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Governor Proclaims October as Native Plant Month

Posted October 05, 2015

Exciting news!  Governor Scott has signed a proclamation designating October as Native Plant Month.   You can download it here.

Many congratulations to Andy Taylor, Donna Bollenbach, Jonnie Spitler, Jan Allen, and all others who have worked so hard to make Native Plant Month a realitiy.

Call for Research Track Papers and Poster Presentations

Posted September 09, 2015

The Florida Native Plant Society Annual Conference will be held in Daytona Beach, Florida, May 18-22, 2016.  The Research Track of the Conference will include presented papers and a poster session on Friday May 20 and Saturday May 21.  Researchers are invited to submit abstracts on research…

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Native Plant Month Event -- Martin County, October 10

Posted August 31, 2015

October will be Native Plant Month!  The Society and its chapters have many events planned.  Keep your eyes on this site to learn about planned events and when and where they will be held. A great opportunity to learn how to maintain a native landscape is being presented by the Ginny Stibolt…

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Teaching Students About Butterfly Gardening
Posted August 07, 2015

Tim Harrison has had a few surprises pop up during the discussion when he helped Brevard school kids plant butterfly gardens before school ended for the summer.  “Some kids told me they had never seen the roots of plants,” said Harrison, on a mission to introduce kids to the benefits of native…

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Why Florida Native Plant Month?

A New Initiative

As the weather turns nicer and chapter events start increasing, the Florida Native Plant Society is starting a new initiative for the fall this year.  Welcome to the first ever Florida Native Plant Month!   You can find a list of events at

The St. Johns County Proclamation of October being Florida's Native Plant Month 
We are working on a coordinated outreach and membership campaign to tell everyone we can find in the state about the work FNPS does.  As part of this, we are building relationships with local elected officials, media and organizations who may not know much about us.

The proclamation document.
There are currently 36 scheduled proclamations across the state for an event FNPS decided to proceed with in late July.  We have already found people that share a similar mindset as FNPS who were not members.  One of the coolest stories so far is a City Commissioner reaching out to us because he wanted to do a Florida Native Plant Month proclamation.

St Johns BOCC Chairwoman Rachael Bennett said “My backyard, much to the dismay of my HOA, looks very much like a natural Florida environment.” A nice touch from the Sea Oats members in attendance to give a loud round of applause after that line!

In Highlands County, we were able to highlight our friends at Archbold Biological Station’s use of native landscaping that won a 2015 FNPS Landscape Award.

Proclamations are purely ceremonial but allow for promotion of the FNPS mission state and reach the general public on the benefits of native plants.  They are a great tool to be in front of your County Commissioners or your city elected officials to talk about native plants and celebrate the work that your chapter does. You may be surprised how many people keep an eye on what happens at their local government meetings.

Tips to use your proclamations: display at plant sales and chapter meetings, press releases with a picture of your members receiving the proclamation to your local media (especially newspapers with an ‘Around Town’ section).

Florida Native Plant Month aids, including press release templates, digital logos and flyers/posters can be found at here. The organizing committee still has some of the original printed posters that can be sent. Remember there are FNPS membership brochures available for you to have at events.

One of the reasons we were able to have printed materials is the support of our generous sponsors that believed in a first year program. Thank you to Conversa, NAUI Green DiverInitiative, and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

Please contact FNPS Development Director Andy Taylor or committee chair Donna Bollenbach for details on Florida Native Plant Month.

Florida Native Plant Month sponsors:
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