What we're about

This meetup group is for the Suncoast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. Our mission is to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of Florida's native plants and native plant communities. We have field trips to see Florida's wild areas both near and far, presentations by various speakers on a wide range of environmental subjects, plant sales, and volunteer opportunities.

If you are interested in learning more about native plants, gardening and landscaping with natives, Florida's ecology, and basically, what the heck all those leafy green things growing out there in the woods are - we are the group for you! Please keep in mind, that while we allow anyone to join our Meetup group, being a Meetup member is not the same as being a member of the Suncoast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. Please come to a few of our meetings and field trips, and if you enjoy what we do, consider becoming an official member of the Florida Native Plant Society/Suncoast Chapter.

Florida Native Plant Society http://www.fnps.org/

Suncoast Native Plant Society http://suncoast.fnpschapters.org/

Upcoming events (5+)

Native Plant Walks at Lettuce Lake

Lettuce Lake Park

Come discover the beauty of native plants on a guided walk with a representative of the Suncoast Native Plant Society. The two hour walk will start at the Visitor’s Center. After a short presentation, we will walk the park trails and boardwalk to see what grows naturally in the hardwood swamp and learn how native plants benefit us. Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. Walks are FREE, but there is a $2 entrance fee per vehicle (up to 8 people) to get into the park.

Chapter Meeting, Speaker Chris Hanni

Seminole Heights Branch Library

Impacts and Dispersion of Texas Phoenix Palm Decline Christopher Hanni, graduate student, USF School of Geosciences, will speak on his research into TPPD at Golden Aster Scrub Preserve. TPPD is a new disease in Florida, first appearing between Tampa and Sarasota in[masked]. Hillsborough County has been an epicenter for the disease which has spread to 22 Florida counties and which affects several species of date palm, queen palm and our state tree, the cabbage palm or Sabal palmetto. The disease is fatal and there is presently no cure. Chris Hanni is doing research into the dispersion and impact of TPPD at Golden Aster Scrub Preserve in Hillsborough County. He would like to increase awareness of the disease and how it is affecting the Sabal palmetto. Because we are meeting at the library, no refreshments will be served at this meeting. Bottled water is allowed. At the end of the meeting, we enjoy exchanging donated native plants. To make it fun and bring in donations to fund chapter projects, we "auction" the plants. This is a great way to add native plants to your yard and to contribute to our effectiveness as advocates for native plants and native habitats. We are a 501(c)(3) charity, and will provide a receipt for your donation (ask when you donate!). Our March meeting will return to the Extension Office in Seffner.

Monthly Field Trip

Golden Aster Scrub Preserve

Visit Golden Aster Scrub Preserve with Suncoast Native Plant Society. We will see what's blooming in early spring.

Native Plant Walks at Lettuce Lake

Lettuce Lake Park

Come discover the beauty of native plants on a guided walk with a representative of the Suncoast Native Plant Society. The two hour walk will start at the Visitor’s Center. After a short presentation, we will walk the park trails and boardwalk to see what grows naturally in the hardwood swamp and learn how native plants benefit us. Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. Walks are FREE, but there is a $2 entrance fee per vehicle (up to 8 people) to get into the park.

Past events (215)

Chapter Meeting

Hillsborough County Extension Office

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