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Day: November 23, 2018
Topic:Panel Discussion
Time: 1:30 to 3:00 pm
Location: Big Cypress Recreation Center 3110 Hendry Drive, The Villages

Details and Directions


November 15th: Visit Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State Park.

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings is the author of The Yearling. Carpool leaves Big Cypress Recreation Center promptly at 7:30AM. The park is about 1 hour drive. There will be a tour led by Ranger Geoffrey Gates. Sign up with Georgette in the back - $8 covers the $3 entry fee and $5 honorarium.

Welcome Pam Powell

Pam Powell will be taking over as VP of Field Trips.  (Georgette is becoming a snow bird. When she's in The Villages, she'll be around to help.) Pam has lived in Florida for 30 years or so.  She has planned December 4 outing to the Florida Scrub-Jay Trail in Clermont in Lake County for a nature walk.  The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail is dedicated to increasing awareness of the need to restore habitat for scrub-jays, gopher tortoises and native plant species.

She also has an outing planned for January 18 to Mike Roess Gold Branch State Park in Clay County. This is one of Florida’s first state parks, developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. It offers rolling sand hills, ravines, lakes – it will be a lot of walking.

Members need to sign up for each outing separately at the November meeting (Nov. 23) as The Villages chapter does not have a meeting in December.

Not One Treasurer, but Two!

Thanks to Susan Hamilton is our new Treasurer and Marcia Gould is Assistant Treasurer.

VP Programs Needed

Roger will be stepping down at the end of the year. We need a volunteer to organize speakers for the coming year. The first speaker for January is already determined. There is a list of possible speakers. We need someone to make arrangements for each month. This is an opportunity to get to know some amazing experts on Florida native plants. See Steve if you would like to accept this position.

October 26, 2018 Speaker

Ginny Stibolt on “Authentic Florida Yards are Filled with Native Plants”

Ginny gave us access to this document. You can download the file to your computer or view it online.

Why Native Landscapes are Important  1.2 mb download
By the authors of
A Step-by-Step Guide to a Florida Native Yard
Ginny Stibolt & Marjorie Shropshire

Florida Invasive Plant LIst

DAR Conservation Award

October 2018

The NSDAR Conservation Award is a national award that can be presented to any man or woman with a distinguished conservation record.  It was presented to Steve Turnipseed today, by DAR representative Diane Clemmons.

DAR Conversation Award

Plant Real Florida Guide

The Florida Association of Native Nurseries (FANN) publishes the only publication exclusively devoted to Florida native plant gardening. The Guide features informative and inspirational articles on native plant landscaping plus sources for native plants, landscape and other services. Several members of The Villages Florida Native Plant Society are featured in the current publication, including President Steve Turnipseed, Chapter Representative Carol Spears and member Julie Wheeler. Subscription is free.  Our extensive video library is praised. Most of our videos were created by Al and Joan.

Florida Native Plants Symposium

President Steve Turnipseed was a speaker at this recent symposium. Steve has  11 years experience using native plants in managed community residential landscapes. More

Xerces Society "Bring Back the Pollinators" 

Bring Back the Pollinators

Download the Xerces Society Pollinator List for Florida (pdf file)

Sharon's Florida

Sharon's Florida: Web site about central Florida plants and wildlife developed by a Florida native, who has been active with Florida Native Plant Society and Master Gardeners. Lots of good information here.

Join The Villages Florida Native Plant Society (TVFNPS)

We need you. Here's the how and why of joining.

Action Alerts

The Florida legislature action alerts are posted on the FNPS website.


Remember to ask for native plants when visiting any nursery.  Your voice and dollars are making a difference and helping us achieve our Chapter Vision:  “The Villages becomes renowned for its extensive use of native plants and award winning native plant landscapes

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Published on  06.11.2018