Passionflower Chapter

Florida Native Plant Society

Upcoming Activities

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.