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 Program



OCTOBER 14, 2014,  7:OOPM, LEMON BAY PARK, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood, FL



                       by Al Squires and Denny Girard. 


                       This is a new edition of the Denny and Al Show.  Long-time members of our chapter, they lead most

                       of the chapter's field trips, and are our go-to plant identification experts.  This is a program that hasn't

                       been presented before, so should be very interesting.


NOVEMBER 11, 2014, 7:00PM, LEMON BAY PARK, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood, FL


        TOPIC:  "Wild Mushrooms and Their Florida Habitats",  by Bruce Kuechman.


                       This program is a layman's introduction to the ecology of wild mushrooms and fungi, including a

                       presentation of mushrooms found in our area.


                       Bruce Kuechman, originally from Portland, OR, is an amateur mycologist, who enjoys all  aspects of  

                       wild mushrooming.  He is a graduate of Simpson College in Iowa, attended grad school at U of

                       Illinois, is a 23yr member of the Oregon Mycological Society, and has resided in Florida for over 16



DECEMBER 9, 2014, 6:00PM, LEMON BAY PARK, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood, FL


        TOPIC:  Annual Holiday Potluck and Silent Auction


                      Please bring your own place setting and a covered dish to share.


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


FEBRUARY 10, 2015, 7:00PM, LEMON BAY PARK, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood, FL


         TOPIC:  "Local Edible and Medicinal Plants", by Bill Dunson, PhD


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


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.






SEPTEMBER 2, 2014, 9:00AM, MANASOTA SCRUB PRESERVE-WEST, 2695 Bridge St, Englewood, FL


Manasota Scrub Preserve is a 154 acre Sarasota Co. park consisting of upland and wetland communities.  Gopher Tortoises,Northern Bobwhites, and Great-horned Owls have been seen at this site.  Plants present are Goldenaster, Blazing Star, Dahoon Holly, and Hairy Jointweed.  This property may be wet in spots, so bring appropriate footwear.  Water, sunscreen, and insect repellent areoptional, but recommended.


DIRECTIONS:  From the north, turn onto Englewood Rd(SR 776) to Manasota Beach Rd, turn Rt 0.1 miles, Turn

                          left onto Bridge St, go past the main parking lot on the left, and stop at the walk-through on the

                          right.  This is the entrance to the west side of the park.


For further information:  Call Denny Girard at 941-474-1492, or email him at dennyg29@msn.com.


OCTOBER 25, 2014, 9:00AM, BILL COY PRESERVE at BUCK CREEK, 5350 Placida Rd, Englewood, FL


      Bill Coy Preserve at Buck Creek is an 81 acre Charlotte County park. This area contains a mangrove swamp, 

      along with scrubbby and mesic pine flatwoods.  Among the plants we are likely to see are Skyblue Lupine,

      Lyre-leaved Sage, Dahoon Holly, and Gopher Apple.  This park is newly redesigned, and now has a kayak 

      launch and a new, enlarged parking lot.


DIRECTIONS:  From SR776, go south aproximately 3 1/2 miles.  The Buck Creek entrance is on the right.  Go to

                         the end of the furthest parking lot.  The trail starts in that area.


FURTHER INFORMATION:  Call Denny Girard at 941-474-1492, or email him at dennyg29@msn.com.


NOVEMBER 29, 2014, 9:00AM, SOUTH VENICE LEMON BAY PRESERVE, Corner of Ocelot and Phorus Rds.,

       Venice, FL




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.


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




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






                                    Englewood, FL




                    Becker, University of Florida/IFAS Extension


                    CHEC, along with the Mangrove Chapter of FNPS is offering this program to continue with the

                    commitment of educating the public on the importance of planting "natives."  This talk addresses the 

                    "how to's" in creating a Florida-Friendly, low maintainance landscape and plant buffers in order to

                    protect critical habitat. Following the program, a tour of the Cedar Point Butterfly Garden.


                    The program is free, but registration is advised.  Please call CHEC at 941-475-0769 to reserve a spot.


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  10.09.2014