2024 Meetings

General Meeting Information

May 10, 2024

Location: Big Cypress Recreation Center
Time: 1:00 - 3:30 pm
Google directions to Big Cypress
3110 Hendry Dr, Wildwood, FL 34785

“The June Garden Tour and Native Plant Sale”

“Jo’s Award-Winning Native Plant Landscape and How To Apply For the Award”

Jo Hudak

Jo HudakOne of our favorite speakers and gardeners is Jo Hudak. She and Steve Turnipseed,
founder of FNPS The Villages are organizing our June 1 Garden Tour and Native Plant Sale.
Learn all about it and how you can come on the tour!

Jo’s yard earned a 2023 Gardens of Honor Award from the Florida Native Plant Society,
and she’ll give you pointers on application, how the award works, and how to start keeping
records and photography of your yard. She will share photos of her landscape design as it
was installed and developed. In addition to being a favorite presenter and our chapter’s secretary,
Jo helps lead a mystery book club, loves fine dining and wines, has been a scuba diver and
world traveler, and is an organizational whiz!

“Gardening Game—How Many Native Plants Can You Identify?”

Bob KeyesBob Keyes (Game by Vicky McLean)

In any garden, one hears the echo of “What’s that?” This team sport will test your skills
at identification. Come have fun with other gardeners! Bob, our chapter’s representative to the
state FNPS organization (and avid butterfly gardener) will lead the game. Good luck!

April 12, 2024

Stephen Kintner  “Rescuing and Reawakening Lyonia Preserve With Native Plants”

Learn from Stephen Kintner as he describes native plants and how they helped reawaken Lyonia Preserve http://www.lecfriends.com/learn-about-lyonia/visit-lyonia/ in Deltona.

This conservation project began in 1870 and fell into disrepair. Today volunteers http://www.news-journalonline.com/story/news/2023/09/06/lyonia-preserve-in-deltona-undergoing-2-weeks-of-restorative-work/70767257007/ continue to create partnerships, organize, and work hard to achieve a beautiful, natural, balanced habitat for native plants and the amazing bird, the Florida Scrub-Jay.

Stephen Kintner

Stephen KintnerStephen is the Vice President and Conservation Chair of the West Volusia Audubon Society. He has focused years of work on water conservation, water supply, conservation of natural areas, and protection of the Florida Scrub-Jay. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_scrub_jay  In 2023 Mr. Kintner received the National Audubon Charles H. Callison Award for remarkable contributions to conservation through coalition building, creative thinking, and perseverance. It’s one of the greatest honors in the conservation community.

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

Sue Howorth: “Our Beautiful Native Salvia”

Salvia coccinea (Tropical Sage)Gardener and snowbird Sue Howorth is excited to teach us about growing native Florida salvia, commonly known as “tropical sage”. This beautiful and prolific plant adds gorgeous color to a garden! We’re delighted to learn from Sue before she heads back North to get her hands into her northern soil!

Sue Egloff: "Why Plant Natives"

Sue Egloff Sue Egloff, accomplished environmentalist and our chapter president, will kick off with misconceptions about turf and how to create a landscape that’s sustainable for birds and pollinators. With her impetus, we’ll break into groups for ideas about getting our gardens ready for summer. Advanced native plant gardeners will be available for questions. It’s time! Ready, set, weed, prune, plant, and grow!!! 

Sue graduated from Pace University with a BBA.

Her work experience led her to become a Contract Negotiator for large hi-tech companies to the Federal Government. 

She grew up North of NYC, moved to the DC Metro area in the late 80s, and came to The Villages in 2016. 

Recognizing Florida was a completely different habitat than NY and Virginia, she joined the Florida Native Plant Society. She wanted to experience the stress releaser of gardening. She also began to positively focus on her environmental concerns about the conservation of potable water. 

She joined FNPS, serves as our chapter president, and continues to learn and teach about Florida native gardening.

Small Group Discussion

 

Make new friends and enjoy catching up with old ones during our social time and plant drawing!

 

             Sue graduated from Pace University with a BBA.

Her work experience led her to become a Contract Negotiator for large hi-tech companies to the Federal Government. 

She grew up North of NYC, moved to DC Metro area in late 80s and came to The Villages in 2016. 

Recognizing Florida was a completely different habitat than NY and Viriginia, she joined the Florida Native Plant Society. She wanted to experience the stress releaser of gardening. She also began to positively focus on her environmental concerns about conservation of potable water. 

She joined FNPS and serves as our chapter president and continues to learn and teach about Florida native gardening.

 

 

 

            

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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