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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

Images by Valerie Anderson, Shirley Denton and Cocoloba Chapter

News


FNPS Annual Fund

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Posted December 12, 2018

Donate to our Annual Fund ! 

Click green button above to donate

You can also donate by mail - send your contribution to FNPS, PO Box 278, Melbourne FL 32902-0278.  Please indicate that this is a donation to our Annual Fund for 2018.

Or you can call FNPS Administrative Services at (321) 271-6702

Palmetto Award Nominations

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Posted January 17, 2019

Help us honor our outstanding members and chapters for their service by nominating them for a Palmetto Award for their volunteer work! Awards will be given at our Annual Conference at the Plantation on Crystal River - May 16-19, 2019. TO SUBMIT A NOMINATION (deadline March 13, 2019):   1. Identify…

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Founding Member Dick Workman

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Posted January 10, 2019

It is with sadness that we have been informed that Dick Workman has passed away.  He was a founding member with a strong commitment to native plant research and education and was always ready to support the Society and his chapter with his time and sage advice.  Dick was president of FNPS 1983-1984.

The photo shows Dick teaching the art of palmetto weaving at the 2013 conference in Jacksonville.

Native Plant Conservation Campaign News: Scientists: ‘time is ripe’ to use big data for planet-sized plant questions

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Posted January 14, 2019

A group of Florida Museum of Natural History scientists has issued a “call to action” to use “big data” to tackle longstanding questions about plant diversity and evolution and forecast how plant life will fare as climate change, invasion by nonnative species, and habitat fragmentation continue.…

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FNPS 2019 Endowment Grant Research Awards, Conservation Grant Awards and the Dan Austin Award for Ethnobotany

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Posted October 10, 2018

The Florida Native Plant Society maintains an Endowment Research Grant program for the purpose of funding research on native plants. These are small grants ($1500 or less), awarded for a 1-year period, and intended to support research that forwards the mission of the Florida Native Plant Society…

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Call for Research Track Papers and Poster Presentations Florida Native Plant Society 2019 Conference

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Posted October 10, 2018

The Florida Native Plant Society Annual Conference will be held at the Plantation on Crystal River, Crystal River, Florida, May 16-19, 2019.  The Research Track of the Conference will include presented papers and a poster session on Friday May 17 and Saturday May 18.  Researchers are invited…

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Donate to Our TorreyaKeepers Project

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Posted January 09, 2019

We are fundraising through grants and donations to expand this project to conserve the critically endangered Florida tree Torreya taxifolia.

This project started as an outgrowth of the Florida Torreya Tree of Life conference in March 2018 to aid in the recovery of Torreya Taxifolia, a critically endangered tree species.  In 2018, volunteers performed an in-depth GIS analysis with grant support from the Magnolia Chapter of FNPS and identified 987 privately-owned properties within the native range that are likely to have Torreya. 

Click here to learn more about this project and to donate.

Donate your car, truck, motorcycle, RV, or boat

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Posted December 19, 2018

For your older vehicles, it’s easier than selling them and you get a tax deduction equal to the sales price of the vehicle, if you itemize your deductions.  Title questions – no problem, Service Center personnel are experts in solving title issues.  They deal with the DMV every day.  …

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Public Garden Grant for Charlotte and Sarasota Counties - Mangrove Chapter

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Posted December 10, 2018

The Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society has made available $250 per Grant application “to create a public wildlife garden; to rehabilitate or enhance an existing garden; to replace invasive, exotic species with Florida native plants; to enhance a clubhouse, business, or non-profit…

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Latest from the Blog


"I found my passion here. I wish I had found it and joined earlier" - interview with Tayler Figueroa of Pine Lily Chapter


Tayler Figueroa is the Chapter Representative for the Pine Lily Chapter. She lives in Kissimmee with her husband and two young boys. I interviewed her at her house on January 10, 2019.

VA: When did you become an FNPS member and how did you hear about FNPS?

TF: I started a vegetable garden in the spring, and I noticed there were very few bees in my garden. I started researching how to help the native pollinators, and planting native wildflowers kept coming up. I used FNPS’s plant search and when I saw that you could get discounts on native plants by joining FNPS, I was excited, but I balked at the $35 per month membership fee. I would need to buy a lot of plants, but I thought it would be worth it. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it costs much less to be a member than I thought.

VA: Why do you stay involved with FNPS?

TF: Once you start and you realize what’s at stake… you can’t give in. Wait, let me back up and really answer the questions. Once I was hooked, I realized what my passion was. It’s native plants. I didn’t know it in college, I tried a bunch of things and they weren’t it. The local involvement is really important. You meet the people that area in the chapter and make that personal connection and you feel like you want to help. Even with no ecological/botanical education I still wanted to help in any way I could. I realized how much help Pine Lily needed. I keep involved even though it’s exhausting. I want to teach my kids, too.

VA: How did you get involved in chapter leadership?

TF: I got my [membership] card in the mail and was waiting for something else to happen so I called Karina, Pine Lily’s President, because nobody was calling me. So, I called Admin Services (the main phone number for FNPS) and asked for a local contact, and they gave me her number.

VA: What does Pine Lily Chapter specialize in? What’s your thing?

TF: Pine Lily used to specialize in plant sales, but we’re a small Chapter now so we’re still finding our focus. If it were up to me, I would like to specialize in plant rescues and restoration.

VA: What does your chapter mascot, the pine lily (Lilium catesbaei), mean to you?

TF: It’s significant because it’s both beautiful and threatened. T&E (threatened and endangered) species were my native plant hook. It’s exciting to see a pine lily in the wild.

VA: What are your plans for Pine Lily Chapter for 2019?

TF: You know I’m all about the milkweed propagation. I’m obsessed with milkweed. [note: as we all very well should be] I’m looking for way to make a difference in my county because I grew up here. I didn’t even know we had milkweed in Osceola County and we have rare species like Curtiss’s Milkweed (Asclepias curtissii) here. I want to find them and map them and maybe one day get the opportunity to grow them.

VA: What are your native plant goals for 2019?

TF: I just got my nursery business registered (Velvet Leaf Natives) and I want to increase the availability of natives in Osceola County. I need to keep learning so I know what I want to study in the future.

VA: How has the Florida Native Plant Society made your life better?

TF: I found my passion here. I wish I had found it and joined earlier.

VA: What have you accomplished that you’re proud of within FNPS?

TF: [Tayler initially tries to insist that she hasn’t done anything, then I remind her about the plant rescue that she orchestrated of the State Threatened leafless beaked orchid (Sacoila lanceolata) in Kissimmee] Ok, so I’m pretty proud of organizing my first plant rescue.

Interview by Valerie Anderson, Director of Communication and Programming

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