August 28, 2015 Meeting

Florida Native Plant Society – The Villages Chapter
Reminder that our regular 4th Friday meeting is this week; Guests are welcome
Date:  Friday, Aug 28, 2015
Time:  1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (we will start and end on time)
Location: Big Cypress Rec Center, 3110 Hendry Drive – Periwinkle Room

The FNPS Villages Chapter will host Dr. Stanley-Stahr as our distinguished guest speaker who will teach us about Native Bees.  Dr. Stanley-Stahr is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Florida Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory.

Friday Aug 28, Meeting Agenda

Welcome and chapter highlights – Steve Turnipseed - 10 minutes
FNPS Chapter Web Site overview – Barbara Wertz – 10 minutes   http://thevillages.fnpschapters.org/
Native Bees: Pollinator Ecology and Conservation  –  Dr. Stanley-Stahr - 50 minutes
Drawing for native plants
Arrive up to 30 minutes early to get tickets for the native plant chance drawing and to sign up for the September & October field trips and Native Plant Landscape Workshop.

FNPS membership is tax deductible and runs 12 months from the date you sign up.  Forms and annual dues are accepted at the meeting or you can join on-line at www.fnps.org   Our chapter has reached 100 paid memberships and still growing.  If you have not joined, please consider doing so.

Upcoming Sept 25th Meeting Presentation
Sept 25th regular 4th Friday monthly meeting presentation will be “The Art of Maintaining a Florida Native Landscape” by noted author Ginny Stibolt.

Upcoming Field Trips (sign-up sheets at the meeting)

Early morning guided hike through FNPS member and Master Gardener Pat Leach’s property where 80 acres are managed as a natural area – September 22

Half Moon Wildlife Management Area - Wildflower walk with Nancy Dwyer – October 7 and 28

FNPS Workshop: Creating a Florida-Friendly Landscape with Native Plants (sign-up sheet at the meeting.  Oct 9th 1:00 pm, 16th 2:00 pm, and 30th 9:00 AM)  See description.

Native Plants in the News:  The Daily Sun featured native milkweeds in the article by Jaret C. Daniels on Saturday Aug 15.   BTW:  I saw that Exterior Spaces had the hard to find the native orange A. tuberosa in addition to the pink milkweed A. incarnate.

Contact e-mail Addresses for our FNPS Chapter
Please use either of the following addresses for FNPS chapter or native plant business.  We receive both.
thevillages@fnpschapers.org or fnpsthevillages@gmail.com

Residential Landscape Conversions
If you have converted a significant part of your lawn into a native plant landscape, please let us know.

Remember to ask for native plants when visiting any nursery.  Your voice and dollars are making a difference and helping us achieve our Chapter Vision:  “The Villages becomes renowned for its extensive use of native plants and award winning native plant landscapes”

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