FNPS Promotes

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

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

Photographs from the 2015 conference -- Click here to enjoy more and for photo credits


Update in Progress

Posted June 05, 2015
We are in the process of updating on-line join and renew.  

To Renew or Join, please download the membership form from the link above (or click here to download).  To pay by credit card, please call FNPS at (321) 271-6702 and email the form to info@fnps.org



Kissimmee Prairie Wildlife Video Released

Posted July 12, 2015

Enjoy this video that was developed under the direction of the FNPS Education Committee.


You can view this video in full screen. We recommend that you view it on a device that is a least the width of a tablet.

Landscape Award Winner Gets More Praise!

Posted July 08, 2015

Archbold Biological Station was awarded a well-earned Landscape Award by FNPS this year.  We have just learned that they have received national level recognition for the same project.


Click here for a scan of the award document!


New Logo

Posted June 14, 2015

We have a new version of our logo—it was approved by the FNPS Board of Directors and we will be gradually changing FNPS materials to use it. We love the logo—it is modern and colorful.   Many thanks to Marjorie Shropshire for her excellent graphics work. But the new colors clash with our…

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Conference Photos

Posted June 01, 2015

Thank you to the many people who have provided photographs from the 2015 Conference.  This is by far the best collection of photographs of a conference that we have ever had.

To enjoy this collection, click on our Flickr albums and don't forget to page through the whole collection.

Latest from the Blog

Planting a Feast for Nature

By Marlene Rodak

Creating Bird and Butterfly Habitat at Middle School

A tiny butterfly on bloodberry (Cordia globosa), which is one of the native species
that will be planted at Fort Myers Middle Academy on Tuesday
The school corridor to be planted
A spectacular event will take place the morning of Tuesday, July 28 at Fort Myers Middle Academy.  Florida Forest Service employees and volunteers from the Florida Native Plant Society are planting hundreds of native plants in an outdoor corridor, which will transform the area into important bird and butterfly habitat.  This planting will demonstrate how natural, native landscaping functions in the environment by providing food and shelter to wildlife.  Best of all, the entire project is provided to Fort Myers Middle Academy and Lee County Schools FREE OF CHARGE!

FNPS Coccoloba Chapter President
Martha Grattan shoveling mulch
at Fort Myers Middle Academy
Florida Native Plant Society is coordinating the planting with Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, Florida Forest Service, Covanta Energy, Lee County Solid Waste, All Native Garden Center, Deep South Native Nursery, Hickory Hammock Native Tree Farm, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Nursery and others.  Costco, Bass Pro Shops, and Estero Community Park Recreation Center donated the cardboard and newspapers that volunteers placed over the entire 105' x 20' area. This will both recycle these materials and help prevent weeds for about a year. After laying the cardboard and newspaper, they covered it in mulch. Subsequently, they will install about 340 one-gallon plants in openings they make through the cardboard, with the mulch moved to the side then returned under the plants' dripline. Volunteers have already driven to Sweetbay Nursery in Parrish, Florida to acquire plants for the project that were not available at local nurseries.

After the planting is finished, the school will be provided with a plant maintenance manual . Monthly visits will also take place to monitor the new landscape's progress.

Fort Myers Middle Academy, located at 3050 Central Avenue, Fort Myers, FL 33901, was in the news in March when student Jeffery Thompson won the Lee County Spelling Bee by correctly spelling the word ESCARGOT. The school, which celebrates its 60th year anniversary this year, is in one of the most economically challenged areas of the city.

Would you like to learn more about native plants and landscaping in southwest Florida?  Do you want to help a school that deserves our attention?  Call (239) 273-8945 to learn how you can participate.  Visit www.FNPSCoccoloba.org for more information about the Coccoloba Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society.

Below are some work-in-progress photos. Looking great, Coccoloba Chapter!

Already an improvement!
posted by Laurie Sheldon

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