2024 Meetings

General Meeting Information

March 8, 2024

Location: Eisenhower Regional Center
Time: 1:00 - 3:30 pm

Google Eisenhower Regional Center
3560 Buena Vista Blvd, The Villages, FL 32163

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM--Socialize, Purchase plant drawing tickets, Check out new brochures, and Get to know fellow gardeners.

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM--A short business meeting, Presentation, Plant Drawing

Our next meeting MARCH 8 – is moved to Eisenhower Rec Center. Unfortunately, the scheduled speaker, Chris Ryzoc from The Villages Landscaping has cancelled because of scheduled projects. Vicky is working on a replacement program. Sue Howorth will be doing the 5-minute talk on Tropical Sage. 

February 9, 2024

Location: Big Cypress Regional Center
Time: 1:00 - 3:30 pm
Date: Friday, February 9, 2024

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM--Socialize, Purchase plant drawing tickets, Check out new brochures, and Get to know fellow gardeners.

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM--A short business meeting, Presentation, Plant Drawing

Steve Turnipseed and Dr. Chris Marble

“Weeds In Groundcover—Testing Herbicides To Control Invasive Grass”

Frogfruit is a favorite groundcover and turf substitute in Central Florida. Grass blades growing up through it are a gardener’s bane. Pulling out upshoots of grass is time-consuming and not always successful. So our FNPS chapter decided to find out what could discourage or eradicate pesky grass and yet allow the frogfruit (Phyla nodiflora) to flourish. We were able to use grant funds to UF to research herbicides to solve exactly this problem. The ever-popular Steve Turnipseed, award-winning master gardener, and Dr. Chris Marble, UF weed control specialist, teamed up on this research project and will share not only the procedure and results, but will offer their expertise in a Q/A session.   
Come make new friends and enjoy catching up with old ones during our social time and plant drawing! 

Steve Turnipseed

Steve TurnipseedSteve’s popular presentations stem from plenty of experience with Florida native plants. The landscape at his Villages home has been recognized with multiple awards from the Florida Native Plant Society and was featured in an episode of television’s “Flip Your Florida Yard” and featured in Dwell Magazine. Steve, as founder, provides passionate, strategic leadership for The Villages Chapter of FNPS and has served as the chapter president. As an advocate for native plant landscaping, Steve has helped gardeners with design, plant selection, navigating approval, and maintaining yards. 

A Chemical Engineer by degree, Steve is retired from a 32-year international career with Chevron. He’s a Certified Master Gardener and is a Florida Water Star Accredited Professional.

Dr. Chris Marble

Excellent Weed Identification Series on YouTube.

Dr. Chris Marble

Dr. Chris Marble is an associate professor of ornamental and landscape weed management in the Department of Environmental Horticulture at the University of Florida, Mid-Florida Research & Education Center. Dr. Marble is a passionate horticulturalist and educator, studying the growth and management of weeds and invasive plant species in landscapes and ornamental plant production. Marble’s research program aims to develop new methods of weed control using an integrated approach combining both chemical and non-chemical treatments.

As an instructor for Pest Management University, Marble focuses on teaching pest control professionals about the importance of identifying weed species before applying treatment. Marble works with extension faculty and staff, growers, landscapers, homeowners, and other stakeholders to deliver the latest information on weed pests and provide the most effective, economical, and environmentally friendly methods of weed control in and around ornamental plants.
 

Friday, January 12, 2024

Location: Big Cypress Regional Center
Time: 1:00 - 3:30 pm

1:00  - 1:30 - Socialize, Purchase plant drawing tickets, Check out new brochures, and get to know fellow gardeners.
1:30  - 3:00 - A short business meeting, Presentations, and Plant Raffle

Come make new friends and enjoy catching up with old ones during our social time and plant

Mark KnapkeCentral Florida is the only place in the world where Warea grows! (See picture below.) It’s right in our “backyard” in Lake Griffin State Park.  It’s an endangered species. Mark Knapke, the Park Manager, and our FNPS The Villages chapter team are working to save this beautiful plant from extinction.  

 

Our Paynes Prairie field trip is scheduled for January. Tracie Johnson will share with us why this area is so special. 

Tracy JohnsonPaynes Prairie is arguably one of the most beautiful places on this planet. And it’s one of the most important for our water system—the Floridan Aquifer system and the Alachua sink. Tracie Johnson, Park Specialist, will explain how this 21,000-acre park is rife with native plants and animals. Bison, alligators, wild horses, deer, birds, and fish are only a few that draw nature lovers to the park. The nature center and observation tower give a great overview, and the boardwalk around the sink is spectacular! Hiking trails, both short and long, give walkers a chance to get up close with plants and, with luck, a bit closer to bison or wild horses. It’s a great place to visit, to take your grandkids, to just get away and take a breath, and to marvel at natural Florida.

Please be respectful of COVID-19.

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