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Day: July 28, 2017
Time: 1:30 to 3:00 pm
Location: Big Cypress Recreation Center 3110 Hendry Drive, The Villages
Topic: Invasive to Native: Creating a Home for Florida’s Plants and Animals

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July Guest Presentation:

Florida Native Plant Society - The Villages Chapter
Our regular 4th Friday meeting and guest presentation is Friday, July 28th Guests are welcome. 

Time:  1:30 pm to 3:00 pm.  Arrive early to, participate in the native plant drawing.
Location: Big Cypress Rec Center, 3110 Hendry Drive – Periwinkle Room

“From Invasive to Native: Creating a Home for Florida’s Plants and Animals”  by Carol J. Spears, M.S., retired National Park Service Ranger and Wildlife Biologist

Carol shares her story of the how and, perhaps more importantly, the why of changing her entire yard to native plants, and the lessons learned along the way. Photographs support the discussion of each step of the process and richly illustrate the diversity of plants and animals that now call her yard their home.

Carol worked for 28 years for the National Park Service (NPS) as a Park Ranger Interpreter (educator) and Manager in parks across the US. She also taught other NPS Interpreters throughout the country the skill and art of Interpretation, served for 12 years as Chief of Interpretation and Public Information Officer for the NPS, and won the National Freeman Tilden award in 1987 (which honors one NPS Interpreter each year for the highest and best achievements in interpreting park resources to the public). Her academic degrees are: BS in biology and MS in Zoology and 3 years Ph.D. work in Wildlife Ecology. Carol continues in retirement her passion for educating others about the wonders, beauty, intricacies, and importance of the workings of the natural world.

Native Plants for the Chance Drawing this month!

Green Isle Gardens provides us with six 1-gallon plants each month. Plus other native plants provided by members this month including:

Note:  If you have any Real Florida Native plants that you are willing to share, please bring them to the meeting early. 

FNPS Chapter Native Landscape Garden Tour

Our annual native landscape home garden tour will be on Friday, Sept., 29, 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  More than a half dozen of our chapter members will open their native landscapes to FNPS members for self-guided tours. 

Upcoming Events

Oct 21 - FNPS to have Native Plants at the Fall Master Gardener Vendor Sale
FNPS Chapter will have native plants at the Master Gardener Vendor Sale on Sat. Oct 21, 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Wildwood Community Center on Powell Road.  We need volunteers to set up and arrange plants on Friday afternoon, also to take shifts to sell the plants on Saturday.

Native Plant Horticulture Foundation

Cammie Donaldson was a guest at our June meeting. Cammie is the Executive Director of FANN, which helps the 150 companies in the business of native plants be more successful.  She discussed the Native Plant Horticulture Foundation that helps expand the supply of native plants and helps recruit young folks to the native plant businesses. Donate. Native Plant Horticulture Institute Inc. DBA Native Plant Horticulture Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization recognized as tax exempt by the IRS.

Oct 6 – Tentative Tour of The Villages landscapes with The Villages Chapter FNPS and landscape professionals. Stay tuned!

Sponsors: Native Plant Drawing

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”

Green Isles Gardens and various members


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 or renewing your membership at the highest level you can afford. 

Membership helps to provide funds that will enable us to protect Florida's native plant heritage.

What is a Native Plant?

For most purposes, the phrase Florida native plant refers to those species occurring within the state boundaries prior to European contact, according to the best available scientific and historical documentation. More specifically, it included those species understood as indigenous, occurring in natural associations in habitats that existed prior to significan human impacts and alterations of the landscape. Source: Palmetto title page

Action Alerts

The Florida legislature is in session and action alerts are posted on the FNPS website.


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Published on  15.07.2017