Past Meetup

Regional October Native Plant Month Event

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Every 2nd Monday of the month until January 13, 2019

Harry P. Leu Gardens Event Center (Indoors)

1920 N Forest Ave · Orlando, FL

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1920 N Forest Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

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Photos courtesy of Mary Keim

**PLEASE NOTE! This event is at Leu Gardens- located at 1920 N Forest Ave, Orlando, FL 32803. Several chapters and organizations congregate every year to celebrate October Native Plant Month together! This is a special program- you don't want to miss this!**

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⏰6:30pm-9pm AT LEU GARDENS

💯FREE Admission and Parking!

🤝 DONATE to show your support. Or JOIN an FNPS chapter near you if this is for you! Several chapters will be congregating on this event date!

🌿 Learn about natural Florida!

🍰Light refreshments!


October marks our 4th Annual Florida Native Plant Month! This important month in the FNPS calendar year has city and county-level proclamations for native plant awareness initiated by local chapters across the state. Tarflower Chapter will have their 6th Annual Backyard Biodiversity Day in Winter Park! Come join us on October 2nd at Leu Garden's Camellia Room as we kickoff this month with renowned author Rufino Osorio!

SPECIAL PROGRAM: Florida Native Wildflowers and Serendipity 🌼

Join in observance and celebration of Florida Native Plant Month with other local chapters and the public. Rufino Osorio is the author of the well-received book A Gardener's Guide to Florida's Native Plants. This was among the first books to promote native plants for home landscapes. Mr. Osorio has had an avid interest in growing plants since he was five years old and this interest was sparked when his first grade teacher had the class sow lentil seeds in the children's left-over cafeteria milk cartons. He has a special interest in native wildflowers and has been growing native wildflowers, first in Illinois and later in Florida, since his early 20s. The lecture is titled Florida Native Wildflowers and Serendipity. In his talk, he will recount his experiences, over a 30-year period, of growing Florida native wildflowers and will include various tips and tricks of interest to both beginning and advanced native plant gardeners. The talk will have a special focus on the various happy coincidences (serendipity) which have lead to Mr. Osorio acquiring a large collection of unusual and diverse wildflowers. And there will be interesting accounts of his finding native wildflowers, including some of which were new county records, in unlikely urban areas such as parking lots and in the landscape plantings of his employer.

Some helpful information/ Frequently asked questions 🌼 :
a) This event is free to the public. Programs are a service to our community. If you LOVE or even SUPPORT what we do, please consider joining or donating to FNPS- it keeps us going 🤝

b) There is no charge to enter Leu Gardens in the evening on our meeting date. Please come to the venue for our program around 6:30pm. Camellia Room.

c) does not promote individual group events. They do list our group under 'regular group meetings'. Complete information on our programs can be found through individual chapter websites and newsletters. Google individual chapters: Cuplet Fern, Conradina, Tarflower, Pine Lilly, Lake Beautyberry, Passionflower, and Sea Rocket chapters. We are pleased to continue our collaboration with our local Audubon Society and the Central Florida Sierra Club as well.

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