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Invasive Plant “Seek and Destroy” Workday at Spring House

  • Jan 18, 2014 · 9:30 AM

Pre-registration by January 15th is required.

Spring House is the only built private residence in Florida designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The house and grounds now comprise the Spring House Institute, which is being restored for use for public events ( but is not yet open. The grounds around the house are heavily infested with coral ardisia and other invasive plants. The Magnolia Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society and the Apalachee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association have been given the privilege and a rare opportunity to address this problem. Come join us for this special event, intended as a fun and fulfilling experience for all. It will be a full workday (8:30 to 4:00) to remove coral ardisia in a careful manner to preserve existing native plants around the house and restore a trail through the property. If you do not yet know how to identify or remove coral ardisia, you will be taught. The type of work will vary from gentle to vigorous, depending on your ability and zeal. Food will be provided throughout the day by a private donor: Coffee & breakfast items, then lunch, then beverages & snacks. Bring bug spray and your own water bottle. Some tools will be provided, but it bring gardening-type gloves, clippers, a pointed shovel, and a root jack or weed wrench, if you have them. Children are permitted, but must be supervised by an adult. No pets, please.

Pre-registration by January 15th is required.
To register, contact Karen J. Berkley (850)[masked] or [masked].

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  • Karen B.

    Because some people have canceled today, due to funeral services now scheduled for Saturday for a legendary local botanist, Angus Gholsen (, there are some spaces left. If you'd still like to come to the event, please send me an email including a phone contact #. Karen

    January 16, 2014

  • Peggy Sneed L.

    I have a meeting on Sat & missed this workday cut off. I love all things Frank Lloyd Wright & would like to be informed of further happenings here. Also, if I can ride share with anyone from the Jackson County area it would be helpful!! :) Gas, ughhhhh!!!!! :)

    January 16, 2014

  • Karen B.

    Terri: Welcome! IMPORTANT: Please contact me, by email, to pre-register. And please also send me your cellphone #, just in case. Michelle: Also, welcome; you're already pre-registered!

    I will be sending out a general email to everyone early next week on the location and time of this event (note it starts at 9:30). Thanks, karen

    January 11, 2014

  • Karen B.

    Hi All-Who-May-Be-Interested:
    FIRST: The event will START AT 9:30 (not 8:30).
    SECOND: Registration is filling fast (#37 have already signed up (via email to me) as of today, Jan 4th). For safety reasons, there is limit on # of attendees. So, if you're thinking about coming to this WORK & FUN DAY, please don't wait until the last minute!!
    Thanks, Karen

    January 4, 2014

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