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Mission

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

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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 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

 


 

FEB 22nd PLANT SALE: SEMINOLE IFAS EXPO!

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.  

Details: 

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. Her presntation this year will be on 'Top 5 FL Native Trees'. Presentation time 9:30am under the parking lot tent.


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/

 


 

FEB 28th: INVASIVE PLANT REMOVALS AT SPRING HAMMOCK

With Seminole Natural Lands Program

RSVP REQUIRED: EMAIL US HERE SO WE KNOW YOU'RE COMING!

The "Burrito Method" Photo Courtesy of Mark Kateli

Timeframe: 8:45am - 11am

Point of Contact: Jena Pell and Jennifer Hopton-Villalobos

RSVP REQUIRED: EMAIL US HERE TO LET US KNOW YOU'RE COMING!

Location:  Spring Hammock Preserve   2985 Osprey Trail, Longwood, FL 32750

Parking: Parking lot adjacent to environmental center building (to the right after the main entrance)

Entrance Fee: None. Members report volunteer hours.  

Details:

Water, tarp, and garbage bags provided! Please bring your own shovel and gardening gloves. If you do not have a shovel, you can focus on bagging cesarweed, #urenalobata. It's called the "burrito method" Come check it out.

Your point of contact is Jena Pell from Seminole Natural Lands- please sign-off on her waiver before beginning work ‍

Along with Jena, Jennifer Hopton-Villalobos, our invasive plant removal coordinator, will be happy to give you initial pointers on how to effectively extract and bag these invasive plants while minimizing seed dispersal. Please wear shirts/tops made of polyester. Jeans are good too. Seeds readily stick on any cotton fabric.

Don't forget a bagged snack and mosquito repellant. We are still taking advantage of the cooler weather and making a huge dent in caesarweed around the environmental center.

Further Info on Venue: https://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/locations/Spring-Hammock-Preserve.stml

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/175451203878765/

 


 

FEB 29th EVENT OUTREACH: TOP 5 NATIVE TREES

With NETA VILLALOBOS-BELL 

Background photo of false foxglove (Agalinis purpurea) courtesy of Mary Keim

Event Timeframe: 9am-5pm

Neta's Presentation Time: 2:30pm

Point of Contact: South Seminole Farms and Nursery   

Location:  South Seminole Farm and Nursery   2010 E Lake Dr, Casselberry

Parking:  Parking lot on property

Entrace fee: None

Details: 

Of the hundreds of Florida Native trees, 5 will be discussed as sustainable and attractive, as well as having wildlife value.

Further Info on Venue:   http://sseminolefarmandnursery.com

 


 

MARCH 2nd EVENT OUTREACH: NEXT LEVEL GARDENING

With NETA VILLALOBOS-BELL 

Background photo of false foxglove (Agalinis purpurea) courtesy of Mary Keim

Neta's Presentation Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm 

Point of Contact: Seminole North Branch Libary

Location:  Seminole North Branch Library   150 N Palmetto Ave, Sanford

Parking:  Parking lot on property

Details: 

Gardening is no longer just about pretty plants. People expect more. They want their gardens to be productive and sustainable, as well as pretty. Learn how to achieve these goals by simply integrating Florida Native Plants into your yard.

Further Info on Venue:   http://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/locations/North-Branch-Library.stml

 


 

New to native plants and landscaping with them?

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

 


 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Feb 22, 2020 -  Seminole EXPO Plant Sale at Seminole IFAS 9am-3pm

Feb 28, 2020 -  Invasive Plants Removal Project at Spring Hammock RSVP/EMAIL US HERE  8:45am-11am

Feb 29, 2020 -  University Day! At South Seminole Farm and Nursery 9am-5pm

March 2, 2020 -  'Next Level Gardening' at Seminole North Branch Library 6:30pm-7:30pm

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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  
Education- Kids Cali Adams    
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    
Invasive Plant Removal Coordinator Jennifer Hopton-Villalobos    
Business Ambassador           Marion Crim    
Youth Eco Camp Ambassador Barbara Whittier    
IDEAS For Us and Fleet Farming Liason           Lee Perry    
IFAS Florida Friendly Landscape Liason                    Chris Calder    

 


Published on  18.02.2020