2020 Meetings

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Since our March 2020 meeting, we are in "social isolation" and meetings are held online using Zoom. Links to meeting recordings, when available, will be listed here.

November 27, 2020

Speaker: Kirsten Sharp-Ortega

Kirsten will cover the elements you need in the garden to attract birds and what you need to plant to keep them there! S

Speaker Bio:  Kirsten was born and grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her love of plants comes from her family and their one-acre property, which had a large vegetable garden, fruit and nut trees, as well as many different flower beds and trees. She has lived in many different places with varying climates, so she has grown many different plants. Kirsten moved to the U.S. in 2013, first to Virginia, and then to Florida. She completed a horticulture degree with a specialization in Landscape Design. She worked full time at Green Isle Gardens for nearly five years and created habitat havens for people and critters to enjoy. Now, she is co-owner of My Dragonfly Gardens, specializing in Landscape/Habitat Design with native and Florida-friendly plants as well as offering consultations and maintenance. Kirsten is on the Board of Directors for FANN (Florida Association of Native Nurseries) and is the Chairperson for the Plant Promotion Committee at FANN – promoting underutilized native plants of Florida.

October 23, 2020

Speaker: Scott Davis, FWC
Monarch Migration and Native Milkweeds - video

Scott is active in the Milkweed Monarch Alliance. For more information see the St. Mark's web page or Facebook.

September 25, 2020

Speaker: Ginny Stilbolt
Maintaining your Florida Native Plant Landscape - video

Ginny is an experienced and knowledgeable speaker. She has written several books, maintains a blog and Facebook page. More about Ginny Stibolt.

August 28, 2020 Meeting

Susan Belon, Administrative Coordinator with The Villages Community Standards office gave a presentation on the Architectural Review Committee. Her presentation included what they do, including how Villagers can apply for landscape alterations and modifications.

Soon the meeting recording will be uploaded to our YouTube channel.

July 24, 2020 Meeting

Jaret C. DanielsSpeaker: Jaret  C. Daniels
"All Landscapes Matter”

Dr. Daniels specializes in Lepidoptera research and insect conservation

Here is a link to a similar talk given by Jaret C. Daniels to the Florida Wildflower Foundation. Creating Pollinator Pathways in the Built Environment

June 24, 2020

Speaker: Brooke Moffis,

Commercial Horticulture/FL Friendly Landscaping Agent
UF/IFAS Extension, Lake County

"Landscaping for Wildlife"

May 22, 2020

Lavon Sivernell, FL Master Naturalist,    

"Landscape for Your Avian Neighbors"

(Sorry, no link available.)

April 24, 2020

Outside 2020: Sharing Perspectives

We are in "social isolation" due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus. 

In place of our April Meeting we invited members to join: 

Outside 2020 Webinar.
Hosted by 1000 Friends of Florida
April 24 from 12:00 -1:30 

Featured are 3 perspectives on sustainable landscape practices: 

  • Patrick Bohlen - UCF
  • Sean Parks - Lake County Commissioner
  • Richard Levey - Tavistock Development

View the Broadcast

This link was recommended in the broadcast. 

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition Everglades To Okefenokee

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition team kicked off a 1000-mile expedition over a 100-day period to increase public awareness of the need to protect and restore Florida's wildlife habitat. 

The Florida Wildlife Corridor

March 27, 2020

Great Pollinators - Florida Native Bees and Honey Bees
with Nini Connor and Jean the Beekeeper

We are in "social isolation" due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus. Our meeting for March 2020 was held online and is available on YouTube.

Thanks to The Villages Genealogical Club for hosting this webinar and the state Florida Native Plant Society for providing the YouTube channel so we can bring you this video.

February 28, 2020

Explore, Experience & Embrace Wild Florida
Linda Wilinsk

January 24, 2020

Nancy Bissett:

"Native Grasses Rushes and Sedges for your Florida Landscape"

Nancy Bissett is a restoration ecologist, botanist, and Native Plant horticulturist.   

Recommended books:  Grasses of Florida by David W. Hall and A Guide to Florida Grasses by Walter Kingsley Taylor. 

Grasses are the largest genera in the world.  Grass has a narrow blade, sheathing, leaves, jointed stems and a distinctive flowering system. Rushes have cylindrical stalks, hollow stem-like leaves. Sedges have 3-sided stems, leaves in three rows and spike-lets. Flatwoods are the most dominant ecosystem in Florida. 

Nancy encouraged photographers to share their photos of native grasses.

Minutes: Word PDF