The Mangrove Chapter serves Charlotte County and southeastern Sarasota County.

Chapter contact:
    Phone: 941-769-3633
    E-mail: fnpsmangrovechapter@yahoo.com




 As a local chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, serving Charlotte County and the southwest portion of Sarasota County, we achieve many of our goals through public outreach education, so our meetings, field trips and special events are open to all who wish to participate. Whether year-round or seasonal residents, our members share a passion for the state’s beauty, as exemplified by Florida’s native plants and diverse habitats, as well as the wildlife these plants and habitats support.

If you attend our meetings, you will hear educational presentations by local experts on a range of topics, such as rare species, native plant communities, protection needs, state and local conservation programs, and native plant landscaping.

Come along on our field trips and get to know your local plants and their communities and how our wildlife depends on them for food, shelter, and nesting. Attend our plant sales and acquire various landscape specimens without damaging their natural environments.

Come to our annual outreach event and learn how native plants in your landscape will save on water consumption, as well as reduce or eliminate the use of fertilizer and pesticides. You will learn how to plant the right plant in the right place and it will flourish without a great deal of care. If you are a seasonal resident, you will find that native plants better survive your absence in the summer months.

When you include Florida native plants in your landscape, you celebrate the unique natural beauty of the “Real Florida”. Please join our efforts and mission to preserve, conserve and restore these native plants and their communities and help us all to bring nature closer to home.

Current Month’s Activities


MEETINGS:  6:15PM--Social Time, 6:45PM--Business Meeting,  7:00PM--Speaker's Pr

JANUARY 13, 2015, 7:00PM, LEMON BAY PARK, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood, FL
TOPIC:  "Why People Don't 'Get It', the Psychology of Embracing Native Plants" by Russ Hoffman

This topic was presented at this year's Florida Native Plant Society's State Conference, and was well received.  Russ Hoffman, BA, MA, trained in psychology, is currently a lake manager with Beautiful Ponds, a lake and wetland management company.  His presentation will be a curious blend of human psychology and our relationships with the natural environment.  To learn more about lake and wetland management, go www.BeautifulPonds.com.

FEBRUARY 10, 2015, 7:00PM, LEMON BAY PARK, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood, FL
TOPIC:  "Local Edible and Medicinal Plants", by Bill Dunson, PhD

Bill Dunson,PhD,  a biologist and professor emeritus of Penn State University, splits his time between Englewood and his farm in Galax, VA.  Dr Dunson shares his expertise on plant and animal biology by participating in or leading many nature walks such as Lemon Bay Conservancy, especially at their Wildflower Preserve, Sierra Club, Sarasota Co. Parks, Peace River Butterfly Society, Audubon Societies, and our Mangrove Chapter of FNPS. 

MARCH 10, 2015, 7:00PM, LEMON BAY PARK, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood, FL
    TOPIC:  "Update--What's Happening in Sarasota County Parks", by Chris Meyer

Chris Meyer works for Sarasota County's Natural resources Division. He has developed and managed several of this counties nature parks, including the Joseph property in Englewood, Myakka Islands Point in Port Charlotte, and most recently, Scherer Thaxton Preserve in Nokomis.  Chris will give us some insight as to the status of the parks he is currently managing.  Our chapter's field trip for March will be held at Scherer Thaxton.

APRIL 14, 2015, 7:00PM, LEMON BAY PARK, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood, FL
    TOPIC:  "Bumping into Birds--How to Attract Them to Your Yard", by Kathleen Rohrer

MAY 12, 2015, 6:00PM, LEMON BAY PARK, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood, FL
    TOPIC:  Annual Meeting with Election of Officers, Potluck, and Silent Auction
  Please bring your own place setting and a covered dish to share.


JANUARY 31, 2015, 9:00AM, PRAIRIE/SHELL CREEK PRESERVE, 3081 Duncan Rd(US 17), Punta Gorda FL
Prairie/Shell Creek Preserve is a 609 acre property of SWFWMD, located between US 17 and the Peace River. It consists of mesic flatwoods and a tidal marsh.  Several scrub jay families reside on this site.  Some of the plants we expect to see are Rose of Plymouth, Sandweed, Turkey Oak, and Sand Pine.

DIRECTIONS:  From I-75, Exit 164, drive 6 miles N on US 17/DuncanRd, U-turn at Washington Loop Rd(CR764) and go S on US17 0.4 mile, entrance is on the right.
FURTHER INFORMATION:  Call Denny Girard at 941-474-1492, or email him at dennyg29@msn.com.

FEBRUARY 28, 2015, SLEEPING TURTLES SOUTH, 2800 N River Rd, Venice, FL                             

Sleeping Turtles Preserve, South(Koch Property) is a Sarasota County park consisting of 213 acres of upland and wetland communities.  Wildlife often seen here includes gopher tortoise, bobcat, swallow-tailed kite, and osprey.  Wildflowers that may be observed include false foxglove, blazing star, pennyroyal, and spider lily. 

DIRECTIONS:  There is a walk-thru gate on the NE side of the intersection of Venice Ave and N River Rd.  Parking is available along the side of N River Rd.  FURTHER INFORMATION: Call Denny Girard at 941-474-1492, or email him at dennyg29@msn.com.

MARCH 28, 2015, SCHERER-THAXTON PRESERVE,13125 Honore Ave, Nokomis, FL

Scherer-Thaxton Preserve is one of Sarasota,s newest parks.  It consists of 287 acres of pine flatwoods, depressional wetlands, and mesic hammocks.  The park is adjacent to and on the east side of Oscar Scherer State Park.  Birds of interest may include scrub jays and swallow-tail kites.  Since this is a new park, we may be surprised at what plants will be seen. 

DIRECTIONS:  From the south, take US41N to MacIntosh Rd, Turn right onto Central Sarasota Pkwy, turn right onto Honore Ave, go south until the entrance to the park is reached on the right.  FURTHER INFORMATION:  Call Denny Girard at 941-474-1492, or email him at dennyg29@msn.com.


Babcock-Webb Wildlife Management Area is one of the largest expanses of hydric pine flatwoods remaining in Florida, and is habitat to several listed species of plants and animals.  Since we now know precisely when and where the Pretty False Pawpaw is, we have scheduled this walk to especially to view this plant.  Many other interesting plants will also be encountered.  There is also the possibility of seeing red-cockcaded woodpeckers.  DIRECTIONS:  Travel 5 miles south of Punta Gorda on I75, take exit 158(Tucker's GradeRd), Turn east and drive 0.25 mile to entrance.  ENTRANCE FEE:  $3 per person, $6 per carload, People over 65 get in free.  FURTHER INFORMATION:  Call Denny Girard at 941-474-1492, or email him at dennyg29@msn.com.

MAY 30, 2015, SLEEPING TURTLES NORTH, 3462 Border Rd, Venice, FL

Sleepnig Turtles Preserve North is a 174 acre Sarasota County park.  This park is named after a landmark on the Myakka River.  The terrain consists of flood-plain swamps, pine flatwoods, upland mixed forests, and seasonal swamplands.  Some of the animals that might be seen are gopher torroises, Swallow-tailed Kites, and alligators.  The plants likely to be seen are Golden Polypody, Green Shrimp Plant, Waterhemlock, and Carolina Jessamine.  DIRECTIONS:  From the south, Take Jacaranda Blvd under I75 to Border Rd, turn right, drive approximately 3 miles to Myakka River bridge.  Just before crossing the bridge, turn left(north) into the park's parking lot.  FURTHER INFORMATION:  Call Denny Girard at 941-474-1492, or email him at dennyg29@msn.com.


NOVEMBER 22, 2014, 10am-3pm, TIPPECANOE ENVIRONMENTAL PARK, 2300 El Jobean Rd, Port Charlotte, FL
  This is an annual gathering.  It's main sponsors are Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, Charlotte County Community Services, Charlotte Sun, and Mosaic.  This  is a festival to celebrate nature and environmently friendly practices.  There are nature walks, activities for children, and exhibits for people of all ages.  Our Mangrove Chapter participates in this by promoting and selling native plants.

MARCH 14, 2015, 9am-1pm, CEDAR POINT ENVIRONMENTAL PARK,  2300 Placida Rd, Englewood, FL
  The theme for this year's event is "How to Create a Rain Garden."  There will be several lectures on subject, along with tours of Cedar Point's Butterfly and Rain Gardens.  A native plant nursery will be on hand to offer native plants for sale.  There will be more information posted as the time gets closer.

MAY 28-31, 2015,  35TH ANNUAL STATE CONFERENCE, Florida Native Plant Society, Tallahassee, FL




Contact Us


Mangrove Chapter, FNPS

P.O. Box 1153

Englewood, FL 34295-1153

Email: fnpsmangrovechapter@yahoo.com 






Our Membership Meetings, which are open to the public, are held on the second Tuesday of the Month, October through May. We start with an “open door” social, serving a light refreshment from 6:15 to 6:45 PM. This is followed by a brief business meeting from 6:45 to 7:00 PM, and the Speaker Program begins at 7:00 PM (approximately 40 minutes). After the guest speaker has answered questions, a plant raffle is held, which features an assortment of native plants provided by the members. 


Please refer to the Calendar tab for a list of the season’s meetings, speaker programs, dates and times. (Our December and May meetings are membership pot luck dinners, with no speaker.  The May meeting includes our annual election of officers for the forthcoming season).


Meeting Location:  Lemon Bay Park, 570 Bay Park Blvd., Englewood, Florida 


Board Meetings: Our Board of Directors meets on the first Friday of each month, 2:30 PM, at Cedar Point Environmental Park, 2300 Placida Road, Englewood, Florida. All members are welcome to attend. The Board also meets throughout the summer months.



Board of Directors Officers


President: Al Squires, ahsquires@embarqmail.com, 941-769-3633

Vice President: Lois Cantwell, birderlois@hotmail.com, 941-697-2756

Secretary:  Linda Wilson, ljayewilson@juno.com, 941-475-7210

Treasurer:  Bobbi Rodgers, rodgersbobbi2@comcast.net, 941-475-0769

Chapter Representative:  Al Squires, ahsquires@embarqmail.com, 941-769-3633



Committee Chairs


Publicity: Micki Donnelly, mudisfun@comcast.net, 316-305-8402

Newsletter: Jim Thomson, jimthomson4@comcast.net, 941-830-0737

Website: Barb Seibel, leftyb3@comcast.net, 941-475-0364

Programs: Lois Cantwell, birderlois@hotmail.com, 941-697-2756

Field Trips: Denny Girard, dennyg29@msn.com, 941-474-1492

Membership: Linda Wilson, ljayewilson@juno.com, 941-475-7210

Hospitality: Denny Girard, dennyg29@msn.com, 941-474-1492

Historian: Linda Wilson, ljayewilson@juno.com, 941-475-7210

Conservation/Education: Bobbi Rodgers, rodgersbobbi2@comcast.net, 941-475-0769

Chapter Garden: Lois Cantwell, birderlois@hotmail.com, 941-697-2756 


Field Trips


On the last Saturday of the month, except when preempted by special events, we gather at 9 AM at a designated location for a slow stroll along local trails to identify and observe native plants in their natural environment. These walks are open to the public so that we may use this opportunity for educating folks about the value of natives to the home landscape and the environment. Please refer to the Calendar tab for a list of the season’s field trips, dates and times. A list of “summer walks” is made available near the end of May. 


Special Events


Our Chapter focuses on three events during the fall, winter, and spring season:

   The Annual Charlotte Harbor Nature Festival is usually held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, at the Charlotte Sports Park, Port Charlotte. Visit www.chnep.org or call 866-835-5785 for more information.

   Our annual “Plant Native” Day, a public outreach program, features lectures, walks and plant sales, and is held on the second Saturday in March. It is held at Cedar Point Environmental Park, 2300 Placida Road, Englewood, Florida from 9 AM to 1:00 PM. Details will appear on this website as the event approaches.

   The Florida Native Plant Society Annual State Conference is held near the third week in May, rotating to different cities and co-sponsored by a local FNPS Chapter. Visit the Society website www.fnps.org for more information.




Published on  13.01.2015