Calendar for -- May 2015

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  • SweetBay ChapterField Trip to the Hinson Loop Trail with the Panhandle Chapter of the Florida Trail Association

    SweetBay Chapter

    Field Trip to the Hinson Loop Trail with the Panhandle Chapter of the Florida Trail Association

    8:00 am

    Hinson Loop Trail

    Join s us as we meet up with the Panhandle Chapter of the Florida Trail Association and ID the plants along the Hinson Loop Trail in Washington county.

    Meet at the Winn Dixie in Lynn Haven at 8:00 am and then caravan/carpool to the hiking site.  If you are meeting us at the trail, we should be there4 at 9:00 am.

    Hinson Trail is a 4 mile hike.  The plant ID portion may not be that long, but plan to walk a long distance.

    For information about the Hinson Loop, see

  • Magnolia ChapterInvasive Plant Removal Workday

    Magnolia Chapter

    Invasive Plant Removal Workday

    9:00 am

    Gholson Nature Preserve, Chattahoochee

    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,

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  • Hernando ChapterMonthly Program: Florida Bats in Hernando

    Hernando Chapter

    Monthly Program: Florida Bats in Hernando

    6:30 pm

    Chinsegut Hill, Brooksville

    Colleen Werner, Withlacoochee State Forest Biologist with the Florida Forestry Service, will present a talk on Florida Bats. Colleen has helped to conduct Tri-colored bat surveys, Withlacoochee State Forest cave management and initiated cave protection measures to protect Southeastern myotis bat colonies. She will share with us the ecology of Florida bat species and how we can attract them. At the end of the evening a special trip to nearby Chinsegut Conservation Center will take place to watch the bats leave their roosts in several bat houses.
    We will meet at 6:30 PM at Chinsegut Hill, 22495 Chinsegut Hill Rd., Brooksville, FL., 34601. A map to the location can be found at

  • Cocoplum ChapterWorld Premier of "A Walk in the Florida Dry Prairie"

    Cocoplum Chapter

    World Premier of "A Walk in the Florida Dry Prairie"

    7:00 pm

    Environmental Studies Center, Jensen Beach, FL

    We are proud to host the premier of this vibrant short video documenting a walk among the wildflowers with Roger Hammer and Craig Huegel.  Shot in Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park by accomplished filmmaker Jennifer Brown the video is produced by the FNPS Education Committee. Cocoplum's own Debra Klein will explain how the project came to fruition.

    This is the last meeting of the season and the evening will be rounded out by a hands on propagation party.  We will prepare cuttings from our gardens to take home and root in yours. 


  • Tarflower ChapterMonthly Program: Stories from Florida's Last Old Pines

    Tarflower Chapter

    Monthly Program: Stories from Florida's Last Old Pines

    7:00 pm

    Harry P. Leu Gardens


    Florida was once covered by pine savannas, scattered with longleaf and south Florida slash pines that were hundreds of years old. A few of these old trees remain with us today, many in urban settings, but they largely go unnoticed and unappreciated. These last old trees and their remains tell us much about our original Florida landscape and the history of the past several centuries. Scars held deep within their rings document how the landscape burned in times past, something that can help us better understand and know how to best manage fire in natural areas today. Dr. Huffman will share some of what she’s learned from the last old Florida pines in her research in Central and North Florida and also tell about ways to protect our last old pines so we can keep appreciating and learning from them into the future.

    Dr. Jean Huffman has spent most of her life studying Florida fire ecology and fire management. She is currently focused on fire history research, establishing the Southeastern Coastal Plain Tree Ring Archive, highlighting the importance of Florida’s last old pines, and promoting the preservation and best management of Florida natural areas. She has completed tree ring-based fire histories of two sites in the Panhandle and one in Central Florida, and is currently working on several additional sites. For decades, she has also worked with on-the-ground fire and land management, most recently as the manager of the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve, and previously at Myakka River State Park. She has studied and published papers on a variety of subjects including the flora of Myakka River State Park, pine lilies and restoration in Florida dry prairie, the fire history of Little St. George Island, seed dispersal by tapirs in Amazonia, and the fire resistance of trees in Bolivian dry forest.  

  • Council ChapterElection Results, Council Chair

    Council Chapter

    Election Results, Council Chair

    12:00 am

    Email to Chapter Representatives, etc.

    The results of Council elections for the office of Chair will be announced by email to Chapter Represenatives and Chapter Presidents and Board. A public announcement of the new Council leader will be announced at the Society Annual Meeting at the Conference.

  • Beautyberry Chaptermaintaining our Native Plant Garden

    Beautyberry Chapter

    maintaining our Native Plant Garden

    9:00 am

    Discovery Gardens @ The Ag Center, Tavares

    Wanna learn more about native plants?  Join Barbara Grigg and others from our chapter weeding, watering, planting & trimming various native plants in this demonstration garden.  Our native plant section is in the southwest corner of Discovery Gardens.

    The Lake County Agricultural Center is located at 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares, FL

  • Pinellas ChapterHow One Person Got Rid Of His Grass The Path to a Yard Full of Native and Food Producing Plants

    Pinellas Chapter

    How One Person Got Rid Of His Grass The Path to a Yard Full of Native and Food Producing Plants

    7:00 pm

    Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater

    Andrew Karpinski will describe the process he used to transform his landscape from a typical suburban yard dominated by turf-grass to a vibrant garden that is not only environmentally-friendly, it also produces food. Learn how to transform your property, and have privacy, shade, windbreaks, food production, wildlife, & reduce watering, energy use, fertilizer, and maintenance -- the permaculture smart way.

    Read more about Andy's garden in the April-May 2013 issue of the Pinellas Chapter newsletter. 

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  • SweetBay ChapterField Trip with Tom Greene

    SweetBay Chapter

    Field Trip with Tom Greene

    12:00 am

    Pine Log State Park

    Jon FNPS Sweetbay memes on a field trip wit Tom Greene, a Tallahassee bologists who studies wetlands, upland habitats, and endangered species.

    Time and meeting location to be determined.  

  • Pawpaw ChapterMay FIeld Trip - Eco-buggy tour Deep Creek Preserve

    Pawpaw Chapter

    May FIeld Trip - Eco-buggy tour Deep Creek Preserve

    12:00 am

    Volusia County's Deep Creek Preserve

    May 9 (Sat) Pawpaw chapter Field Trip: Ecobuggy Tour of Deep Creek Preserve, followed by a picnic lunch at Lake Ashby Park

    Pawpaw Chapter field trips are open to the public and there is no fee for this trip.

    Description: The Deep Creek Preserve Ecobuggy tour will take us through just a portion of this 8,000 acre property purchased in 2011 to connect Volusia County's wildlife greenway.  The former cattle ranch and timber plantation is basically wet to mesic pine flat woods, with additional dome and basin swamps.  The tour will take us by a nice population of Rugel's Pawpaw, discovered two years ago, by Danielle Ivy.  Though there are 9 species of Pawpaw in Florida, the only place in the world this rare endemic, Deeringothamnus rugelii, or "Rugel's Pawpaw " is found is here in Volusia County.  What a treat it will be for everyone to see our little namesake Rugel’s Pawpaw in bloom!

    After the Ecobuggy trip, we will stop at nearby Lake Ashby Park for our picnic lunch.  Restrooms and a picnic pavilion are available.  Then you can take a few minutes to walk the shaded trails and boardwalk over Lake Ashby before going home.

    Eco buggy space is limited to 25 , so please reserve early for this trip. 

    Contact: Sonya Guidry or (386) 690-1797

    Bring: Water, insect repellent, lunch, sunscreen (Binoculars, camera, ID books) Wear: comfortable shoes and clothing that suits the weather.

    Carpool 8:30 AM at NSB Walmart on SR-44 west of I -95 (behind McDonalds).
    Meet 9:00 AM at entrance to Deep Creek Preserve 

    Location: The entrance to Deep Creek Preserve is on the west side of SR-415, 4.5 miles south if SR-44.

  • Ixia ChapterNative Park Special TLC Saturday

    Ixia Chapter

    Native Park Special TLC Saturday

    8:30 am

    3312 Park Street, Jacksonville FL

    Grab your shovel…your park needs you on

    MAY 9th!


    We have been given a donation of wood chips from a tree service that cut down a tree close  to Native Park. Now we need people to help spread the chips.


    Wood chips have  been  a main source of soil amendment in the Park as they decompose and are responsible for the successful planting and growth of the plants that beautify the park and benefit the  environment.


    If you, or anyone you know, can join us on Saturday, May 9 at 8:30 or so for a few hours to help, please do so.


    Native Park was established in 1923 by the Avondale Garden Circle for plant life study and was adopted by our Ixia Chapter In January, 2010 under the City's Friends of the Park program. That designation gives the Chapter a role in the planning, development and care-taking of Native Park.


    Please join us for monthly TLC Saturday at Native Park on the 2nd  Saturday of the month from 8:30-11:30 or so. The remaining 2015 schedule for your calendar is: 


    June 13

    July 11

    August 8

    September 12

    October 10

    November 14

    December - no scheduled TLC day.


    For additional information contact


  • Cocoplum ChapterFitting Natives into a Home Garden

    Cocoplum Chapter

    Fitting Natives into a Home Garden

    9:00 am

    Rocky Point

    How one person has integrated natives into a Rocky Point yard.

    Directions to the yard will be given at the meeting on May 5.

  • SeaRocket ChapterEnchanted Forest Garden Workday

    SeaRocket Chapter

    Enchanted Forest Garden Workday

    9:00 am

    Enchanted Forest Sanctuary, Titusville

    Enchanted Forest Garden Workday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. This is the time volunteers spend identifing weeds, and exstacting them, trimming spent growth, and seasonally collecting seed for later propigation.

  • Magnolia ChapterField Trip: Amy Jenkins - Harperocallis flava in bloom

    Magnolia Chapter

    Field Trip: Amy Jenkins - Harperocallis flava in bloom

    9:00 am

    Apalachicola National Forest

    April showers bring May Flowers, and the month of May heralds the blooming of the rare Harper’s Beauty. The wet prairies of the Apalachicola National Forest will be aglow with the blossoms of a wide variety of carnivorous plants, orchids, and other rare beauties documented by the Florida Natural Areas Inventory. Botanist Amy Jenkins will lead us through the ANF to see Harperocallis flava and more. Be sure to bring your camera and be prepared for wet feet!

    The trip should be at least half a day plus the drive back.

    For those wanting to caravan out of Tallahassee, we will be meeting at the Pensacola street McDonald's (2022 W Pensacola St, Tallahassee, FL 32304), in the same shopping center as Hungry Howie’s and Gold’s Gym at 9am and leaving at 9:15 am, heading west on SR 20.

    The primary meeting location will be at the Busy Boy in Hosford (16751 Ne State Road 65, Hosford, FL 32334) at 10am. From there we will caravan with Amy Jenkins to the trip site.

    If there are any questions, please email

  • Tarflower ChapterMonthly field trip

    Tarflower Chapter

    Monthly field trip

    9:00 am

    Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

    On Saturday May 9, let's actually get out into the field. We will meet at the Merritt Island Visitors Center at 9a.m. From there, we will go in search of interesting native plants. Bring some cash—beach access (probably not an essential part of the trip, but nice) is $8 or more per car and some other parts of the island have lesser prices. Bring water and a snack and perhaps mosquito repellent.

    To carpool, meet at the usual Burger King at Colonial Drive (Hwy 50) and Alafaya Trail in east Orlando. We will leave at 8a.m. sharp. Expect the rest of the drive to the visitors' center to take about an hour.

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  • Tarflower ChapterPlant salvage planting

    Tarflower Chapter

    Plant salvage planting

    8:00 am

    Bill Fredericks Turkey Lake Park

    We will be planting the Kerina Parkside 2015 salvaged plants at Bill Fredericks Turkey Lake Park on Thursday, June 4 at 8:00 a.m. until around noon; and again on Thursday, June 11 at 8:00 a.m. (The Park doesn't open until 8:00 a.m.) Please bring a shovel or trowel, plenty of water for yourself, hat, gloves, etc.  If interested, please contact Jackie Rolly at or 407-620-6963.

    All the scrub lupines (Lupinus aridorum) seedlings have already been planted and a survey was done on March 24. Results of the survey have not been compiled, but according to Juliet Rynear of the Bok Tower Rare Plant Department, the survival to date has been above expectations. What we will be planting in June are the other salvaged plants such as sandlace (Polygonella myriophylla), scrub skullcap (Scutellaria arenicola), jeweled blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium xerophyllum), forked bluecurls (Trichostema dichotomum), yucca (Yucca filamentosa), and coastalplain honeycombhead (Balduina angustifolia).

  • Sumter ChapterMonthly Meeting

    Sumter Chapter

    Monthly Meeting

    6:00 pm

    Sumterville Community Building

    Dr. Jason Smith, Professor of Forest Pathology, will present "The Biology & Management of Laurel Wilt."  Please 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.

  • Conradina ChapterMonthly Chapter Meeting

    Conradina Chapter

    Monthly Chapter Meeting

    6:00 pm

    Melbourne Library 540 E Fee Ave. Melbourne FL, 32901

    Roger Hammer, an award-winning professional naturalist, author, botanist and photographer.

    Roger will hghlight his just released 2nd edition of Everglades Wildflowers. He has expanded this edition to include about 100 new species.  Most photographs are new.  Botanical nomenclature has been brought up to date and information is provided regarding which species attract butterflies, moths and birds.

  • Pawpaw ChapterMay Meeting Program - Manatees 101

    Pawpaw Chapter

    May Meeting Program - Manatees 101

    7:00 pm

    Piggotte Center, South Daytona

    The may program will be "Manatees 101" by Katie Tripp

    Dr. Katie Tripp is Save the Manatee Club’s Director of Science and Conservation. She received her bachelor’s degree from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL, where she majored in Marine Science and received minors in both Chemistry and Environmental Policy.  Katie received her Ph.D. in Veterinary Medical Sciences from the University of Florida, where she conducted research on manatee physiology. Dr. Tripp was a lecturer, laboratory instructor, and graduate research assistant at the university.  She has worked as a manatee consultant for one of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Projects and also worked as a biologist with FWC’s Marine Mammal Pathobiology Lab where she assisted with manatee necropies, carcass salvage, marine mammal rescues, and various research projects. She has co-authored multiple abstracts and research papers on manatees. Among her many honors, she was chosen as the Florida League of Conservation Voters’ Betsy Wood Fellow and was a Ford Foundation and Morris K. Udall Scholar. She was chosen by the Board of Save the Manatee Club to be its first student member and became a full member in 2005. At the 2008 Marine Mammal Health Conference organized by the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine and others, Dr. Tripp received the Reep-Bonde Florida Manatee Biology and Conservation Award for her research that furthered the basic knowledge of fundamental manatee biology.

    Katie has lived in Port Orange since 2011.  She and her husband Brendan purchased a home on Rose Bay in February 2014, and have spent the last year remodeling it and establishing their gardens, which include a number of native plants.  They have their dear friend Jane Culpepper to thank for most of the treasures in their home and yard.

    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.

    Doors open 6:30 pm, Program at 7pm, followed by the business meeting.

    Click here for meeting location info and map.

  • Magnolia ChapterWolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve Work Day

    Magnolia Chapter

    Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve Work Day

    8:00 am

    Wolf Creek Road, Whigham, Georgia

    Come enjoy a morning activity removing exotic invasive plants or otherwise enhancing the property, with an invitation to bring-your-own-lunch and an afternoon stroll.  To join the volunteer list, please contact

  • Ixia ChapterCommunity Native Plant Course

    Ixia Chapter

    Community Native Plant Course

    9:30 am

    Adam W. Herbert University Center, UNF, 12000 Alumni Drive, Jacksonville FL



    OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute), Division of Continuing Education, UNF, offers nearly 90 exciting and fun courses this spring for intellectual, social and cultural enrichment opportunities for members 50 and better in a climate that fosters friendship and a mutual sharing of ideas and life experiences. OLLI’s annual membership fee is $50; course fees are additional.

    This spring term, now open for registration, offers MAKING YOUR YARD A LIFE GARDEN FOR FLYING FLOWERS, MELODIES AND YOU. The course is designed to boost your knowledge of butterflies, bees and birds that visit our region. Discover why they are important, learn to select and care for the plants, vines, shrubs and trees that will make your yard vibrate with life.  The course instructor is Sally Steinauer, President of the Florida Native Plant Society, Ixia Chapter. It will be held at the UNF University Center on May 12 and 19, from 9:30-11:00. Included in the course is an ED-venture field trip to Native Park ( located at 3312 Park Street in  Riverside Avondale) on May 26, from 10:00-11:30, The course  fee is $30.

    The Avondale Garden Circle established Native Park in 1923 for the purpose of studying Florida plant life. The Ixia Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society adopted the park in 2010 and have restored its beauty and increased its plant inventory from 27 to over 100.


    To register and for more information about OLLI, visit   

    Sally Steinauer may be contacted at 


  • Mangrove ChapterMeeting, Potluck, and Election of Officers

    Mangrove Chapter

    Meeting, Potluck, and Election of Officers

    6:00 pm

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

  • NatureCoast ChapterThe Benefit of Trees to Me

    NatureCoast Chapter

    The Benefit of Trees to Me

    7:00 pm

    Land o' Lakes Community Center

    Speaker: Lara Miller

    Program: The Benefit of Trees to Me

    We walk by trees every day, but how often do we stop to think about the value of trees to us? This presentation will explore the benefits of trees to people in a fun and interactive way. You will leave with a much better understanding of many of the ecosystem services trees provide that you might not often consider.


    Bio: Lara Miller is the Natural Resources Agent for UF/IFAS Extension in Pinellas County. She is stationed at Brooker Creek Preserve in Tarpon Springs, but has countywide responsibilities. Lara works on a variety of natural resource issues with a focus on public education. Her areas of focus include wildlife, water, invasive species, backyard habitat, and urban forestry. Before starting her current job, Lara attended the University of Florida where she earned her Bachelors and Masters Degree in Natural Resource Conservation with a certificate in Environmental Education. Contact info: Natural Resources Extension Agent UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County (727) 453-6905 Fax (727) 453-6801,, 3940 Keystone Rd., Tarpon Springs, FL  34688


  • Coontie ChapterPanel: The Future of Plant Conservation

    Coontie Chapter

    Panel: The Future of Plant Conservation

    7:00 pm

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

    The Broward Chapter is hosting four very knowledgeable people regarding the native plants of South Florida to discuss what the public needs to know to save them. This discussion is important, not only for Florida Native Plant Society members, but for everyone concerned about the future of wildlife and creating a sustainable society within the natural legacy of South Florida. The guests:

    Joyce Maschinski, Ph.D., Conservation Ecologist, Kushlan Tropical Science Institute, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

    Steve Woodmansee, Owner, Pro Native Consulting; Research Associate, Institute of Regional Conservation: prior President, Florida Native Plant Society

    Jimi Sadle, Park Botanist, Everglades & Dry Tortugas National Parks

    Pat Howell, Natural Resources and Land Management Specialist, Broward County Parks

  • PaynesPrairie ChapterMay Chapter Program, 7pm

    PaynesPrairie Chapter

    May Chapter Program, 7pm

    7:00 pm

    Matheson Museum, 513 E. University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601

    Topic: Local Natural History with a Focus on Fire
    Speaker: Dr. Jack Putz

    Our May speaker is Dr. Jack Putz, distinguished teacher, scholar and professor at the Biology Department of the University of Florida. He is a long time Gainesville resident and supporter of the Florida Native Plant Society who has written articles for the Palmetto quarterly magazine.

    In his official UF page he writes, “As an applied ecologist, my goal is to use science to solve real-world problems related to ecosystem management and conservation. I conduct research on forests and savannas in Florida, but also in South America (principally Bolivia), South Africa, and Southeast Asia. I hold joint appointments at UF with the School of Forest Resources and Conservation and the Center for Latin American Studies.”

    Dr. Putz has a new book out, "Finding Home in the Sandy Lands of the South". In each of the 52 essays in this series he brings alive some aspect of familiar nature in the Sunshine State.

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  • SeaRocket ChapterNative Plant Sale

    SeaRocket Chapter

    Native Plant Sale

    12:00 am

    Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

    Sea Rocket has opened up it's nursery once again in conjuction with the KBB Secret Garden Tour, this Saturday May 16, 2015. Plant sale hours are 10 to 3. The Secret Garden Tour will be an "open (garden) house" format allowing ticket holders to follow a tour guide pamphlet on their own, selecting the gardens they would like to see on their schedule.  The Enchanted Forests beautiful Butterfly Gardens are included. Vounteers are needed for the sale and tour guides to answer questions and show off the native butterfly gardens.

    Enchanted Forest Sanctuary
    444 Columbia Blvd, Titusville, FL 32780
    (321) 264-5185


  • Naples ChapterField Trip - Royal Palm Hammock Hike

    Naples Chapter

    Field Trip - Royal Palm Hammock Hike

    9:00 am

    Collier-Seminole State Park

    Meeting place: Collier-Seminole State Park is located off of US 41, approximately 9 miles southeast of its intersection with Collier Blvd. Please call (239) 597-7222 for directions to specific meeting place.

    Dr. George Wilder, Curator of the Herbarium of Southwestern Florida, will lead this easy hike and identify native plants found within Collier-Seminole State Park's Royal Palm Hammock. Dr. Wilder is currently undertaking a floristic inventory of this Park. Expect to walk about 3 miles along a natural trail. You may encounter some wet ground and biting insects. Please RSVP to (239) 597-7222.

  • NatureCoast ChapterTraveling Tree Walk

    NatureCoast Chapter

    Traveling Tree Walk

    9:00 am

    Brooker Creek Preserve

    Gail Parsons will be leading us at Brooker Creek for the “Traveling Tree Walk”. Various trees in the Preserve are tagged with information cards that indicate their economic value. This will tie in well with the lecture earlier in the week by Lara Miller entitled, “The Benefit of Trees”. Brooker Creek Preserve, an 8,700-acre oasis in heavily developed Pinellas County, is the watershed for Brooker Creek. The creek system consists of 13 meandering channels, most of which hold flowing water only during the rainy season. Eventually the channels merge into one that flows into Lake Tarpon. The Preserve has hydric hammocks, cypress domes and swamps, oak hammocks, and pine flatwoods. An Environmental Education Center can be visited.


    The trails are flat and level, but there may be wet and muddy areas after big rainfalls, so wear shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Bring a lunch if you would like to picnic there.


    Directions: Brooker Creek Preserve is located at 3940 Keystone Rd., Tarpon Springs. If you are coming from the west, Keystone is the continuation of Tarpon Ave. The entrance is well marked on the south side of the road. If you are coming from the east, access Keystone Rd. from Gunn Highway.


  • Pinellas ChapterA Permaculture Tour of Andy’s Yard –

    Pinellas Chapter

    A Permaculture Tour of Andy’s Yard –

    9:30 am

    Field Trip

    Andy's yard is a permaculture landscape with a mix of native and non-native plants, chosen and placed to provide multiple functions, such as privacy, food production, energy savings, water conservation, and wind protection. Most materials used were salvaged from the local waste stream.

    Read more about Andy's yard and how he created it in the April-May issue of the Pinellas Chapter's newsletter, The Understory.

    To RSVP and get directions, contact Andy Karpinski:

  • Coontie ChapterWalk Helene Klein Pineland Preserve & More

    Coontie Chapter

    Walk Helene Klein Pineland Preserve & More

    9:30 am

    4701 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Coconut Creek, FL 33073

    Directions: Westbound on Hillsboro go just beyond Lyons Rd. on the north side (right turn) into the small parking lot, or northbound on Lyons Rd, left at Hillsboro and then almost immediately on the north side of Hillsboro (right turn) into small parking lot.

    The City of Coconut Creek's urban greenway trail system connects the West Creek Pineland and Saw Palmetto Natural Area, 7.43-acre tracts, with the adjacent Broward County Helene Klein Pineland Preserve, a 13-acre site. This trio of natural areas, two pine scrub and one wetland, is critical for migratory birds for refuge, forage, and resting during long migration routes, as well as a habitat for nonmigratory bird species. These natural islands in the midst of our dense urban development often hold the few remaining habitats for some plant species and a complex and interdependent ecology of microbes, insects, and wildlife. These under-studied relationships evolved over thousands of years of living against and together.


  • Ixia ChapterField Trip: Home Garden tours and Pot-luck Picnic

    Ixia Chapter

    Field Trip: Home Garden tours and Pot-luck Picnic

    10:00 am

    What do Ixia members want more of? Our January survey listed tours of local gardens as a  “most wanted",  so here you are. On Saturday, May 16th, Jake Ingram and  Sally Steinauer will welcome you to their gardens and share their stories of what worked, what didn’t, and why they are so passionate about their gardens. Both gardens were awarded the Riverkeeper’s Outstanding River- Friendly Yard Award, in past years.  And to add to the fun, the first annual Ixia pot-luck picnic at Native Park will follow the tours.         


    Tour and pot-luck picnic details:

    We will meet at Native Park, 3312 Park Street, between Belvedere and Avondale, at 10:00 and car pool from there to Jake and Sally’s gardens. Parking for Native Park is available on nearby streets.  


    Following the tour, we will have our first annual Ixia pot-luck picnic at Native Park.


    Please bring:

    Your favorite picnic dish to share and drinks for yourself. Ixia will provide plates and eating utensils.


    Bring table and chair(s), if you have them, or blanket if you prefer to sit on the ground. If you can bring an extra table and/or chairs, please do so in case of need.


    RSVP by May 11:

    If you plan to attend, please RSVP to

    If the weather is doubtful on the 15th or 16th, contact Jake Ingram at 635-6948 to verify whether or not the tour and picnic are still on schedule.


    Non-members are always welcome to our meetings and activities so encourage your friends, neighbors, and family to join us for this special event.




  • Coccoloba ChapterChapter Picnic amongst the Native Planting from Last Year

    Coccoloba Chapter

    Chapter Picnic amongst the Native Planting from Last Year

    11:00 am

    Estero Community Park

    We're going to have our annual picnic at Estero Community Park where we planted a few truckloads of native plants last summer.  We'll stroll around evaluating and enjoying the plantings before we congregate in the small pavilion west of the hill to break bread together. All are welcome.  Feel free to bring a guest.  Dogs must be on a leash, except in the dog park.

  • PaynesPrairie ChapterMay Chapter Field Trip, 2pm

    PaynesPrairie Chapter

    May Chapter Field Trip, 2pm

    2:00 pm

    Wildflowers of Florida, Inc., 27715 NW 107 Street, Alachua, Florida 32615

    Location: Terry Zinn's Wildflower Farm

    Wildflowers of Florida, Inc.
    27715 NW 107 Street, Alachua, Florida 32615

    *Take note that if you have a GPS and put the address in, GPS will take you right to gate. Don't use Google maps as it won't get it right. GPS works.*


    Take I-75 to exit 404 which will say High Springs and Lake Butler. (It is the exit that you may have seen signs for on I-75 about the FL Welcome Center featuring Florida citrus and an alligator!)

    When getting off 75 North at exit 404, turn to the left (east) toward Lake Butler on CR 236.

    Take CR 236 east to second 4 way stop (CR 239).

    Turn left on CR 239 (north); go about one mile.

    Turn onto 98th Street, which is a dirt road on left. Stay on the dirt road, which becomes 107th Street.

    The gate is where 107th Street turns left and becomes 278th Ave; it is the 2nd gate on right.

    Come through gate and drive left until you get to house where there is plenty of parking.

  • Beautyberry ChapterProgram Meeting: Ten Easy Wildflowers

    Beautyberry Chapter

    Program Meeting: Ten Easy Wildflowers

    2:30 pm

    Trout Lake Nature Center

    Ten Easy Wildflowers will be presented by Nancy Bisset, one of the leading authoirities on the scrub and sandhill plant communities that dominated much of Lake County prior to agricultural and residential development.   An avid horticulturalist and co-owner of The Natives native nursery in Davenport, Nancy has prepared a fast paced and information packed presentation, so be sure to bring a pen & notebook.

    Program begins at 2:30 but come at 2 pm for plant exchange, refreshements, library & social time.

  • Council ChapterCouncil Meeting (3rd Sunday eves)

    Council Chapter

    Council Meeting (3rd Sunday eves)

    6:00 pm

    GoToMeeting Online

    Reports, information, Agenda items are due at least 5 days before Council meetings.

    A GoToMeeting link will be sent to Chapter Representatives by email prior to this meeting.
    First-time users may log into the meeting early to confirm their ability to get on and will see a prompt that the host (Council Chair) is not yet there. The GoToMeeting link will automatically prompt you to download GoToMeeting software, if you need it. Following the easy process will enable you to connect to the meeting. You will learn to see who is in attendance, who is speaking, and how to mute, then unmute your microphone when you wish to speak. All this is in the GoToMeeting sidebar.

  • Serenoa ChapterGeneral Meeting - Native Plant Gardens/ Three Approaches

    Serenoa Chapter

    General Meeting - Native Plant Gardens/ Three Approaches

    7:00 pm

    Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

    Mary Foster will tell us how she landscaped her sunny yard which overlooks a canal; Nancy West will talk about gardening in drier uplands near the Manatee River, close to downtown. We’ll also hear about native plantings at the Manatee County Courthouse thanks to the great efforts of Cindy Shore.

  • TheVillages Chapter

    TheVillages Chapter

    9:00 am



    Florida gardening with Florida native plants, Aquascaping, ecological restoration, butterfly gardening and all your natural landscaping needs including wildflowers and bird houses can be provided by Biosphere!

    Meet in the far left parking lot at Big Cypress Recreation Center at nine am to form car pools and sign waivers.

    Arrive at Biosphere at 10 am.

    Trip Contact: Georgette Gerry, 714-661-7868,

    Get Google directions to Big Cypress Recreation Center

    Get Google directions to Big Cypress Recreation Center

    14908 Tilden
    Winter Garden
    Jim Thomas-owner

  • Naples ChapterPresentation - Lifecycle of a Leaf Lichen

    Naples Chapter

    Presentation - Lifecycle of a Leaf Lichen

    6:30 pm

    Naples Botanical Garden (4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples, FL, 34112)

    Meeting place: Harvey Kapnick Education and Research Center, Buehler Auditorium

    Please join us at our last meeting of the 2014-2015 season to learn all about the life of a leaf lichen from Dr. William Sanders, Florida Gulf Coast University Associate Professor. Arrive at 6:30pm to enjoy mingling and refreshments. The presentation begins at 7:00pm. The evening concludes with a native plant raffle!

  • Heartland ChapterBoard Meeting-Heartland Chapter

    Heartland Chapter

    Board Meeting-Heartland Chapter

    7:00 pm

    Denny's Restaurant in Bartow

    7:00 pm (Arrive by 6:30pm if you wish to have dinner prior to the meeting)

    Denny's is located in Bartow: 1035 North Broadway , Bartow, FL 33830

  • SeaOats ChapterNative Trees and Arboriculture

    SeaOats Chapter

    Native Trees and Arboriculture

    7:00 pm

    St Augustine BEACH city hall

    Certified Arborist and naturalist instructor, Danny Lippi is an expert on the latest research and scientific developments in the field of arboriculture.  He will give an introductory presentation on desirable native species for different habitats in our area and then a presentation on proper installation methods.

  • Suncoast ChapterChapter Meeting: Open Mic Night

    Suncoast Chapter

    Chapter Meeting: Open Mic Night

    7:00 pm

    Hillsborough County Extension Office 5339 County Road 579, Seffner, FL

    Open Mic Night: This is your time to brag about your native garden, talk about native plant related topics, and ask garden questions of our highly knowledgeable members. Each participant will have 10 minutes to give a Power Point or to just talk.

    We want to know about what you are doing to conserve, protect and restore native plants and native plant communities. Examples of acceptable presentations would include:

    Have you participated in  the FNPS land management program? Tell us about your experience.

    Did you or your community put in a new native garden? Show us before and after pictures and tell us how you did it? 

    Are you having difficulty growing a particular native plant or picking plants for your yard?: "Ask The Membership" about plants you may had had difficulty growing in your yard.

    Are you a photographer or illustrator of native plants?: Show us a few (3-5) of your favorite photos or illustrations and tell us why they are your favorites.

    Please NO politics or self-promotion.  

    Plan ahead and don't be shy. If you want to give us a heads-up on your topic, send an email to, but this is not a requirement to speak. Just show up with your presentation on a usb thumb drive and we will fit you in. 

  • PineLily ChapterDVD viewing of Doug Tallamy Lecture

    PineLily Chapter

    DVD viewing of Doug Tallamy Lecture

    6:30 pm

    First United Methodist Church

    Join us to view a DVD lecture by the reknown author Dr. Doug Tallamy, Professor & Chair of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware.

    Dr. Tallamy wrote Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants which outlines the the important ecological roles of the plants in our landscapes, emphasizes the ecological, educational, physical, and emotional benefits of designing landscapes with these roles in mind, and explore the consequences of failing to do so.

    This is a must see for anyone interested in just how important the role of native plants play in life.  Free and the public is welcome.

    First United Methodist Church
    101 W. Dakin Av,
    Administration Building 2nd Floor
    Kissimmee FL 34741


  • Suncoast ChapterMay Field Trip

    Suncoast Chapter

    May Field Trip

    9:00 am

    Florida Botanical Gardens 12520 Ulmerton Rd, Largo, FL

    • The Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo, FloridaUSA include flora, fauna and natural resources in surroundings intended to inspire, educate and promote environmentally friendly techniques. Florida natives, rare and unusual exotics and garden plants are included.

      The Gardens are open every day of the year from 7am to dusk and admission is free.

      These Botanical gardens, operated by Pinellas County include a Patio garden, Herb, Tropical Fruit, Native Plant, Succulent, Butterfly, Bromeliad and Palm garden.


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  • SeaRocket ChapterSea Rocket Monthly Meeting

    SeaRocket Chapter

    Sea Rocket Monthly Meeting

    5:30 pm

    Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

    Every fourth Wednesday of the month. This month with Diana       Sageser with be speaking on the Brevard Botanical Gardens. Diana is an experienced Master Gardener and has been involved in many exciting projects in her career. As always everyone is invited to attend this free and educational meeting.


  • LongleafPine ChapterField Trip to Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park, near Pensacola

    LongleafPine Chapter

    Field Trip to Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park, near Pensacola

    7:30 am

    Meet 7:30 AM at parking lot in front of Big Lots at 400 N. Navy Blvd., or go directly to park (west of Bauer Road about 1.5 miles south of intersection with U.S. Hwy 98).  We will hike the Tarkiln Bayou Trail to observe spring wildflowers and other interesting native plants.  Expected highlights: Sarracenia leucophylla, Drosera tracyi, Asclepias pedicellata, and Pterocaulon pycnostachyum.  Easy hiking.  Finish by noon.  $3.00 entrance fee.  Leader:  James R. Burkhalter. 

  • Magnolia ChapterFNPS Annual Conference Program

    Magnolia Chapter

    FNPS Annual Conference Program

    8:00 am

    Challenger Learning Center, Tallahassee

    See for further details.

  • Mangrove ChapterField Trip

    Mangrove Chapter

    Field Trip

    9:00 am

    Sleeping Turtles-North, 3462 Border Rd, Venice

  • FNPS ChapterFNPS Annual Members meeting at the Conference

    FNPS Chapter

    FNPS Annual Members meeting at the Conference

    4:00 pm

    Tallahassee, Florida

    Annual FNPS Members Meeting  Saturday, May 30, at 4:05 pm at the Challengere Learning Center (CLC), 200 S Duval Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301

    2015 Conference in Downtown Tallahassee, May 28-31, 2015   Please go to the Forum for the Agenda. Posted May 8, 2015.

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