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May, 2004

In This Issue

NEXT MEETING IN DADE COUNTY

Tuesday, May 25, 7:30 p.m. at Fairchild Tropical Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road. 

"Native Plant Pests: The Bad and the Ugly" – Adrian Hunsberger, UF/ Miami-Dade County Extension.

Even native plants are susceptible to plant pests.  Learn which insects are true pests, which ones need to be controlled, and how to manage them with least-toxic methods based on research.  Updates on recent, serious pests (such as lobate lac scale) will also be discussed.

Adrian is the Urban Horticulture Agent and resident entomologist for the University of Florida / Miami-Dade County Extension.  She has over 13 years of research experience at the University of Florida using biological and organic pest control methods.  Her major focus is teaching integrated pest management to homeowners with a special emphasis on biological control of pests.  She writes a weekly gardening column in the Sunday edition of The Miami Herald as well as for smaller newspapers.

We will also have our very brief but important annual chapter meeting.  Items of business include voting on a proposed amendment to the bylaws and the election of officers.  As described in the April Tillandsia, the proposed amendment provides for board members to serve 2-year terms with half the board elected in alternating years.

Upcoming meetings:

Thanks in advance to refreshment donors: Tom Brown and Manny Pomares (drinks and ice); Karen Picciano, Liesel McClelland, Lee Askew, Ivan Felton, Patty Harris (snacks).

Additional refreshments and plants for the raffle table are always welcome.  Please examine your plants for lobate lac scale before bringing them.

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UPCOMING FIELD TRIPS (DADE)

Field trips are for the study of plants and enjoyment of nature by FNPS members (Dade and Keys) and their invited guests. Details are contained in the regular mailed each month to members. Collecting is not permitted. Please join today so that you can enjoy all the benefits of membership!

Sunday, May 16: North Key Largo.  This joint activity of FNPS and the Miami Blue Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) will examine the butterfly-significant flora and Lepidoptera of North Key Largo.

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ACTIVITIES IN THE KEYS

Keys and Dade members – you are invited to all chapter activities.  To receive personal notification of Keys Group activities or for more information, please contact Lisa Gordon (ledzep@keysconnection.com) or Jim Duquesnel (305-451-1202 or jandj.Duquesnel@mindspring.com). Leave your name, phone/fax number, or email address.

NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, May 26: Big Pine Key. Chris Migliaccio, Professor of Ecology and Environmental Science at the Miami-Dade College Wolfson campus, will present "Remember the Florida 12 (13?): The Ecology, Conservation and Cultivation of Florida's Native Palms"Time: Plant Identification Workshop at 7 pm, meeting and program at 7:30, followed by refreshments and raffle.  Location and directions: Lower Keys Property Owners Association, Big Pine Key.  From the north on US1, turn right at the only traffic light on BPK, immediately bear right onto Wilder Road, drive to the stop sign, turn left on South Street, turn right at the 90-degree turn onto Avenue B, continue across the little bridge, pass No Name Pub, turn right on Bogie Drive. The LKPOA building is on the right just past the first right-hand turn.  For more information: call Beth Bergh, 305-872-5787.

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DADE CHAPTER'S ANNUAL PLANTING DAY ENP COE VISITOR'S CENTER

June 5, Chapter workday at Everglades National Park Coe Visitors Center, 9 a.m. - noon.  On our annual planting day we will plant more pines, saw palmettos, grasses and a few trees.  We need plenty of volunteers to get the plants installed this month so they will have the whole rainy season to get established.  For those who prefer lighter work, there is weeding not completed in April.  Light refreshments, gloves and tools are provided, but you may want to bring your own as well as a water bottle.  Family and friends are encouraged to come; students can get Volunteer Service credits.  Your whole car gets in free to the park the rest of the day.  Call Patty (305-255-6404) for more details. 

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DADE CHAPTER NEWS

Roger Hammer's newest book Everglades Wildflowers is now available at chapter meetings.

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OTHER EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Broward Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society.  Meeting, Tuesday, May 11, 7:30 p.m.  Chuck McCartney will speak about the epiphytic orchids of South Florida.  Secret Woods Nature Center, 2701 W. State Road 84, just west of I-95 in Dania Beach.  Call 954-922-9747 for more information.

Dade Native Plant Workshop.  3rd Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Bill Sadowski Park, 1/2 mile west of Old Cutler Road on SW 176 Street.  Study of plant ID and taxonomy. Call Steve Woodmansee (305-247-6547) or Roger Hammer (305-242-7688).  May 18: Lilies (Liliaceae and Amaryllidaceae).

Broward Native Plant Workshop.  3rd Wednesdays at 7:30  Address: Room 204B, UF's Agriculture Research and Education Center, 3205 College Ave., Davie.  Contact: Chuck McCartney, 954-922-9747. May 19: wildflowers in bloom (any family, native or naturalized).

Miami-Blue Chapter, North American Butterfly Association.  June 5, 10 a.m.: field trip to Greynolds, Arch Creek and Elaine Gordon Parks in north Miami-Dade. Two butterfly counts are also planned (July 17 and 24).  Contact Elane at emn6290@bellsouth.net for more information on activities, or check www.miamiblue.org (the web site is still under development). Send questions about NABA-Miami-Blue membership to MiamiBlue@bellsouth.net.  Memberships begin at $30.

Tropical Audubon Society activities (5530 Sunset Drive).  Call 305-667-7337 or see www.tropicalaudubon.org for more info and activities, including lots of birding trips.  Activities are open to the public and are free unless otherwise stated.

  • May 16: North Key Largo State Botanical Site field trip. Birds and Butterflies.
  • May 29: workday, 8:30 - noon.  Help restore a native pineland at the TAS Doc Thomas House.

The Nature Conservancy workdays in the Keys, Saturdays, 9 a.m. - noon.  Call 305/745-8402 for more information.  June 5: Little Hamaca Planting, Key West. Help plant specifically selected trees that provide important fruits for white-crowned pigeons, a threatened local bird. Learn landscaping tips from the Key West Landscaping Department and then rest under the shade of past plantings. Special birding tour for early risers.

Pine Tree Yellowing and Death.  If you have planted South Florida slash pine (Pinus elliottii var. densa) in Miami-Dade County within the last 20 years and some of your trees have turned yellow and died, The Institute for Regional Conservation is interested in hearing from you.  Information on when and where you planted, how many trees, container sizes, height of tree when turned yellow, soil and light conditions, etc. could help us to better understand how to restore pine rocklands in Miami-Dade County.  IRC is also interested in the largest trees and the longest-lived trees planted at homes or schools.  Please contact George Gann at gann@regionalconservation.org or send a note to IRC, 22601 SW 152 Avenue, Miami, FL 33170.

The Rare Plant Swat Team swoops in to remove invasive plants that are intermixed with and are directly threatening rare native plants in sensitive habitats in Miami-Dade County.  Currently, the team is providing more breathing room for the beautiful native ferns of Bill Sadowski Park's hardwood hammock by pulling exotic ferns.  The next workday is May 22 at either Bill Sadowski or Castellow Hammock.  If you can lend a hand at this or a later monthly workday, please contact Jennifer Possley (305-667-1651, ext. 3433, jpossley@fairchildgarden.org) or Cristina Rodriguiez (305-257-0933, ext 230, CristiR@miamidade.gov).  Be prepared for hard work and grrreat feeling of accomplishment!

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MAKE SHADE IN DADE -- ADOPT-A-TREE

Adopt-a-Tree, Miami-Dade DERM's tree canopy replacement program, runs May 22 through October 23, 9 a.m. - noon, at sites throughout the county.  Each year, Miami-Dade homeowners may select two from the selection of native and non-invasive fruit and shade trees after receiving a brief educational presentation on tree planting and care.  The first two events are: May 22, Hadley Park, 1350 NW 50 St. (dahoon holly, jackfruit, mango, vera wood); June 19, Miami-Dade College Kendall campus, Garage L (green buttonwood, mamey sapote, sapodilla, white geiger).  More details and later events are listed on the county web site at miamidade.gov.  The trilingual event phone line is 305-468-5900 (seniors and disabled can call 305-372-6555 to arrange to get their trees).  Email for questions, comments and volunteering is adoptatree@miamidade.gov.

How can you help? 

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PINE TREE YELLOWING DEATH

Pine Tree Yellowing and Death.  If you have planted South Florida slash pine (Pinus elliottii var. densa) in Miami-Dade County within the last 20 years and some of your trees have turned yellow and died, The Institute for Regional Conservation is interested in hearing from you.  Information on when and where you planted, how many trees, container sizes, height of tree when turned yellow, soil and light conditions, etc. could help us to better understand how to restore pine rocklands in Miami-Dade County.  IRC is also interested in the largest trees and the longest-lived trees planted at homes or schools.  Please contact George Gann at gann@regionalconservation.org or send a note to IRC, 22601 SW 152 Avenue, Miami, FL 33170.

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PLANT TREES THE TREEMENDOUS MIAMI WAY 

TREEmendous Miami are volunteers united to build community pride and establish a cooler and greener city by planting, protecting and preserving trees in Miami-Dade County.  We do this by creating opportunities for volunteers to plant and care for trees, educating the public, and celebrating the importance of trees and volunteer efforts in the community.  Activities include tree plantings and tree care workdays, an annual recognition of outstanding volunteer efforts, planting trees for the elderly and disabled via the County's Adopt-A-Tree programs, and public education outreach.

TREEmendous Miami schedules an event on a monthly basis.  Tree loving volunteers are needed for tree plantings on Saturday May 15, in the Allapattah/SR 112 area and on June 19th, a beautification project planting along US1.

TREEmendous volunteers also assist homeowners over 55 years of age or disabled who need help planting their new "adoptee" from Adopt-A-Tree (see above).   Throughout the year, TREEmendous volunteers deliver and plant the trees chosen -- for free. 

To volunteer or learn more about TREEmendous Miami visit www.treemendousmiami.org or call 305-378-1863.  Being a part of TREEmendous Miami requires only the desire to lend your time and energy to support our mission while learning from the talented "green thumbs" of the South Florida horticultural community.

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KEY CONTACTS FOR DCFNPS:

General information and memberships: Patty Phares (305-255-6404)

Contact in the Keys: Jim Duquesnel at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park (305-451-1202)

President: Steve Woodmansee ( 305-666-8727, smwood@bellsouth.net)

DCFNPS Web page: http://www.fnps.org/chapters/dade

Webmaster: Greg Ballinger

FNPS Web Page: http://www.fnps.org

FNPS Eco Action Alert List: Send email request to info@fnps.org

FNPS (state) phone: 772-462-0000

Tillandsia editors: Patty Phares (305-255-6404, pphares@mindspring.com) and Karen Griffin.

The Dade Chapter Florida Native Plant Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the understanding and preservation of Florida's native flora and natural areas, and promoting native plants in landscapes.

The chapter includes residents of Miami-Dade County and the Keys. Meetings in Miami-Dade County are on the 4th Tuesday of each month except June, August and December at Fairchild Tropical Garden and are free and open to the public. In June, members and their guests are invited to an evening garden tour on the 4th Tuesday. Meetings in the Keys are held on a varying schedule of dates and locations from Key Largo to Key West. The basic FNPS membership (state and chapter) is $25 per year. Please contact DCFNPS for a membership application.

Please send articles, announcements of local activities and news of interest to the Dade Chapter PO Box or email to the editor (above) by the 15th of each month to be considered for publication the following month. Advertising rates from $10/month.

© 1999-2005 Dade Chapter Florida Native Plant Society, Inc.

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