Past Conferences


2021

Host: Virtual

Location: Virtual Conference

Theme: 40 years of Celebrating Native Florida

2021 Conference Website

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2020

Host: University of North Florida

Location: Cancelled - no site

Theme: 40 years of Celebrating Native Florida

2020 Conference Website

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2019

Host: Citrus Chapter and FNPS

Location: Plantation on Crystal River

Theme: Transitions

2019 Conference Website 2019 Conference Photographs

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Painting above by Leslie Neumann, graphic by Cindy Liberton.
Featured Speakers
  • Eric Draper -- People Make the Parks, Plants Make the Parks Special
  • Jack Putz, PhD -- Rising Seas, Retreating Forests, and other Rapid Changes in Coastal Ecosystems
  • Reed Noss, PhD -- Why is Florida So Rich in Biodiversity?
  • Tom Hoctor, PhD -- Florida Regional Landscape Conservation: Obstacles and Opportunities

2018

Host: FNPS

Location: Miami, FL

Theme: RENEWAL!

2018 Conference Website 2018 Conference Photographs

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Watercolor by and in memory of Dr. Marjorie Brown
Featured Speakers
  • Craig Huegel, PhD -- Sex in the Garden
  • George Gann -- The Promise (and some perils) of Ecological Restoration
  • Roger Hammer -- Exploring the Everglades Backcountry (without dying a horrible death)
  • Tiffany Troxler, PhD -- Local and Regional Opportunities for Natural Systems to Benefit Society

2017

Host: Central Florida Chapters

Location: River Ranch

Theme: Connections

2017 Conference Website

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Artwork by Linda Deuver
Featured Speakers
  • Laura Super -- Mycorrhizal fungi are fascinating: biology, human impacts, and solutions
  • Roger Hammer -- Wildflowers of the Kissimmee Valley
  • Suzanne Simard, PhD -- Connections: Above and Below
  • Thomas Lodge -- What is the Everglades All About?
  • Tonya Clayton, Ph.D. -- Sea Level Rise in Florida: News From Our Natural Areas

2016

Host: Pawpaw

Location: Daytona Beach

2016 Conference Website

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Featured Speakers
  • Clay Henderson -- Sound Environmental Policy
  • Roger Hammer -- Endemic Florida Wildflowers
  • Tim Rumage, PhD -- This Spaceship Earth
  • Tom Hoctor, PhD -- Florida Wildlife Corridor

2015

Host: Florida Native Plant Society

Location: Tallahassee

Theme: Theme -- Born to Burn

2015 Conference Website 2015 Conference Photographs

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Artwork by Marjorie Shropshire
Featured Speakers
  • Bruce Means, PhD -- The Wild, Wild World of the Florida Panhandle--An Amazing Cradle of Life

2014

Host: Coccoloba Chapter

Location: Ft. Myers

Theme: Growing Native

2014 Conference Website 2014 Conference Photographs

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Featured Speakers
  • Bill Hammond, Ph.D. -- Our Two Million Year+ Brain-Body Connection to Phytons of the Plant Sphere
  • Don Chambers, PhD -- The Scientific Basis for Climate Change: Understanding the Most Important Findings of the 2013 IPCC Report
  • Edward F. Gilman, PhD -- Producing Quality Shade Trees
  • J. C. Cahill, PhD -- What Plants Talk About
  • Jim Wohlpart, PhD -- Remembering Sacred Reason: Global Warming, Sense of Place, and Native Species
  • Roger Hammer -- Wildflowers of Collier County

2013

Host: Ixia Chapter

Location: Jacksonville, FL

Theme:

Celebrating La Florida; the Land of Flowers

2013 Conference Website 2013 Conference Photographs

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Featured Speakers
  • Jim Draper -- Pascua de Florida and Planting in Harmony
  • Roger Hammer -- La Florida
  • Tom Hoctor -- Florida Wildlife Corridors

2012

Host: Hernando and Suncoast Chapters

Location: Plant City

2012 Conference Website 2012 Conference Photographs

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Artwork by Cindy Liberton
Featured Speakers
  • Douglas W. Tallamy, PhD -- Keynote Speaker
  • Hillary Swain, PhD, Executive Director, Archbold Biological Staton -- Plenary Speaker
  • Jeff Klinkenberg -- Keynote Speaker

2011

Host: Cuplet Fern, Lake Beautyberry, Pine Lily and Tarflower Chapters

Location: Maitland

Theme: Patios, Preserves and Public Spaces: Making Connections

2011 Conference Photographs

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Featured Speakers
  • Mari Margil -- Keynote Address: CELDF/Earth Jurisprudence: The Rights of Nature
  • Rick Dark -- Keynote Speaker: “Livable Florida: Native by Design
  • Rutherford H. Platt, PhD -- Keynote Address: Blooming Cities: Restoring Nature in Urban America

2010

Host: Magnolia Chapter

Location: Tallahassee

Theme: Celebrating 30 Years of FNPS History!

2010 Conference Photographs

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Featured Speakers
  • Darrel Morrison -- Overcoming Faceless/Placeless Landscape Design
  • June Bailey White -- The Joys and Horrors of Inheriting an Old Family Garden
  • Vassilike Betty Smocovitis, PhD -- Plant Blindness: Historical and Cultural Perspectives on a Peculiar Disease

2009

Host: Palm Beach County & Cooplum Chapters

Location: West Palm Beach, Florida

Theme:

Wake Up and Plant the Natives:   Planting Today to Preserve Florida's Tomorrow

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Featured Speakers
  • Dan Austin, PhD -- Plants and People: From Swamps to Deserts
  • Doug Tallamy, PhD -- Bringing Nature Home
  • Harold R. Wanless, PhD -- The Influence of Sea Level Change on Florida's Ecology

2008

Host: Mangrove, Pinellas, Serenoa & Suncoast Chapters

Location: Palmetto Civic Center

Theme: Estuaries to Uplands:  Preserving our Native Plant Heritage

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Featured Speakers
  • John Thaxton -- Tools to Influence Public Policy and Local Government: Decisions to bring about Change in Your Community
  • Linda Young -- he Status of Estuaries in Florida

2007

Host: Paynes Prairie Chapter

Location: Gainesville – Gainesville Hilton

Theme: Conservation cures: by the yard and mile

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Featured Speakers
  • he Status of Estuaries in Florida -- Ecology of a Cracker Childhood
  • William Cullina -- Perspectives from the New England Wild Flower Society

2006

Host: Pawpaw and Lyonia Chapters

Location: Daytona Beach Shores – The Shores Resort & Spa

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Featured Speakers
  • Gary Knight -- Working Together to Understand and Protect Florida's Precious Natural Heritage
  • Richard Louv -- Last Child in the Woods: Nature Deficit Disorder

2005

Host: Conradina, Eugenia & Searocket Chapters

Location: Melbourne – Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place

Theme: 25 Years of Preservation, Progress and Promise

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2004

Host: Tarflower Chapter

Location: Orlando - Hotel Royal Plaza

Theme: Protecting Florida’s Future with Native Landscapes

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Featured Speakers
  • Colleen Castille -- Update on environmental regulatory and law enforcement programs and land acquisition under Gov. Bush
  • David Price -- Creating a Sanctuary: Olmstead Inspired by Nature
  • Kathy Burks -- Invasive Exotic Plants: An Update

2003

Host: Cocoloba Chapter

Location: Fort Myers - Holiday Inn Select

Theme: Symbiosis:  The Power of Partnerships

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Featured Speakers
  • Doug Jones, PhD -- Butterfly Migration and Biomagnetism
  • Elfren Cazares PhD -- The Importance of Micorrhizae to Plant and Habitat Restoration
  • Mike Duever, PhD -- South Florida Plant Communities: past, present, and future

2002

Host: Magnolia Chapter

Location: Tallahassee - Ramada Inn North

Theme: Native Plants in Native Places:  Botanical Treasures Off the Garden Path

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Featured Speakers
  • Gil Nelson, PhD -- atural Gardens of the Florida Big Bend: An Orientation to Your Four Days in Paradise
  • Loran Anderson, PhD -- Carnivorous Plants of the Florida Big Bend

2001

Host: Pinellas Chapter

Location: Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor - Westin Innisbrook Resort

Theme: Biodiversity and Development: Striking a Balance

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Featured Speakers
  • Andy Wasowski -- Building Inside Nature's Envelope
  • Stuart L. Pimm, PhD -- Life on Earth: Does It Have a Future?

2000

Host: Dade Chapter

Location: Miami - Radisson Mart Plaza Hotel

Theme: Living with nature in the 21st Century

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Featured Speakers
  • Francis 'Jack' Putz, PhD -- he Homogeocene: Questions About the Past and Concerns About the Future
  • Georgia Tasker -- What Tree in the Right Place?
  • Nathaniel P. Reed -- Exotics: A Way of Life or---?
  • Terrence 'Rock' Salt -- The Everglades restoration: Maintaining the Momentum

1999

Host: FNPS

Location: Palm Coast, Flagler County - Palm Coast Resort

Theme: Gardening In Harmony

Featured Speakers
  • Brett Rappaport -- Avoid Running Afoul of Local Weed Laws!
  • Sara Stein -- Restoring the Ecology of our Own Back Yards

1998

Host: Palm Beach Chapter

Location: Palm Beach Gardens - Palm Beach Gardens Marriott

Theme: Florida’s Garden of Good and Evil

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Featured Speakers
  • Clyde Butcher -- Florida's Biological Landscape
  • Dan Austin, PhD -- Displacement of Native Ecosystems by Invasive Alien Plants: The Florida Experience

1997

Host: Paynes Prairie Chapter

Location: Gainesville – Radisson Hotel

Theme: Healing the Landscape: Restoring Florida’s Ecological Balance

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Featured Speakers
  • Roger Hammer -- Recreating Florida's Good Ole Days: Does Ecological Restoration Imply a Return to the Past or is it a New vision for the Future of Florida's Natural Areas?
  • Sally and Andy Wasowski -- Creating Native Habitat Gardens

1996

Host: Serenoa Chapter

Location: Sarasota - New College

Theme: Where the Sea Grapes Meet the Cedars: Plants on the Edge

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Featured Speakers
  • Gary Nabhan -- The Forgotten Pollinators
  • Richard Wunderlin, PhD -- Central Florida's Flora and Its Origin

1995

Host: Magnolia Chapter

Location: Tallahassee – Ramada Inn

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1994

Host: Conradina and Sea Rocket Chapters

Location: Cocoa Beach - Holiday Inn

Theme: Unifying People with the Landscape

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1993

Host: Heartland Chapter

Location: Haines City – Grenelefe Resort

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Featured Speakers
  • Hillary Swain, PhD -- Now That We've Bought It, What Do We Do With it? on Environmentally Endangered Lands Program
  • William Hammond, PhD -- Getting Wild and Managing to Stay Wild

1992

Host: Pinelas Chapter

Location: St. Pete Beach – Dolphin Inn

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1991

Host: Tarflower Chapter

Location: Orlando – Holiday Inn, UCF Area

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1990

Host: Dade Chapter

Location: Miami – FIU Campus

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1989

Host: Coccoloba Chapter

Location: Fort Myers – ECC Campus

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1988

Host: Paynes Prairie Chapter

Location: Gainesville – UF Campus

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1987

Host: Heartland Chapter

Location: Lakeland – Florida Southern College

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1986

Host: Suncoast Chapter

Location: Tampa -- University of South Florida

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1985

Host: Tarflower Chapter

Location: Winter Park – Rollins College

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1984

Host: Palm Beach Chapter

Location: Boca Raton, Florida Atlantic Univsity

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1983

Host: Naples Chapter

Location: Naples – The Conservancy

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1982

Host: FNPS

Location: Gainesville, University of Florida

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1981

Host: FNPS

Location: Winter Park, Rollins College

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