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The Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) is a non-profit organization formed in 1980 to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida and the use of Florida native plants in landscaping.

The Dade Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society (DCFNPS) is one of more than 20 chapters around the state and includes residents of Monroe County. More about us »
Next Meeting in Dade County

Next Meeting in Dade County

Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57 Ave. (Red Road)

"Creative Natives" - Ian Simpkins, Chief Horticulturist, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

We often think of natives as being relegated to the sidelines to serve as our primary materials for habitat restoration or broad monocultural swaths of highway median plants. The beauty of South Florida native plants can indeed be subtle, but there is a world of texture and color available and many of these plants adapt well to conventional landscape uses. Some of them are quite striking and well suited to occupy prime spots in the landscape. We’ll look at some of these plants and explore how they’ve been used creatively at Vizcaya and other places in South Florida.

Mr. Simpkins is Deputy Director for Horticulture and Urban Agriculture at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, where he is responsible for the horticulture and urban agriculture programs, including restoration and interpretation of the gardens and natural areas. Prior to 2007, he was the Executive Director at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Philadelphia. Ian is the owner of Garden Elevations, a boutique horticulture company, Vice Chair of the Historic Landscapes Section of the American Public Gardens Association and serves on the Horticulture Advisory Committee of The Kampong, National Tropical Botanic Garden.

Upcoming Field Trip

Upcoming Field Trip

Saturday, January 16, 2016: Broward Scrub sites

Coastal scrub was once common along coastal Broward inland from the mangroves and dunes. It has shrubs and sand pines and a surprising number of interesting small species that survive in sand. Crystal Lake Sand Pine Scrub (24 acres) and Deerfield Highlands Scrub (34 acres) are critically important as remnants of this once-common habitat and interesting for the adaption of species that survive in this low-nutrient sand and sun. You can learn plants with lists provided by Richard Brownscombe and Mariana Yi (90 species!), or just enjoy the wildlife and scenery.

Time, address and directions are in the newsletter mailed to members. Please join to enjoy all the activities of the chapter!

  • Difficulty: Easy (if you stay near the road) or Moderate. May be off trails; open, sunny; possible wet feet. Short distances.
  • Bring/wear: Water, sun protection, lunch if you care to picnic later.
  • Delayed or lost? Try Patty's cell, 305-878-5705 (no guarantees!).