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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, May 24, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57 Ave. (Red Road)

Our Native Orchids: The Florida-Cuba Connection
Chuck McCartney

Of Cuba's estimated 312 orchid species, Florida shares about 63 of them. With only a few exceptions, most of them probably blew onto our shores (or got here by other natural means) from our large Greater Antilles neighbor to the south. This program will take a look at these shared species.

Chuck McCartney, who now resides in Hollywood, is a fourth-generation South Floridian. He retired after 19 years as a copy editor for the Miami Herald Broward Edition, and before that was editor of the American Orchid Society's publications. Orchids, including many of our native species, are among the first flowers he remembers as a child growing up in Homestead. He has been a longtime member of the Florida Native Plant Society and prior to that was a member of the original Native Plant Workshop.

Upcoming Field Trip

Upcoming Field Trip

Sunday, May 15, 2016: Collier-Seminole State Park

The 7,271-acre Collier-Seminole State Park includes one of three original stands of royal palm trees in Florida, within large areas of mangrove swamp. We will walk first on the Royal Palm Hammock Nature Trail/Boardwalk (might be good for spotting birds). Next, we can visit other features such as the last existing Bay City Walking Dredge (a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark), eat lunch and decide what other areas of the park to visit. See https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Collier-Seminole. On the way back east, those interested will visit areas along Tamiami Trail which burned in recent months and should have abundant new growth and spring wildflowers.

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

  • Bring: Sun and mosquito protection, water, lunch
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Lost/late? Try Patty’s cell (305-878-5705) – no guarantees