  Our own James Burkhalter will be covering our regional St. John's Wart species, which occur within our local area.  Topics will include species community association, ranges, and distribution.  Come early and bring a friend!    

  • PaynesPrairie ChapterApril Program

    PaynesPrairie Chapter

    April Program

    7:00 pm

    United Church of Gainesville, 1624 NW 5th Ave, Gainesville, FL

    Speaker: Anna Prizzia
    Program: Anna Prizzia Forage Farms

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  • SeaRocket ChapterTROPICAL FLORIDA HIKE

    SeaRocket Chapter

    TROPICAL FLORIDA HIKE

    9:45 am

    The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

    Come join us for an exploration of the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary’s amazing diversity of tropical and temperate plant species living on the edges of their natural range. 
    Experience the tropical hammocks of South Florida right here in North Brevard. The unique geologic and climatic conditions found at EFS makes this habitat the northern-most documented location west of the
    Indian River Lagoon for many South Florida plants.
     
    This hike is Hike led by Ron Chicone, Pres. of Fl. Native Plant Society, SeaRocket Chapter, and USF herbarium staff member

     

  • Conradina ChapterCentral Florida Native Plant Sale

    Conradina Chapter

    Central Florida Native Plant Sale

    4:00 pm

    Osceola Heratage Park

     

    https://www.facebook.com/CentralFloridaNativePlantSale

    http://centralfloridanativeplantsale.com/

     

     


                                     
     

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  • Suncoast ChapterSpring Plant Sale

    Suncoast Chapter

    Spring Plant Sale

    12:00 am

    USF Botanical Gardens

    USF Spring Plant Sale will occur on Saturday April 12 and Sunday April 13.

    Every spring and fall, the Suncoast Native Plant Society sells hundreds of native plants at USF's Botanical Gardens.  Bring your wagon and load up on wildflowers, grasses, shrubs and trees.

    We are still looking for a Plant Sale coordinator, please let someone on the Board know if you are interested.

    We will also need general volunteers for the USF Spring Plant sale - We need people to set up April 10 and 11 as well as cashiers, set up, breakdown, outreach people for April 12 and 13. April 12 will begin at daylight when we price, profile and get ready for the crowd of buyers. We have over 100 species of plants for sale and this is our major fundraiser for the year. Please come and help!

  • Ixia ChapterNative Park Workday

    Ixia Chapter

    Native Park Workday

    8:30 am

    Native Park

    3312 Park Street in the Riverside/Avondale Historic District of Jacksonville

    Time: 8:30am – 11:30am

    Hello Ixians and Native Park Friends, Saturday, April 12th, is a Native Park Attention Day.  This is a chance for you to get your hands in the dirt in our Chapter's lovely project.  You will have the opportunity to learn about native plants that grow in our area and pick the brains of those who can teach you about native gardening. 

    http://fnpsblog.blogspot.com/2012/08/fnps-ixia-chapter-project-native-park.html

    Please let Sally Steinauer know you plan to make it, and contact her if you need directions.  They have extra tools, but you need to bring water.  Show up, sweat, have fun, and learn!

    Sally:  sallysteinauer@bellsouth.net or 388-4392 home, 472-4392 cell

  • Pinellas ChapterGive A Day for the Bay

    Pinellas Chapter

    Give A Day for the Bay

    8:30 am

    Perico Preserve, Bradenton

    Apr 12, 8:30-1:00.
    The Tampa Bay Estuary and Sarasota Bay Estuary Programs are teaming up to plant 12,000 plugs of marsh grass, Spartina alterniflora, at Manatee County's new Perico Preserve--and you can help! The Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department will be helping to organize the event, and FWC's Research Institute is donating the plants! 100 volunteers are needed (50 to dig the holes and 50 to plant the grass). All ages are welcome. Perico Preserve is not yet open to the public and has no shaded area. Tents and water will be provided for volunteers, as well as boxed lunch when the planting is done! For more information and to register, contact Colleen Gray (colleen@tbep.org or 727-893-2765).

  • PaynesPrairie ChapterApril Field Trip - Tour of Forage Farms

    PaynesPrairie Chapter

    April Field Trip - Tour of Forage Farms

    9:00 am

    Forage Farms

    Time: 9am-1pm
    Trip Leader: TBA

  • Magnolia ChapterField Trip to Spring Canyon

    Magnolia Chapter

    Field Trip to Spring Canyon

    9:00 am

    Church Pond Road, Quincy, FL

    Florida Native Plant Society members are invited to spend a day hiking around Spring Canyon on Saturday, April 12 beginning at 9:00 am and ending around 3:00 pm. We should be able to see lots of blooming Florida Flame Azaleas, Mountain Laurels and Florida Anise as we hike along the Steep Head Ravine trails. As we follow the trails through the open Longleaf Pine Uplands we will see lots of new growth following the recent prescribed burns. We will loop through the NE and SE sections, return to the picnic area for lunch and then do a loop hike through the SW section.

    Be sure to sure to wear hiking boots, bring trekking poles or a hiking stick, plenty of water, a snack to eat during the hike and lunch to eat at the picnic area. Feel free to also bring a pot-luck snack for sharing.

    To navigate to Spring Canyon, enter “Church Pond Road, Quincy, FL” into your favorite mapping program. If you want to car-pool from Tallahassee, I would suggest meeting at the DEP parking lot and departing from there around 8:15. If you have any questions, you may call or text Helen Roth at 850-980-1941 or email her at troth001@comcast.net.

  • Dade ChapterButterfly Days

    Dade Chapter

    Butterfly Days

    9:30 am

    Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens

    DCFNPS Chapter display at the Annual FTBG Butterfly Days, April 12-13.  This event is included in the Spring Garden Festival and Plant Sale, in conjunction with the Miami Blue Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association. 

  • Magnolia ChapterWildflower Hike

    Magnolia Chapter

    Wildflower Hike

    10:00 am

    Hinson Conservation and Recreation Area, Marianna

    10:00 am - 12:00 pm CST (11:00 am - 1:00 pm EST)

  • Cocoplum ChapterCelebrating Sea Turtles and Florida Native Plants

    Cocoplum Chapter

    Celebrating Sea Turtles and Florida Native Plants

    10:00 am

    ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES CENTER, Jensen Beach

    The Martin County Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will be on-site at the ESC with the not-to-be-missed Native Plant sale, benefiting the Environmental Studies Council and the Chapter. There will be help for those who want to “Create Your Own Wildlife Corridor.”

    The free event features 15 minutes Sea Turtle Talks on topics like How Sea Turtles Got Their “Head Start”- The Ross Witham Story, and Sea Turtle Nesting on Hutchinson Island. Florida’s Public Archeologist will present "Turtling through Time: A look at sea turtles and humans in Florida's past." 

    There will be storytelling, games, crafts, face painting, a scavenger hunt, and more family-friendly fun!  Guests can also tour the wet labs, butterfly gardens, and native plant hammock.

    Winners of the Youth Driven Cinema and  recycled art projects will be on display.  Light refreshments are available for purchase.

     

  • Beautyberry ChapterBeautyberry Fieldtrip

    Beautyberry Chapter

    Beautyberry Fieldtrip

    11:00 am

    Montverde

    For this month the field trip will be to the Gensheimer's Certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat followed by a picnic at the truscott Park on the shoreline of Lake Apopka in Montverde. Contact Lavon Silvernell for more information at 352-223-4761.

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  • Magnolia ChapterSeek and Destroy! Phipps Park Invasive Plant Education and Volunteer Program

    Magnolia Chapter

    Seek and Destroy! Phipps Park Invasive Plant Education and Volunteer Program

    9:30 am

    Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park, Tallahassee, Leon County

    9:30 am - 12:30 pm, Contact Karen Berkley, kjberkley@gmail.com, for further details and updates.

     Invasive Exotics Education and Volunteer Program of Florida Trail Association, FNPS, City of Tallahassee, and Northwest Florida Water Management District.

    Learn from experts how to identify and safely eradicate Coral ardisia and other invasive plants, not only at Phipps Park, but wherever you are. Learn also about other aspects of this beautiful, 670 acre park. The activity begins promptly at 9:30am at the Meridian trailhead. Enter the park directly from Meridian Rd at the entrance for baseball fields; the trailhead is located on left about 0.1 mile in from Meridian Rd (http://www.talgov.com/Uploads/Public/Documents/parks/pdf/phipps.pdf).
    Bring water, bug spray, gardening work gloves, and wear shoes appropriate for hiking. Although some tools will be provided, please bring a clipper and/or a shovel (pointed type is best) if you own them. Lunch will be provided. Note that this type of activity may not be appropriate if you are severely allergic to poison ivy.

  • NatureCoast ChapterField Trip

    NatureCoast Chapter

    Field Trip

    9:30 am

    Annutteliga Hammock

     

    Sunday, April 13, 9:30 am, Annutteliga Hammock Walk, led by Sid Taylor:  The Annutteliga Hammock is an important area for groundwater recharge into Florida’s primary drinking water source, the Floridan aquifer system. Situated in the Brooksville Ridge, which runs from northern Citrus County down into central Pasco County, the lands are slightly higher in elevation than the adjacent coastal or central portions of the state. The area within the Brooksville Ridge typically has well-drained soils, karst limerock outcroppings and is dominated by sandhills, upland hardwood forests and scrub communities.  Approximately 570 acres have been designated for trails and facilities for public use.

     

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  • Conradina ChapterApril Chapter Meeting

    Conradina Chapter

    April Chapter Meeting

    6:00 pm

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

    Our featured speaker is Joanna Helms, RH(AHG), a 6th generation Floridian.  She leads cinical herbal practice for 18 years, and is the founder of Mama Jo's Sunshine Herbals in Indian Harbour Beach.  Mama Jo's is a unique, family-run community retail herb store and professional dispensary offering a wide variety of bulk herbs, over 200 hand-made herbal products, essential oils, supplies and custom formulation.

  • Sumter ChapterMonthly Meeting

    Sumter Chapter

    Monthly Meeting

    6:00 pm

    Sumterville Community Building

    Craig Huegel, expert in landscaping for wildlife using native plants and author of several books on the subject, will present "Using Native Wildflowers in Home Landscapes."

  • Pawpaw ChapterApril Meeting - Biodiversity and Service-Learning

    Pawpaw Chapter

    April Meeting - Biodiversity and Service-Learning

    7:00 pm

    Piggotte Center South Daytona

    The April Speaker will be Jose Nunez with the subject: Biodiversity and Service-Learning

    José Núñez is a biologist and did a large biodiversity inventory at the Whitney Labratory, editing and adding to the Laboratory's outdated and limited species list. The revised inventory, published online, will include most of the plants, animals, fungi, and microorganisms distributed among the various habitats in the Matanzas River Basin. 

    José is currently the Service-Learning/STEM Coordinator at Flagler County Public Schools.  He will explain biodiversity and discuss its important role in ecosystem health. Hala Laquidara, the teacher in charge of the Legacy Program at Princess Place Preserve, will be accompanying him, along with a student enrolled in the program.

    They will explain Service-Learning and provide an overview of their Earth Day Celebration at Princess Place Preserve, hosted by the Legacy students.  Join the students April 27 (the chapter's April field trip) as they lead a variety of ecotours of Princess Place & its historic Lodge, introduce you to live animals, talk about Eagles while you view the Preserve's active nest, and accompany Florida's premier butterfly expert, Dr. Marc Minno, on a butterfly/native plant walk. Visit the enviromental booths to learn even more.  These students understand biodiversity and are eager to share their knowledge with the public!  

    Plant of the month: Smilax - greenbriar, Ellen Nielson

    The Pawpaw Chapter meets at the Piggotte Community Center, 504 Big Tree Rd.  This is at the corner of Big Tree and James St, entrance is off of James St.  Doors open at 6:30 pm, Program at 7pm, business meeting at 8pm.

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  • SweetBay Chapter64th Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage

    SweetBay Chapter

    64th Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage

    12:00 am

    Gatlinburg, TN

    15-19 April

    For more information: www.springwildflowerpilgramage.org

  • PalmBeach ChapterChapter Meeting: Rare Plant & Silent Auction

    PalmBeach Chapter

    Chapter Meeting: Rare Plant & Silent Auction

    7:00 am

    Mounts Botanical Garden

    Don't miss this exciting opportunity to enhance your landscape with premium native plants and support your local FNPS chapter at the same time!

  • Magnolia ChapterNative and Invasive Plants, Leon Co Sustainability

    Magnolia Chapter

    Native and Invasive Plants, Leon Co Sustainability

    5:30 pm

    Leon County Library, Eastside Branch

    5:30 - 7:30 pm

    Mike Jenkins, FNPS, and Ms. Taylor Vandiver, Leon County Extension

  • Heartland ChapterPresentation: Fire Ecology in Florida

    Heartland Chapter

    Presentation: Fire Ecology in Florida

    6:30 pm

    Circle B Bar Reserve, Lakeland, FL

    Speaker: Todd Angel

    Title: Flora, Fauna, and Fire: Fire Ecology in Florida

    Topic: Todd will discuss fire seasonality and frequency and some plant and animal responses to fire in Florida with an emphasis on the effects of fire in sandhill.

    Biography: Todd Angel is a 22 year veteran firefighter having started his fire service career as a Ecological Fire Manager with the Florida Park Service, The Florida Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, and as a Helitac firefighter on the Gila National Forest in New Mexico. He is formally the Training Program Manager/Master Instructor for Urban Search and Rescue at the Lake Tech Fire Academy and the Urban Search and Rescue Task Force Safety Officer for Florida Task Force 4. He is currently a Special Operations Firefighter with the City of Orlando Fire Department. Looking towards a career after the Fire Department Mr. Angel is a student at the Oregon State University School of Forestry in Natural Resources Conservation and is a volunteer with the Florida Forest Service at the Warea Tract.

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  • Suncoast ChapterApril Meeting

    Suncoast Chapter

    April Meeting

    7:00 pm

    Hillsborough County Extension Office

    The Art of Nature Photography: Creative flower phototgraphy in the field and garden. 
    Presented by Donna Bollenbach

    Whether you use a digital SLR with all the bells and whistles, or a point and shoot, understanding the differences between the camera's eye and the human eye will make you a better photographer.  Donna will explain some of these differences and teach you to use your camera to capture your unique vision of the world.  Learn  to see line, shape, form, texture and pattern in nature, and include them in your images. Find out why light is the single most important element to taking extraordinary images. Use simple portrait techniques to create well composed images of flowers in your garden or in the field. She will share lots of images and explain the creative process behind them. 

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  • Ixia ChapterGeneral Meeting Thursday, April 17, 2014

    Ixia Chapter

    General Meeting Thursday, April 17, 2014

    6:30 pm

    Location: Regency Square Library, 9900 Regency Square Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32225

    Agenda:  Guest speaker presentation followed by business meeting

    Program:  Panel Presentation and Discussion, “Starting a Small Native Production Nursery at Home.”  Presenters include Lisa Hassell who will discuss the State’s legal requirements,  Chuck Hubbuch, UNF, who will discuss what to grow, Merrill Varn who will discuss operation of a wholesale production nursery, and James Loper and Leslie Pierpon who will discuss small businesses operation and plant propagation.  These presenters will be very interactive with meeting attendees and will cover questions asked related to this topic.

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  • Suncoast ChapterApril Field Trip

    Suncoast Chapter

    April Field Trip

    12:00 am

    Little Manatee River SP

    The north side of the river has some of the best plants including a nice scrub. There is a rare fern (Thelypteris serrata) along the river. On the north side of the river, there is Sabal etonia and Rhynchospora megaplumosa. We might see pigmy fringe trees in flower if they are in the area. Carmel is doing some work here and might be able to help point out good places to go.

  • Magnolia ChapterWakulla Springs Wildlife Festival booth

    Magnolia Chapter

    Wakulla Springs Wildlife Festival booth

    8:00 am

    Wakulla Springs

    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Pinellas ChapterSpring Native Plant Festival - 9AM-4PM

    Pinellas Chapter

    Spring Native Plant Festival - 9AM-4PM

    9:00 am

    Wilcox Nursery & Landscape, 12501 Indian Rocks Road, Largo

    Mini-seminars throughout the day: Bruce Turley on "Native Plants for a Coastal Landscape", Craig Huegel on "Wildflowers for your Garden", Adam Conner on "Orchids and Carnivorous Plants" and Chris Parisi on "Native Milkweeds."

    Pinellas Chapter members receive a 10% discount on all purchases. Sales at the festival benefit the Pinellas Chapter.

    Wilcox Nursery home page.

  • Hernando ChapterSpring Native Plant Sale

    Hernando Chapter

    Spring Native Plant Sale

    9:00 am

    Historic Chinsegut Hill, Brooksville FL

    Join us for our first annual Spring Native Plant Sale at Chinsegut Hill. Native plants from three local vendors will be there including Rita Grant, Hickory Hill, and Cypress Acres nurseries.
    Location: 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road, Brooksville, FL 34601, United States (map)

  • SweetBay ChapterCelebrate Earth Day

    SweetBay Chapter

    Celebrate Earth Day

    10:00 am

    McKenzie Park Panama City

    Join chapter volunteers spread the news about natives from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

    For directions and more information: http://www.earthdaybaycounty.com/

  • PalmBeach ChapterField Trip: Bok Tower Gardens Behind The Scenes

    PalmBeach Chapter

    Field Trip: Bok Tower Gardens Behind The Scenes

    12:00 pm

    Bok Tower Gardens

    Come join us at Bok Tour Gardens in Lake Wales for a behind the scenes tour of their Rare Plant Conservation Program. Bok Tower Gardens is about a two and a half hour drive from Palm Beach County so we encourage people to get together and carpool. This will be a great tour and Bok Tower Gardens is a beautiful garden with some very rare native plants so we highly encourage members to take the time and come to this field trip.
     
    Visit our chapter calendar at http://palmbeach.fnpschapters.org/calendar/ for updates

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  • Coontie ChapterWildflowers of Pond Apple Slough

    Coontie Chapter

    Wildflowers of Pond Apple Slough

    10:00 am

    Secret Woods, 2701 W. SR 84, Dania Beach 33312

    Sunday HikeNot generally open to the public, Scott Bryan is taking us behind the fences in search of wildflowers. Pond Apple Slough is not only water, but has a variety of plant communities. The Institute for Region Conservation inventory of this protected area lists 183 native species. Part of protecting plants is discovering and rediscovering them. This is one of few local areas that has never been developed, so some of these plants are the direct ancestors of those that have lived on this land for thousands of years. It is greatly under appreciated. Let's hope one day it receives the respect and funds of a valued preserve.

    Expect to spend a couple of hours in these urban wildlands with Scott. Moderate to difficult with some climbing through brush or wading to be expected. Tennis shoes, sunhat and water, suncreen and repellant, optional camera or binoculars. A walking stick can be helpful for balance. Meet at the Secret Woods Nature Center parking lot, 10:00 am.

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  • Serenoa ChapterSerenoa April General Meeting

    Serenoa Chapter

    Serenoa April General Meeting

    7:00 pm

    Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

    Show and Tell

    Serenoans will have an opportunity to tell about their gardening adventures, plant finds or other plant-related subjects in a brief talk and/or slide show. (Bring photos on a flash drive). 

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  • Dade ChapterMonthly Meeting

    Dade Chapter

    Monthly Meeting

    7:30 pm

    Pinecrest Gardens


    Pinecrest Gardens

    11000 SW 57 Ave. (Red Road)

    Miami FL 33156

     

    LectureThe Fiery Flora of the Lake Wales Ridge by Julia Gehring.  Presentation will focus on the flora of the Florida scrub and its response to prescribed fire.

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  • SeaRocket ChapterMonthly Sea Rocket Chapter Meeting

    SeaRocket Chapter

    Monthly Sea Rocket Chapter Meeting

    7:00 pm

    Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

    This months program will present part II -

    "The Dicots"

    The Keys to using a Botanical Key with Dr. Paul Schmalzer Part II — "The Dicots" 

    Refreshments will be served at 6:30 PM with the Meeting and Program starting at 7:00PM. Everyone is welcome to come and learn of the wonderful world of Dicots. The meeting will be heald at the 

    Enchanted Forest Sanctuary, 444 Columbia Blvd, Titusville, FL 32780

    (321) 264-5185 for more information.

     

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  • SweetBay ChapterPlanting Native Garden

    SweetBay Chapter

    Planting Native Garden

    10:00 am

    St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve

    Meet at the Buffer Preserve at 10:00 EST to help the staff and area garden club plant a native garden. 

    3915 State Road 30-A, Port St. Joe, FL 32456

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  • Mangrove ChapterField Trip

    Mangrove Chapter

    Field Trip

    9:00 am

    Babcock-Webb WMA

    28100-28152 Tucker's Grade, PG, FL

  • 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!

  • Magnolia ChapterEarth Day Festival booth

    Magnolia Chapter

    Earth Day Festival booth

    10:00 am

    Florida Caverns State Park

    10:00 am - 4:00 pm CST (11:00 am - 5:00 pm EST)

  • SeaRocket ChapterEarth Day Plant Sale

    SeaRocket Chapter

    Earth Day Plant Sale

    10:00 am

    Enchanted Forest Sanctuary 444 Columbia Blvd, Titusville, FL 32780

    Enchanted Forest Sanctuary is hosting many environmental organizations to the forest for a celebration of Earth Day. Sea Rocket will be there selling native plants. There are always many varieties for sale. The Early guest gets the pick of the plants. Hope to see you there.

  • Magnolia ChapterNative and Invasive Plants, Leon Co Sustainability

    Magnolia Chapter

    Native and Invasive Plants, Leon Co Sustainability

    11:00 am

    Leon County Library, Northeast Branch

    11:00 am - 1:00 pm

    Mike Jenkins, FNPS, and Ms. Taylor Vandiver, Leon County Extension

  • Dade ChapterField Trip

    Dade Chapter

    Field Trip

    4:30 pm

    Pine Ridge Sanctuary Homestead

    Open to DCFNPS members and their guests, areas of this 15 acre privately-owned and managed pineland have had prescribed burning twice in the past two years.  The Sanctuary was awarded the Landowner of the Year for the state in 1997 and 2012 by the FL Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the only property ever to have received the award twice.

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  • Pawpaw ChapterApril Field Trip - Princess Place Preserve

    Pawpaw Chapter

    April Field Trip - Princess Place Preserve

    11:00 am

    Princess Place Preserve, Flagler Co.

    Field Trip:  Sunday, April 27, Princess Place Preserve, Flagler County   11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

    Matanzas High School’s Legacy students invite you to celebrate Earth Day at Princess Place Preserve.  Meet at the Legacy School House.   Students will lead guided tours of an active Eagle’s nest, nature trails, and the historic Lodge.  Special guest, Dr. Marc Minno will escort a butterfly walk.  Flagler Audubon will lead bird walks at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM.  See live animals, a marine touch tank, a weather balloon, student creative project displays, and environmental organization booths.  Snacks will be available for sale, but bring your own picnic lunch.

     Directions: http://www.flaglercounty.org/facilities.aspx?page=detail&RID=18

    Contact:  Mark Wheeler 386- 586-6580   or Gail Duggins   386- 439-3207   coryi62@earthlink.net  

    Ormond Bch Carpool 10:15 AM   Contact:  Sonya Guidry - 386 690-1797  or  guidry.sonya@gmail.com

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  • Pinellas ChapterFLEPPC Annual Conference

    Pinellas Chapter

    FLEPPC Annual Conference

    12:00 am

    Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, 105 N Bayshore Dr, Safety Harbor

    Apr 18 thru May 1st. Registration is now open for the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council annual conference, in partnership with the Florida Chapter of The Wildlife Society (register at http://www.fltws.org/). The theme for this joint conference is Breaking Bad in Florida: Gaining Ground on Invasive Plants and Animals in the 21st Century. Speakers and presentations will be integrated to illustrate the issues surrounding wildlife and their habitats and the advancements in invasive plant and animal control. In addition to this overall theme, individual research and management projects will continue to be a focus during technical sessions. This conference will also provide an opportunity to earn continuing education credits for herbicide applicators and possibly other certifications.



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