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


Serving all of Seminole County

Cuplet Fern Chapter is one of 37 Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) chapters throughout the state.
Our wonderful 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.

Our monthly meeting and program is held at the Seminole IFAS Auditorium: 6:45pm (250 County Road Home, 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!


2019 A Great Year in Review!

Big moves in outreaches, venue, community gardening, and field trips occured. Some of the highlights in the video are:

❇️ The 10th annual Seminole Expo plant sale ❇️ Community speakers, including Don Philpott, Taylor Jones, Imagine Our Florida, and Prem Subrahmanyam ❇️ A comprehensive educational experience of Split Oak Forest Wildlife & Environmental Area benefitting Friends of Split Oak Forest ❇️ Relocating our base to UF IFAS Extension Seminole County ❇️ Special event workshops with St. Johns Riverkeeper and Twinflower Nursery, LLC ❇️ Volunteering at the 34th annual Charity Challenge INC by Commissioner Lee Constantine ❇️ Participating in field trips with Lake Beautyberry Chapter, Passionflower Chapter FNPS, Seminole County Natural Lands, and St. Johns River Water Management District ❇️ Photographing the flora across the seasons at Tosohatchee WMA ❇️ Conducting a rare plant survey with the Florida Forest Service ❇️ Recognizing October as Florida native plant month with the first-ever microconference and the regional kick-off meeting with Tarflower Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society and Dr. Craig Huegel at Leu Gardens ❇️ Procuring the FNPS native plant proclamation for the first time in Seminole county at the Board Of Commissioners Chambers- Seminole County with Commissioner Brenda Carey ❇️ Invasive plant removal with IDEAS For Us - Orlando and Sierra Club Central Florida Group ❇️ Initiating zero-waste social events with O-Town Compost





Note: FNPS does not endorse consumption or use of plants without research, proper identification or expert guidance.

Background photo courtesy of Sanibel sea school of sea grapes (Coccoloba Uvifera)

Arrival Time: 6:45pm 

Point of Contact: Mark Kateli

Location:  Seminole IFAS Auditorium   250 W County Road Home, Sanford, FL 32773

Parking:  Parking lot adjacent to and behind building (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!

Main-program discussion: 

Please join nurseryman for South Seminole Farm and Nursery, Clyde Folsom, as he discusses edible and medicinal Florida native plants. Clyde's presentation will cover native flora from a foraging and culinary perspective, as well as addressing the cultural importance and historical/folkloric use of these plants medicinally. 

A Florida native, Clyde has spent his life growing up in the state’s parks and wild spaces, developing an intense love and interest in Florida’s culture and history as viewed from an ethnobotanical perspective, volunteering in various cleanup and restoration projects from a young age. Much of the plant lore he can share he’s picked up firsthand from knowledgeable mentors and family members, and from his employer at South Seminole Farm and Nursery, at which he’s worked for the last four years. During his free time Clyde enjoys helping plan sustainable, edible landscaping schemes for South Seminole customers and introducing all he can to lesser known, Florida-friendly food sources for both humankind and wildlife. 

Note: FNPS does not endorse consumption or use of plants without research, proper identification or expert guidance.

Further Info on Venue:   sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/seminole/

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/442992573035969/




To Bear Creek Nature Trail & Ed Yarborough Nature Center


Field Trip Photos Courtesy of Florida Hikes

Arrival Time: 8:30am

Point of Contact: Barbara Whittier and Mark Kateli


Location #1:  Bear Creek Nature Trail     1555 Winter Springs Blvd, Winter Springs, FL 32708 

Location #2:  Ed Yarborough Nature Center     3485 County Rd 426, Geneva, FL 32732  About a 15 min drive from Bear Creek

Parking and where to meet: Parking is limited at Bear Creek Natural Trail- carpooling is recommended!

Entrance Fee: None. Carpooling recommend. Members report volunteer hours.  


Please join nurseryman Clyde Folsom as he takes us for a short and easy hike around the Bear Creek Trail. Clyde's walk will cover native plants visible along the trail along with edible and medicinal knowledge about them. The guided walk should last no more than 45 mins.

Afterwards, please join Barbara Whittier for a brief tour of the Ed Yarborough native plant garden area. The nature center is but 10 miles east of Bear Creek Nature Trail and should take just 15 mins by car. A convenient and easy commute. We will tour the garden area where native plants have been allowed to grow and thrive. Barbara will discuss some of her favorite plant selections along with tried and true methods of growing them successfully in your yard. The low-maintenance native plant garden area requires light pruning and upkeep about a handful of times a year. Please plan to meet at the educational center- the garden area is adjacent to it. The tour should last no more than 1 hour.

Further Info for Bear Creek:   



Further Info for Ed Yarborough:   



Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/395871874467330/




Timeframe: 9am - 3pm

Point of Contact: Mark Kateli, Barbara Whittier, and Chris Calder

Location:  Seminole IFAS Auditorium   250 W County Road Home, Sanford, FL 32773

Parking:  Parking lot adjacent to and behind building (plenty of parking availability)

Entrance Fee: None   FNPS members report volunteer hours.  


Come see Cuplet Fern at the 10th Annual Seminole Expo! This is a major Sanford event representing several businesses in the Central Florida region

Did you know this is our only slated plant sale for the year? Revenue generated helps us greatly We are highly active in outreaches within our community. Please come out and support us by purchasing plants.

Neta Villalobos-Bell, chapter member, is schedule to present about native plants in the auditorium Presentation time and topic TBD.

Cuplet Fern members will also be giving short tours for interested public to the Florida Friendly Landscape demonstration garden area as needed.

Free Eventbrite ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-seminole-county-gardening-expo-tickets-64227985634

Further Info on Venue:   sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/seminole/

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/437288393829933/



New to native plants and landscaping with them?

Watch an archived but beautifully done NatureWise video featuring Cuplet Fern's Ora Boriecci among others! 




Feb 10, 2020 -  Edible and Medicinal Florida plants with Clyde Folsom at Seminole IFAS  7pm-9pm

Feb 15, 2020 -  2 Easy Field Trips Day: Bear Creek and Ed Yarborough RSVP/EMAIL US HERE  8:30am-12pm

Feb 20, 2020 -  Weeding and Upkeep Day at Seminole IFAS 8am-10am

Feb 22, 2020 -  Seminole EXPO Plant Sale at Seminole IFAS 9am-2pm




Your Cuplet Fern Team

President Mark Kateli 2019 Silver Palmetto Award Recipient  
Vice President- Events Barbara Whittier 2019 Green Palmetto Award Recipient  
Vice President- Programs Vacant   Send questions and information to:
Treasurer Susan Angermeier   PO Box 150021
Secretary Stacy Klema   Altamonte Springs 32715
Chapter Representative (interim) Mark Kateli   cupletfern@gmail.com
Director at Large Marion Crim   or leave a phone message at
Director at Large (interim) Jennifer Hopton-Villalobos   (352) 658-3677
Education Neta Villalobos-Bell 2018 Cox Conservation Hero Award Recipient  
Publicity      Jan Mangos    
Newsletter Kathleen Poole    
Field Trips           Heather Mahoney    
Membership                          Christine Brown 2019 Green Palmetto Award Recipient  
Website Mark Kateli    
Website (advisory) Ken Bell    
Facebook- Senior Editor Stacy Klema    
Facebook- Junior Editor Jennifer Ferrell    
Instagram- Senior Editor Kristin Sloan Brown    
Instagram- Junior Editor Jennifer Hopton-Villalobos    
Business Ambassador           Jim Hooper    
Youth Eco Camp Ambassador Barbara Whittier    
IDEAS For Us and Fleet Farming Liason           Lee Perry    
IFAS Florida Friendly Landscape Liason                    Chris Calder    


Published on  08.02.2020