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Excerpted from our print newsletter. See the printed newsletter for detailed Field Trip directions and reports, for phone and addresses for yard visits and additional articles. Join now to obtain the benefits of full membership!

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March, 2005

In This Issue

NEXT MEETING IN DADE COUNTY

Tuesday, March 22, 7:30 p.m. at Fairchild Tropical Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road. The 4th not the last Tuesday!  The meeting is free and open to the public.

Florida Friendly Landscaping and the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program -- Marguerite Beckford, Miami-Dade Extension Agent.

The Florida Yards and Neighborhoods (FYN) program enlists homeowners, previously identified through UF research as contributing to the decimation of Florida's natural resources through inappropriate landscape practices, to help protect these natural resources.  FYN emphasizes not only the use of native plants but also "Florida-Friendly" landscape principles such as nutrient recycling, reducing storm-water run-off, using slow-release fertilizers and least-toxic pesticides.  The Certified Yard Program is an educational outreach tool used to spread the message of sustainable landscaping among Miami-Dade residents.  Set a good example for your neighborhood -- find out how you can get your own yard certified.

Thanks in advance to refreshment donors Barbara McAdam (drinks and ice), Jo Woodmansee and Sharon Dyer (snacks.) Additions to the refreshment table and raffle plant donations are always welcome! (Please check your plants for lobate lac scale.)

Apr. 26: Planting for Pollinators - Suzanne Koptur.

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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. Children are welcome. Details are contained in the printed newsletter mailed each month to members. Collecting is not permitted. Please join today so that you can enjoy all the benefits of membership!

Saturday, March 26: Matheson Hammock Park.  This is one of the best examples of coastal rockland hammocks in Florida. Over 100 acres of restored forest possessing unique geological formations such as solution holes covered with tropical ferns, and some of the largest hammock trees remaining in Dade County. If time permits, we will also visit the mangrove community. 

Sunday, April 17: Okaloacoochee Slough in Hendry County.  We were there in October, 2003, and liked it so much that we want to visit in the dry season, too.

Print plant lists by conservation area before field trips from The Institute for Regional Conservation's Web site, www.regionalconservation.org.  Register to get a password.

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ACTIVITIES IN THE KEYS

Monthly meetings are on third Wednesdays, November through April (location varies). Field trips are on the Saturday following most meetings.  To receive email reminders of Keys Group activities, send your request to douville@bellsouth.net.

Wednesday, March 16.  Dr. Mary Ann Bolla, "Tropical Fruits and Their Native Plant Relatives in South Florida."

Time: 7 p.m.-- plant identification workshop (bring cuttings of interesting/mystery plants);
           7:30 - meeting.
Location: Marathon Garden Club (mm 50, across from Publix.)
For more information: call Beth at 305-872-5787.

Purchasing and planting fruit trees for you home garden can be time consuming and expensive.  Understanding how different tropical fruits adapt to the local environment is important when making your selection.  Some of our native plants may be used indicators on how well their topical fruit relatives survive in South Florida.  We will be looking at those comparisons as well as some of the folk uses those native plants.

Mary Ann Bolla has recently returned to Florida after working as a research scientist for Abbott Laboratories.  Prior to this, she worked as a Ranger/Naturalist for Everglades National Park and for Dade County Parks. She is a fifth generation Florida native and her newest grandchild will be a seventh.

FIELD TRIP:  Saturday, March 19.  Janice Duquesnel, Park Biologist, will lead a walk through Curry Hammock State ParkField trips are for the study of plants and enjoyment of nature by FNPS members and their invited guests. Please join so that you can enjoy all of the chapter's activities!

NEXT MONTH: April 20 program "Orchids of Monroe County" in Key Largo.  April 23 Field trip to be announced.

Field trips are for the study of plants and enjoyment of nature by FNPS members and their invited guests. Collecting is not permitted.  Children are welcome. Please join today so you can enjoy all the chapter activities.

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CHAPTER NEWS

Everglades National Park Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, Friday, March 18. 5:30 p.m. at the Pine Island chickee (near the entrance.)  All chapter volunteers who have participated at the ENP workdays in the past year are invited.  RSVP by March 8 to Jackie (Jackie_Dostourian@nps.gov or 305-242-7752.)  Cajun food, awards, music, thank-you gifts and fun.

ENP chapter workday, Saturday, April 9.  Been thinking about coming -- how about now?  It's our last maintenance day before planting new things in June.  Pruning, weeding, tagging plants, good company and free admission to the park.  We also need volunteers for occasional herbicide spraying around the edges in between workdays.  Please call Patty, 305-255-6404.                   

Chapter board members needed!  Elections will be held at the May meeting.  The nominating committee is seeking members to hold positions of directors at large, secretary and treasurer.  You do not need to be a plant expert!  Please contact Amy Leonard (305-668-5993, 305-458-0969, aleonar74@yahoo.com) to discuss how you might be able to serve.

Pots needed.  Several members are asking for 4" pots.  Please bring your extras to a meeting or call Patty at 305-255-6404.

Design With Natives 2005.  Do you know of a landscape or restoration that deserves to be recognized?   Yours?  Or that nice one at the office down the street?  FNPS is seeking entries for this year's awards which will be presented at the Annual Conference in May.  The deadline is March 25.  Application forms and details are at www.fnps.org,

Heartfelt thanks and best wishes to members Karsten and Carol Rist, who are moving to North Carolina after many years of South Florida environmental advocacy and service.  Their support of FNPS and tireless and cheerful work in countless organizations (especially Tropical Audubon Society), commissions and boards, as well as their personal civic and environmental projects, have truly made a difference and set an example for us all.  We will miss their wealth of expertise, their help and their friendship.

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Mary Ann Bolla, Ph.D.
Unusual And Out Of Print Books
Botany, Horticulture, Gardening,
Florida History
Data and Book Searches

Call/email for latest  list

191 Lowe St,
Tavernier, FL 33070
Phone/Fax: 305-852-0242
Email: bollam@bellsouth.net

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OTHER NEWS AND EVENTS

The Rare Plant SWAT Team spends one Saturday morning per month removing invasive plants that directly threaten rare natives plants.  The next SWAT Team workday will be April 2, 8:45 -noon, location TBA.  For more information or to join the team, contact Jennifer Possley at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (305-667-1651 ext. 3433, jpossley@fairchildgarden.org) or Cristina Rodriguez at Natural Areas Management (305-257-0933 ext. 230, cristir@miamidade.gov).

2005 Gifford Arboretum Lecture and Art Opening.  Thursday, March 31, 7:00-9:30 pm, Cox Science Center, Univ. of Miami.  Free and open to the public.  Georgia Tasker, Garden Writer of the Miami Herald, will speak on "The People, Pleasures and Politics of Orchids."  Tour of the Arboretum at 6:15 -- meet across from the corner of Robbia and San Amaro Streets at the Wooden Sign.  Reception at 8:30 with art exhibit, "Art on Orchids: selected works from the collection of Bob Fuchs."  Take Red Road to Miller, then Miller east to U.M., turn left and look for the sign on the right (third entrance to UM.)  Free Parking.  For more information call 305-284-5364.

Tropical Audubon Society.  5530 Sunset Drive. 305-667-7337,  www.tropicalaudubon.org for details and more events.

Dade Native Plant Workshop.  3rd Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Bill Sadowski Park, 1/2 mile west of Old Cutler Road on SW 176 St.  Study of plant ID and taxonomy.  Call Steve Woodmansee (305-247-6547) or Roger Hammer (305-242-7688).  March 15: Polygalaceae (milkwort family.)

Broward Native Plant Workshop meets 3rd Wednesdays at UF's Agriculture Research and Education Center, 3205 College Ave., Davie.  Call Jack Lange, 954-583-0283 for location.

Miami-Blue Chapter, North American Butterfly Assoc.  See www.miamiblue.org for schedule of activities, including lots of opportunities to "butterfly" with the experts.

TREEmendous Miami has monthly projects planting native and non-native trees.  To volunteer or learn more: 305-378-1863 or www.treemendousmiami.org.  Upcoming plantings need you!

Citizens for a Better South Florida.  Call Alex at 305-648-0000 for more information or to get involved. 

Natural Area Management Volunteer Workdays.  9 a.m.-noon. Contact www.miamidade.gov/parks/natural_areas.asp or 305-257-0933. March 19 and April 9: Kendall Indian Hammocks "Spudbusters" workdays (11345 SW 79 St.)

Miami-Dade College Environmental Center, Kendall Campus.    Call 305-237-2600 or 305-237-2538. 

Biscayne National Park Discovery Series Lectures at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club.  www.nps.gov/bisc or call 305-230-7275, ext 0.

Key Largo Hammocks Botanical State Park Lecture Series.

Help the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami restore their pineland.  7701 SW 76 Ave.  Exotic plant removal and other help needed.  Chain saws, herbicide expertise and plain old elbow grease all welcome!  Workdays are held every 4th Saturday of the month.  Next workday March 26, 9:00am-Noon.    Please call Karen Griffin to volunteer and for more information: 305-582-6713.

Editors' Note: The editors apologize for the following omissions in the February TillandsiaThe author of "The Morning-Glories" was, of course, Roger Hammer.  The leaders for the field trip to the Coastal Prairie Trail were Rick and Jean Seavey.

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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 ( 305-595-5541, 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.

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