2016 Meetings

November 25: Low Maintenance Native Plant Landscapes by Steve Turnipseed

Steve Turnipseed(Yes, the day after Thanksgiving).  Low Maintenance Native Plant Landscapes by Steve Turnipseed.  Learn the basics of how to design for a low maintenance landscape and which Florida Native Plants have low maintenance properties.

Steve is the president of our FNPS in The Villages. He and his lovely wife Susan have created an award winning, all native Landscape in the village of Buttonwood. For a video of his landscape see Highlights of 2016.

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Craig N HuegelOctober 28, 2016: Craig N. Huegel, Ph.D.

Topic: "Shade in the Landscaping".

Craig currently teaches in the biology program at St. Petersburg College. Classes include  plant biology, field botany, conservation biology, ornithology, vertebrate zoology and wildlife techniques. He also manages a blog - Native Florida Wildflowers.

Dr. Huegel is the author of five books on Florida native plants, the most recent three were published by University of Florida Press. Dr. Huegel and his wife run and maintain Hawthorn Hill, a native plant nursery. While it is not a retail plant nursery, twice a year, they host public tours and make extra plants available to the public.

Native Florida Plants for Shady Landscapes, 2015
Native Plant Landscaping for Florida Wildlife, 2016
Native Wildflowers and Other Ground Covers for Florida Landscapes, 2012
Florida plants for wildlife: A Selection Guide to Native Trees and Shrubs, 1995
Butterfly Gardening with Florida's Native Plants, 1991

Books by Craig N. Huegel

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September 23, 2016: Native trees for the Urban Landscape by Jason Smith with UF

Jason Smith

Jason Smith is a faculty member at the University of Florida. He teaches, conducts research and carries out extension programs related to tree diseases and forest health. He specializes in biology, diagnosis and management of fungal diseases, with emphasis on new and emerging tree health issues. In addition to his graduate course “Dendropathology”, he also teaches a graduate Seminar, an online graduate course entitled “Forest Ecosystem Health” and an undergraduate course designed for forestry students called “Forest Health Management”. His extension program focuses on technology transfer of novel diagnostic methods for tree diseases, educating the public about new and emerging diseases and providing training on diseases and decay in urban trees for the professional arboricultural industry.

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Aug 26, 2016: Panel Discussion

At a previous meeting we asked our members to tell the topics of interest to them. This discussion will attempt to address many of the issues requested. There were 4 members on the panel: Steve Turnipseed, Kathy Porter, Carol Spears and Jeanie Powell.  Questions and Answers about native (and non native plantings). 

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July 22, 2016 Sabal Palms

Lisa Dougherty from Boggy Creek Trees

Boggy Creek Tree Farms has a reputation for being experts in ‘Regenerated’ Sabal Palms, Evergreen Holly tree farming and the science behind-the-scenes to ensure our inventory remains healthy, sustainable and ready for the long haul.

Lisa Dougherty is the Senior Live Goods Purchasing Agent for 3D Tree Landscaping and our sister company, Boggy Creek Tree Farm. My responsibilities include estimating, landscape design, selection and purchasing of all trees, palms and shrubs for our landscaping company. I am also responsible for selection and managing the harvesting of sabal palms for our Palm Farm as well as general best growing and maintenance practices of our palms. My passion is utilizing Florida native plants in our landscapes, specifically our state tree, the sabal palm. Much of my time is spent lobbying landscape architects, Florida Dept. of Transportation and Developers to "Go Native"! I also contribute to setting precedents for the Florida Grades and Standards for Palm Material and teach several seminars to help educate Landscape Architects about utilizing native Sabal Palms in their designs.

Sabal palmetto, also known as palmetto, cabbage palmetto, blue palmetto, Carolina palmetto, common palmetto, swamp cabbage and sabal palm. It is a palm native to Florida. Florida Native Palms Many of these palm can only survice in southern Florida, not in central Florida. The majority of palms growing in The Villages are overseas.

View her presentation material.

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June 24, 2016 Landscape Design

Amanda Martin, Horticulturist, Landscape designer at Grounded Solutions Inc. 
Amanda Martin"Residential landscapes are often filled with plants that grow well in our climate but offer little else to the surrounding environment. Drought tolerant, low maintenance plants, offering food and habitat for many other species are the basis for these designs. My goal is to bring a botanical garden-like atmosphere to the landscape while keeping valuable resource inputs to a minimum. I have been serving the greater Central Florida area for the better part of a year and enjoy the diversity of clients interested in making this transition."

She is President of the Tarflower chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society.

Download a PDF of her presentation

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May 27, 2016 Defender of Florida’s Environment

Peggy McDonaldDefender of Florida’s Environment

Peggy McDonald is the author of "Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida’s Environment".  This is the first full-length biography of the self-described “housewife from Micanopy,” who in reality struggled to balance career and family with her husband, Archie Carr, a pioneering conservation biologist. For 35 years, Carr tirelessly led a coalition of citizen activists in the continuing battle to protect and restore the Ocklawaha River. To this day, this little-known river in the heart of central Florida remains blocked by the remnants of the Cross Florida Barge Canal, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project that Carr and her fellow Florida Defenders of the Environment (FDE) activists stopped before its construction was completed. Marjorie Harris Carr is an intimate look at this remarkable woman who dedicated her life to conserving Florida’s wildlife and wild places. The book won Honorable Mention in Foreword Reviews' 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award contest in Women's Studies.
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April 22, 2016 Invasive Species Management

Brooke MoffisBrooke Moffis is the Residential Horticulture Agent with UF/IFAS Extension in Lake County. She currently manages the Lake County Master Gardeners and Discovery Gardens located in Tavares. She previously worked as the Urban Horticulture Agent in Sumter County and in hydroponics at the Land Pavilion at Epcot. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from Tennessee Tech and her Master’s degree in Entomology from University of Florida.

Brooke will be presenting on the Lake County Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area.  She will highlight successful invasive species management projects such as the air potato leaf beetle release.  She will also mention species to watch for and let you know how you can get involved.

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March 25, 2016 Southwest Florida Water Management

“A brief history of the Southwest Florida Water Management regulatory program and a discussion on the ecology of wetland systems as it pertains to their maintenance and preservation.” By Ross T. Morton, P.W.S., CO-OP®,   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.

F.S.C.C.M.  Ross Morton earned his bachelor’s degree in natural resources and environmental economics from the University of Florida. He also holds a master’s degree in systems ecology and a graduate certificate in wetlands from the University of Florida. 

Ross T.  Morton, P.W.S., CO-OP® is a certified professional wetland scientist from Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFMD), a regulatory program. He presented a brief history of Florida from the 1907 formation of the Everglades Drainage District, through the hurricanes of ’26, ’28, ’47 and ’60, to the 1971 creation of the Cross-Central Florida Barge Canal.  Florida is unique from all the other states because of our wetlands, and five Water Management Districts were created in 1972 to regulate the water supply and quality (but not drinking water) in the wetlands, springs, ponds, lakes and rivers and help prevent flooding.   SWFMD is one of the five and regulates the water in 15 counties (including Sumter) of the 67 of Florida.   It is not a government agency, but is supported by property taxes.  It issues permits for water use, environmental resource, and well construction.  It manages nuisance and exotic vegetation in wetlands with herbicides and physical and mechanical means.  The various plants that might be affected were discussed, as well as the roll of fire and control burns.   

Southwest Florida Water Management District
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District), unofficially nicknamed “Swiftmud” or SWFWMD, is one of five regional agencies directed by Florida state law to protect and preserve water resources. Established in 1961 the agency operates and maintains several large properties and flood protection projects, sometimes with other agencies. The District's responsibilities have expanded to include managing water supply and protecting water quality and the natural systems — rivers, lakes, wetlands and associated uplands."

Read More: 

  • Wikipedia - includes links to major water resources that are under the jurisdiction of "Swiftmud".
  • Southwest Florida Water Management District website
    "The mission of the Southwest Florida Water Management District is to manage water and related natural resources to ensure their continued availability while maximizing the benefits to the public."

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February 26, 2016

Bill Belleville

Celebrating the /Wild Side of Florida: Portals into Nature, Culture, and Sense of Place”


Bill Belleville gives a compelling presentation on identifying our natural landscapes in Florida, and understanding how other writers and artists have been inspired by them over time. In doing so, Belleville also helps us understand the threats to these natural systems from Florida’s unbridled sprawl. He uses vivid photographic images from above and below our magical springs, our characteristic “scrub” and sandhill, and other habitats that have historically helped us acknowledge a “sense of place”.

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January 22, 2016

A full meeting agenda for The Villages Florida Native Plant Society including our goals and native plants available for our regular plant drawing.

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