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Day: March 27, 2020
Webinar: Check your email for instructions.
"Great Pollinators: Florida Native Bees and Honey Bees with Nini Connor and Jean the Beekeeper".


March 31, 2020 – Hidden Water Preserve POSTPONED

Meeting Fri, Mar 27, 2020 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

You should have received an email inviting you to join a webinar for our March Meeting.
Topic:  "Great Pollinators: Florida Native Bees and Honey Bees with Nini Connor and Jean the Beekeeper".

Please send your questions, comments and feedback to: abl@lyttle.us.com

Due to concern for the spread of the contagious Coronavirus, The Villages Chapter of The Florida Native Plant Society is holding a virtual meeting online.

Sumter County Master Gardeners Plant Sale

March 21, 2020: Postponed!

Membership Outreach Volunteer

We still are looking for someone to greet folks that come to the meeting and discuss joining FNPS. If interested please contact Jean 407-363-9061 or fnpsthevillages@gmail.com

Field Trip

March Outing to Hidden Waters in Eustis, TBD if it will still take place.  Notifications will be sent to all participants if anything changes. 

FNPS 40th Annual State Conference - Jacksonville

The 40th annual conference of the Florida Native Plant Society is focusing on “40 Years of Celebrating Native Florida” and will be held May 14 – 17, 2020 at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville.  Join us for Florida’s premier event focusing on the preservation, conservation and restoration of our natural lands, ecosystems, and local communities. https://www.fnps.org/conference


FNPS membership is tax-deductible and runs 12 months from the date you sign up.  Forms and annual dues are accepted at the meeting or you can join on-line at www.fnps.org   If you have not joined, please consider doing so.  Please be certain to indicate you would like to join the Villages Chapter.  If you don't indicate "The Villages", they will put you in the chapter for your county, which may not be The Villages chapter. We have membership from several counties, and want you to be correctly affiliated with us.  Renewal notices are sent the month before they are due.

Doug Tallamy Speaking in Tallahassee


How Immersion in Nature Benefits Your Health

A growing body of research points to the beneficial effects that exposure to the natural world has on health, reducing stress and promoting healing. Now, policymakers, employers, and healthcare providers are increasingly considering the human need for nature in how they plan and operate.

Read the full article at Yale Environment

TVFNPS 2020 Officers.

We still need the following positions filled:

Membership Officer - Myrna will continue to keep the members and contacts list updated in Mailchimp as well as manage the name badges. Ideally, the Membership Coordinator would be someone who likes to meet and talk with people.  They would check with guests to see if they are interested in joining.  Follow up with members who have not renewed.  Identify ways to create interest in FNPS and collect contact emails.

Linda Bishop has graciously agreed to coordinate the Spring Plant Sale as well as Earth Day.

We also need volunteers for specific jobs / projects:

Email Nini Connor is you would like to volunteer for one of these positions.

Note: You do not have to perform the job alone. Jobs can be shared with a friend or spouse. Contact fnpsthevillages@gmail.com to volunteer.

The Villages FNPS Blog

Jo, Secretary The Villages FNPSJo, our wonderful secretary, has been writing about her native garden on our new blog. Check it out. Send her some comments or add something yourself.


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  28.03.2020