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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!



A once-in-3-years opportunity in our county with Ginny Stibolt! 

This is a full-service event which also makes a GREAT GIFT idea! Simply buy your ticket, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy the learning experience!

TICKETS ON SALE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/step-by-step-native-landscaping-workshop-with-author-ginny-stibolt-tickets-48361464442

Above Rhexia photo courtesy of Bob Peterson

Time: 9:00am 

Point of Contact: Mark Kateli 

Location:  Sanford Chamber of Commerce   400 E 1st St, Sanford, FL 32771

Parking:  Parking lot behind building (plenty of parking availability)

Entrance Fee: Ticket purchase only (click to purchase)

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

Event on Facebook (to share with others): https://www.facebook.com/events/1917386758353499/


Ginny is also doing a give away for one her books- 'Climatewise' and 'Step by Step to a native yard' for two lucky attendants with tickets!

If we hit 35 tickets or more, our chapter will do something even more special for ticket buyers- but we need to hit that number before we disclose what Cuplet Fern has to offer!



6th Annual Backyard Biodiversity Day! October 20th @ 9am Hosted by our sister chapter, Tarflower at beautiful Mead Botanical Gardens. 


NOVEMBER 17th INTER-CHAPTER FIELD TRIP:  A guided tour of the LUBEE BAT CONSERVANCY! Guests are welcome. RSVP for non-members required. Email Cupletfern@gmail.com

Above photo courtesy of Lubee Bat Conservancy

Time: 11:30am 

Point of Contact: Dr. Cate Hulburt & Mark Kateli 

Location:  Lubee Bat Conservancy   1309 NW 192nd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32609

Parking:  By main entrance.

Entrance Fee: $10 (regularly priced at $17). You pay at the door.

Further Info:   http://www.lubee.org

Guide: http://www.lubee.org/about-lubee/the-bat-center/

A special guided tour of the Lubee Bat Conservancy on November 17th has attacted attention from numerous chapters. Dr. Cate Hulburt, Ixia chapter president, has graciously coordinated this tour for a special price with Lubee management. October also happens to be Bat Awareness Month! Please bring a bagged lunch of your own- we will eat and network with one another after the tour concludes. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear and don't forget a hat.

Several chapters are thinking of doing additional outings: Tarflower chapter is interested in going to the Butterfly Museum prior (email petedunkpi@gmail.com) and Citrus chapter is interested in visiting Celon park afterward (email borntrouper@yahoo.com). Complete contact information for these two chapters, including directions to Lubee can be found by click on this Facebook event page here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/266365360663253/ 

Bring water, a hat, insect repellent, a bagged lunch, and sun screen.  

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.) 


CASTLE HILL PLANT RESCUE CONTINUES IN CLERMONT:  Oct 11th, 18th and 25th. Contact Jackie Rolly for details: j.y.rolly@att.net 



Oct 27th. Sweetwater Oaks Wildlife and Nature Fair! 

Come and see Cuplet Fern at the Sweetwater Oaks Community Center! Neta will be giving a talk, too!



REGIONAL MEETING PICS ARE IN! Review the ongoing album that spans through the years. Over 100 people from 5 counties attended Rufino Osorio's presentation, including a healthy turnout from Cuplet Fern!

          October FL Native Plant Month


IN THE NEWS: Developer withdraws bid to add new homes in Sanford's Silver Lake community after residents object



LATEST SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY: Native Love Vine (Cassytha filiformis) parasitises on galls

In a native scrub habitat in southern Florida, USA (27°1’ 39.9648’’ N;
80°6’ 33.444’’ W), scientists discovered the parasitic love vine, Cassytha filiformis (Lauraceae), attacking two species of gall-forming cynipid wasps on the sand live oak, Quercus geminata (Fagaceae). This is the first report of a parasitic plant directly attacking an insect-induced plant structure that negatively impacts the insects’ fitness and/or survival.

Click here for the article!


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.






October 2, 2018 -  Regional FNPS program. 'FL Native Wildflowers and Serendipity' with  renowned author Rufino Osorio
Harry P. Leu Gardens 6:30pm

October 13, 2018 -  A private guided tour of the Orlando Wetlands Park 8:30am 

October 20, 2018 -  Tarflower Chapter's 6th Annual Backyard Biodiversity Day at Mead Gardens

October 27, 2018 -  Wildlife and Nature Fair at Sweetwater Oaks Community Center

November 3, 2018 -  Renowned author, Ginny Stibolt's Gardening Workshop! At Sanford Chamber of Commerce 9:00am Tickets on sale now!

November 10, 2018 -  Council of Chapters meeting (any Cuplet Fern members welcome). Kissimme Utility Authority. Email cupletfern@gmail.com for more details. A great get-together.

November 17, 2018 -  Inter-chapter field trip to the Lubee Bat Conservancy

February 28, 2019 -  Seminole Gardening Expo at the Seminole UF/IFAS Extension Agency More information coming soon!


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 Jim Hoopper  
Director at Large Marion Crim  
Publicity Chair  Jan Mangos  
Publicity- Social Media  Candis Roby  
Website Mark Kateli  
Website (advisory) Ken Bell  
Youth Eco Camp Ambassador Barbara Whittier  


Published on  17.10.2018