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- NEXT MEETING IN DADE COUNTY
- UPCOMING FIELD TRIP (DADE)
- KEYS BRANCH ACTIVITIES
- YARD VISIT
- FAIRCHILD TROPICAL BOTANIC GARDEN RAMBLE, NOVEMBER 20-22
- CHAPTER WORKDAY AT EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK
- OTHER EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
- GOOD NEWS: UPDATE ON LAUREL WILT IN MIAMI-DADE
- NURSERY NEWS!
- KEY CONTACTS FOR DCFNPS
- PAST ONLINE NEWSLETTERS
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- 17 (Sat.): Field trip (NOAA pineland, South Miami-Dade)
- 24 (Sat.): Chapter workday, Everglades National Park
- 27 (Tue.): Meeting in Miami-Dade (Early Miami-Dade Parks Architecture)
- 7 (Sat.): Yard visit in South Miami, 2-4pm.
- 14 (Sat.): Field trip (Greynolds Park)
- 20-22 (Fri.-Sun.): Fairchild Botanical Garden Ramble
(DCFNPS participates - volunteers needed)
- 24 (Tue.): Meeting in Miami-Dade (archeology and plants)
- 6 (Sun): Holiday picnic (multi-organization). Details TBA.
- 12 or 13 (Sat or Sun): Field trip - Dade (TBA)
- 15 (Tue.): Meeting in the Keys (Details TBA)
- 19 (Sat.): Chapter workday, Everglades National Park
May 20-23, 2010: Annual FNPS Conference in Tallahassee (date change from previous announcement)
See our online Calendar for more details and dates.
NEXT MEETING IN DADE COUNTY
Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 7:30 pm at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Corbin Building, 10901 Old Cutler Road. Free and open to the public. Refreshments begin at 7:15pm. Merchandise sales are before and after the program (cash/checks only). The plant raffle follows the program.
"Public Paradise: The Early Park Architecture of Dade County" - Rocco Ceo, Professor, Univ. of Miami School of Architecture.
Greynolds Park was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, officially opening on March 29, 1936. The following is from an abstract of Mr. Ceo's essay, Building Close to Nature, about early Dade County parks architecture.
"The interaction between landscape and architecture so carefully conceived under the direction of William Lyman Phillips, R.C. Ward and Prentiss French and the youth of the CCC established a new building standard for South Florida that intimately linked architecture to the landscape … The use of graphic design guidelines adapted to the unique regional conditions blended ideal forms to site found materials and local methods of construction. … the new park architecture reflected the confrontation between man and nature in a unique landscape, a landscape made of seasonal forest fires, devastating hurricanes, and tropical flora and fauna unique to the United States ."
Mr. Ceo teaches courses in Design and Drawing and is the author of several books. He has produced drawings of the elements of Florida’s landscapes as well as the documentation of seminal sites in the history of South Florida such as Vizcaya and the Marjory Stoneman Douglas home. His published work includes the award winning books, Redland: A Preservation and Tourism Plan done with Margot Ammidown and Maria Nardi and Historic Landscapes of Florida co-authored with Joanna Lombard. His architecture practice focuses on the unique relationship between architecture and landscape found in the American Tropics.
November 24: "Weeds and Seeds: A History of Dining in Southern Florida" - Dr. Michele Williams, Florida Public Archaeology Network
UPCOMING FIELD TRIP
FNPS members and their guests (children welcome) are invited to this event. If you are not yet a member, please join so you can enjoy all the activities of the chapter! Address and directions are in the print newsletter sent to members.
If the weather is very bad, call to confirm. Field trips are for the study of plants and enjoyment of nature by FNPS members and their guests. Collecting is not permitted. Children welcome. For carpooling, call Gwen (305-372-6569) or Patty (305-255-6404).
Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, 9am - noon: "NOAA pineland" in the south Miami-Dade Richmond Pineland complex.
The NOAA site is used for the South Florida WSR-88D Doppler radar (weather radar) often seen on television. Our leader, Rusty Pfost, is a member of the Broward FNPS Chapter and is responsible for the general maintenance of vegetation on the 10 acre site. When NOAA took control of the site in 2004, Burma reed had overrun the property. The National Park Service has been helping with exotic control, but there is more to be done. We will see the endangered deltoid spurge, fall wildflowers and other pineland flora, butterflies, and maybe even snakes. Rusty will open the gate to the ladder that leads to the radome, so those who want to climb the stairs for a bird's eye view of the pineland. Afterwards, those who have time might visit the adjacent county-owned Martinez Pineland Preserve.
- Difficulty: Moderate. Walking on rough paths (which may be somewhat overgrown) with limestone rock and holes..
- Directions: For details please see the printed newsletter
- Bring/wear:Water, sun hat, long pants, closed shoes. Bug spray or a walking stick may be desired by some.
Saturday, Nov 14, 2009: Greynolds Park in North Miami Beach. We will see the early park buildings featured in Rocco Ceo's October program and walk through the hammocks in both the west and east sections of the park. Details TBA.
KEYS BRANCH ACTIVITIES
Plans are underway for the 2009-2010 season, with meetings alternating between Key Largo and Marathon in December through April, tentatively scheduled for the third Tuesday of the month. New participants are needed to help with the activities, and every member can contribute ideas! Please contact Lisa at 305-743-0978 or email@example.com if you have questions or could do any of the following:
- Help with event logistics and planning.
- Show off your Marathon yard to members in February or April.
- Contribute ideas for programs, walks and other activities.
Date & Time: Saturday, November 7, 2009, 2 - 4 pm
Location: A member's home in the South Miami area. Details in the print newsletter sent to members. Please join to enjoy all the activities!
Normally, I say you will find a yard visit site as you travel down the road and you suddenly see the native plants in lonely splendor. Not this time! You will drive into a forest of natives on all sides, particularly north and west of the property and say “Wow.” Another difference from our previous yard visits is that these are older homes with larger, mature trees, notwithstanding hurricane damage in 2005. There is a long list of mostly natives and some exotics planted along the perimeters. There are surprises and delights everywhere – with butterflies galore.
This visit is part of an ongoing opportunity for those who wish to know the natives in a hands-on manner and to see them in various settings, formal and informal, and to learn the property owner’s successes and failures at growing them. These visits are being offered approximately once every three or four months. If more information is needed, call Gwlady Scott at 305-238-8901.
FAIRCHILD TROPICAL BOTANIC GARDEN RAMBLE, NOVEMBER 20-22
Get the inside perspective – volunteer!
- Teach others about native plants at the educational display.
- Help vendors with the plant sale.
Contact Gita Ramsay (786-877-7168, firstname.lastname@example.org) to volunteer.
- Volunteers are needed Saturday and Sunday for both the plant sales and educational display.
- Set-up help is needed Thursday afternoon for educational display from 3:30-5pm.
- Break-down help for plant sales is needed Sunday afternoon.
- Volunteers for plant sales are also needed Friday.
- All volunteers must confirm their volunteer hours no later than November 1 with Gita Ramsay to have a name tag and free entry into FTBG for the Ramble.
While some landscaping knowledge is useful to help at the plant sale, a great deal can be picked up on the job at either the display or sale. Anyone with a desire to learn would find volunteering to be very educational.
Display items needed: Please loan/donate small native plants (in pots), butterfly plants, or caterpillars for the educational display. Contact Amy Leonard (305-458-0969, email@example.com).
Note about the plant sales: Rules for the plant sales are different this year, and each vendor is responsible for renting their own space (under the auspices of FNPS) and handling financial transactions for all plants purchased. Plant sale volunteers would not be responsible for handling money, only for helping monitor the vendor’s plants and guiding potential buyers to appropriate plants.
Note about donating sale plants to DCFNPS for the Ramble: Because of the new vendor rules, DCFNPS is not able to sell plants at the Ramble. Pro Native Consulting has offered to take (a maximum of 50) plants on consignment, if they are in 3 gallon containers or smaller and in good condition. Plants donated for sale must be delivered to Pro Native Consulting by November 10; be sure to call ahead. Donors are responsible for picking up their unsold plants (if desired) at Pro Native Consulting. Please contact Steve Woodmansee DBA Pro Native Consulting (786-488-3101 or firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in donating plants for the chapter's benefit.
CHAPTER WORKDAYS AT EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK
October 24, 9am-noon. Help with our native plant habitat landscaping maintenance around the Coe Visitors Center. Drinks, gloves, hand tools and bug spray are provided, but you may want to bring your own, and snacks to share. Bring sun protection! New helpers and friends are welcome and encouraged to come! Everyone in your car gets into the park free after the workday. For more information contact Patty Phares (305-255-6404, email@example.com).
OTHER EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Dade Native Plant Workshop. MDC Kendall campus Landscape Technology Center. 3rd Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Bring at least three flowering/fruiting plants of any species (even if not the subject matter). If you have never attended this workshop but would like to learn more about native plants, give it a try! It works for beginners and old hands alike. It's not just about identification - the group also discusses all sorts of interesting tidbits and experiences with the plants in home gardens.
- Oct. 20: Liatris and cucurbits. Contact Steve, 786-488-3101, Stevewoodmansee@bellsouth.net. For directions, see ww.regionalconservation.org/ircs/aboutus/Outreach.asp
Broward Native Plant Society. Meets 7-9pm at the Agricultural Extension Service, 3245 College Ave., Davie. 954-370-3725 or www.npsbroward.org.
- Oct 14: "Native Plants and Other Wilds of the Big Cypress Swamp" - Steve Woodmansee, DBA Pro Native Consulting, and FNPS Vice President for Finance.
Tropical Audubon Society. Doc Thomas House, 5530 Sunset Dr., Miami. 305-667-7337, www.tropicalaudubon.org for more details and activities. Nonmembers are welcome at all activities.
- Oct 7: Monthly meeting. Paddy Cunningham, founder of Birding Adventures and coordinator of the Everglades Birding Festival, will provide tips for improving your ability to observe and identify birds. Doors open at 7:30pm, program at 8pm.
- Oct. 28: Conservation Meeting - Discussion of conservation issues. See the Website for the featured topic, but everyone is encouraged bring up other issues of interest. 7:30 pm.
- Oct. 17 and Nov. 21: Workdays to restore native habitat at TAS, 8:30am-1pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Nov. 7-8: NATIVE PLANT SALE. Support TAS's conservation efforts and buy great natives (and used books). 9am-5pm Saturday, 9am-3pm Sunday.
- Oct. 31: Beginning Birding in Everglades National Park.
- Nov. 1: BIRD DAY at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden- programs, walks, vendors, tips for gardening for birds. See TAS and Fairchild Websites (soon). Special early walk for members!
Friends of the Gifford Arboretum, Univ. of Miami. See www.bio.miami.edu/arboretum or 305-284-5364.
- Oct. 7: Meeting. "Tropical fruits and the new Williams Grove at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden" - Noris Ledesma, Curator of Tropical Fruit at FTBG. Featured tree family: Arecaceae, the Palm family. 7pm, Cox Science Bldg., Room 166.
- Oct. 29: Tour. “Sacred and magical trees” with Dr. John Cozza. Meet at the stone bench in the Arboretum at 5pm.
- Nov. 4: Meeting. "Harvesting wild plants in Africa: the Sopoodu concept in indigenous Fulani communities" - Dr. Orou Gaoue. Featured family: Lauraceae. 7pm, Cox Science Bldg., Rm 166.
Miami Blue Chapter, North American Butterfly Association. See www.miamiblue.org or contact Elane Nuehring, 305-666-5727 or email@example.com for details of walks and other activities.
- Through Nov. 11: "Butterflies of Biscayne National Park" photo exhibit in the Dante Fascell Visitor Center, 9700 SW 328 St., Homestead, 305-230-7275.
- Nov. 1: Meeting at Castellow Hammock Park, 1 pm. Program: Butterflying Kern County, California and the southern Sierra-Nevadas. Come early to butterfly in the garden.
Miami-Dade Parks Natural Areas workdays. See www.miamidade.gov/derm/endangered_lands.asp for details. RSVP at 305-257-0933 x227, firstname.lastname@example.org. Students earn Community Service Hours and others earn the heartfelt thanks of Miami-Dade County.
- Oct. 19: Camp Matecumbe Pineland Preserve, 11400 SW 137 Ave. (Exotic removal; not regularly open to the public)
- Oct. 30: Ned Glenn Nature Preserve, SW 88 St. and 87 Ave. (Planting and nature walk; not regularly open to the public)
- Nov. 7: Pineshore Pineland Preserve, SW 128 St. and 112 Ave. (Planting)
Deering Estate at Cutler. 16701 SW 72 Ave., Miami, 305-235-1668. Most walks are free after admission There are also kayak rentals on weekends and canoe tours on Sundays. See http://www.deeringestate.com/pages/TourClassesPrograms.aspx
- Oct 10: Bird walk, 7:30am
- Oct 11: Pine Rockland Trail Hike, 2pm
- Oct 17: Butterfly walk, 10am
Connect to Protect Network. Do you live on an existing Pine Rockland fragment in Miami-Dade County? If you are interested in participating in the newly launched Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden "Connect to Protect Network" (CTPN), see: http://www.fairchildgarden.org - Center for Tropical Plant Conservation - Connect to Protect. CTPN is also seeking homeowners interested in becoming rare plant "foster gardeners." For more information, please contact Joyce Maschinski (email@example.com or 305-669-4069).
Where can you recycle everything your local recycler doesn't? See http://earth911.com/.
GOOD NEWS: UPDATE ON LAUREL WILT IN MIAMI-DADE
We are happy to announce that the news in some local media in August and the September Tillandsia reporting an earlier discovery of laurel wilt in Homestead was apparently wrong - for now. This does not mean that local members of the Laurel family, including avocados and the native redbay and lancewood trees, are safe from the deadly laurel wilt, so keep an eye out for and report possible infestation by the redbay ambrosia beetle.
A Homeowner handout posted on August 6, 2009 by the University of Florida IFAS Miami-Dade Extension states:
"Update on the redbay ambrosia beetle – laurel wilt disease. Currently the redbay ambrosia beetle-laurel wilt disease infestation has continued to spread west and south in Florida. Avocado trees have been reported as infested in Duval and Brevard Counties. Although one test for laurel wilt on avocado was positive in Homestead, efforts to detect and confirm the presence of laurel wilt disease in additional samples have been negative. As of this writing the red bay ambrosia beetle has not been detected in Miami Dade County. More sampling and testing is in progress."
From Homeowner Detection of and Recommendations for Mitigating Redbay Ambrosia Beetle – Laurel Wilt Disease on Avocado Trees in the Home Landscape by Jonathan H. Crane, Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, Florida. See http://miami-dade.ifas.ufl.edu - Redbay ambrosia beetle recommendations.
Lopsided Indian grass (Sorghastrum secundum) by Steven W. Woodmansee
Sedges have edges,
Rushes are round,
And Grasses I passes wherever they’re found.
This is a variation of a common rhyme used to help remember characteristics of Graminoids, a term used for grass-like plants. Despite the difficulty of identifying them, one shouldn’t pass up on the grasses, as they are an important part of our flora. Grasses (Poaceae) comprise the most diverse assemblage of vascular plants in South Florida (264 total, 164 of which are native). In Miami-Dade County there are 184 species, of which 113 are native. This represents greater than 10% of the Miami-Dade County’s and South Florida’s native flora.
One of my favorite grasses is the strikingly graceful Lopsided Indian grass (Sorghastrum secundum). Both the common name and the species epithet are so named for its characteristic of having flowers present on one side of the blooming stalk (inflorescence). This grass is native to pine rockland and pine flatwoods habitats. It typically grows to about 1 ½ feet in height, with blooming stalks greater than three feet. Leaves are flat, and contain a ligule, located at the collar where the leaf blade meets the leaf sheath, that resembles a rabbit’s ears. Plants are cespitose, forming medium sized clumps, and do not spread aggressively in the landscape. In nature, Lopsided Indian grass flowers from August to early October, and it occasionally flowers during other times of the year after fires. In cultivation, I find that it may flower two to three times a year. Plants are typically shortlived perennials, but often seeds germinate in the landscape, and new plants may pop up.
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer
Natives For Your Neighborhood. The Institute for Regional Conservation, Miami. www.regionalconservation.org.
What I enjoy most about this grass are its splendid inflorescences. The yellow anthers, which are large for a grass, dangle and tremble gently in the wind. Long awns (hairs on the each little grass flower termed “spikelet”) twist slightly, are dark, and contrast nicely with the honey colored flowers and the bright yellow anthers, which all hang on one side. This effect is most notable in areas that have several dozen or so plants, where the “amber waves of grain” are most striking.
Plants are often difficult to obtain as native plant nurseries have had a tough time marketing some of our native grasses. So if you wish to add a new grass to your landscape, encourage your local nurseries to carry this elegant plant, and encourage your friends to use it. I hope to have some available by Spring 2010.
Steve Woodmansee, DBA Pro Native Consulting, is the FNPS Vice President for Finance and former President of the Dade Chapter FNPS. You can reach him at 786-488-3101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
See photos of Lopsided Indian grass at www.regionalconservation.org - Natives For Your Neighborhood.
KEY CONTACTS FOR DCFNPS:
President: Robert Harris, 954-651-4176, email@example.com
General information: 786-340-7914
Refreshment coordinator, Dade meetings: Vivian Waddell 305-665-5168
Memberships: Patty Phares (305-255-6404)
DCFNPS Web page: http://dade.fnpschapters.org
Webmasters: Greg Ballinger and Haniel Pulido Jr. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
FNPS Chapter representative: Lynka Woodbury (305-667 1651x3427, email@example.com)
FNPS Web Page: http://www.fnps.org
FNPS Eco Action Alert List: Send email request to firstname.lastname@example.org
FNPS (state) office : 321-271-6702, email@example.com
Tillandsia editors: Patty Phares (305-255-6404, firstname.lastname@example.org) and Elizabeth Kelly
Dade Chapter Board members:
President: Robert Harris Vice-President: Ted Shaffer Secretary: TBA Treasurer: Mark Bolla At Large: Amida Frey, Patty Harris, Jose Luciani, Gita Ramsay, Vivian Waddell, Susan Walcutt FNPS board: Lynka Woodbury Past-President: Amy Leonard
Dade Chapter FL Native Plant Society
6619 South Dixie Highway, #181
Miami FL 33143-7919
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
2009 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.
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The purpose of the Florida Native Plant Society is to promote the preservation, conservation and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida.
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