MARCH 26,27 & 28, 2015: Suwannee River State Park
This spring the Suncoast chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will be heading north to Suwannee River State Park for a weekend of camping on the river and exploring this historic park. Five trails, ranging from a quarter mile to 18 miles, loop through surrounding woodlands and provide panoramic views of the rivers.
We have rented a 6 person cabin for 3 nights. It is located right next to the river. These spacious two bedroom cabins have centralized heating and cooling, an electric fireplace, screened porch and kitchenette. Cabins are fully equipped with linens and kitchen utensils. There is one bunk remaining. All others have been reserved.
The cost for the 3 nights is $66/person. Membership in the Florida Native Plant Society is required for participation in this event. If you are a member of FNPS from another chapter, and would like to join us on some our day hikes, please contact Devon or Shirley for a detailed itinerary. More...
APRIL 11 & 12, 2015: SPRING PLANT FESTIVAL
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The Spring Plant sale at USF Botanical Gardens is the Suncoast Native Plant Society's largest fundraiser. We will be selling hundreds of native plants, from wildflowers to trees, and everything in between. Stop by our booth to stock up on your spring plants, pick up some free literature, buy a native plant gardening book or to have your questions about native plants answered by our experts. While you are there, consider joining the Florida Native Plant Society: We promote the preservation and protection of native plants and native plant communicities for a better tommorrow, and we have lots of fun while we do it!
The hours of the 2015 Spring Plant Festival are Saturday, April 11,10 am - 4 pm, Sunday April 12, 10 am - 3 pm. The admission fee is $5.00. Children under 12 are admitted free. For more information visit the USF Spring Plant Festival page on-line.
If you are already a member of SNPS, we need YOU to help set-up, sell, service and break-down our sale. Please contact Troy Springer and let him know if you can assist on Friday (afternoon for set-up), Saturday or Sunday.
APRIL 15, 2015: ANNE COX, FNPS PRESIDENT
If you thought the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) was just a garden club, you have a lot to learn and you need to attend the April meeting of the Suncoast Native Plant Society. Florida native plants are the lifeblood of our environment. Without viable native plant populations, our native wildlife will not survive, and our state would be more susceptible to harmful invasives. While growing native plants is fun, and great for the environment, there is so much to be done. Come find out how you can join and support the FNPS Mission!
Anne Cox, President of the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) will speak at the April 15th meeting of the Suncoast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. She will discuss the many activities and initiatives that the state organization supports to fulfill its mission to promote the preservation, conservation and restoration of the native plant communities of Florida. Members and non-members of FNPS should attend this meeting to learn more about the Florida Native Plant society's role as a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to preserving Florida's native plant legacy through science, education and grassroots advocacy.
Anne, President of FNPS since 2014, will discuss various ways the society fulfills its mission through support for conservation, land management, education, public policy, research, and friendly landscaping practices that preserve Florida's native plant heritage. She will talk about the ongoing practices and current initiatives of FNPS state-level committees and council of chapters in those areas.
Anne will also give us a preview of the upcoming 35th Annual Conference, "Born to Burn: Conservation, Preservation, Restoration on Public & Private Land, May 28-31 in Tallahassee, Florida. more...