Passionflower Chapter

Florida Native Plant Society

Upcoming Activities

January 2020 Activities

Saturday, January 11th, Program Meeting

  • 9:30am - 10:00am Social Gathering
  • 10:00am-11:30am Program - SJRWMD Land Management and Water Conservation
  • Cooper Memorial Library, downstairs Rm. 108A (map on Meetings page)

 

December 2019 Activities

Wednesday, December 4th, Planning Meeting

  • 5:30pm-7:30pm  - Bring your own snacks/dinner
  • Cooper Memorial Library, downstairs Rm. 108A (map on Meetings tab)

Saturday, December 7th, Field Trip

  • 8:45am-1:00pm 
  • Lake Louisa State Park

Saturday, December 14th, Holiday Party

  • 1:00pm-4:00pm

 

November 2019 Activities

Monday, November 4th, Gardening at LLSP

  • 9:00am-11:00am
  • Lake Louisa State Park, Ranger Station Garden

Wednesday, November 6th, Program Meeting

  • 5:30pm-6:00pm  Social Gathering
  • 6:00pm-7:30pm  Program - Know What You Grow
  • Cooper Memorial Library, downstairs Rm. 108A (map on Meetings tab)

Do you want to be smarter about what you grow in your yard and what you see growing around Central Florida? 

Native, Alien, Exotic, Invasive, and all the other terms used to describe plants can be confusing.  Learn what they mean at the Know What You Grow program presented by several Passionflower chapter officers.  This informative program will define these terms, explain why they are important for gardeners and wildlife lovers, and teach you how to identify some of the common invasive plants found in Lake County. There will also be refreshments and a donated plant auction.

This program meeting is free and open to the public.

Saturday, November 9th, Program Meeting

  • 9:30am - 10:00am Social Gathering
  • 10:00am-11:30am Program - Agressive Plants
  • Cooper Memorial Library, downstairs Rm. 108A (map on Meetings page)

Do you have plants that try to take over your yard?  John Benton, a biologist with 33 years of experience with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, will give a presentation and lead a discussion about the challenge every homeowner and gardener knows – the constant push from aggressive native and non-native plants that crowd out the desirable species.  John will bring a selection of problem plants for display and talk about a range of strategies to consider and a variety of tools to use to tackle the problem. There will also be refreshments and a donated plant auction.

This program meeting is free and open to the public.

Friday, November 22nd, Gardening at LLSP

  • 9:00am-11:00am
  • Lake Louisa State Park, Ranger Station Garden

 

October 2019 Activities

Wednesday, October 2nd, Program Meeting

  • 5:30pm-6:00pm  Social Gathering
  • 6:00pm-7:30pm  Program - Insects: Helpful, Harmful, Harmless
  • Cooper Memorial Library, downstairs Rm. 108A (map on Meetings tab)

When you find a bug, do you know if it is a good bug or a bad bug? Learn about the ecological roles of many important groups of insects and the diverse collection of insects and other tiny life forms our yards host in our Insects: Helpful, Harmful, Harmless program. Discover which insects are plant pests, which serve a beneficial function by eating the “bad bugs” and which do no harm at all. This interesting program will be presented by UF/IFAS Master Gardener volunteer Dianne Venetta. There will also be refreshments and a donated plant auction.

This program meeting is free and open to the public.

Monday, October 7th, Gardening at LLSP

  • 9:00am-11:00am
  • Lake Louisa State Park, Ranger Station Garden

Friday, October 11th, Field Trip

  • 8:45am-11:30am
  • Scrub Point Preserve, Clermont

This trip is organized by the Festival of Flight & Flowers.  See Calendar tab for details.

Saturday, October 12th, Field Trip

  • 9:00am-11:30am
  • Crooked River Preserve, Clermont

This trip is organized by the Festival of Flight & Flowers.  See Calendar tab for details.

Saturday, October 26th, Outreach Event

  • 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Oakland Heritage and Wildlife Festival
  • Speer Park, Oakland

 

September 2019 Activities

Tuesday, September 10th, Planning Meeting - RESCHEDULED

  • 5:30pm-7:30pm
  • Cooper Memorial Library, downstairs Rm. 108A (map on Meetings tab)

Meeting is open to all Members

Friday, September 13th, Gardening at LLSP

  • 9:00am-11:00am
  • Lake Louisa State Park, Ranger Station Garden

Bring your gardening tools and join us for some light weeding and to enjoy nature at the LLSP Ranger Station Garden.  This is a great way to see how established plants grow, learn how to identify seedlings and weeds, and socialize with other chapter members and park volunteers while helping to keep this native plant showcase attractive for park visitors. Please wear closed-toe shoes and bring a hat, sunscreen, water, and gardening tools if you can.  Tell the Ranger at the station you are working in the garden so there is no entry charge.

Saturday, September 14th, Program Meeting
  • 9:30am - 10:00am Social Gathering
  • 10:00am-11:30am Program
  • Cooper Memorial Library, downstairs Rm. 108A (map on Meetings page)

Florida is a fascinating mosaic of diverse habitats where native plants exist naturally in conditions that support their specific needs.  Come and learn about Florida Habitats and Their Native Plants when our guest speaker, Neta Villalobos-Bell, focuses on five major groupings of the over 80 plant communities found in our State and explains what makes them unique.

Neta Villalobos-Bell is an Environmental Educator, certified Florida Master Naturalist, National Wildlife Federation Habitat Steward, Florida Certified Horticulture Professional with FNGLA (Florida Nursery, Growers, and Landscape Association) and National Certified Interpretive Guide.   She was featured in an Orange County Government TV series “Wildlife Matters” to promote the benefits of gardening for wildlife and is the 2018 Central Florida COX Conservation Hero recipient. Neta is a member of the Cuplet Fern FNPS Chapter.

The program is free and open to the public.

Saturday, September 28th, Lake County Wildflower Festival

  • 8:00am - Pre-event Yoga
  • 9:00am-2:00pm - Festival and Plant Sale
  • Green Isle Gardens, Groveland

See Lake County Wildflower Festival tab for more details and map.

October 2019 Activities

Tuesday, October 1st, Regional Native Plant Month Event

  • 6:00pm-9:00pm
  • Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando, FL 32803

Plants feed on sunlight. For more than a billion years, the relationship between the sun and photosynthetic orqanisms has been evolving and this relationship has become very intricate. Though the miracle of photosynthesis is the first part of this relationship and the one most of us recognize, it is much deeper than this. Sunlight drives most every aspect of a plant's life history. In this lecture, How Light and Plants Interact, Dr. Huegel will explore the many-faceted relationship plants have with sunlight.

Dr. Huegel is an ecologist/educator with extensive training and experience in wildlife and plant ecology, natural lands management, upland and wetland restoration, and the impacts of urbanization on natural systems. His career also has been focused on environmental education and nature interpretation. Dr. Huegel has written six books for the public on native plants and wildlife, lectures to groups throughout Florida, operates a small wildflower nursery, Hawthorn Hill, from his home in Pasco County, and writes several popular blogs dedicated to Florida native plants.

The program is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, October 2nd, Program Meeting
  • 5:30pm - 6:00pm Social Gathering
  • 6:00pm-7:30pm Program
  • Cooper Memorial Library, downstairs Rm. 108A (map on Meetings page)

When you find a bug, do you know if it is a good bug or a bad bug? At Insects: Helpful, Harmful, Harmless, presented by Master Gardener Dianne Venetta, you will learn about the ecological roles of many important groups of insects and the diverse collection of insects and other tiny life forms our yards host.  Discover which insects are plant pests, which serve a beneficial function by eating the "bad bugs" and which do no harm at all.

The program is free and open to the public.

Monday, October 7th, Gardening at LLSP

  • 9:00am-11:00am
  • Lake Louisa State Park, Ranger Station Garden

Bring your gardening tools and join us for some light weeding and to enjoy nature at the LLSP Ranger Station Garden.  This is a great way to see how established plants grow, learn how to identify seedlings and weeds, and socialize with other chapter members and park volunteers while helping to keep this native plant showcase attractive for park visitors. Please wear closed-toe shoes and bring a hat, sunscreen, water, and gardening tools if you can.  Tell the Ranger at the station you are working in the garden so there is no entry charge.