2018 Meetings

April 27, 2018

Rare and Endangered WiAldflowers of Florida: Roger Hammer

A look at some of the rarest and most vulnerable wildflowers in the sunshine state, by Author / Photographer, Roger Hammer a returning speaker from South Florida. Roger L. Hammer is an award-winning professional naturalist, author, botanist and photographer who offers entertaining and informative programs to orchid societies, garden clubs, butterfly organizations, Audubon societies, environmental groups, botanical gardens, and civic organizations. A few facts presented about plants in the state of Florida: Federal Endangered: 50 species State Endangered: 445 species Federal Threatened: 11 species State Threatened: 117 species Major threats: Habitat loss, displacement by invasive exotic plants, imported pests / diseases, fire suppression. The presenter covered 74 plants from across the state and told a few interesting stories on what he had to do to get some of the photos. Of the plants covered: at least 2 are known to excellent landscape plants in Central Florida. The False Rosemary (Conradina grandiflora and the Skyblue Clustervine (Jacquemontia penthanthos). 

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March 23, 2018 

How Roots Work by Craig Huegel

Good root structure is more important to a healthy plant than how attractive the foliage appears. Plants take in water and nutrients, compete for space and even communicate through the roots. Learn what goes on below the ground with Craig’s informative and entertaining presentation. 

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February 23, 2018 

Spring Landscape Maintenance: Recovering from the Freeze

Our first presenter Kathy Porter is a Sumter County Master Gardener where she is the editor of the monthly Gardener’s Journal and the annual Calendar. Kathy served as the program VP for our FNPS chapter for 3 years, is the Treasurer of the Marion County Rose Society, President of the Bookworm Book Club and is a Supervisor for District 1.

The freezes in Jan 2018 were some of the coldest in a decade for Central Florida.  Many plants, both exotic and native were visually impacted. This presentation will cover what to do and what not to do to recover an attractive visual appearance.  Typical Spring maintenance items are also addressed.

We have had a long period of mild winters and many people were surprised how cold it got this January

Spring Garden Maintenance: View Kathy's Presentation | Download Kathy's Presentation 5.3mb pdf

The co-presenter, Steve Turnipseed is also a Sumter County Master Gardener, serves as The Villages FNPS Chapter President and is a Florida Water-Star Accredited Professional.

Spring Pruning: View Steve's Presentation | Download Steve's Presentation 2.4mb pdf

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January 26, 2018 

Preserves in The Villages:
Creation of the Sharon Rose Wiechens Wetland
by Jeff Pardue

This is your opportunity to get an overview of all of the Preserves in The Villages then learn about the details of the construction methods and native planting of the Sharon Rose Wiechen Preserve and Wildlife Corridor. 

Our guest presenter Jeff Pardue, is Senior Vice President and Senior Scientist at Breedlove Dennis & Associates, Inc, an environmental consulting firm. Mr. Pardue is a certified environmental professional with 42 years of experience as an environmental professional. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in biology as well as an M.B.A. Prior to joining BDA in 2000 Mr. Pardue spent 24 years as an environmental professional in the electric utility industry culminating as Director of Environmental Services at Florida Power Corporation in St. Petersburg, FL.

Survey of Cold Hardiness of Central Florida Plants
Survey Results

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Published on  30.04.2018