2018 Successes

Newspaper Coverage

June 22, 2018: The Villages Chapter of Florida Native Plant Society was on the front page to today’s Daily Sun, LifeStyle section.  

Landscape Tour – June 1st

Our chapter hosted a self-guided Spring garden tour of 8 to 10 homes for FNPS members in good standing.  These homes of members have been converted to all or mostly native plants.  

Al and Joan's Video of all the houses on the tour. (Al and Joan's contributions to our web.)

Julie and Joe's Home is one of the houses on the Garden Tour.
Video and plant spreadsheet

FNPS Backyard Butterfly Garden Award

Carol Spears, won the Backyard Butterfly Garden Award in May 2018. Steve presented the award to Carol at the FNPS Annual Conference. Steve noted that this is the third year in a row that an award went to a member of our chapter.

Carol's FNPS Award

Julie's Video of her Landscape Conversion stars on fnps.org.

Video

DAR Learns Benefits of Native Plants

Steve Trunipseed, President of The Villages Chapter of Florida Native Plant Society speaks to the John Bartram Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution about the benefits of using native Florida plants in their landscaping.

"Those present said they were quite impressed with the transformation of Turnipseed’s yard. One member shared that she had heard his initial presentation and then prepared her yard by removing grass and planting native plants. She said her yard is very attractive and has become a beacon for butterflies." Article in Villages News

TVFNPS Media Coverage

Chapter Rep: Carol Spears and President: Stephen Turnipseed were on WVLG 640AM on Monday, February 19, 2018.  Between 10AM-11AM, they were interviewed in 3 short segments about FNPS, The Villages chapter of FNPS, and Why Consider Native Plants in your Landscape.

Lake Griffin Entrance Project

The Villages Chapter of the FNPS is continuing to maintain the entrance area to Lake Griffin State Park.

Group Makes Lake Griffin State Park Greener was a headline in the Villages Daily Sun.  Volunteers from our chapter replanted a median strip there, in December 2017.  Steve Turnipseed recognized member Susan Hamilton, who has been watering the median strip regularly, and was featured in the February 3, 2018 article.

Member Linda Bishop’s garden was featured in the Villages Daily Sun on February 17, 2018, Home & Garden Section.

May 2018: We donated 30 bales of pine straw to the Lake Griffin State Park. Steve and volunteers, Charlotte and Rick Rahm, and Will Hunt spread the straw.

Pine Straw for Members

Twice in 2018, as a fund raiser, and as a convenience to our members, our FNPS chapter is ordered bales of long leaf pine straw (not the slash pine straw commonly available).  These bales are recently raked from the Winter needle drop, so they will be the freshest available.   Longleaf Pine straw has needles in lengths of up to 16 inches (versus 7 to 9 for slash pine).  It has more resin in the needles making it the longest lasting and also the brightest copper color.

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.

FNGLA (Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association)

Steve attended the FNGLA (Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association) Nov. 2 to promote Florida native plants and the Native Landscape Design Book.

Native Plant Sale

March 24, 2018

Sumter County Recognizes October as Native Plant Month

Development of Landscape Designs for Homes in The Villages

Plans are free and can be downloaded on this web site.

FNPS Chapter Native Landscape Garden Tour

FNPS Annual Conference

New Board Members for 2018

Kathy Porter stepped down and Roger Selch became Vice-President of Programs. Jeanie Powell, Secretary was replaced by Joannene Hudak. Mary Jeanne Walsh retired and Judith Mason became Treasurer. All three past board members are still helping our chapter in many ways.

Highlights

Meetings

Field Trips

Photos

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Published on  21.07.2018