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In This Issue
- NEXT MEETING IN DADE COUNTY
- UPCOMING FIELD TRIPS (DADE)
- ACTIVITIES IN THE KEYS.
- DADE CHAPTER NEWS
- THANKS TO JIM DUQUESNEL
- FNPS AWARDS GO TO DADE MEMBERS
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- OTHER NEWS AND EVENTS
- KNOW THE DIFFERENCE: Native and Non-Native Firebush
- METROZOO PINE ROCKLAND FIELD TRIP
- THE SATINLEAF FRUIT, CHRYSOPHYLLUS OLIVIFORME
- MAY IN SOUTH FLORIDA
- WHAT YOU MISSED: TIDBITS FROM THE APRIL 2007 MEETING
- FIELD TRIPS AT THE FNPS CONFERENCE
- KEY CONTACTS FOR DCFNPS
- PAST ONLINE NEWSLETTERS
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- 6 (Sun): Yard Visit
- 12 (Sat): Field trip (Snake Bight, Everglades Nat. Park)
- 22 (Tue.): Dade monthly meeting.
- 2 (Sat.): Chapter workday, Everglades National Park
- 3 (Sun.): Field trip (West Lake Park, Hollywood)
- 26 (Tue.): Dade monthly meeting
NEXT MEETING IN DADE COUNTY
Tuesday, May 22 7:30 p.m. at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Corbin Building, 10901 Old Cutler Road. Free and open to the public. (4thTuesday, not the last!)
"Poking into the world of South Florida's Cacti" - Keith Bradley, Assistant Director of The Institute for Regional Conservation.
This will be a not-too-Cereus talk about the prickly history of South Florida's cactus species. Bring a pad to write on, and maybe a tuna sandwich for a snack, as Keith will discuss each of the native and exotic cactus species that grow in the wild in South Florida, including their identification, habitats, and history. He'll even talk about the night-blooming species. No joints though, or you'll get poked with his rain stick. Kissing is allowed under the mistletoe cactus. Besides being Assistant Director of The Institute for Regional Conservation, Keith is a former president of the Dade Chapter FNPS (and perhaps secret a stand-up comedian).
Also, the Dade Chapter FNPS Annual Meeting will be held. The only scheduled item of business at this brief, but important, meeting is to elect board members.
Refreshments are available for early arrivals at 7:15. Additions to the refreshment table and raffle plant donations are always welcome. (Please check your plants for lobate lac scale.) If you signed up to bring refreshments and have questions, please call Patty Harris at 305-262-3763. Merchandise is available for sale before and after the program (cash and checks only).
June 26 meeting: "Poisonous and Edible Wild Natives" by Roger Hammer, Senior interpretive naturalist, Miami-Dade Parks Department.
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!
Sunday, June3: The Anne Kolb Nature Center in West Lake Park in Hollywood. This park is a 1500-acre mangrove wetland with boardwalks, trails, 68-foot observation tower. (An exhibition hall also has nature exhibits, aquarium, and nature-themed art.) We will also visit Hollywood North Beach Park on the other side of the Intracoastal, where we will botanize in the native dune vegetation.
- Bring: Sun protection, water, lunch of you want to picnic before heading home.
- Difficulty: Easy
- Leader: Chuck McCartney
Learn to ID plants: If you would like help, please let it be known – we’ll introduce you to good people to stick close to. A plant list may be obtained for this site by visiting The Institute for Regional Conservation website at www.regionalconservation.org, and registering and then logging onto the Floristic Inventory of South Florida online database.
ACTIVITIES IN THE KEYS
The Keys FNPS group will be on vacation until November. Please contact chapter president Amy Leonard (305-458-0969, email@example.com) if you could help with arrangements for the upcoming season. The committee will meet in the fall, and new members would be warmly welcomed.
DADE CHAPTER NEWS
Nominations for DCFNPS board. The slate so far for positions to be elected for 2007-2009 terms at the annual meeting on May 22 is: Treasurer - Mark Bolla, Secretary - Jonathan Taylor, Directors at large: Susan Walcutt, Jan Kolb, and Lynka Woodbury. If you could serve on the board, please call Robert Harris (954-651-4176), the nominating committee chairman.
Would you like to host our annual July evening yard visit meeting? We just need a place for about 40 people to gather to share a potluck dinner (and shelter in case of rain), and enough natives in your yard to make a short tour (does not have to be an all-native yard or anything "fancy"). The night is typically our usual 4th Tuesday, but this can be negotiated. A central location is best. (It's too hard for people to get to Homestead or Miami Beach after work.) Please contact Jan Kolb (305-378-6104 or firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
The Keys FNPS group will be on vacation until November. Please contact chapter president Amy Leonard (info box on the back) if you could help with arrangements for the upcoming season. The committee will meet in the fall, and new members would be warmly welcomed.
Welcome new members! Dade: Betty Alvarez, Lawrence Benvenuti, Ana Chiappetta, Ellen Coulton, Anthony Garcia, Andrew Georgiadis, Gregorio Gonzalez, George Green, Pat Kelly (Kelly's Tropicals), David and Marcia Lord, James Popadak (The Hammocks Community Assoc.), Randall Quick, Heidi and Steve Rowland, Joan Tumpson, Danny Yepez. And welcome back, Phil Valla. In the Keys: Jean Jefferiss.
The Spring sale at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden on April 28 was a great success. Special thanks to the first-time volunteers who helped set up and assisted shoppers; to Leslie Veber of Veber's Jungle Garden for her faithful participation at all our sales; and to donors of plants for the chapter to sell. The chapter receives 70% of the proceeds on donated plants and 5% from the commercial nurseries, while 30% is a donation to Fairchild. Best of all, the South Florida receives a lot of natives.
Chapter workday at Everglades National Park, Saturday, June 2, 9 a.m. - noon. Please come help us in our ongoing light maintenance and planting. Drinks, hand tools and gloves are provided, but you might want to bring your own water bottle as well as snacks to share. New volunteers, friends and kids are welcome and encouraged. Free admission to the park for your car after the workday. For more info or possible carpooling, contact Patty (305-255-6404, email@example.com).
THANKS TO JIM DUQUESNEL
Jim Duquesnel, a long-time member of the Dade Chapter and founder of the Keys group, has left the Florida Park Service (after 17+ years) for a new job as Education Director at Boca Raton's Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Jim served on the Dade Chapter board and supported many activities before the Keys group formed, traveling from his home in Key Largo to meetings and leading many interesting field trips in the Keys. In 1999, he initiated a meeting of the Keys members to discuss forming a chapter there instead of being part of the Dade Chapter. While the group decided to remain part of the Dade Chapter, Jim led the effort in organizing monthly FNPS activities in the Keys (in addition to leading many field trips and presenting programs himself). He and his wife Janice (a Florida Park Service biologist) have been favorites as speakers and field trip leaders for both Dade and Keys groups. Jim has been a wealth of information for everyone interested in Keys nature, a champion of native plants and the Keys environment, and a boon to FNPS. Best wishes to him in his new job! We hope to still see him on the days he will continue to spend at his Keys home.
FNPS AWARDS GO TO DADE MEMBERS
Several Dade Chapter members (and the Chapter itself) were honored at the annual conference in Gainesville in April.
- Ivan Felton's yard in west Miami-Dade was honored in the Homeowner Design category. Congratulations and thanks to Ivan for setting a good example of what we can do in our gardens.
- The Dade Chapter's project at the Coe Visitor Center in Everglades National Park received 1st place in the Ecosystem Restoration category. Congratulations to all who have helped (or will soon!) at the workdays and outside of the workdays.
- The Dade Chapter was honored for being an active and effective chapter over many years. Thanks to everyone in the chapter (Dade and Keys!) for your membership, attendance, volunteering, donations and moral support!
Endowment Research Grant Award:
- Dr. John Pascarella, Valdosta State University, with Dr. Joyce Maschinski, Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden: "Population structure and dynamics of restored and natural populations of the federally endangered Florida endemic Jacquemontia reclinata (Convolvulaceae)." (Joyce is a Dade Chapter member.)
Conservation Grant Award ($2500):
- "A Strap Fern Reintroduction" This project will reintroduce two species of endangered strap fern – the narrow strap fern (C. angustifolium) and tailed strap fern (C. costatum) - to Timms Hammock in Miami-Dade County. Neither species has been observed there since the 30s, and both are now know from only a couple of sites. This is a partnership between Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and The Institute for Regional Conservation. Spores collected from Fakahatchee Strand will be cultured at Selby to produce a genetically diverse collection of new sporophyte plants to reintroduce to Timms Hammock. (The IRC's George Gann, Keith Bradley and Steve Woodmansee are all Dade Chapter members.)
OTHER NEWS AND 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). Bring at least three flowering/fruiting plants of any species. May 15 topic: Convolulaceae. See www.regionalconservation.org/ircs/aboutus/Outreach.asp
The Broward Chapter FNPS meets 2nd Tuesdays, 7:30. Address: Fraternal Order of Eagles, 560 NE 36 St., Oakland Park. For information: 954-922-9747. May 8: Tiffany Troxler will speak about Everglades tree islands.
The Broward Native Plant Workshop meets 3rd Tuesdays at the IFAS Research and Education Center, 3205 College Ave. Ft Lauderdale. Contact Jack Lange (954-583-0283, firstname.lastname@example.org) for info.
Citizens for a Better South Florida.
- If you live in the City of Miami, become a "Citizen Forester" and help re-green your neighborhood this summer. With support from the City of Miami, Citizens will hold workshops to educate, train, and support volunteers and residents in planting trees. Contact email@example.com or 305-648-0000 to organize a tree planting in your neighborhood.
- "Twilight on the Bay", Citizens' annual fundraising cruise, is Friday, May 18, 6:30-9:30. Donation: $50.00 advance purchase, $60.00 at the event, $25.00 children 12 & under. Make your reservations at 305-658-0000 or . See www.abettersouthflorida.org.
Friends of Gifford Arboretum, University of Miami. Activities are free and open to the public. Free parking. For info: www.bio.miami.edu/arboretum, Eric Manzane (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 305-284-5364.
- May 9, 7-9 pm, Monthly meeting: George Fitzpatrick, Professor of Environmental Horticulture, UF (topic TBA). Cox Science Center, room 166. Directions: Take 57th Ave to Miller (58 St), go east to UM, turn left, look for the Gifford Arboretum sign (3rd entrance).
Tropical Audubon Society. Doc Thomas House, 5530 Sunset Drive, 305-667-7337, www.tropicalaudubon.org for more details and events. Nonmembers are welcome at all activities. Meetings are free. Doors open 7:30 pm, program at 8 pm.
Don’t miss TAS’s Native Plant Sale at the Doc Thomas House, June 2-3! Proceeds support the conservation of natural South Florida.
- Pineland restoration workdays: May 19, June 16, 8:30-noon. Learn about natives, restore the Doc Thomas pineland.
Miami-Dade College Environmental Center Kendall Campus. Call 305-237-2600 or see www.mdc.edu/kendall/ce - click on Environmental Center. Free Second Saturday open houses (May 12, June 9). Fish, plants, birds! Picnic, bring the kids.
The Nature Conservancy's Native Plant Fair in the Keys has been postponed until August due to the severe drought. Stay tuned for more information.
Miami-Dade Extension. See http://miami-dade.ifas.ufl.edu or call 305-248-3311.
- June 9: Rain Barrel workshop at the Deering Estate.
- Landscape drought recommendations - Extension and SFWMD documents on the web site give excellent ways to explain water concerns. Click on "Hot Topics."
Miami-Blue Chapter, North American Butterfly Assoc. www.miamiblue.org or Elane Nuehring (305-666-5727, email@example.com) for upcoming meetings and walks.
- May 19, 1 pm. Special Members-Only Program: Thinking Like a Butterfly, by Dr. Dick Smythe. (You can join or rejoin at the door.) The Kampong, 4013 Douglas Road South, Coral Gables. No fee for Miami Blue Chapter-NABA members. Come at noon to butterfly.
KNOW THE DIFFERENCE: Native and Non-Native Firebush
Written by Cammie Donaldson and published in the Native Plant & Service Directory by the Association of Florida Native Nurseries (www.afnn.org).
Firebush is a popular shrub for Central and South Florida landscapes. To distinguish the native from non-native, look at flower color and leaves. Our native firebush, Hamelia patens, has flowers that are mostly red or reddish orange with darker linear stripes, and the leaves are softly hairy. Hamelia patens var. glabra, a non-native firebush, is frequently mistakenly identified as native, but has smooth leaves and flowers that are much more strongly yellow colored.
Native firebush - Hamelia patens
Firebush attracts both butterflies and hummingbirds with an abundance of bright, orange-red tubular flowers year-round in South Florida and nearly year-round in Central Florida. Following the flowers are fruits that change from green to red to purplish black and are favored by many birds. Native to coastal hammocks and shell middens of Central and South Florida, firebush flowers heaviest and produces a mounded shape in full sun. But it will tolerate some shade and is equally attractive with a more open, leggy habit. Firebush is excellent for a single species shrub bed (guaranteed to attract hummingbirds) and also mixes well with other native shrubs. Although it can reach 10' or more in height, Hamelia patens is typically 5-8' high and shears well to a shorter height of 3-4', if desired. Cold sensitive, it generally rebounds after a die-back from a freeze.
Non-native Firebush - Hamelia patens var. glabra
There's more than one non-native firebush in the trade, and a lot of confusion and mislabeling. Hamelia patens var. glabra is native to southern Mexico, Central America, and northern South America. It is not native to Florida and is not a cultivar of Hamelia patens. It was introduced into the Florida nursery trade from a botanical garden in Pretoria, South Africa. As a result, it is frequently referred to as "African firebush" or even more misleading, Hamelia patens 'African,' suggesting that it is a named selection of our native firebush. It has sometimes been listed under Hamelia nodosa. Unfortunately, no one has been able to reliably determine the origin of plants being sold as Hamelia patens 'Dwarf' or 'Compacta.' As a result, AFNN does not list these as natives.
METROZOO PINE ROCKLAND FIELD TRIP
by Martin Roessler
On Sunday April 1, 2007, we visited the Miami-Dade Metrozoo pine rocklands. We were lead by Sonya Thompson from Dade County's Natural Areas Management team and Steve Woodmansee from The Institute for Regional Conservation. The Naval Air Station (Blimp Base) covered over a square mile. Much of the site was developed for hangers and military facilities. Later Coast Guard housing, PX facilities, etc., were added along with communications and tracking facilities. The University of Miami acquired part of the tract for horticultural research, medical research and recently for marine communications and sea surface mapping. Much of the site was acquired by Dade County. Part has been developed as MetroZoo and a railway museum. Additional plans for County land anticipate a water theme park and amusement park. The remaining pineland covers about 195 acres. Land management of the undeveloped portions of the tract has been virtually non-existent. Recently, management of the County owned pinelands has been taken over by the Parks Department, Natural Areas Management. We were able to compare unburned areas to an area that recently underwent a controlled burn. On our walk we observed the following ferns and plants in flower. For a detailed plant list please see the printed newsletter.
THE SATINLEAF FRUIT, CHRYSOPHYLLUS OLIVIFORME
[Excerpted from Fifty Tropical Fruits of Nassau by Kendal and Julia Morton, Text House, Coral Gables, FL., 1946. This excerpt originally appeared in the January, 2000, Tillandsia.]
"The Satinleaf tree grows wild in the West Indies as it does in southern Florida and, in the Bahamas, is known as the Saffron tree. Closely related to the Star Apple, it is similar though more slender and the undersides of its leaves are satiny and a coppery reddish-brown.
"The Satinleaf fruit, called also Olive Plum, Bui and Caimitillo, diminutive of Caimito, the Spanish name for the star apple, is dark purple, nearly black of skin, and has light purple pulp containing a white milky sap. The pulp, which has a mild sweet flavor, much like that of the Blueberry, is soft and melts in the mouth, but the skin is objectionably rubbery, so much so that it appeals to the native children as a pseudo 'chewing gum.' The fruit is accordingly gathered and eaten out-of-hand, as a fresh raw fruit... The fruits make an excellent jelly of fine texture and beautiful color ... It deserves cultivation in gardens for the beauty of its foliage, with its jelly-yielding fruits as a by-product."
MAY IN SOUTH FLORIDA
by Roger Hammer
[From the May 1997 Tillandsia]
Dade County's pine rocklands will be blessed this month by the blossoms of Rough velvetseed, Guettarda scabra. The pinkish-white, tubular flowers omit a heavenly scent that rivals gardenia. One good place to see this shrub is in the Navy Wells Pineland Preserve just south of "Robert is Here" fruit stand in Florida City.
May usually kicks off the four-month flowering season of white stopper, Eugenia axillaris, in southern Florida. The white flowers, as the specific name implies, are borne in the axils of the leaves. The flowers are short-lived but showy and attract bees and small butterflies.
Spikes of bright blue flowers adorn pickerelweed throughout much of the year, but May usually signals their first real flowering show of the year. This aquatic native plant can be easily cultivated by setting the pot in a tray of water or submerging the pot in a fish pond. The flowers are especially attractive to butterflies.
Nesting season is in full swing this month. As a reminder, if a baby bird falls or is blown from its nest, pick it up and put it back. There is no truth to the belief that parent birds will abandon the nest of humans touch their offspring
WHAT YOU MISSED: TIDBITS FROM THE APRIL 2007 MEETING
From Steve Woodmansee's discussion of raffle plants:
- Privet senna (Senna ligustrina) and Bahama senna (Senna mexicana var. chapmanii) can be differentiated by examining the base of the leaf. Privet senna has a gland at the base of the leaf that sticks up, whereas the Bahama senna has a globose gland. Remember that the leaf is compound with smaller leaflets. (Note: Both of these plants have showy, bright yellow flowers and are larval food for several sulfur butterflies. The gland at the base of the leaf attracts ants which may predate the butterfly caterpillars which the plant attracts. Oh well!)
From Rob Campbell's discussion of propagation from seed:
- To keep from spreading diseases to the containers, keep your seed growing area clean and do not reuse soil to start seeds.
- Use a special mix like Promix, or make a 50-50 mix of potting soil and perlite to make a nice fluffy mix. Use a dust mask when mixing perlite. Be careful with peat, especially if you have a cut, to avoid fungal infections.
- If you want to use sand, get a coarse silica sand.
- Use shallow containers, put a lot of seeds into one container, and allow the soil to dry out (don't keep it soggy all the time).
- Keep seedlings on metal or plastic tables that can be cleaned and sterilized.
- Put a time release fertilizer (e.g., 10-10-10 Osmocote – those little balls) directly in with the seeds, except for very tender plants.
- Don't pack the soil.
- Put the containers in dappled sunlight. A lathe house with 2" spaces is good.
- Clean and plant tropicals right away.
- When you clean the flesh off seeds, you can smush the fruit and use soap to help wash off the flesh.
- Coontie (Zamia pumila): Clean off the flesh (or not – some will still germinate), nick the pointy end, plant sideways and bury halfway. They might germinate in a year.
- Some seeds (e.g. satinleaf) have a "trap door" which dissolves and the seedling pops out. Don't crack the seed.
- Tiny seeds like West Indian lilac (Tetrazygia bicolor) and firebush (Hamelia patens): Use ripe fruit, squash them on newspaper, let it dry a day, scrape the seeds off the paper onto the top of the soil. Don't cover tiny seeds.
- Fluffy seeds like asters: Scatter on top of the soil, scatter a little soil loosely to hold down the fluff and wet it down so the seeds don't blow away. Don't cover the seeds.
- Tillandsias: Rub the fluff and seed on a rough tree bark and spray with water to make it stick.
- Tickseed (Coreopsis leavenworthii): When the petals die you can collect the seed heads, let them dry a few days and scatter on top of the soil – debris and all. They can store up to a year.
- Lignumvitae (Guaiacum sanctum): The summer crop of seeds grows best. Clean the seeds but don't scratch them. They should come up in a couple weeks.
- Coral bean (Erythrina herbacea): Peel a fresh pod and they come up in a few days, but dried seeds take months.
- Marlberry (Ardisia escallonioides): This is the worst! It has a dormancy and a bug that chews out the inside of the seed.
When digging up small volunteers to pot up, you will probably lose all the hair roots no matter how careful you are (the soil will fall away and the hair roots with it). But you can save the plant.
- Wet the ground well the day before and again as you work.
- Use something like a big nail to pop it out. A shovel makes the rocks fall and break up the roots.
- Plant in a pot, keep in a shady place for a week and don't let it dry out. Spritz the foliage every hour on day 1, 4-5 times on day 2, and then gradually let the soil dry out over the next few days.
- Rhacoma (Crossopetalum rhacoma): stake up a little when they are small, but don't trim. They grow sideways in the beginning.
- Quailberry (Crossopetalum ilicifolium): Grows nicely in a container, longer than in the ground. Keep it dry for a long life.
- If the roots of a plant have been damaged, you can foliar feed with Peters or Miracle Grow to get it strong again. Do this when the air is moist, like after a rain or in the morning or evening, not on a hot, sunny afternoon.
Thanks, Rob and Steve! [Notes taken by Patty Phares
FIELD TRIPS AT THE FNPS CONFERENCE
by Patty Phares and Gwen Burzycki
The programs at the annual FNPS Conference in Gainesville in April were interesting, as usual, but much of the fun was on field trips or other excursions. Here's some of what you missed.
On Thursday, we chose the field trip to O'Leno State Park and River Rise Preserve. The morning was sunny, but cool and damp from the previous day's rain. The park was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Depression. The Santa Fe River had been used for millworks, and with the extremely low water we could see the rocks from the footings of the dams. The river goes through an area of karst topography and disappears underground for 3 miles, reemerging into a quiet lake where we enjoyed resting after hiking from the other end of the underground stretch. A wide variety of plant communities are found in the park, from bottom land forest to wiregrass to turkey oak-longleaf pine. We lunched at a serene karst lake in the forest, with wading birds, basking turtles, and many small "LBJ" birds. Due to the variations in topography, the changes from one community to another happen rapidly. The Santa Fe floods the surrounding plant communities completely – we stood in flatwoods that had been under many feet of water only months ago.
On Sunday, we were joined by John Greenleaf (also from Dade) and several others kayaking on the Okalawaha River. We started at the earthen berm which holds the Rodman Reservoir (formerly Rodman Dam but renamed Kirkpatrick Dam in honor the senator who fought to block removal of funding from the construction of the disastrous cross-Florida barge canal) and paddled with the current downstream. The river meanders along fault lines from an ancient earthquake. Ocala National Forest on the west side is an uplifted bluff also created from earthquakes, with sandy oak scrub. On the east is lush bottomland forest, with large overhanging trees.
We left the dam in a wide channel with spatterdock all around. This aquatic plant requires nearly continuous inundation so generally is found in South Florida only in the heart of Shark Slough or pond edges. We also saw Amorpha fruitocosa (obviously related to our crenulate lead plant, Amorpha herbacea var. crenulata), swamp dogwood, deerberry, sweetbay magnolia in bloom, hawks catching snakes, brown water snakes trying to make us (and the hawks) think they were branches, logs in the river covered with Tillandsia spp., and unfortunately, a dead anhinga hanging high in a tree, caught on a branch by cord which it apparently had swallowed. We ate our lunch at Davenport Landing, a steamboat landing in the oak and pine scrub where settlers sold firewood to fuel the tourist boats which plied the river before it was dammed.
Another short excursion was on the UF campus to watch thousands of bats fly out of their roost at dusk. Quite a sight!
Next year's conference is May 15-18, 2008, in Bradenton, sponsored by the Pinellas, Serenoa, Mangrove and Suncoast chapters. So pencil it in already
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: Amy Leonard, 305-458-0969, firstname.lastname@example.org
Refreshment coordinator, Dade meetings: Patty Harris, 305-262-3763 eve., 305-373-1000 day
DCFNPS Web page: http://dade.fnpschapters.org
Webmaster: Greg Ballinger
FNPS Web Page: http://www.fnps.org
FNPS Eco Action Alert List: Send email request to email@example.com
FNPS (state) phone: 321-271-6702, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tillandsia editors: Patty Phares (305-255-6404, email@example.com) and Karen Griffin (305-441-0458, firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 most months at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and are free and open to the public. Once a year, instead of the usual meeting, members and their guests are invited to an evening garden tour and social at a member's home.
Meetings in the Keys are held on 3rd Tuesdays in November through April at varying locations from Key Largo to Key West.
The basic FNPS membership (state and chapter) for new members is $25 for the first year and $30 after that. Please contact DCFNPS or click on the membership link at this site 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.
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