2014 Conference


Growing Native

Florida Native Plant Society's
34th Annual Conference
May 15-18, 2014
Florida Gulf Coast University

(Cohen Center)
Ft. Myers, Florida


Registration is now closed until May 14 at Palmetto Hall at FGCU.  Stop by and register from 5 pm to 9 pm.

Program Preview

Conference pricing is $145/day for non-members ($110/day + $35 individual membership) or $255 for two days for non-members ($110/day + $35 individual membership).  

"Florida's Environmental University" -- Student housing is available to all conference attendees at an unbelievable price of $40 per bed or $80 for a private bath and is proving to be extremely popular. 

Attention FGCU Eagles and all other students!  
Students who are members attend the conference for FREE!  Student memberships are $15 ... and the conference is free!


Bring your bicycle!  Why burn fossil fuels to attend our Growing Native Conference?  Bring your bike and you can easily peddle between housing in Palmetto Hall and the Cohen Center.  FGCU even has bicycle repair/inflation stations around campus.

Field Trips are on Thursday and Sunday.  Some are sold out, but there is still room on some! These are fabulous opportunities to explore our natural treasures with the best of the best of experts around.

Conference participants and guests will certainly enjoy their Friday evening event at the fabulous Naples Botanical Gardens.  What could be more fantastic than a fabulous dinner nestled into The Garden with talks and tours?  You will NOT want to miss this one. 

There are so many exciting things to talk about.  Here are a few and they are FREE!!!:

  • - Huge Native Plant Sale -- Friday and Saturday 8am-4pm
  • - Carefully Selected Exhibitors and Vendors -- Friday and Saturday 8am-4pm
  • - Scientific Poster Session of Professionals and Students, too -- Saturday 10-2
  • - Regional Science Fair Winners -- Saturday 10-2 
  • - FLOR500 Native Plant Art Gallery Exhibition Opening -- Saturday 10-7, wine and cheese reception 5-7
  • - "Walking with the Natives" A Community Event for Families -- Saturday 10-2
  • - Student Naturalist-led Nature Trail Walks -- Saturday 7-2
  • - and much, much more

This is the event where those who already love our Florida native plants and native plant communities can celebrate them and learn more, while others can learn what makes these plants and plant communities so important to our world.

So, mark you calendar now! 

For more details, click the links to the left. 

Feel free to contact Marlene Rodak (rodakma@msn.com or 239-273-8945) for more information.