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Welcome to the Suncoast Native Plant Society

Open Mic Night

May 25, 2016, 7 PM, Chapter Meeting 


This is your time to brag about your native garden, talk about native plant related topics, and ask garden questions of our highly knowledgeable members. Each participant will have 10 minutes to give a Power Point or to just talk.

We want to know about what you are doing to conserve, protect and restore native plants and native plant communities. Examples of acceptable presentations would include:

  • Did you attend the FNPS Conference? Tell us what you learned. 
  • Have you participated in  the FNPS land management program? Tell us about your experience.
  • Did you or your community put in a new native garden? Show us before and after pictures and tell us how you did it?
  • Are you having difficulty growing a particular native plant or picking plants for your yard?: "Ask The Membership" about plants you may had had difficulty growing in your yard.
  • Are you a photographer or illustrator of native plants?: Show us a few (3-5) of your favorite photos or illustrations and tell us why they are your favorites.

Please NO politics or self-promotion. 

Plan ahead and don't be shy. If you want to give us a heads-up on your topic, send an email to, but this is not a requirement to speak. Just show up with your presentation on a usb thumb drive and we will fit you in.

Our meetings are held at the Hillsborough County Extension Office 5339 County Road 579, Seffner, FL 33583. As usual, there will be Light Refreshments, and following the presentations we will have a plant auction. 


Wednesday,June 15, 2016, 7 PM: CHAPTER MEETING


Brazilian Pepper 

Brazilian Pepper: Photo by Shirley Denton

Presented by : Cynthia Grizzle representing the Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area

Cynthia Grizzle representing the Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas will be giving a talk on Alien invaders are all around us!

Come join Cynthia Grizzle of the Suncoast Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) to learn more about how invasive plants and animals impact out native habitats and species. The presentation will describe how anyone can become a citizen scientist by utilizing available supports. To get you started, identification of several common species  and early detection and rapid response (EDRR) species will also be covered.

The Suncoast CISMA mission is to address the threat to native diversity within the Suncoast Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area by coordinating and increasing efforts to eliminate or reduce invasive, non-native plants and animals across public and private boundaries.

Cynthia W. Grizzle became interested in Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas(CISMAs) in 2010 when she earned her Certificate in Natural Areas Management (CNAM) from The Nature Conservancy and the University of Florida IFAS Extension. At that time, no Tampa Bay area CISMA existed. She is currently employed as an environmental scientist with RS&H, Inc. in Tampa, Florida. Her duties include many ecological aspects including environmental permitting and document writing, GIS data collection and analysis, vegetative assessments, listed species surveys and permitting and hydrologic monitoring. 

The Suncoast Native Plant Society meets every third Wednesday at 7 pm at the Hillsborough County Extension, 5339 County Rd 579, Seffner. (813) 679-5597. Free. Light refreshments.  A plant auction follows the presentation. 

Additional information and events may be found on our Calendar Page


Banner Image: Lupinus aridorum_Scrub lupine_Lake Blue Scrub_by Donna Bollenbach

Published on  28.04.2016