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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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MAY 13th PRE-PROGRAM: TBD

With TBD

Know someone or have pre-program topic? Contact Us!

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: TBD

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

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MAY 13th MAIN PROGRAM: FLORIDA MOTHS

With TAYLOR JONES

Photo above of a Luna Moth (Actias Luna) via National Geographic

Arrival Time: 6:45pm 

Point of Contact: Susan Angermeier, Treasurer

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: Taylor has had a lifelong interest in the natural world, especially with regards to the insects and birds. Even as an adult, he would delight in spotting a polyphemus moth cocoon dangling from an old twig, bring it home, wait for it to hatch,  (“eclose” it's is the scientific term) the following spring and then release it. Fifteen years ago, while living in Staten Island, New York, Taylor began breeding giant silk moths (Saturniids) and rearing their larvae, and has continued to do so in Florida. He has been an active participant in the WLSS online community (Worlds Largest Saturniidae Site), supplying the organization with local data and observations on giant silk moths, along with photos, and occasionally supplying egg and cocoon stock. 

Professionally, Taylor Jones is a syndicated editorial cartoonist and caricaturist whose work has been published worldwide in newspapers and magazines. Clients have included the New Republic, US News & World Report, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. 

Whenever possible, Taylor enjoys combining nature with his cartooning. In 2013, he created a series of humorous illustrations celebrating the return of the 17-year periodical cicada (Brood II) for the Staten Island Museum. More recently, Taylor's produce a series of bird cartoons, with verse for each species, that he has titled “Faux Audubon.” Taylor lives in Mount Dora, where he draws cartoons at night, and maniacally tends to his butterfly garden by day.

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

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/543596222801088/

 


 

MAY 19th-21st FNPS CONFERENCE: TRANSITIONS

Click on the image to continue to the FNPS Conference page to register and the schedule of events

Original artwork used in this graphic courtesy of Leslie Neumann

Dates:  May 16th through 19th. May 18th is the core date for presentations. 

Further Info on Venue:   https://www.plantationoncrystalriver.com

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2148499758543076/

 


 

JUNE 10th PRE-PROGRAM: TBD

With TBD

Know someone or have pre-program topic? Contact Us!

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: TBD

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

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JUNE 10th MAIN PROGRAM: LONG LEAF PINE RESTORATION & TEACHING LANDSCAPE AT STETSON UNIVERSITY

With CYNTHIA BENNINGTON and KAREN COLE

Original photo courtesy of Stetson University

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: 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.

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

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

 


 

JUNE 15th FIELD TRIP: RESTORING A SANDHILL- RESEARCH AND OUTREACH IN AN URBAN HABITAT FRAGMENT 

With CYNTHIA BENNINGTON and KAREN COLE

RSVP REQUIRED: EMAIL US HERE TO GET ON THE LIST!

Original photo courtesy of Stetson University

Arrival Time: 8:45am 

Point of Contact: Mark Kateli and Dr. Cynthia Bennington

Location:  Stetson University 234 E Michigan Ave, DeLand, FL 32724-3539

Parking:  Park near that location   Ample campus garage parking available over the weekends

Entrance Fee: None.   Members report volunteer hours. 

Details: Please join Stetson University's biology professor Dr. Cynthia Bennington as we tour natural areas around campus. 

We will visit the Volusia Sandhill Ecosystem Teaching Landscape established in 2011 on the perimeter of Stetson University’s campus, and adjacent to the university’s earth science museum. It is an ongoing, small-scale (1 acre) restoration of the historic longleaf pine forests of central Florida. 

Bring water to drink, a bagged lunch, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and ample curiosity!

Further Info:   https://www.stetson.edu/other/gillespie-museum/vse/pollinator-project.php

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/575933382875750/

 


 

JULY 8th PRE-PROGRAM: TBD

With TBD

Know someone or have pre-program topic? Contact Us!

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: TBD

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

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JULY 8th MAIN PROGRAM: THE SEMINOLE COUNTY FERTILIZER ORDINANCE- How You Can Help

With DR. TERRENCE FULLERTON

Original photo courtesy of Seminole County

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!

Main-program discussion: 

Terrence Fullerton is the Fertilizer Educator for the Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program at Seminole County IFAS Extension. The program will be a shortened version of their fertilizer workshop, but will still emphasize how the audience can help spread the word and provide the most accurate info to the community. 

Terrence holds a PhD in Soil Science from the University of West Indies. He has conducted over 200 training sessions, seminars and field related to plant nutrition for farmers, extension officers, students, teachers, agricultural professionals and the general public in different parts of the world. His focus is on efficient and environmentally sound plant nutrient management practices. He's especially proficient in providing technical guidance to people whose focus is not in technology. 

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

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/424373831657163/

 


 

JULY 20th FIELD TRIP: PRIVATE TOUR OF WILSON'S LANDING PARK

With TINA MCINTYRE

RSVP REQUIRED: EMAIL US HERE TO GET ON THE LIST!

Original photo of Wilson's Landing courtesy of Seminole County

Arrival Time: TBD

Point of Contact: Mark Kateli and Tina McIntyre

Location:  Wilson's Landing Park  387 Malekean Trail, Sanford, FL 32771

Parking:  TBD   Ample parking available 

Entrance Fee: None   Members report volunteer hours. 

Details: Please join FNPS member and Seminole County Florida Friendly Landscaping agent Tina McIntyre as we have a short field trip at Wilson’s Landing Park. The county has been working to make native plant enhancements there and they should be growing nicely by then. Tinea will talk about the watershed within the property as well.

Members of Tarflower Chapter, our sister chapter, may be joining us as well. Bring water to drink, a bagged lunch, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and ample curiosity! We will take a short break at the pavilion.

Further Info:   http://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/locations/301558-Wilsons-Landing.stml

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/954703471401451/

 


 

AUGUST 12th PRE-PROGRAM: TBD

With TBD

Know someone or have pre-program topic? Contact Us!

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: TBD

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

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AUGUST 12th MAIN PROGRAM: GARDEN PARTY- NATIVE PLANT EXPERIENCES 

With CUPLET FERN MEMBERS!

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!

Main-program discussion: 

This is a unique program where at least 4 Cuplet Fern members (Neta Villalobos-Bell, Michael Kirchner, Joey Myers, and Mark Kateli) will discuss progress, perspective, and their hands-on experiences using native plants.

A potluck-style social is being planned. Please bring an appetizer and drink to share.

Questions are encouraged. This will be an open-style discussion so we all can learn as we pursue expertise in landscaping with native plants.

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

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2048289338552591/

 


 

AUG 17th FIELD TRIP: ALEXANDER SPRINGS 

With CUPLET FERN and LAKE BEAUTYBERRY CHAPTERS

RSVP REQUIRED: EMAIL US HERE TO GET ON THE LIST!

Original photo of Timucuan Trail courtesy of Pintrest

Arrival Time: 8am 

Point of Contact: April McClain, David Rakes, and Mark Kateli

Location:  Alexander Springs    49525 County Road 445 (39.19 mi) Altoona, Florida 32702

Parking:  Ample Parking   It is a large parking area, but is frequently crowded on warm weekends. Carpooling encouraged.

Entrance Fee: $5.50 per person.   Cuplet Fern members report volunteer hours. 

Where exactly to meet:  Meet at the concession area near the restrooms.

Details: Please join April McClain from Lake Beautyberry chapter and naturalist David Rakes as we enjoy a joint field trip on the trails surrounding Alexander Springs. 

There are only 27 first-magnitude springs in Florida (flows of greater than 100 cubic feet per second). Of them, Alexander Springs is the easiest to access. 

Join author of 'Botanizing with Birds' David Rakes on the Timucuan Trail surrounding Alexander Springs. It is 0.9 miles with an 'easy' on the difficulty rating. This short trail has it all from hydric hammocks to sand pine scrub; from buttressed cypress, climbing vine and ruby crowned kinglets to sand pines, saw palmetto and hermit thrush. Habitat diversity means plant and insect and bird diversity, too.  As you walk with David, you will learn about the interconnections from a naturalist point of view.  

On the wetland section of boardwalk, visitors will see, many if not all of the same rare plants you would see at Morman Branch, plus you can keep your feet dry.  There are a number of plants like the white cedar and vine wicky that are at the Southern limit of their range. Many other plants found here are anise, viburnum, and hollies which are plants you might recognize from your own landscape.

Bring water to drink, hat, binoculars (if you have them), sunscreen, insect repellent, and ample curiosity! If you'd like, you can jump in the spring to cool off after the walk!

Afterwards, we will be having lunch and networking with one another at a well-known establishment- Tony's Pizza- 2760 E Orange Ave, Eustis, FL 32726 - where we will be pairing good food with good company. 
 

Further Info:  https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/ocala/recreation/recarea/?recid=32209

Plant list (courtesy of David Rakes and Lavon Silvernell): http://cupletfern.fnpschapters.org/data/uploads/other-files/plant-list-for-alexander-springs-timucuan-trail.pdf

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1061454820707972/

 



SEPTEMBER 9th PRE-PROGRAM: TBD

With TBD

Know someone or have pre-program topic? Contact Us!

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: TBD

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

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SEPTEMBER 9th MAIN PROGRAM: TBD

With TBD

 

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!

Main-program discussion: TBD

 

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

Further Info on Facebook: 

 


 

SEPT 21st FIELD TRIP: RARE PLANT COUNT IN SULPHUR SRPINGS

With RALPH RISCH

RSVP REQUIRED: EMAIL US HERE TO GET ON THE LIST!

Original photo courtesy of Ralph Risch

Arrival Time: TBA

Point of Contact: Mark Kateli and Ralph Risch

Location:  Sulphur Springs  TBD-  41415 Boy Scout Rd, Paisley, FL 32767 OR  We’ll likely be meeting at the forest’s south entrance near Bear Pond off of SR46, but this all depends on the Wekiva beltway construction.  If we need to meet at the north entrance off of Brantley Branch Road near SR44, we will do that. 

Parking:  TBD   Ample parking available 

Entrance Fee: None if you are on the RSVP list.   Members report volunteer hours. 

Details: Please join Florida Forestry Service's Ralph Risch as we trek through Sulphur Run in search of a rare plant. Details of this rare plant will be given upon an RSVP. 

The target plant is quite easy to spot once you’ve seen one. As this is a seepage slope area, it will be wet, lots of mud. People should wear rubber boots, or shoes that they don’t mind getting soaked and muddy, and that won’t get sucked off by the muck.

Ralph will provide any tally sheets needed, though he has not yet decided if we are just doing a count only or if we’ll be collecting other data. There are a number of good places to break for lunch which we will do so after this exciting and interesting field trip.

There is another undisclosed plant that has not yet been vouchered for Lake County- finding it along Sulphur Run would be a real treat! Folks doing the count will be familiarized with the look of both plants so if they spot one, we can document it.

Bring water to drink, a bagged lunch, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and ample curiosity! Wear boots that can get wet or won't get sucked off by the muck!

Further Info:   TBA

Further Info on Facebook: TBA

 


 

OCT 1st MAIN PROGRAM: PLANT COMMUNICATION- How plants and light interact with one another

With DR. CRAIG HUEGEL

(NOTE LOCATION OF MEETING)

Original photo courtesy of Craig Huegel

Arrival Time: 6:45pm 

Point of Contact: Mark Kateli

Location:  Harry P. Leu Gardens     1920 N Forest Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

Type of Event: Regional event kicking-off October Native Plant month across the state. Dr. Huegel's presentation is the main part of it.

Parking:  Parking lot adjacent to building  (plenty of parking availability but carpooling encouraged due to large attendance)

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: Plants feed on sunlight. For more than a billion years, the relationship between the sun and photosynthetic orqanisms has been evolving and this relationship has become a very intricate. Though the miracle of photosynthesis is the first part of this relationship and the one most of us recognize, it is much deeper than this. Sunlight drives most every aspect of a plant's life history. In this lecture, Dr. Huegel will explore the many-faceted relationship plants have with sunlight.

Dr. Huegel is an ecologist/educator with extensive training and experience in wildlife and plant ecology, natural lands management, upland and wetland restoration, and the impacts of urbanization on natural systems. His career also has been focused on environmental education and nature interpretation. After graduation from Iowa State University, he founded the Wildlife Cooperative Extension program at the University of Kentucky and then co-founded the Urban Wildlife Cooperative Extension Program at the University of Florida. Dr. Huegel served as the Administrator of Pinellas County’s Environmental Lands Program for 12 years, has worked as an environmental consultant and now focuses his time as an Adjunct Professor at St Petersburg College and the University of Tampa, teaching in the Biology Departments.

Dr. Huegel has written six books for the public on native plants and wildlife, lectures to groups throughout Florida, operates a small wildflower nursery, Hawthorn Hill, from his home in Pasco County, and writes several popular blogs dedicated to Florida native plants.

Further Info on Venue:   https://www.leugardens.org

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1260887614062891/

 


 

NOVEMBER 11th PRE-PROGRAM: TBD

With TBD

Know someone or have pre-program topic? Contact Us!

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: TBD

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

Further info about topic:  

Further info about organization: 

 


OCT 13th EVENT: WILDLIFE AND NATURE FAIR

With NATURAL SWEETWATER OAKS COMMITTEE

(Note New Location for 2019)

Above flyer from 2018. 2019 Flyer TBA.

Workshop Times (3 different workshops): TBA

Point of Contact: Mark Kateli, Barbara Whittier, and Terri Grimes

Location:  Riverbend Park (Tentative)   830 Cove Park Pl, Wekiva Springs, FL 32779

Parking:  TBD   Ample parking available 

Entrance Fee: None.   Members report volunteer hours. 

Details: Please come out and support Cuplet Fern along with Seminole County's premier, model community that sets the example on embracing natural Florida and our environment- the Natural Sweetwater Oaks Committee.

Several vendors will be present along with Cuplet Fern chapter, who will be offering a set of workshops that will discuss native plants, their propagation, and their interaction with various animals. This will be a perfect outing for anyone who is begining their gardening journey with native plants. If you love our message, we will be selling a small selection of our plants from our workshop as well as memberships.

Further Info:   TBA

Further Info on Facebook: TBA

 


 

NOVEMBER 11th MAIN PROGRAM: TBD

With TBD

 

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!

Main-program discussion: TBD

 

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

Further Info on Facebook: 

 


 

DECEMBER 9th: HOLIDAY SOCIAL

With CUPLET FERN!

(NOTE TIME OF MEETING)

Arrival Time: 6:30pm 

Point of Contact: Mark Kateli and Barbara Whittier

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: No program this month. This is a holiday social for several organizations.

Please bring a dish and drink to share. Do not forget serving utensils for your food! We will be playing the best botany game of the year- 'Guess That Plant!' after dinner concludes. An excellent opportunity for members to network with one another and for guests to know Cuplet Fern.

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

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2276067892717584/

 


Published on  18.03.2019