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Mission

Promote the preservation, conservation and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida

Cuplet Fern

WELCOME to CUPLET FERN CHAPTER!
Serving all of Seminole County

Cuplet Fern Chapter is one of 37 Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) chapters throughout the state.
Our chapter was established January 2010.

Each local chapter has a Board of Directors and a chapter representative who participates in the state-wide Council of Chapters (COC) which is represented at the state level Board of Directors.  All chapters have a similar format of meeting/programs and field trips which are free and open to the general public.  However, each chapter may have different project involvement which support the mission of preserving, conserving, and restoring native plants and their plant communities.

Please join us at our monthly meetings and field trips.

Please attend our monthly program meetings: 7pm at the Sanford Garden Club (200 Fairmont Drive, Sanford, FL 32773))

We are a casual group. Pull up a chair, enjoy the program, and take home a few native plants with a donation to the childrens Eco Camp!

 


 

Give the gift of a Cuplet Fern membership this month! 

Love what we do? Trying to encourage someone? Want to gift another doubling as chapter support? Email us here: cupletfern@gmail.com

 


 

NEW EMBROIDERED $15 CUPLET FERN TSHIRTS:  Ladies, it's time for an upgrade! Purchase your polos at the Holiday Social!  Pre-purchase by emailing here: cupletfern@gmail.com

 

Incredible deal: $15

What: Cuplet Fern embroidered All-performance polo

Perks:  100% wrinkle-resistant and never needs ironing, so it is great for travelling. It is also 100% moisture-wicking and barely even needs to go in the dryer. The All-Purpose Polo is medium weight, so it feels fantastic while staying put or on the go. Finally, the fabric is slightly textured, so it wears and looks just right for professional, athletic or casual wear. This shirt is perfect for working indoors or out in the heat. An innovative fabric-dying process uses about 10% of the water normally required to produce garments, which is terrific for the environment, while at the same time creating 100% color fastness. The color of this shirt will not fade even after 1,000 washes!

Perks you didn't think about:  Bright colors will help locate you in case you fall behind on a field trip

Highly limited: Once gone, it's gone. This was an incredible deal that your president put his own money down on. If such a rare deal happens again, the next order will be for the gents.

 


 

Tarflower Chapter's  FEB 5th PROGRAM: Conservation in Florida- protecting authentic Florida and the role of FNPS
and nonprofit land trusts.

With DR. SUSAN CARR

Cuplet Fern is publicizing this event at the request of our sister chapter, Tarflower. Dr. Carr also happens to be our state FNPS President. Our program on 'Pruning and Maintenance of Native Plants' with Nick Giannola is scheduled for February 11th at the Sanford Garden Club.

Photo courtesy of Florida Conservation Trust

Arrival Time: 6:45pm 

Point of Contact: Mandy Morgan, Tarflower VP of Programs

Location:  Leu Gardens, Orlando, FL

Parking:  Parking lot adjacent to building (limited parking availability due to construction)

Entrance Fee: None.     

Further Info on Venue:   http://www.leugardens.org

Abstract:  

Florida’s conservation lands are home to our native plants and native plant habitats, including many of the natural areas that we know and love.  In light of rapid development, land conservation is essential to protect remaining natural areas and resources. Susan will discuss how conservation lands in North Florida are identified and protected, and how nonprofit land trusts contribute to this effort.  In addition, she will outline how FNPS citizen science and advocacy can help with Florida land protection, and management of our precious publicly owned natural areas.

The Florida Native Plant Society is the premier statewide nonprofit devoted to protection and restoration of Florida’s native plant communities. How do we fulfill our mission?  What is the role of the Society as an advocate for Florida land and resource conservation? Susan will discuss current FNPS programs and strategic plan, and ask for input and ideas about how we grow as an organization and advocate for native plants.  

 

Bio:  Susan Carr, PhD

Susan is a native of Gainesville Florida, where her interest in the natural world began in the wild lands of Alachua County.  After receiving a B.S. in Botany from the University of Florida, Susan worked as an ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy before returning to graduate school to earn a master’s degree in plant biology from Louisiana State University.  She later returned to school and received a Ph.D. from the University of Florida where she studied the ecology and diversity of fire-maintained Florida pinelands.  These days Susan directs her energy toward protecting natural Florida as a Program Manager with North Florida Land Trust, and President of the Florida Native Plant Society. 

 


FEB 11th 2019: 'READ AND LEARN' Articles 

Win a Special Prize!

At the program meeting, an open-ended question will be asked before the program to the audience pertaining to either publication. The person answering will receive a special prize. In the event of multiple audience members answering the initial question, specific tie-breaker questions will follow until there is an ultimate winner. 

 Artile of the Month- 'The Truth about Butterfly Gardening Part One'. Click here for an interesting 2-part blog post from FNPS past-president, Steve Woodmansee.

 Article of the Month (continued)- 'The Truth about Butterfly Gardening Part Two' - The story continues here. Read the comments, too. 

Bonus publication: Not part of your read and learn, but goes hand-in-hand as a useful resource. Native wildflowers for attracting butterflies in Florida. Note the regions that these wildflowers are naturally found in the chart so you are replicating their natural range. 

 


 

FEBRUARY 11th PRE-PROGRAM: YOUTH ECO CAMP AT THE ED YARBOROUGH NATURE CENTER  

With LORI HARTSOCK

Above photo courtesy of Lori Hartsock

Arrival Time: 6:45pm 

Point of Contact: Barbara Whittier, Cuplet Fern Eco Camp Ambassador

Location:  Sanford Garden Club   200 Fairmont Drive , Sanford, FL 32773

Parking:  Parking lot adjacent to building and across the street (plenty of parking availability)

Entrance Fee: None   Members report volunteer hours. Main program hours are eligible for continuing education credits for the Seminole IFAS Master Gardeners program!

Pre-program discussion: Lori Hartsock, educational coordinator for the Seminole County Greenways and Natural Lands will be speaking briefly before the main program on their Youth Eco Camp at the Ed Yarborough Nature Center in Geneva. She will also speak about  other programs for families and adults offered to the community. The Youth Eco Camp is a program during vacation breaks where children ages 7-12 have fun while learning about the natural world! The program is committed to promoting individual growth and environmental awareness. Children hike, fish, dip net, set live traps, learn about the animals in the Nature Center (and hopefully meet some animals on trails), do nature crafts, play games and much more!

Cuplet Fern chapter has been supporting this endeavor for many years through the chapter's Rick Ehle Eco Camp Scholarship. Currently, all of the plants available at our chapter's monthly programs raise donations to benefit the scholarship fund. Please bring extra cash this month! Your main program with Green Isle Gardens will have different and exciting plants available!

 

Further Info on Venue:   http://www.sanfordgardenclub.com

Further Info on the Eco Camp:  http://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/departments-services/leisure-services/greenways-natural-lands/natural-ls/eco-camp.stml

Further info about the Ed Yarborough Nature Center:  https://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/locations/Geneva-Wilderness-Area-And-Ed-Yarborough-Nature-Center.stml

Further info about applying for our Rick Ehle Eco Camp Scholarship: http://cupletfern.fnpschapters.org/index.php?id=scholarships

 


 

FEBRUARY 11th MAIN PROGRAM: PRUNING AND MAINTENANCE OF NATIVE PLANTS

With NICK GIANNOLA  

Above photo courtesy of Nick Giannola

Arrival Time: 6:45pm 

Point of Contact: Mark Kateli

Location:  Sanford Garden Club   200 Fairmont Drive , Sanford, FL 32773

Parking:  Parking lot adjacent to building and across the street (plenty of parking availability)

Entrance Fee: None.     Members please report your chapter volunteer hours. Seminole IFAS Master Gardener's Program continuing education hours eligible!  

Main program discussion: Nick Giannola, nursery manager for Green Isle Gardens, will be presenting our main program on maintenance tips and tricks for our Florida native plants. Green Isle Gardens has been a mainstay in the Central Florida community for many years and continues to be a strong advocate for "habitat havens" in urban settings for people and wildlife to enjoy. Their product and service standards are exceptional and set the bar for how aesthetically pleasing Florida natives can look in landscape horticulture. Nick will be bringing some new and exciting plants from Green Isle just for the occasion to show us pruning techniques. In turn, these plants will be available for your donations to benefit the Youth Eco Camp in Seminole County. Please bring extra cash this month!! We also accept credit card payments with a nominal fee.

Further Info on Venue:   http://www.sanfordgardenclub.com

Event on Facebook (for full info): https://www.facebook.com/events/251348548904865/

 


 

FEBRUARY 11th: MINI PLANT SALE AT THE PROGRAM! 

Green Isle Gardens will be supplying a few, unique plants especially for this month!

 


 

FEBRUARY 16th CUPLET FERN FIELD TRIP:  A guided tour of the UCF HERBARIUM! 

FILLED! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN QUITE POPULAR WITH GUESTS! THE GUEST LIST IS NOW FILLED. ONLY CUPLET FERN MEMBERS CAN STILL RSVP. TO JOIN CUPLET FERN, PLEASE CLICK HERE!

Above photo courtesy of the UCF Herbarium

Time: 8:45am 

Point of Contact: Christine Brown and Dr. Elizabeth Harris

Location:  UCF Herbarium   12424 Research Parkway, Suite 305, Orlando, FL 32826

Parking:  Park in the Research Pavilion   Ample parking available. 

Entrance Fee: None  Members report volunteer hours.

Further Info:   https://sciences.ucf.edu/biology/facilities/herbarium

Map: https://map.ucf.edu/?show=8102

Please join esteemed Herbarium curator Dr. Elizabeth Harris as we tour through the research pavilion adjacent to the UCF Arboretum offices. The UCF Herbarium was founded in 1968 for the deposit, curation, and study of preserved plant and fungi specimens. Vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, lichens, fungi and macro-algae can all be found in the collections of the UCF Herbarium. The growing collection includes over 20,000 specimens some dating back to the 1920s.

Some of the notable collections deposited in the UCF Herbarium include those made by Mary Singeltary, Harvey A. Miller, Sam Hopkins, Henry Whittier, and  Paul O. Schallert. Numerous UCF undergraduate and graduate students have also donated specimens, many serving as vouchers for their research and theses.

Discover more about the UCF's fantastic collection and the SouthEast Regional Network of Expertise Collections here: http://sernec.org/

Facebook event page here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/2168540773388548

Bring water to drink and ample curiousity! We will disperse after the tour (no lunch).  

 

THIS EVENT IS FILLED.  WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING ADDITIONAL GUESTS. ONLY CUPLET FERN MEMBERS CAN RSVP AT THIS TIME (WE HAVE A RECORD TO CONFIRM MEMBERSHIP).  TO SUPPORT OUR CHAPTER BY BECOMING A MEMBER CLICK HERE!

RSVP is required  for non-members for this field trip- email cupletfern@gmail.com for questions as we need to know anticipated attendance.
(Reservations are usually required for inclement weather or if the field trip leader gets sick, we can call you back and cancel plans) 

 


 

FEBRUARY 23rd: 9TH ANNUAL SEMINOLE EXPO! 

Cuplet Fern will be selling plants as a vendor at this event!

 



MARCH 16th CUPLET FERN FIELD TRIP:  PRIVATE TOUR of GREEN ISLE GARDENS!

Guests are welcome- RSVP required for all attendees. Email cupletfern@gmail.com

Video courtesy of Al Lipman of The Villages Chapter of FNPS

Time: 9:30am 

Point of Contact: Mark Kateli or Barbara Whittier

Location:  Green Isle Gardens       11303 SR 33 Groveland, FL 34736

Parking:  Ample        Please park in the designated visitor parking area

Entrance Fee: None      Donations to Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) encouraged-  https://forms.fnps.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=1

Further Info:   http://www.greenislegardens.com  Cuplet Fern Members report volunteer hours. 

Virtual Tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZvdbo6NQMs

Kid/Pet Friendly:   Not recommended. This field trip is more suited towards gardeners and butterfly learners.

Please join us for a guided tour of the Green Isle Gardens.Each plant during the tour will be further discussed in detail- questions are encouraged. For butterfly lovers, this tour will be an enlightening experience on how important (and favored) native plants can be.  

After our tour, we can break for a short lunch at Green Isle Gardens. Bring water, a hat, insect repellent, a bagged lunch, sunglasses, and sun screen. 

RSVP is required for this field trip- email cupletfern@gmail.com with your day-of cell phone number and for questions as we need to know anticipated attendance. 
(Reservations are usually required for inclement weather or if the field trip leader gets sick, we can call you back and cancel plans) 


 

RECAP: Video of our Hickory Bluff Preserve Field Trip!

 


 

RECAP: Video of our Lubee Bat Conservancy Field Trip!

 


 

ONGOING: Controversial development ruling ahead transgressing rural borders in Seminole County. Click on the video for info. Contact your local representative today or Channel 13 Spectrum (Jerry Hume) and share your thoughts with them.

 


 

 


 

UPCOMING EVENTS

February 11, 2019 -  Pruning and Maintenance of Native Plants. Plus a pre-program short discussion about the Youth Eco Camp in Seminole County. 6:45pm at Sanford Garden Club

February 16 & 17, 2019 -  Council of Chapters meeting (any Cuplet Fern members welcome). Email cupletfern@gmail.com for more details. A great get-together. Wakulla, Florida (panhandle region). 2 day event.

February 23, 2019 -  Seminole Gardening Expo at the Seminole UF/IFAS Extension Agency. Come buy some plants from us! 9am- 2:30pm 

March 11, 2019 -  Florida Native Orchids. Plus a pre-program short discussion about the Fleet Farming in Seminole County. 6:45pm at Sanford Garden Club

March 16, 2019 -  Tour of Green Isle Gardens Nursery. 9:30am in Groveland.

April 20, 2019 -  Earth Day at Lake Lotus Park, Altamonte. Come buy some plants from us! 10am- 2pm

April 20, 2019 -  Yoga with Native Plant Exchange. Serenity Now Yoga Studio in Longwood. 11:45am

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Your Cuplet Fern Team

President Mark Kateli  
Past President (advisory) Neta Villalobos-Bell  
Vice President Barbara Whittier Send questions and information to:
Membership Christine Brown PO Box 150021
Secretary Christine Brown Altamonte Springs 32715
Treasurer Susan Angermeier cupletfern@gmail.com
Newsletter Kathleen Poole or leave a phone message at
Chapter Representative (interim)     Mark Kateli (352) 658-3677
Director at Large Marion Crim  
Publicity Chair  Jan Mangos  
Publicity- Social Media  Candis Roby  
Website Mark Kateli  
Website (advisory) Ken Bell  
Facebook  Stacy Klema  
Facebook Joey Myers  
Instagram  Kelly DelValle  
Business Ambassador           Jim Hooper  
Youth Eco Camp Ambassador Barbara Whittier  

 


Published on  17.01.2019