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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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September 2008

In This Issue

CONTENTS

If you didn't receive this Tillandsia in your mail box,
      
… then you aren't a member of DCFNPS.

Please consider joining (if you have never joined) or rejoining (if your membership has lapsed).  We'd like to have you counted as a conservator of Florida's native plants and a supporter of FNPS!

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It comes with a FREE native plant.
Two gifts that will keep on giving.

Contact 305-255-6404 or pphares@mindspring.com.

ACTIVITIES-AT-A-GLANCE

September

  • 23 (Tue.): Dade meeting (Rob Hopper, ASLA)
  • 27 (Sat.): Dade field trip (Hillsboro Pineland, Broward Co.)

October

  • 11 (Sat.): Dade field trip (Atlantic Ridge St. Park).
  • 18 (Sat.): Chapter workday, Everglades Nat. Park
  • 28 (Tue.): Dade meeting (Dr. Joyce Maschinski, FTBG)

November

  • 7 (Fri.): Setup for FTBG Ramble
  • 8-9 (Sat.-Sun): The Ramble - DCFNPS display & plant sale
  • 23 (Sun): Dade field trip (Burn’s Lake, Big Cypress)
  • 25 (Tue.): Dade meeting (Adrian Hunsberger, Miami-Dade Extension)

December

  • 6 (Sat.): Chapter workday, Everglades Nat. Park
  • 7 (Sun.): Multi-organization Holiday Picnic (A.D. Barnes Park in South Dade)
  • 13 (Sat): Dade field trip (Everglades National Park)

In 2009

  • March 14 (Sat.): Native Plant Day, A.D. Barnes Park in South Dade.
  • May 21-24 (Thur.-Sun.): FNPS Annual Conference, Palm Beach County

See our online Calendar for more details and dates.

NEXT MEETING IN DADE COUNTY

Tuesday, September 23, 7:30 p.m. at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Corbin Building, 10901 Old Cutler Road.  Free and open to the public.

“Environmental Art and Green Architecture” - Rob Hopper, Landscape Architect, ASLA

Rob’s talk was inspired by innovative projects being built in Palm Beach County: the environmental art piece “Elder’s Cove” in the City of West Palm Beach and the green architecture building “Viva Verde” under construction in the City of Lake Worth. Both projects explore issues far beyond the typical art/architecture seen in South Florida. There are many definitions of both “environmental art” and “green architecture.” In general, each embraces innovative environmental components as part of their work.  The program will review of the history of both fields and explore the positive opportunities they offer to restore our South Florida environment.

Rob’s background is in plant sciences and landscape architecture.  He has been involved with FNPS for over 15 years, including with the landscape awards committee. He is a registered landscape architect with the South Florida Water Management District, working on the regulation of development issues.  Rob’s main work interest is the creation and restoration of freshwater and coastal wetlands, but he is excited by the opportunities presented by environmental art and green architecture.

 Oct. 28: Fairchild’s Pine Rockland Corridor Program - Dr. Joyce Maschinski, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

 Nov. 25: Update on insect pests in South Florida gardens - Adrian Hunsberger, UF/IFAS Miami-Dade Extension.

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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. Time and direction 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, Sept. 27, 2008.  9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area in northwest Broward County.  This 44-acre-site in Coconut Creek represents some of the last remaining pineland in Broward County. Tarflower occurs on some of the higher pineland. Features also include wetland, hammock and eroded limestone, a remnant of the time when the site was a spillway leading from the Everglades to the Atlantic. The natural areas and park facilities have been improved since we visited in May, 2001.

Saturday, October 11, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm.  Atlantic Ridge State Park, Martin County.  This park is so new that access is currently by appointment only.  It has over 7,000 acres of 11 different plant communities along the beautiful Halpatiokee River (south fork of the St. Lucie River) and is just north of Jonathan Dickinson State Park.  Much of it was a private hunting camp.  We will visit some of the pristine flatwoods, river, and marsh sites and expect to see wildflowers including Catesby’s lily, deertongue, blazing stars, asters, milkworts, and many more.  This is a special opportunity to be one of the few people who have visited this park.  For more information see: www.dep.state.fl.us/lands/FFAnnual/B_AtlanticRidgeEco.pdf.

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.

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ACTIVITIES IN THE KEYS

To receive email reminders, please send your request douville@bellsouth.net

Keys Branch activities will resume in November!

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FNPS AND CHAPTER NEWS AND NEEDS

Chapter Workday at Everglades National Park: October 18 a.m.-noon. Help with our native plant habitat landscaping maintenance around the Coe Visitors Center.  Drinks, gloves and hand tools are provided, but you may want to bring your own as well as snacks to share.  New helpers, family and children are encouraged to come.  Enjoy the afternoon in the park - your car gets in free after the workday. For more info, contact Patty Phares (305-255-6404, pphares@mindspring.com).

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Ramble, November 8-9.  The Dade Chapter will participate as usual with an educational display and plant sale.  If you have an interest in participating as a plant vendor for DCFNPS or volunteer at our display or sale, contact Jan Kolb (305-378-6104, jankolb123@yahoo.com).

The Everglades National Park headquarters on Key Largo now has several volunteers who answered the call in the July Tillandsia for help with the native landscaping. The plantings will hopefully have interpretive uses as well as provide shade for the offices and habitat for wildlife. Florida Bay District naturalist Bob Showler thanks DCFNPS and says that the volunteers have already done a great job after one day.

Native Plant Day is coming. The Dade Chapter’s annual public event is already being planned for March 14, 2009, at A. D. Barnes Park (Bird Road and SW 72 Ave.). If you would like to contribute to the planning, please contact Amy Leonard (305-458-0969, aleonar74@yahoo.com).  Otherwise, save the date to volunteer or enjoy, and start spreading the word!

Thanks to Butterfly Days volunteers!  Mary Barfield, Patty Phares, Mary Rose, Lisa Warren and Steve Woodmansee staffed the chapter table at Butterfly Days in July (sponsored by the Miami Blue Chapter of NABA and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.  If you sometimes have butterfly larvae in your yard or nice examples of natives in pots that are good for butterflies for us to borrow for events (including the Ramble), or if you would like to help at next year’s Butterfly Days, please let us know.

Welcome new (and long-lost) members!  In Dade: Donna Brenner, Joe Cassio, Joie Goodman, Iris Kiem, Cliff and Doris Kolber, Barbara and Tom Layman, Ben and Cheryl Morgan, Gita Ramsay, Gina Sumter, Joan Vigil.  And thanks for the support of all who have renewed their memberships in recent months.

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OTHER NEWS AND EVENTS

Dade Native Plant Workshop.  3rd Tuesdays at 7 p.m., at the Deering Estate, just east of Old Cutler Road on SW 168 St. Bring at least 3 flowering/fruiting plants of any species (even if not the subject matter). September 19: Poaceae (grass family) - initially announced for August but postponed due to Tropical Storm Fay.  See www.regionalconservation.org/ircs/aboutus/Outreach.asp  or contact Steve Woodmansee (305-595-5541, Stevewoodmansee@bellsouth.net)

Adopt-a-Tree.  Miami-Dade homeowners may receive 2 free trees per year.  For more information and list of trees, see http://www.miamidade.gov/derm/adoptatree.asp  or call 305-372-6555 or 311. Final event this season: Sept. 13, 9am - noon. Native Inkwood and Jamaica dogwood plus fruit and flowering trees.  Harris Field Barn Pavilion, 1034 NE 8 St., Homestead. Plant them at home or use at a school or other project!

Tropical Audubon Society. Doc Thomas House, 5530 Sunset Dr., 305-667-7337, www.tropicalaudubon.org  for more details and events.  Nonmembers are welcome at all activities.  Sept. 10: Membership meeting. TAS Executive Director Laura Reynolds recaps her two field seasons spent in Alaska, complete with tundra plant ID, birding summary, science and where to go if you visit. Doors open at 7:30pm, program 8pm.   Sept. 24: Conservation meeting.  Panel discussion on the FPL power plant expansion. 7:30 pm.  Oct. 8: Membership meeting. T.J. Marshall, Protecting Florida’s Coasts. Doors open at 7:30pm, program 8pm.  Sept. 20, Oct. 18: Restoration workday, 8:30-noon.  Learn about natives, restore the Doc Thomas pineland.

Miami Blue Chapter, North American Butterfly Association.  See www.miamiblue.org  or contact Elane Nuehring, 305-666-5727 or miamiblue@bellsouth.net  for details and lots of butterfly walks.  Oct. 11: Fakahatchee Strand Butterfly count. Oct 19: -Tour and program at the Kampong for NABA members. “Butterfly Mysteries: We See But Don’t Understand” by entomologist Dick Smyth.  Join NABA and enjoy the fun!

Friends of the Gifford Arboretum. Events (and parking) are free and open to the public. For more information, call 305- 284-5364 or visit www.bio.miami.edu/arboretum .  September 10, 5pm: “Secret Lives of Trees” tour featuring 300 new trees! Meet at the stone bench in the Arboretum. October 1, 7pm:  Program meeting. “It’s Easy Being Green: Creating a yard that wildlife loves using natives” by Joy Klein, Miami-Dade Co. DERM. Featured family of the month: Zygophyllaceae. Cox Science Building, Room 166, University of Miami.  The Gifford Arboretum’s goal is to promote appreciation of and knowledge about tropical trees, both native and from around the world.

The Institute for Regional Conservation (www.regionalconservation.org).  Sept. 6, 9 am:  Restoration workday at Camp Choee pineland (11347 SW 160 St).  Contact Biologist Steve Green at green@regionalconservation.org  or 305-247-6547.  Sept. 10, 7:30-8:30 pm: Program on “Pine Rocklands, Endangered Species and Ecological Restoration” at the Miami Seaquarium Side Gate by Restoration Biologist Steven Green.  The event is open to the public.  The fee for annual Seaquarium pass holders is $5 and for non-pass holders is $10.  Proceeds will go to IRC’s restoration program.  Sept. 14, 1pm: Seagrass Adventure at Crandon Park (free for Friends of IRC members). Contact Patty Castillo-Trenn (castillo@regionalconservation.org or 305-247-6547) for reservations and instructions -- or to join Friends of IRC!  More details at www.biscaynenaturecenter.org.

Keys Birding and Wildlife Festival. September 26-28.  Field trips and free Environmental Fair at Curry Hammock on Saturday.  Opening reception on Friday features a talk by Roger Hammer.  See details for these activities and a special trip on Sunday at www.keysbirdingfest.org  or call 305-852-4486. 

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 TREASURER’S REPORT: July 2007 - June 2008 

(Note: The value of merchandise held in stock is not included in the report below)

6/30/2008 Bank account

$6,838

Income

 

Spring plant sale (Net)

$112

Ramble (Net)

$272

Native Plant Day (Net)

($4,075)

Merchandise Sold (Net)

($193)

Raffle

$814

Membership

$2,102

Keys Group (Net)  

($72)

Total income

($1,040)

   

Expenses

 

Admin

$2,174

Mo. Meetings

$1,751

Newsletter

$1,260

Event Outreach

$489

Total Expenses

$5,674

   

Net income

($6,714)

There was a sizable donation this year from Bob Kelley’s estate which has been invested while the board discusses uses for this fund which is not listed with our regular income.  There was also another fund started in memory of Mary Ann Bolla which will be used to help graduate student research which is included in the account balance.

The Dade chapter closed the fiscal year with a substantial loss.  Some of the Native Plant day loss from expenses is for items which will be used for several years.  There was also an investment in our own LCD projector to help with presentations.  Membership is our largest source of income and was only down $172 from last year.  The chapter receives 25% of your FNPS dues.  We encourage everyone to renew their membership not merely for financial reasons, but first and foremost to spread the good word about native plants.  Remember that giving gift memberships can be a nice choice.  Thanks to all Keys members for maintaining your memberships even with the long drives to the Keys meetings.  Special thanks to Keys member Barbara Moe, whose talent for organization and willingness to keep the books for Keys meetings have made the events “down south” possible.  Thanks, Barbara!  Whether you live in Miami-Dade, Monroe or elsewhere, we value your membership, especially your contributions of time and ideas.  Thanks for your support.

Mark Bolla,  bollam@bellsouth.net

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HELP CHERNOFF HAMMOCK RECOVER

Chernoff Hammock is one of the latest acquisitions by the Miami-Dade Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Program.   This 5-acre property is located at SW 154 Avenue and SW 216 Street.   About 2/3 of the property is remnant pineland that has succeeded into hammock.  The remainder was cleared by the previous property owner who later added plants, although what was planted is unknown, and also set up a nursery.  While the site is disturbed, especially with Burma reed (Neyraudia reynaudiana), restoration is in progress.

Volunteers from the Native Plant Society are invited to see this new property and to help lead the attack on invasive exotics on October 4.  Crews from Miami-Dade Parks Natural Areas Management (NAM) will cut and pile the Neyraudia in advance.  Volunteers will load this and other debris onto trucks. Teenage volunteers will benefit from the guidance and experience of the FNPS volunteers and their appreciation of the process of restoration.  And we’ll all enjoy seeing this new preserve!

If you can come or have questions, please contact Molly Messer, Environmental Resources Project Supervisor, Miami-Dade DERM,  305-372-6452 , MesseM@miamidade.gov.

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NURSERY NEWS

[From the editor: We are reviving this column after a hiatus of several years.  It will contain news about our member nurseries and a “plant-of-the-month” article contributed by a different nursery each month, featuring a plant available at the nursery.]

The newest face in the Miami-Dade native plant nursery business is biologist Steve Woodmansee, with his new venture, Pro Native Consulting.  Steve will provide services to the research world, as well as the homeowner, and is concerned with providing native plant species that are aesthetically pleasing while being important in Nature.  Steve says, “I will attempt to select species that are ecological lynchpins including those that are, or are essential to, rare organisms.  Fortunately, I work closely with Silent Native Nursery, which predominantly provides plants wholesale, and has a wide selection focusing on native hardwood species and uncommon native vines.  In addition to plant sales, I also offer services consisting of yard consultation.  Such services could include an inventory of plants present, habitat re-creation, and recommendations for an ecological energy efficient approach to the home landscape.”

Steve Woodmansee, Biologist/Owner, Pro Native Consulting 786-488-3101, stevewoodmansee@bellsouth.net

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PINELAND CROTON

by Steven W.  Woodmansee

Pineland croton (Croton linearis) is native to pine rockland and coastal strand habitats along the eastern Florida coastline from the Florida Keys to St. Lucie County.  It is not quite an herb, and not quite a shrub, but a woody sub-shrub that needs full sunlight, grows to about 2.5’ tall, and again as wide.  It possesses lovely linear leaves that have a silvery to coppery pubescence beneath, and when broken off, produce orange sap.  Flowers are small and cream colored, and the fruit of female plants is a three-sided capsule that is shaped like a mace (a blunt club with a swollen end).  In addition to being a vital nectar plant for various insects, it is also ecologically significant being the only larval host plant for two rare endemic butterflies, the Bartram’s scrub hairstreak and the Florida leafwing.  This is a great native plant to add to your yard. 

[Pro Native Consulting and possibly other nurseries carry pineland croton - or look for it in a DCFNPS meeting raffle!  See photos at www.regionalconservation.org  - Natives For Your Neighborhood.]

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Pineland croton, Croton linearis

Botanical illustration provided by Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. By Priscilla Fawcett, FTBG staff artist. Originally published in Flora of the Bahama Archipelago, Donovan S. Correll and Helen B. Correll, 1982.  J. Cramer. Germany.

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FIELD TRIP REPORT: AMELIA EARHART PARK

         by Martin Roessler

On June 29, 2008, we visited Amelia Earhart Park, an urban park managed by Miami-Dade Parks. Most of the park is developed with recreational facilities or invaded by exotics. However, the lake shores, adjacent wetlands and the understory of Australian pines offer some very interesting plants. Please see the printed newsletter for a detailed report.

If you would like a copy of Marty Roessler’s report on our August 2, 2008, field trip to The Barnacle and Pinewood Cemetery, please contact the editor.

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CREATE A BACKYARD ESCAPE, FIVE PLANTS TO GET YOU THERE

           by Jeff Wasielewski

[Editor’s note: Jeff presented a program at Native Plant Day in March, his garden was the site of a chapter yard visit last April, and then his informative program in June told us how to grow great natives.  Now Jeff has graciously shared this article with suggestions for replacing exotic Ficus benjamina hedge with natives, especially in light of the whitefly now killing ficus]

Swinging in a hammock on a breezy summer day, eating dinner with your family on a rustic picnic table under the shade of a wise old oak, or barbequing with friends on a crisp December day, these are all beautiful backyard moments. But you wouldn’t want the world looking in on your scene of splendor. By planting the right plants in the right combination, you can create an informal privacy hedge that will shield your family from prying eyes, as well as, add beauty and value to your home.

Currently, one plant dominates the privacy hedge market in South Florida, the ubiquitous ficus hedge, Ficus benjamina. If you want a hedge that grows at the speed of light and needs to be trimmed each time you turn your back to check to see if the burgers are ready, then the ficus hedge is for you. Ficus benjamina is not a shrub like most hedge plants. If you were to plant one Ficus benjamina in an open field and give it ample sunlight and water, it would grow to a massive shade tree fifty feet tall by fifty feet wide. So you see, keeping those little devils at the size you want will be quite costly and time consuming. The money you save on buying the cheap ficus hedge will be spent ten times over on maintenance. The root systems are vigorous and will explore your yard and may do minor damage to structures. There is also a new ficus quandary: a whitefly from China has selected South Florida’s ficus trees as its favorite food. This whitefly was recently and accidentally brought into the U.S. and has does not have natural predators here to keep it in check. It has steadily been moving through neighborhoods and turning once green and vigorous ficus hedges into yellowed, defoliated skeletons. The extent of damage of this pest has yet to be seen, but damage is being done.

So what is a homeowner to do? The king of hedges has fallen off its throne. Fear not, there are a multitude of plant choices, many of them natives, that can take the place of the fallen ficus. These plants should be used in different combinations to create a multi-layered and multi-textured informal hedge that will bring privacy and beauty to your yard.  The plants listed below are all South Florida natives and therefore do not need irrigation or fertilizer to do well. Because their mature heights vary between 6 and 15 feet, you can choose what you want your ultimate hedge size to be. No more costly pruning!

There are many excellent substitutes for Ficus benjamina. I have listed the top five below:

Thatch Palm, Thrinax radiata

The thatch palm has dark green, palmate leaves with what appears to be a yellow eye in the center of the frond. The tree produces white fruit that will attract birds. It is a fast grower and looks best when planted in groups of three. The fast growth rate and dark green foliage make this Florida native a perfect palm to build a landscape around. The palm is sold with a single trunk or with multiple palms in the same pot. Both versions are appealing. The single palm is used as an accent while the multiple palms should be used as a screen. The trunk grows to about 6 to 12 inches wide. This plant does best in full sun.

Firebush, Hamelia patensFirebush

The firebush is one of the best native plants in South Florida. Its small, red, tubular flowers give the plant its name and are found on the plant in great quantities year round. The flowers are butterfly and humming bird attractants. This plant can reach heights of 10-15 feet. The leaves are green with an occasional red blush and the trunk is an attractive dark brown. If the firebush is planted near the native passionflower Passiflora suberosa, you will have a complete habitat for the zebra longwing butterflies. This plant does best in full sun.

Jamaican Caper, Capparis cynophallophora

This is a native that will reach heights of about 7 feet and tends to be columnar. The leaves are extremely glossy and have tiny hairs on the underside that give them a velvet appearance. The flowers are and elegant white or light purple and produce fruit which will attract birds. No irrigation or fertilizer is needed for this plant. The plant can be grown in light shade or full sun.

Simpson Stopper, Myrcianthes fragrans

This is beautiful native is found in hardwood hammocks throughout South Florida. The shrub is columnar and can reach heights of 10 feet. The leaves are small, dark green and very attractive. The small flowers are white and somewhat fragrant. The resulting small orange fruit are much sought after by birds. Full sun is best, but it will do well in partial shade.

Florida Boxwood, Schaefferia frutescens

This is a Florida native that is highly underused. Its leaves are small and dark green; the plant has small white flowers that produce fruit which will attract several species of birds. The growth rate is moderate and the plant can reach heights of ten feet with a width of eight feet. Full sun is best, but it will do well in partial shade.

One of the greatest draws of South Florida is our weather. Many of you have moved here just for that reason. So wouldn’t it be a shame if you spent all of your days inside instead of out in your marvelously landscaped and very private backyard!

For more information on planting and plant selection, visit my website: www.southfloridahorticulture.com

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ETC.

The Florida Wildflower Foundation is starting a “What’s Blooming” section to promote wildflower tourism and enthusiasm.  To contribute, please send a note and a photograph if possible on what is blooming along roads, trails and yards to executivedirector@floridawildflowerfoundation.org .

National Public Lands Day Event at Shark Valley (on Tamiami Trail), Everglades National Park. Saturday, September 27, 2008, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.  This annual volunteer workday takes place on public lands nationwide. (See www.publiclandsday.org)  Volunteers will remove the invasive, introduced plant, Syngonium, near the Overlook Tower.  Hillary Cooley will lead the work project and provide an overview on Syngonium’s impact to the park.  You can also learn more about Syngonium at http://plants.usda.govBring/wear:  Long sleeved shirts, long pants and closed shoes, sun hat, sunscreen, rain jacket.  Water, snacks, tools and gloves are provided, but you should bring lunch. Volunteer sign-up will take place the day of the event.  A Parental Approval form can also be sent to you in advance. For more information, contact Laurie Humphrey at 305-221-8776 or Laurie_Humphrey@nps.gov .

A palm disease has shown up in cabbage palms (Sabal palmetto) in the Tampa region.  For more information look online for “A Lethal Phytoplasma Disease of Sabal palmetto on Florida’s Central West Coast” by Nigel A. Harrison and Monica L. Elliott University of Florida - IFAS, Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, July 2008.  The article states, “The first clue is the appearance of more dead lower leaves in the canopy than would be normal due solely to natural senescence or nutrient deficiencies. The second clue is death of the spear leaf, prior to death of all other leaves in the canopy.”  Also see http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/PP163 .

The Keys thatch palm, formerly known to us as Thrinax morrisii, has been reclassified as the result of research by biologists Scott Zona (Florida International University) and Carl Lewis (Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden).  It is now in its own genus and named Leucothrinax morrisii.

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KEY CONTACTS FOR DCFNPS:

President: Robert Harris, 954-651-4176, xkensington6x@yahoo.com

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

Refreshment coordinator, Dade meetings: Patty Harris, 305-262-3763 eve., 305-373-1000 day

DCFNPS Web page: http://dade.fnpschapters.org
Webmaster: Greg Ballinger (gregb@netrox.net)

FNPS Chapter representative: Lynka Woodbury (305-667 1651x3427, lwoodbury@fairchildgarden.org)

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

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

FNPS (state) office : 321-271-6702, info@fnps.org

Tillandsia editor: Patty Phares (305-255-6404, pphares@mindspring.com)

Dade Chapter Board members:

President: Robert Harris  Vice-President: Ted Shaffer
Secretary: Jonathan Taylor  Treasurer: Mark Bolla
At Large: Patty Harris,  Jan Kolb,  Susan Walcutt, Jose Luciani, Keith Bradley
FNPS board:   Lynka Woodbury Past-President:  Amy Leonard

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

2008 FNPS membership rates: Donor $250, Business $125, Supporting $100, Contributing $75 ($25 to endowment), Non-Profit $50, Family $50, Individual $35, Student $15, Library $15, New Member $25, Gift $25, Lifetime $1000.

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 $12/month.

© 1999-2008 Dade Chapter Florida Native Plant Society, Inc.

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