2017 Highlights

Lake Griffin Entrance Project

The Villages Native Plant Society use native plants to maintain an attractive front entrance to Lake Griffin State Park. This year we bought new plants including:

  • Dwarf Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria var 'Dwarf')
  • Walter's Viburnum 'Densa' (Viburnum obovatum var. 'Densa')
  • Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana)
  • Coontie    (Zamia floridana)
  •  Largeflower False Rosemary (Conradina grandiflora)
  • Coral Bean (Erythrina herbacea)
  • Starry Rosinflower (Silphium asteriscus)
  • Beach Sunflower    (Helianthus debilis)
  • Muhly Grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris

Project cost:  $520     Project Work Day

Native Plant Horticultural  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.

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.

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.

More Donations!

Our chapter donated $200 to the Florida Wildflower Foundation.

We approved and are sending a $250 check this month to Florida Association of Native Nurseries for support of publishing the next issue of Real Florida Gardener.

This publication is free. You just have to sign up.

Save water, energy, money and time with a beautiful, distinctive and low-impact landscape.
Bring life to your landscape with native plants – birds, butterflies and more. Enrich your home and life! Show your pride in Real Florida.

FANN’s full-color annual Guide For Real Florida Gardeners is the only publication exclusively devoted to Florida native plant gardening. The Guide features informative and inspirational articles on native plant landscaping plus sources for native plants, landscape and other services.

Native Plants for Sale Huge Success!

Thanks to MJ for organizing and all the volunteers who helped. 


Sumter County Recognizes October as Native Plant Month

President Stephen Turnipseed and Chapter Representative Carol Spears receive a proclamation from the Sumter County Commissioner Doug Gilpin. The county recognizes the growth and importance of the mission of the Florida Native Plant Society. They appreciate the work of our members in preserving, conserving and restoring native plants. Sumter County joins FNPS is declaring October "Florida Native Plant Month".


President Stephen Turnipseed and Chapter Representative Carol Spears receiving a proclamation from the Sumter County Board of Commissioners September 26th.

Development of Landscape Designs for Homes in The Villages

Landscape design students from the University of Florida Landscape program create Florida native plant landscapes for typical lots in The Villages. 

This project was co-funded by FNPS - The Villages Chapter and the Sumter County UF/IFAS Extension.  All of the designs utilize Florida native plants.   The designs with plant list are being made public domain and available for free download.  The complete Native Landscape Design Pattern Book is available at our general meetings in hard copy for a donation of $15. 

FNPS Chapter Native Landscape Garden Tour

Our 2nd annual native landscape home garden tour was Friday, Sept., 29, 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  More than a half dozen of our chapter members opened their native landscapes for this FNPS members-only self-guided tour.  


FNPS Annual Conference

May 18-21 2017, Westgate River Ranch, River Ranch Florida

Landscape Award of Honor

Georgette's Butterfly Garden received an Award of Honor at the Annual Conference.

Flip My Yard

Steve Turnipseed's yard was highlighted on the "Flip my Yard" program. There are over 3,000 views. Steve is president and founder of The Villages Florida Native Plant Society.



Field Trips


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