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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!

 


 

Discover native plants for Seminole County!

Hundreds of our fans that visit our webpage each month want to discover native plants that grow in our area. Please click on the image! A helpful suggestion for a complete list is to select "any" for light, soil, and water needs.

Love what we do? Trying to encourage someone? Want to gift a membership that doubles as chapter support? Email us here: cupletfern@gmail.com

 


 

Free list of native plants for birds in Seminole County!

Please click on the image. Enjoy!

 


 

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.

 


 

MARCH 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. 

 


 

MARCH 11th: MINI PLANT SALE AT THE PROGRAM! 

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

 


 

CUPLET FERN EDUCATIONAL CLASSES IN OUR COMMUNITY

With NETA VILLALOBOS-BELL!

February 14: 'Strategies to Attract Pollinators',  Valencia College Honors Biology Class,
Oviedo Campus

February 22:  'Strategies to Attract Pollinators', Valencia College, Biology Colloquium, open to all school students and public, Lake Mary campus

February 23: 'Growing a Better Bird Feeder',  Seminole EXPO , open to the public

April 20: 'More than Honeybees.... Florida's native bees', 12:30pm, Altamote Earth Day, open to the public

May 18: 'Using Florida Native Plants for Problem Areas in Your Yard' Sanford library, 10am, open to the public

 


 

MARCH 11th PRE-PROGRAM: FLEET FARMING and IDEAS FOR US PROJECTS 

With LEE PERRY

Above photo courtesy of Lee Perry

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 report volunteer hours. Main program hours are eligible for continuing education credits for the Seminole IFAS Master Gardeners program!

Pre-program discussion: Lee Perry, Cuplet Fern member and Fleet Farming program director for Seminole County, will be speaking briefly before the main program about their 2019 slated projects that are happening at in our region. Lee is interested in hearing from the membership about ways to get involved and potentially connect on some workshops in 2019 where we can do native plant restoration projects, workshops, or plant sales. Fleet Farming and IDEAS for US are also interested in participating in pre-established Cuplet Fern events through the year. 

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

Further info about the Fleet Farming:  https://www.fleetfarming.org

Further info about IDEAS for US, Fleet Farming's parent organization: http://www.ideasforus.org

 


 

MARCH 11th MAIN PROGRAM: FLORIDA NATIVE ORCHIDS

With PREM SUBRAHMANYAM  

Above photo courtesy of Prem Subrahmanyam

Arrival Time: 6:45pm 

Point of Contact: Barbara Whittier and 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. This program is Seminole IFAS Master Gardener's Program continuing education hours eligible!  

Main program presentation: Florida native orchid expert, Prem Subrahmanyam became interested in orchids at a young age and soon located native orchid species growing in wild areas near his boyhood home in Tallahassee, Florida. This launched a journey of discovery of Florida's amazing native orchids. He has spent some thirty years tracking down species both common and rare within the wilds of Florida, including the rare and elusive Ghost Orchid. This program will introduce the audience to orchids growing wild within our great state of Florida, which is home to over half the species of orchids found within the United States. Prem will cover species both common and rare within the state, along with scientific information, anecdotes, and beautiful photographs of these appealing and interesting flowers. 

Please bring extra cash this month Prem will be selling prints of his award-worthy photographs and other merchandize at the meeting.

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

Event on Facebook (for full info): https://www.facebook.com/events/151304909086980/

 


 

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

GUEST LIST 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!

Video courtesy of Al Lipman of The Villages Chapter of FNPS

Time: 9:30am 

Point of Contact: Barbara Whittier

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

Parking:  Ample        Please park in the designated visitor parking area

Where to meet: Meet in the parking lot. Barbara will be there with a field trip waiver form

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. 

 

 

This just in! Marc Godts, Green Isle Gardens owner, will be providing a short class about native plants during the field trip. Bring your burning questions for Marc- his personal experience with native plants will help you manage them better.  Take plenty of notes- Marc's calm, methodical, and straightforward approach to native plants is worth revisiting over and over again!

 

THE GUEST LIST FOR 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, PLEASE 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) 


 

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

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

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

April 8, 2019 -  Florida Edible Plants. 6:45pm at Sanford Garden Club

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  
Instagram  Kristin Sloan Brown  
Business Ambassador           Jim Hooper  
Youth Eco Camp Ambassador Barbara Whittier  

 


Published on  24.02.2019