President's Page

Welcome to the President's page! Here are some things that are brewing on the stove that might interest you:

The End-of-Month (EOM) for members has some of this information as well.



Sept 28th - Plant installation day! (tentative) at Seminole IFAS! Come join us 8am-10am. Great hands-on experience using Florida native plants.

Sept 28th - Passionflower and Lake Beautyberry chapters will have their very first Lake County Wildflower festival at Green Isle Gardens from 9am-2pm. Come join them for a fun-filled morning. 1303 FL-33, Groveland, FL 407 948-8980.

Oct 1st - An event-filled day to kick-off and celebrate October as Florida Native Plant Month! 

Oct 6th - October Native Plant Month field trip with Seminole County Natural Lands. Full information on our main page. Event is free and should be a treat for photographers and nature enthusiasts alike. RSVP today.

Oct 11th- 13th - Oklawaha Valley Audubon’s “Festival of Flight and Flowers”.  A weekend-long event with over 20 field trips, outdoor events and recreational activities to choose from, focusing on nature, native plants, birds  and the environment. A keynote dinner on Friday night featuring 4 nature experts, and a FREE festival on Saturday from 10-3. Full information is available here:  Contact Lori Patterson for more information at

Oct 17th - Join Orange Audubon Society's program featuring milkweeds. Presented by Scott Davis from St. Marks Wildlife Refuge. 7pm. Leu Gardens

Oct 18th & 19th - Join Paynes Prairie chapter on their Fall Native Plant Sale at Morningside Nature Center. 4:30pm- 6:30pm on the 18th exclusive to FNPS members. 8:30am-12:00pm open to the public on the 19th. Contact Lisa Jelks for additional details:

Oct 19th - Join Tarflower chapter on their 6th Annual Backyard Biodiversity day at Mead Gardens, Winter Park. 9am-3pm. This event is has hikes, workshops, vendors, and a plant sale.

Oct 22nd- Join Cuplet Fern at the Board of County Commissioners Office in Sanford (1101 East 1st Street, Sanford, FL 32771) as the very first FNPS proclamation in Seminole County to recognize October as Florida Native Plant Month is ratified! 9:30am. RSVP and join us!

Oct 24th - Join Semionle IFAS Master Gardener's at the Florida Friendly Landscape (FFL) 'Weedin' before the meeting' gardening opportunity. 8am-10am. Hours qualify towards their annual Master Gardener volunteer hour requirement. Please bring your own supples (gardening tools, gloves, etc.)

Oct 26th - Join Cuplet Fern chapter at the Florida Friendly Landscape (FFL) 'Weedin' before the meeting' gardening opportunity. 8am-10am. Please bring your own supples (gardening tools, gloves, and trash bag)

November 2nd - Cuplet Fern member Neta Villalobos-Bell  will be presenting to the Sanford Library on “How to Grow, Not Buy, a Better Birdfeeder”

November 7th and 8th- The Native Plant Show in West Palm Beach: Hosted by our affiliated organization, The Florida Association of Native Nurseries. Please check back on the link for additional details, updates, and ticket purchases. 

November 16 - Field trip to Econolatchee Sandhills Conservation Area with Dr. Jennifer Mitchell from St. Johns Water Management District. RSVP after reading full details on main page.


Read and Learn for Sept 9th:

Florida's Native Bees



Ongoing projects spanning many months:

IFAS native plant idea garden installation has been delayed due to Hurricane Dorian. We will know more from the nursery, IFAS, and our team on an appropriate, rescheduled date soon.

Monarch butterfly citizen science research will be posted here soon. This is an ongoing project promoted by Dr. Marc Minno. We are honored to support him with data collected and submitted from Seminole.

Florida Friendly Landscape Upkeep/Weeding Gardening days (weekday dates) Learn from Master Gardeners and FNPS members alike. One will teach you techniques, the other ethnobotany! Dates for Summer into fall are 6/27, 7/25, 9/26, 10/24 from 8am-10am. Seminole IFAS Extension garden area (to the left when facing the building).

Cuplet Fern IFAS Native Plant Area Upkeep/Weeding Gardening days (weekend dates) Learn from Master Gardeners and FNPS members alike. One will teach you techniques, the other ethnobotany! Dates for Summer into fall are 7/27, 8/24, 9/28, 10/26 from 8am-10am. Seminole IFAS Extension garden area (to the left when facing the building). Come be a part of our communty's legacy by creating a new native plant idea garden!



Looking back...

The 2019 FNPS Policy Handbook is now available. Though lengthy-looking at first glance, it is an enjoyable 10-minute read filled with sample drafts, emails, and core recommendataions in bold font. The handbook serves as a basic guideline on proclamations, field trips with political representatives, and non-partisan lobbying for environmental policy. Email me so I can send you the pdf if you're interested.

Cuplet Fern member and Orange Audubon Society (OAS) president, Deborah Green, has won the William Dutcher Award for the Southeast at the National Audubon biennial convention in Milwaukee. This prestigious award acknowledges conservation volunteers in Audubon whose creativity and leadership are a model for others.

The 2019 Charity Challenge made a small donation to Cuplet Fern chapter! Watch a short clip of the award ceremony luncheon here:

Check out our field trip to Alexander Springs and the Timucuan trail in this short video clip here:

Did you now that Bok Tower has a small Florida native plant garden showcasing incredibly rare endemics? Check it out here:

Translation for 'Why Florida Native Plants' educational flyer has been completed by Nihal Hafez into Arabic after viewing (and understanding the usefulness of) a Spanish version of it for our chapter. She also helped out with the Portuguese rendition. You can view all three- Arabic, Spanish, and Portuguese translations of the brochures here:

Introduction to the importance of Florida Native Plants- Arabic

Introduction to the importance of Florida Native Plants- Portuguese

Introduction to the importance of Florida Native Plants- Spanish

Check out Luke Flory's amazing presentation on 'Drivers of the Long-Term Dynamics and Impacts of Plant Invasions' that will make some very interesting and noteworthy points : Courtesy of National Association of Invasive Plants Council. 

Back in May, the Split Oak Forest Tour was a resounding success- 18 attendees. Check out the vid for that here:

Also in May, volunteering at the 34th Annual Charity Challenge at Camping World Stadium was so much fun. Watch a clip of the event here:

In July, Photographer's Paradise Summer Edition at Tosohatchee went really well. Watch a clip of the event here:


This month, Mark is also reading:

If anyone would like to read a comprehensive collegiate book on mycoheterotrophy, please email me. Mycoheterotrophy is the study of organisms (plants, chiefly) that subsist on a complex relationship with fungi. This is 300+ page book for people that enjoy reading.

The pollinator... actually, pollinators... for the ghost orchid were finally photographed in the act! Mac Stone and Carlton Ward did it- read a National Geographic article on it here:  California has the highest plant diversity in the U.S bar none. Florida is 7th and the only one that bridges temperate to tropical. Request this article for free by submitting your own email as a citizen scientist.  Hillary Swain has been there for a long time! Also, Patrick Bohlen from UCF Arboretum has been cited as well as Eric Menges who might as well have been born on property (he has spent so much of his life there). A handful of familiar names with decent visuals for ease of mental absorption. Check out the map on the erstwhile Orlando ridge. Should give you an inkling that most of the southern shoreline of Lake Apopka was also part of the ridge. This ties into what Todd Kincaid spoke about at the Wekiva Alliance that the north shore of Lake Apopka is a vast, highly underestimated recharge area for almost all our north and north-central springs. 

Pollen Consumption by the Hummingbird Flower Mite Proctolaelaps kirmsei and Possible Fitness Effects on Hamelia patens- a dated publication (1995) but you can read up to 6 science articles, including this one for free, by registering: Special thanks to Brett Moyers for this lead from Blue Bird Pharmacy in St. Augustine.

A Viva Florida report on Stetson's long-leaf pine restoration area by the Florida Wildlfower Foundation. I can't seem to find it online but you can email me if it interests you. I'm impressed by FWF's methodology- it's quite detailed without being overkill.

If you know of other interesting papers and short articles, you can certainly email me!







Published on  05.10.2019