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

Cuplet Fern

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!



Now Accepting Internships!

Available Positions 

Field Trips Coordinator (Hands-on)

Social Media Representative (Online)

Communications (Online)

Web Designer (Online)

Chapter Representative (Proxy- online)

Additional information will be sent to you upon completion of your form

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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.



APRIL 8th 2019: 'READ AND LEARN' Article(s) 

Win a Special Prize!

At the program meeting, an open-ended question will be asked before the program to the audience pertaining to either (if there are two) 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. 

 Article of the Month- TBA Click here for an interesting read from the March Read and Learn.


Bonus publication: TBA Click on March's bonus on Habenaria orchids. 




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






April 6: 'Explore Outdoors: Explore Trees', 2:45pm, City of Winter Springs 'Explore Outdoors' event, open to the public. Flyer for this event below. Please choose the REDBUD tree (the only native one) if you are getting one and want to make a difference for the environment!

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

May 3: Earth Day at Lawton Elementary School, 3pm-6pm, Lawton Elementary School, open to Lawton students only

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



MARCH 23rd: Florida Wildflower and Garden Festival

At Historic Downtown DeLand 9am-3pm

Cuplet Fern member, Dottie Hanna, will be presenting on 'Native Milkweeds' at 9:30am at Chess Park!



At the UCF Arboretum! 5pm-7pm

Please join us as we support this wonderful and important event with our fellow FNPS members, Barbara Whittier, Dr. Walter Taylor, and Dr. Jack Stout!

Please click on the image to register!






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: Desta Horner, member of the Seminole County League of Women's Voters, will be coming to our meeting to discuss and ecourage pariticipation in the solar co-op project that is presently occuring in Seminole County. Desta also happens to be a member of citizen climate lobby.  

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

Further info about the solar co op:  https://www.solarunitedneighbors.org/florida/go-solar-in-florida/go-solar-in-a-florida-group/seminole-county-solar-co-op/

Further info about Seminole County League of Women's Voters: https://www.lwvseminole.org





Arrival Time: 6:45pm 

Point of Contact: Neta Villalobos-Bell, Past President (Advisory)

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!

Main-program discussion: Don Philpott has been writing and experiencing the great outdoors for more than 50 years. He is a lead instructor with the University of Florida's Florida Master Naturalist program, a Florida Master Gardener and a Certified Interpretive Guide and member of the National Association for Interpretation. As a member of the Wekiva Wilderness Trust and a volunteer at Wekiwa Springs State Park, he helps run interpretive programs and guided walks and regularly conducts edible Florida and basic survival classes. He is executive director of the Florida State Parks Foundation.

In Florida we are blessed with a climate that provides a year-round supply of wild foods – from tender leaves and flowers that can be used in salads or cooked as greens to nuts, seeds and berries for trailside snacks and roots that can substitute for potatoes or be ground to produce flour in the same way that the first Floridian settlers, the Paleo-Indians, did thousands of years ago.

Foraging food for free can be fun if you want to add some interesting and nutritious ingredients to your meals or need a handy trail-side snack. It is different from foraging in an emergency when your ability to find food could save the lives of you and your family; but knowing what to forage for is a skill that will enhance your appreciation of and enjoyment in the countryside and is something you can do as a family.

Please bring extra cash this month- Don will be selling his last 30 copies of his book 'A Beginners Guide to Edible Florida' !  Check or cash only.

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

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2377734829121964





Above photo courtesy of the Florida Wildflower Foundation





Where: Morningside Nature Center 3540 E University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32641

Unbelievable as it may seem, the Paynes Prairie Chapter has been hosting our native plant sales for thirty years! They started very humbly in a parking lot with members selling their hobby plants or small plant nurseries. They have grown to be the largest native plant sale in the state!

This spring, the chapter will enjoy a more festival atmosphere with live music from Boilin’ Oil and edibles from Mayflower Cellars. They also have several guided nature walks lined up, as well as nearly a dozen informational booths from community organizations. The University Press will be selling books at a great discount, and Creative Garden Structures will have bird, bat, and bee houses for sale. And of course, there will be lots of native plants.

Come enjoy this family friendly event (but no dogs, please) and help spread the use of natives in our landscapes. The sale is co-sponsored by Friends of Nature Parks and the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs. We will have our exclusive members-only sale on Friday evening, April 19, from 4:30 to 6:30, with the public sale beginning Saturday morning (April 20) at 8:30 and running until 1:30 pm. 





Timeframe: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Point of Contact: Barbara Whittier and Neta Villalobos-Bell

Location:  Lake Lotus Park   1153 Lake Lotus Park Road, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714

Parking:  Parking lot (plenty of parking availability)

Entrance Fee: None   Members report volunteer hours. Neta's educational class on bees at 12:30pm is eligible for continuing education credits for the Seminole IFAS Master Gardeners program!

Info: Join Cuplet Fern as we celebrate Earth Day! We will have a booth selling plants and other merchandize.  A commemorative planting with natives is planned for the City of Altamonte's butterfly garden! Additionally, Neta Villalobos-Bell will be giving an educational class on 'More than Honeybees.... Florida's native bees' at 12:30pm. Should be a great day enjoying our community.



APRIL 27th: GENTLE REJUVENATING YOGA WITH NATIVE PLANT EXCHANGE:  A unique initiative to exchange native plants after a refreshing light yoga class! Guests are welcome. TICKETS ON SALE HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gentle-rejuvenating-yoga-with-native-plant-exchange-tickets-54857112099


Arrival Time: 11:45am 

Point of Contact: Mark Kateli 

Location:  Serenity Now Yoga   1200 W State Rd 434 #212, Longwood, FL 32750

Parking:  Parking available in front and back of building. Please note the yoga studio is located on the second floor.

Entrance Fee: $12   Your ticket covers cost of the class and a proceed to Cuplet Fern! Both business are local to Seminole County that promote health and a better lifestyle. Members report volunteer hours.

Further Info:   http://www.serenitynowyogacorp.com

Principle of Giving and why the Native Plants make an Ideal Choice: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/nicholas-liusuwan/generosity-in-buddhism_b_14487312

Limited Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gentle-rejuvenating-yoga-with-native-plant-exchange-tickets-54857112099

This class is an adult Yin Yoga class-

Come join us with yoga and a native plant exchange. The class lasts roughly an hour. Please  arrive by 11:45am. Yoga mats are included for your convenience- all you have to do is show up with a native plant for our plant exchange at the end of the class. This event is easy and relaxing.

The gift of generosity in eastern cultures requires that the gift is pure. A pure gift would be giving a gift that is proper: meaning proper for the time, person, circumstance, etc. and is earned by honest means. To give with pure intentions means to give with compassion, conviction, attentively, and without negatively affecting others. A pure recipient would be a virtuous person who would be worthy of a gift. This is where native plants come into the picture.

Your ticket covers the cost of the class and a donation to the Florida Native Plant Society Cuplet Fern chapter. Not to worry- a few extra native plants will also be available in case you forget or don't have native plants :)


As a special event incentive, Cuplet Fern will reimburse $6 for newcommers towards their Cuplet Fern FNPS membership for their first year with us. Simply email us and let us know when you have become a Cuplet Fern member through FNPS.org. We have the ability to confirm your membership through the website and we will mail you a check listed in your transacted membership application.

Facebook event page to share with your loved ones is:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1223896847774041/


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.






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



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  
Website Mark Kateli  
Website (advisory) Ken Bell  
Facebook  Stacy Klema  
Facebook Joey Myers  
Instagram  Kelly Del Valle  
Instagram  Kristin Sloan Brown  
Business Ambassador           Jim Hooper  
Youth Eco Camp Ambassador Barbara Whittier  
IDEAS Orlando and Fleet Farming Liason           Lee Perry  


Published on  25.03.2019