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What's up with land conservation in Florida and how does FNPS fit? Dr. Susan Carr answers. - Audio

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by Valerie Anderson, staff

Check out our first trackConservation and the Role of the Florida Native Plant Society by President Susan Carr, PhD. Susan delivers a podcast-worthy speech to make sure you understand what happened to Florida Forever, what land trusts do, exactly, and what we're doing about rare plant habitat loss. Susan spoke at the Tarflower chapter meeting last night. Listen here!

I am collecting plenty of audio from plant rescues, chapter meetings, and member interviews. SoundCloud is perfect for periodically releasing quality audio - followers can subscribe to our channel, receiving notifications of new tracks via email, the SoundCloud app, and/or the web interface. I'll also tweet (@fl_native_plant) when I drop a new track.

Native Plant Art

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by Valerie Anderson, staff

Florida native plants and ecosystems have long been appreciated and have been memorialized in media. Bartram's Travels document with words and in great detail the natural communities, flora, and fauna of Florida. The Highwaymen painted Florida's landscapes on found material and became legends in the process. Minna Fernald created beautiful watercolors of native plants around the time of WWII.

The native plant art scene is being reinvigorated. Longtime artists and FNPS members like Marjorie Shopshire and Cindy Liberton and photographers like Shirley Denton and Paul Rebmann are joined by Kara Driscoll and Mark Kateli. Kara is a fantastic artist, a hidden talent I wasn't aware of until Mark created the Florida Native Plant Art Group on Facebook.


UPDATE on Veggie Garden legislation

by Bonnie Basham, Sarracenia Chapter

Last week, the House Bill (HB 145 by Elizabeth Fetterhoff, Deland) passed its first committee of reference. The bill was amended with a new definition of vegetable garden: A vegetable garden will now be defined as “a plot of ground where herbs, fruits, flowers, or vegetables are cultivated for human ingestion.” The bill declares it “in the best interest of the state to encourage the development of the sustainable cultivation of fruits and vegetables at all levels of production including personal consumption.”
The bill forbids local governments from passing or enforcing, ordinances which regulate vegetable gardens on residential properties. The bill does allow local ordinances regulating things like water restrictions during droughts. Thus, a local zoning ordinance prohibiting vegetable gardens in the front yards of homeowners would be unenforceable if the bills become law. In addition, any existing ordinances or regulations which regulate vegetabl…