September 25, 2015 Meeting

Reminder that our regular 4th Friday meeting is next week; Guests are welcome
Date:  Friday, Sept 25, 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 Ginny Stibolt, the author of “The Art of Maintaining a Florida Native Landscape” who will speak on the same topic. BOOK PRE-ORDER: To get an autographed copy of Ginny's new book "The Art of Maintaining a Florida Native Landscape", place your order by contacting Kathy Porter at kathymporter@comcast.net or 352.259.8196. Cost of book: $25 in cash or check payable to Ginny Stibolt. Pick up a signed book and pay at the meeting.

Friday, Sept 25, Meeting Agenda

Welcome and chapter highlights – Steve Turnipseed - 10 minutes
Creation of a Native Plant Sales Area at Exterior Spaces Garden Center – Bobby – 5 minutes
The Art of Maintaining a Florida Native Landscape  –  Ginny Stilbot - 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 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 exceeded 100 paid memberships and still growing.  If you have not joined, please consider doing so.

Upcoming Oct 23rd Meeting Presentation “Nature in Your Backyard”
Discover the wonder of nature with noted naturalist Don Kendzior. Don is executive director of Noah’s Notes, a nonprofit environmental organization whose mission is to save nature in your backyard.

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 – Being rescheduled due to high water levels

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.

October has been proclaimed as Florida Native Plant Month
for more information http://www.fnps.org/news/plantmonth/ or The Villages Home Page

Contact e-mail Addresses for our FNPS Chapter

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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