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FNPS conference starts on May 15th

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Our conference begins on Thursday May 15th with field trips and a nature journaling workshop. If you wish to sign up, get there early.  There are still openings for some of the field trips and for the workshop. See below for the workshop details.
Nature Journaling at the FNPS Conference! by Elizabeth Smith This Thursday I’m thrilled to be leading a Nature Journal Workshop for the 34th annual Florida Native Plant Conference in Ft. Myers, Florida!  Just one of the many exciting events at the 4-day event, the Nature Journal Workshop is open to 10 aspiring journal-keepers.  The workshop takes place Thursday, May 15th, from 1pm to 4pm at Florida Gulf Coast University (see conference site for exact location).  We still have spaces open!
At the workshop, you’ll learn the basics of starting a nature journal and have the opportunity to start a journal page with the art supplies provided.  Yes – a starter kit of artist-quality supplies is included in the cost of the workshop!  Each particip…

Naples Botanical Garden

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During the upcoming Florida Native Plant Society Conference, one of the Sunday field trips is destined for the blossoming 170-acre Naples Botanical Garden (NBG; 4820 Bayshore Drive; 239-643-7275). This non-profit organization was incorporated in 1994, so staff, members, and visitors are celebrating the Garden’s 20th anniversary this year. In this spirit, NBG is currently building the impressive Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor Center to welcome guests starting in fall 2014. Participants in this field trip can expect to pass by exciting, new construction on their way to four main locations: 1) Vicky C. and David Byron Smith Children’s Garden, 2) Kathleen and Scott Kapnick Caribbean Garden, 3) Karen and Robert Scott Florida Garden, and 4) Mary and Stephen Byron Smith Family River of Grass.

Your journey into the Smith Children’s Garden will begin by walking under a domed ceiling of saw palmettos (Serenoa repens). This Garden truly stands out for both its diversity of native plants …