January 22 2016 Meeting

Date:  Friday, Jan 22, 2016
Time:  1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Location: Big Cypress Rec Center, 3110 Hendry Drive – Periwinkle Room

This will be our Chapter's one-year anniversary and the annual meeting where we confirm the bylaws and elect officers.  The presentation will follow.

Agenda

Welcome and announcements – Steve Turnipseed – 5 minutes
Approval of Chapter bylaws and Officer elections – Steve Turnipseed - 15 minutes
The Villages Community Standards and Architectural Review Committee Approval Process – Diane Tucker and Candice Dennis - 40 minutes
Drawing for Native plants
These individuals have volunteered to continue to serve in the following capacities

President:  Stephen Turnipseed
Vice President of Programs:  Kathy Porter
Vice President of Field Trips:  Georgette Gerry
Secretary:  Jeanie Powell
Treasurer:  MJ Walsh
Chapter Representative:  Carol Spears
Membership:  Myrna Farquhar
Web site:  Barbara Wertz

Note:  We welcome participation.  If you would like to run for one of the listed positions or serve in any other capacity, please send a note to fnpsthevillages@gmail.com

By-Laws adopted January 22, 2016

Download in Word format

Wildflowers

Cooler weather has only recently reached us, but did you know that it is time to plant wildflower seeds?  See 12 steps from Florida Wildflower Foundation http://flawildflowers.org/planting.php

Freshly collected seeds collected and packed by our chapter officers will be available for a $2 donation.  Species include:

Lakeside Sunflower (Helianthus carnosus)
Rayless Sunflower (Helianthus radula)
Spotted Horsemint / Bee Balm (Monarda punctata)
Blue Curls (Trichostema dichotomum)
Tickseed (Coreopsis lanceolata)
Stokes Aster (Stokesia laevis)
Silver Leaf Aster (Pityopsis graminifolia)
Scarlet Sage (Salvia coccinia)

Natives in the News

The Saturday Home & Garden section of The Daily Sun runs the Native Plant Focus which briefly highlights a plant of interest each week.  The on-line January 2016 Gardener’s Journal featured the Coontie as the native plant this month.  https://florida.volunteersystem.org/users/documents/21The_Journal6974.pdf

This Month’s Meeting Presentation

If you are considering modifications to your landscape, you will be very interested in the topic this month, “Architectural Review Committee and Community Standards” Diane Tucker and Candice Dennis will provide an overview of the change request approval process and answers to common approval questions.

Upcoming Meeting Presentations

Feb 26 - Topic: "Celebrating the Wild Side of Florida: Portals into Nature, Culture, and Sense of Place" by Bill Belleville.

Mar 25 - Topic: "A brief history of the Southwest Florida Water Management regulatory program and a discussion on the ecology of wetland systems, their maintenance and preservation" by Ross Morton with SWFWMD.    This is a timely topic, as The Villages has a wetland vegetation maintenance proposal with a cost estimate of $100,000 which will be rolled out at a District #1 meeting March 31.

UF/IFAS Extension training

Feb 17-19, “Invasive Plant and Wildlife”, Bushnell. $35 Cost includes lunch:
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/wildlife-invasive-species-education-wise-tickets-19135567999

Membership

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   Our chapter has exceeded 110 paid memberships and still growing.  If you have not joined, please consider doing so.  Those who joined in 2015 will receive renewal notices the month before they are due.

Contact e-mail Addresses for our FNPS Chapter

Please use either of the following addresses for FNPS chapter or native plant business.  We receive both.

thevillages@fnpschapers.org  or fnpsthevillages@gmail.com

Website

Our chapter web site continues to add and update content.  Direct link:  http://thevillages.fnpschapters.org/

Remember to ask for native plants when visiting any nursery.  Your voice and dollars are making a difference and helping us achieve our goals.

Chapter Vision

“The Villages becomes renowned for its extensive use of native plants and award winning native plant landscapes”.

Published on  03.04.2016