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Day: January 26, 2018
Topic: Solving Environmental Problems
Time: 1:30 to 3:00 pm
Location: Big Cypress Recreation Center 3110 Hendry Drive, The Villages
Topic:Florida's Native Plant Movement

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Lake Griffin State Park Work Day

Despite overcast skies and threat of rain later today, our chapter turned out 11 members to  plant and mulch the highly visible median at the entrance to the park.  At total of 54 new plants were installed (list below) plus a dozen existing plants were relocated.

TVFNPS Lake Griffin Workday

Veronica Cates, Marcia Gould, Susan Hamilton*, Linda Hunt, William Hunt, Dan Lapp, Judy Mason, Karen McKoon, Dan Smith, Steve Turnipseed, Philip Zumanis

Fort-eight bales of pine straw mulch were spread.  The park provided a hose and I donated a watering wand;  all of the plants received a deep soaking.  Susan Hamilton has graciously volunteered to hand water the new plants 2 to 3 times per week until establishment.

The park manager, Rachel Nunlist came out to thank us and take a group photo.  The other park staff all commented on the amazing visual impact the change created and looked forward to seeing the area when the plants mature.

Our chapter spent $518.89 on the project, within the approved budget - Plants $314.05, Pine Straw  $192.00, Marker Flags  $12.84

End of the Year Progress Report

Here's a summary of what The Villages chapter has accomplished this year.

January Meeting

There will be an election at the January meeting.  The slate includes these new officers to be elected: Jo Hudak for Secretary and Roger Selch for Vice-President of Programs, as well as the current officers.   Current officers are listed in the right panel of this page.

Help Needed

Last month we asked for volunteers for two officer positions. Jo and Roger stepped up right away. Kathy Porter, retiring VP for Programs is going to help with the web and Jeanne Powell, retiring secretary is going to assist with membership.

Native Plant Horticulural Foundation

Mission: Make sustainable communities possible by expanding the supply of native plants and professional landscape expertise.

Vision: Urban, rural and wild landscapes everywhere are planted with native plants. Plants, growers, retail outlets, landscape and restoration experts are available in every community. Demand for native plants is strong and native plant businesses are thriving and attracting new professionals, including young people, to expand plant production and use.

At our November meeting, the Villages Native Plant Society presented a check to Tammie Donaldson for $250 for the Native Plant Horticultural Foundation to find and start developing local talent for yard maintenance.

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.


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Published on  17.12.2017