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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, June 27, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57 Ave. (Red Road)

Horticultural Resource Management for Home Gardens: the Balances between Fertilizer, Water and Health for Natives and Exotics - Craig Morell, Director, The Kampong of the National Tropical Botanical Garden

Craig will speak on using native species in a mixed landscape, with particular emphasis on using the right plants for the right location. Even some of the most stalwart native species can be planted in the wrong place. There are excellent resources and learning gardens nearby, so use those resources and ask the right questions to get the most out of your native plantings. So often, native species are planted with the assumption that any native species will grow anywhere. Basic horticultural practices are still needed to grow plants, native or not. Native does not equal zero-care!

Craig is a career horticulturist, starting to grow plants over 40 years ago. He is the Director of The Kampong Botanical Garden in Coconut Grove, one of the five gardens of the National Tropical Botanical Garden. He worked at Pinecrest Gardens for 11 years before starting work at The Kampong in 2016. A 10 year stint at the Boca Raton Resort preceded Pinecrest Gardens. Long of a fan of the right plant for the right place, he favors epiphytes and palms in his own collection.

Upcoming Field Trip

Upcoming Field Trip

Saturday, May 27, 2017: Larry and Penny Thompson Park pineland

Our May speaker (and a rock star in the field), Jimmy Lange, will lead us in search local endemics and other interesting plants. This park is a part of the botanically rich Richmond Pineland Complex, but safe from the planned development discussed in the news. We recently visited in the fall; now we'll see spring wildflowers

  • Difficulty: Easy - paved and unpaved paths and optional off-trail, but open and sunny
  • Bring: Water, sun protection. Bring a loupe if you have one. Close-focus binoculars might be good for spotting butterflies
  • Lost/late? Try Patty's cell (305-878-5705)

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