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About Us

Native Plant Day 2010

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.

While some members are botanical, environmental or nursery professionals, most of us are just "regular" people who enjoy nature or gardening.

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.

Our chapter activities include:
  • Monthly meetings where we learn, share plants, and meet friends.
  • The monthly newsletter, Tillandsia, with announcements of activities and articles about native plants and the South Florida environment
  • Monthly field trips for "botanizing" and enjoying South Florida's environment.
  • Visits to members' native plant gardens.
  • Public events to teach others about the beauty and value of native plants and plant communities. The highlight of the year is the DCFNPS "Native Plant Day" in March, where we invite the public to a day of educational programs, walks, displays and plant sales. We also participate in the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Ramble and other events with displays and plant sales.
  • Presentation of awards to outstanding science fair projects.
Dade FNPS members on field trip

We would like to meet you, so please come to one our Dade Chapter meetings on the fourth Tuesday of each month (except August and December). All meetings except in July are held at Pinecrest Gardens at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. In July, DCFNPS members are invited (on our regular meeting night or an alternate date) to visit the garden of a chapter member to see native plant landscaping and to socialize with a potluck dinner. Feel free to contact us for more information. Please see the contact information in our newsletter.

While most FNPS activities are provided by the local chapters, the state organization holds the state conference each spring (hosted by a different chapter each year - the Dade Chapter in 2000!); publishes the quarterly FNPS magazine, The Palmetto, and books; awards research grants funded by the FNPS endowment fund; and presents awards to outstanding native plant landscaping and restoration projects. Please see the FNPS website for more information about FNPS , its activities and other chapters.

How do I Join?

Florida Native Plant Society membership (including a chapter membership) is $35 for a new individual membership (other categories are available). You many join online at the FNPS web site, or contact FNPS Membership Services, PO Box 278, Melbourne FL 32902-0278 (phone 321-271-6702 or You may also call the Dade Chapter at 305-985-3677 for faster service or join at one of our monthly meetings.

Members of other chapters sometimes wish to receive the Dade Chapter newsletter as well as their local chapter's. Non-Dade residents may subscribe to the Dade chapter newsletter for $5 (please contact the Tillandsia editor).