Residential Excellence Award
Photos of Landscape Excellence Awards
This year's conference was special for The Villages Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. Our president, Steve Turnipseed, received an award from the state organization. Carol Spears, state representative presented a prestigious customized plaque at our May meeting. Scroll down for a video of this landscape taken last year (2015).
This 12,000 ft² residential lot which faces a golf course was transformed from a typical builder-installed turf grass lawn into a diverse native plant landscape. All changes were made with full approval of the architectural review committee in this deed restricted community. Only two "islands" (600 ft² total) of grass remain in functional areas. Now over 100 species of Florida native trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and clump grasses have brought life back to this lot. There is always something blooming and birds, butterflies and native bees have returned. Neighbors and passers by comment on the beauty of the landscape, and are surprised when they learn these are Florida plants. Water consumption for irrigation has dropped from an average of 20,000 gallons/month to less than 5,000 gallons / month. No pesticides, herbicides or fungicides are needed.
Social July 8th
The Villages Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society hosted an open Social at Big Cypress Recreational Center on July 8th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. There were light refreshments, mixer games, and conversation. The first 75 people to arrive received a pack of native wildflower seeds. Tickets were given out at the door for a chance drawing to win a native plant every 10 minutes. Both members and guests were invited.
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Landscape Tour September 30th.
The president of our chapter, Steve Turnipseed spoke at "The Florida Wildflower Symposium" on a topic dear to our hearts, "Transformation of a Turfgrass Lawn into a Native Landscape".