Legislative Delegation Season - 2020

WHAT A Legislative Delegation is an office within (most) county governments and the group of state-level legislators that represent that county. This group holds public meetings once a year in the Board of County Commissioners chambers or some other public meeting place. This meeting is in the winter, between December and February. Members of the public who wish to speak must submit a completed Public Hearing Form well before the meeting, although in most cases citizens can show up and file a card on the spot to speak to the delegation. This Legislative Delegation meeting provides local constituents with a rare opportunity to speak directly with the state lawmakers who represent them in Tallahassee. Local politicians often attend these events, so they will hear your concerns, too. WHY Protecting native plants and their habitats in Florida requires action by our state legislature. Attached is the schedule of the state’s remaining meetings for 2019. Fill out and submit a speaker’s card i

Perfect Plants To Grow Around Your Florida Pool

by Francesca Singer Source It's not tough to find native plants for your poolside paradise in Florida. We have plenty of plants to choose from. But not all plants are suited to the swimming pool environment. Poolside plantings should offer shade, privacy, texture, color, and structure. They also should not drop leaves or seeds that make your pool look untidy or clog filters. The perfect ornamentals, shrubs, trees and succulents to grow around your Florida pool also attract hummingbirds and butterflies and bring a sense of wonder to the garden. Ornamentals Standing-cypress Source Perennial flowering plants have exceptional visual qualities that add character and color to your poolside. Since perennials don’t die after they flower, you won’t have to worry about cleaning up after them. They’re also easy to find just about everywhere in Florida . Standing-cypress Ipomopsis rubra When it comes to attracting hummingbirds, there are few better natives than standing-cypress . Their

Longtime member, journalist, and orchid enthusiast Chuck McCartney has died

  Photo: Chuck’s “selfie” on a tripod 1986, Long Pine Key, Everglades National Park, Giant Bromeliad, Tillandsia utriculata Chuck McCartney passed away on Sunday, October 11. He was a fourth-generation South Floridian and life-long orchid enthusiast. Through his longtime membership in the Florida Native Plant Society in the Dade and Broward chapters, he also become interested in Florida’s wildflowers. Chuck earned a bachelor’s degree in English education from Florida State University. However, except for a short stint as a high school English teacher in Miami, he was a journalist and editor, working for newspapers in his native Homestead as well as in Hollywood, Florida, where he lived. He retired in 2009 after nearly 19 years as a copy editor with The Miami Herald’s Broward Edition serving the Fort Lauderdale area. In the mid-1980s, he worked as an editor for the American Orchid Society and wrote numerous articles on orchids for AOS publications as well as for California’s Orchid Dige

Read our No-Build on M-CORES letter to the Governor and Task Forces

Governor Ron DeSantis Executive Office of the Governor 400 South Monroe Street Tallahassee, Florida 32399 SUBJECT: Please Consider a No-Build Option for Proposed M-CORES Toll Roads Dear Governor DeSantis: The task forces assigned to assist FDOT in planning for the Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance (M-CORES) toll roads project have nearly completed their reports. Despite their diligence and attention to detail over the past year, none of the three task forces has been able to confirm a need for the roads despite evaluation of need being part of their charge as stated in Section 338.2278 (3) (c) 4, F.S.   On behalf of the 4,300 members of the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS), we submit that the absence of any finding of need reflects, quite simply, an actual absence of need and recommend that you embrace a no-build option to the Florida legislature during the upcoming session. Each of the three task forces expressed a preference for improving or expanding existing

Stopgap Funding for TorreyaKeepers Program needed this month

Florida Torreya (Torreya taxifolia) is an endangered tree with most of its limited range occurring in the Florida panhandle. The species has been in decline for decades and all observed trees are infected with a canker disease now attributed to a novel Fusarium species, possibly introduced from Asia by the horticultural or shipping industry (Smith et al. 2011). Through our TorreyaKeepers project, the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) is working with private landowners to locate and document the condition of remaining wild trees. We are also partnering with Atlanta Botanical Garden to collect stem cuttings for offsite safeguarding to conserve the genetic diversity remaining for this species. Please help us raise $1,200 to bridge the gap between now and when we receive our next grant award. You can donate here . Progress 2020-10-06 Thank you everyone! We've reached 42% of our $1,200 goal in one day! We have only $700 left to fund this program's expenses through the end of th

Regional Native Landscaping Posters are now available for sale!

The newly redesigned Northeast Region poster For years we've run a wildly popular monthly contest on Facebook to win one of our six regional native landscaping brochures. Despite all of our chapters having a sufficient supply of these handy foldable brochures to hand out at chapter meetings, we have heard from members and non-members alike that they wanted the brochures in poster format available for sale. This, coupled with the dearth of in-person chapter meetings due to COVID-19, we have reformatted each regional brochure into a single-sided poster and made them available for sale on our online store ! Which FNPS region are you planting in? Use the map below to find your region. The poster links are below the map. Northeast Region Poster Southeast Regional Poster West Coast Regional Poster Central Regional Poster North Central Regional Poster Panhandle Regional Poster

Native Trees and Plants You Will See Nearly Everywhere in Florida

by Bob Silverman Blanketflower, Galliardia pulchella You don’t have to travel far to see one of the hundreds of native flowers that make Florida stand out. They’re nature’s roadside attractions, and many can make for colorful additions to your yard. Consider these natural wonders: Beautyberry, Callicarpa americana - this shrub dazzles with its clumps of purple fruit that will draw birds to your yard. Black-eyed Susans, Rudbeckia spp. - with a brown center surrounded by petals of yellow, golden, orange, or red petals, is perfect for attracting butterflies to your garden. Firebush, Hamelia patens var. patens - with its bright red flowers, can serve as a beacon for hummingbirds, butterflies, and songbirds (which like to feed on its berries). Tickseed, Coreopsis spp.  - our state wildflower, sometimes called Coreopsis, comes in 12 species native to Florida. You’ll find all of them in the northern part of the state, but South Florida is limited to Leavenworth’s tickseed, Co