November 27, 2015 Meeting

Our regular 4th Friday meeting is this week; It is also the last general meeting of 2015. Yes, it is the day after Thanksgiving, so avoid the black Friday shopping madness and bring any visiting family with you. Guests are welcome.

Date: Friday, Nov 27, 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 Friday Nov 27th,


  1. Welcome and chapter highlights – Steve Turnipseed - 10 minutes
  2. Three members will share their recent lawn to native plant landscape experiences – 30 minutes
  3. Silver Springs Native Gardens – Jeff Kneisley - Park Services Specialist - 30 minutes
  4. Drawing for Real Florida Native plants; Thanks to our sponsors, there is a big selection this month!

Sponsor Donations of Real Florida Native Plants for Chance Drawing

Green Isle Gardens provided six 1-gallon plants:

  • Golden Aster (Chrysopsis mariana)
  • Silver Leaf Aster (Pityopsis graminifolia)
  • Beach Verbena (Glandularia maritima )
  • Liatris (Liatris spicata)
  • Lakeside Sunflower (Helianthus carnosus)
  • Scrub Mint (Conradina canescens)

Exterior Spaces donated two large 3-gallon plants:11031 US-301, Oxford, FL 34484

  • Wild Coffee – (Pyscotropia nervosa)
  • Blue Porterweed – (Stachytarpheta jamaicensis)

Creative Garden Structures has donated a nice 3-gallon shrub: Yellow Anise (Illicium parviflorum) 

Shady Oaks Gather All has provided our chapter with a 1-gallon: Calimint (Calimenthum sp.)

Member donations of any potted Real Florida Native plants are welcome for the chance drawing; Please bring any native plants early before the general meeting. Plants already provided by members for this month’s meeting include:

  • Dwarf Wax Myrtle (Myrica pusilla)
  • Florida Privet (Forestiera segregata)

Cooler weather has only recently reached us, but did you know that it is already time to plant wildflower seeds? See 12 steps from Florida Wildflower Foundation http://flawildflowers.org/planting.php Freshly collected seeds collected and packed by our chapter officers will be available for a $2 donation. Species include:

  • Lakeside Sunflower (Helianthus carnosus)
  • Rayless Sunflower (Helianthus radula)
  • Spotted Horsemint 
  • Bee Balm (Monarda punctata)
  • Blue Curls (Trichostema dichotomum)
  • Tickseed (Coreopsis lanceolata)
  • Stokes Aster (Stokesia laevis)
  • Silver Leaf Aster (Pityopsis graminifolia)

Natives in the News

This month in The Daily Sun, wildflowers were highlighted in an article by Lloyd Singleton. Also, have you noticed the Native Plant Focus which briefly highlights a plant of interest each week?

Upcoming Jan 22rd Meeting Presentation

“Architectural Review Committee and Community Standards” Diane Tucker and Candice Dennis will provide an overview of the change request approval process and answers to common approval questions.


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 exceeded 110 paid memberships and still growing. If you have not joined, please consider doing so. 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 Our chapter web site continues to expand. Direct link: http://thevillages.fnpschapters.org/

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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