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
Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57 Ave. (Red Road)
Free and open to the public
How You Can Help Conserve the Pine Rocklands of Miami - Devon Powell, Connect to Protect Network Outreach Coordinator, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Launched in 2007, the Connect to Protect Network (CTPN) is a program designed to reduce the effects of fragmentation on rare plant populations in the globally critically imperiled pine rockland ecosystem by encouraging the local community to create pine rockland corridors and stepping stone gardens on their property. By doing so, we expect that birds, bees and butterflies will utilize these stepping stones to make their way from fragment to fragment bringing with them seeds and pollen, thus reducing the isolating effects of fragmentation. Public and private property owners living on or near the historic range of the Miami Rock Ridge are welcome to participate in CTPN.
Devon grew up in South Florida and while studying for her bachelor’s degree at FIU, she learned the about the beauty and diversity of Florida native plants in a South Florida Ecology course. That eventually led to her career at Fairchild where she started as the Nursery Horticulturist and then moved to the South Florida Rare Plant Conservation Program. She currently serves as Conservation Horticulturist and Connect to Protect Network Outreach Coordinator. She is also a board member of the Dade Chapter FNPS.
Upcoming Field Trip
Saturday, June 13, 2015, Anne Kolb Nature Center (hosted by the Broward Chapter)
See www.npsbroward.org for more description and a plant list. First a walking introduction of the park by park staff (10-10:45) and then a walk to see some of the many native plants there, especially on the new trails on the south side of Sheridan. Anne Kolb Nature Center is a nearly 1,501-acre coastal mangrove wetland, home to a wide variety of plants and animals including many birds.
Time, address and directions are in the newsletter mailed to members. Please join to enjoy all the activities of the chapter!
- Difficulty: Easy
- Bring: Sun protection, water, lunch of you want to picnic before heading home. Exhibit hall entrance is $2, if you want to enjoy that as well.
- Lost/late? Try Patty's cell (305-878-5705), the day of the trip only, 305-255-6404 before that day
- Note: Afterward, you might also want to visit Hollywood North Beach Park with native dune vegetation on the other side of the Intracoastal