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Day: September 27, 2019
Topic: Butterflies with Scott Davis
Time: 1:30 to 3:00 pm
Location: Big Cypress Recreation Center 3110 Hendry Drive, The Villages

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Field Trips Starting in the Fall

This is a listing of the upcoming outings for Villages Native Plant Society.   If you are interested in more detail please come to a meeting.  You must be a member to go on any trip.

Oct 15 - Scrub Point Preserve which is not open to the public
Nov 3rd - Crones Cradle Conserve in Citra for a women's only brunch
Dec* - Bear Tract Preserve in Umatilla - not open to the public
Jan 21 - Farm tour at Crones Cradle Conserve and lunch
Feb* - Hidden Water Preserve in Mount Dora
March 6th - Silver River Canoe or kayak
April* - Flat Island Preserve in Leesburg
May 2, 2019 - Cactus Jack horseback ride in Ocala

* Date to be announced later

The Power of Plants

Below is an excerpt from an article from the Hoffman Nursery newsletter with a link to the full article. Hoffman Nursery is a whole grass grower in North Carolina. The newsletter is directed towards their grower customers. 

"Feeling stressed? Can't concentrate? Walking outside and being around plants can make it better. Those of us who work with plants know they're powerful. Research being done across disciplines continues to bear that out. To begin pulling it all together, Dr. Charlie Hall and colleague Melinda Knuth have published a review of the emotional and mental health benefits of plants.

According to the authors, "This paper is the first of a four-part series that provides a review of the substantial body of peer-reviewed research that has been conducted regarding the economic, environmental, and health and well-being benefits of green industry products and services. "

Read the article

from Popular Mechanics

“A garden that’s planted purely by aesthetic decisions is like a car with no engine,” 

Here's a simple "How To" for converting your yard to native plants and getting rid of the lawn mower.

Read the article

New Landscape Designs

The designs that Steve spoke about at the meeting on April 26, 2019 are available here.

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.


Craig Huegel's New Book

The Nature of Plants by one of our favorite speakers, Craig Huegel, is available from Amazon and The University of Florida.

VP Programs Needed

Roger will be stepping dow We need a volunteer to organize speakers for the coming year. 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.

Native Plant Landscape Brochure for North Central Florida

Plants are grouped into a grid of 9 blocks based on sun and moisture requirements. The is a pdf file meant to be folded for mailing. It is difficult to read online. Come to our meeting and get a paper copy for free! To view various sections online use Adobe Reader's Zoom and Rotate options. Link

The Insect Apocalypse Is Here
What does it mean for the rest of life on Earth?

This article from the New York Times is about bugs, but I have noticed the same phenomenon with birds. 

FNPS State Conference

FNPS 39th Annual State Conference - Crystal River The state conference this year will be at The Plantation on Crystal River, May 16-19th. Please consider attending. Thursday May 16 & Sunday May 19 are days for field trips. On Sunday, May 19, one of the field trips will be a garden tour of native yards in The Villages.  https://fnps.org/conference/2019

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  25.08.2019