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Monthly Meeting

Second Monday of each Month @ 7:00 pm
200 Fairmont, Sanford, FL
Meetings/Programs are free and open to the public


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Native plants available at each meeting for a donation to our camp scholarships.

We are a casual group. Pull up a chair, enjoy the program, and support kids with a donation!

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June 11, 2018 Saving Florida's Gopher Tortoises - Speaker: Carissa Kent
Carissa Kent has been involved in gopher tortoise rescue relocation efforts since 2006. She subsequently started "Saving Florida's Gopher Tortoises" to rescue them from incidental "Take Permit" sites which allowed the tortoises to be buried. She will discuss laws and her successful efforts.

July 9, 2018 - Jewels in the Garden:  Dragonflies  -  Speaker:  Dena Wild

August 13, 2018 - Snapshots of Oakland Nature Preserve and Beyond-  Speaker: Linda Wilinski

September 10, 2018 - Local Water Management Projects -  Speaker:  Jennifer Mitchell

October 2, 2018 - CELEBRATE FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT MONTH  -  Speaker:  Rufino Osorio
                   NOTE DATE AND LOCATION FOR THIS MEETING ONLY:              
6:30pm, Harry P. Leu Botanical Gardens, 1920 N Forest Ave, Orlando. 

SPECIAL PROGRAM: Florida Native Wildflowers and Serendipity  Speaker: Rufino Osario
Join in observance and celebration of Florida Native Plant Month with other local chapters and the public. Rufino Osorio is the author of the well-received book A Gardener's Guide to Florida's Native Plants. This was among the first books to promote native plants for home landscapes. Mr. Osorio has had an avid interest in growing plants since he was five years old and this interest was sparked when his first grade teacher had the class sow lentil seeds in the children's left-over cafeteria milk cartons. He has a special interest in native wildflowers and has been growing native wildflowers, first in Illinois and later in Florida, since his early 20s. The lecture is titled Florida Native Wildflowers and Serendipity. In his talk, he will recount his experiences, over a 30-year period, of growing Florida native wildflowers and will include various tips and tricks of interest to both beginning and advanced native plant gardeners. The talk will have a special focus on the various happy coincidences (serendipity) which have lead to Mr. Osorio acquiring a large collection of unusual and diverse wildflowers. And there will be interesting accounts of his finding native wildflowers, including some of which were new county records, in unlikely urban areas such as parking lots and in the landscape plantings of his employer.

November 12, 2018 - Florida Fungi  Speaker:  Chris Matson

December 10, 2018 - Holiday Potluck Starts at 6:30pm
End of year Holiday Party. Bring a covered dish, friend, and family to share. The Chapter will provide the main entre and activities.  Free.

January 8, 2019 – Native Plants Feed Migrating Birds   Speaker: Faith Jones 
Each Spring tiny song birds fly thousands of miles from their winter homes in the Tropics to their nesting grounds in North America. Each Fall they make the journey in reverse. This program will not only explain the vital role native plants play in these birds survival, but will also include information on important plants.  Free. 

February 11, 2019 - TBD

March 11, 2019 - Florida Native Orchids  -  Speaker:  Prem Subramanyam

April 8, 2019 - Florida Edible Native Plants  -  Speaker Don Philipott

May 13, 2019 - Florida Moths  -  Speaker: Taylor Jones

June 10, 2019   Restoring a Sandhill: Research and Outreach in an Urban Habitat Fragment -  Speakers: Cynthia Bennington and Karen Cole
The Volusia Sandhill Ecosystem Teaching Landscape, an ongoing, small-scale (1 acre) restoration of the historic longleaf pine forests of central Florida, was established in 2011 on the perimeter of Stetson University’s campus, and adjacent to the university’s earth science museum. Recognizing that the site is far too small to be considered a true ecological restoration, it is nevertheless perfectly suited to extend the educational outreach of the Gillespie Museum and to provide space for undergraduate research projects related to the ecological restoration of degraded urban spaces. With a current emphasis on the role of this urban fragment as a refuge for insect pollinators, we are working to increase the diversity of the understory and to create educational materials describing the importance of native insect species to native plant reproduction. We will share progress we have made, challenges met along the way, and our optimism for the future.

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10/2/18 October Native Plant Month Special Program

At Leu Gardens, 6:30pm, Orlando

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Published on  31.08.2018