The Mangrove Chapter serves Charlotte County and southeastern Sarasota County.
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 Presentation
All meetings are free and open to the public
OCTOBER 11, 2016, LEMON BAY PARK, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood, TOPIC: "Beneficial Organisms in Your Garden," by Ralph Mitchell
Our speaker for this month, Ralph Mitchell, is Charlotte Co. Extension Director and Horticultural Agent. He writes a weekly column for the Englewood Sun, and in his spare time enjoys gardening, natural history, and archaeology.
NOVEMBER 8, 2016, LEMON BAY PARK, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood, TOPIC: "Raising Monarch Butterflies" by Rachel Nellis and Genny Bedard-Plumb
DECEMBER 13, 2016, LEMON BAY PARK, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood, 6:00PM Starting Time. Annual Holiday Potluck and Silent Auction. Bring a covered dish to share, and your own place setting. Additionally, you may donate items to be auctioned off in silent auction.
JANUARY 10, 2017, LEMON BAY PARK, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood, TOPIC: "Experiences with Planting a Native Yard" by Dave Clayton, Charlie and Jayne Woodruff.
FEBRUARY 14, 2017, LEMON BAY PARK, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood, TOPIC: "A Walk....." by Denny Girard and Al Squires. This is another episode of "The Denny and Al Show." Be prepared to be informed and sometimes amused by another of their "Botanical Adventures."
MARCH 14, 2017, LEMON BAY PARK, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood, TOPIC: "Preserving Wild Florida," by Mary Lundeberg.
APRIL 11, 2017, LEMON BAY PARK, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood, TOPIC: "Curb Appeal of Wildflowers," by Thomas Becker of the Charlotte Co Extension Office.
MAY 9, 2017, LEMON BAY PARK, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood, 6:00PM, Annual Meeting and Election of Officers, and Potluck & Silent Auction. This last meeting of the year serves as a farewell to our snowbird members as well as the election of officers for the upcoming year. Please bring a covered dish to share, and your own place setting. You may also bring items to share at our silent auction.
FIELD TRIPS: All field trips begin at 9AM, unless otherwise stated. All field trips are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
FURTHER INFORMATION: For all field trips, call Denny Girard at 941-474-1492, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AUGUST 27, 2016, TIPPECANOE II PRESERVE, 16259 Joppa Rd, Port Charlotte, FL
Tippecanoe II Mitigation Area is a 182-acre preserve for the Florida Scrub-jay, and was primarily acquired to mitigate impacts to two families of scrub-jays for two County projects, and to provide passive public recreation. The preserve contains scrub habitat, scrubby flatwoods, xeric hammock, mesic flatwoods, upland mixed forest,marshes and a small palm hammock. Besides scrub-jays, red-headed woodpeckers can be seen. The vegetation is varied.
DIRECTIONS: From Englewood, travel east on SR776, approximately 12 miles to Flamingo Rd, turn right onto Flamingo
SEPTEMBER 24, 2016, ALLIGATOR CREEK ENVIRONMENTAL PARK, 10941 Burnt Store Rd, Punta Gorda, FL
CHEC-Alligator Creek is located on property leased from the Stat of Florida. There are 4 miles of trails running through several different habitats: Pine flatwoods, hammocks, salt marsh mangrove fringe, and fresh water ponds.
DIRECTIONS: From Punta Gorda, take US-41 south to Burnt Store Rd. Turn right onto Burnt Store Rd, drive 1.7 miles, the Alligator Creek entrance is on the right, proceed to the parking lot.
OCTOBER 29, 2016, LITTLE MANATEE RIVER STATE PARK, 215 Lightfoot Rd, Wimauma, FL, 33598
NOVEMBER 26, 2016, LEMON BAY PARK, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood, FL 34223
JANUARY 28, 2017, JELKS PRESERVE, 3200 N River Rd, Venice, FL 34292
Nancy Edmondson with Sarasota Parks will be our special guest.
FEBRUARY 25, 2017, CALOOSAHATCHEE REGIONAL PARK, 19130 N River Rd (SR 78), Alva, FL 33920, Parking Lot #2
MARCH 25, 2017, MYAKKA STATE FOREST, 2000 S River Rd, Englewood, FL 34223
APRIL 29, 2017, SHAMROCK PARK, 3900 Shamrock Dr, Venice, FL 34293
MAY 27, 2017, DON PEDRO STATE PARK-LANDSIDE, 8450 Placida Rd, Placida, FL 33946
PLEASE LOOK for Plant Lists from some of our previous Field Trips under the NEWSLETTER heading.
NOVEMBER 19, 2016, ANNUAL CHARLOTTE HARBOR NATURE FESTIVAL, Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Rd, Port Charlotte, FL 33948 Visit www.chnep.org, or call 866-835-5785 for more information.
MARCH 11,2017, ANNUAL "PLANT NATIVE DAY", Cedar Point Park, 2300 Placida Rd, Englewood, FL 34224, HOURS: 9:30AM-1:00PM This year's theme is "Fire Wise." There will be lectures, nature walks, and native plants for sale.
MAY 2017, Date TBD, ANNUAL STATE CONFERENCE of FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY, Visit www.fnps.org, or call 321-271-6702 for further information.
Mangrove Chapter, FNPS
P.O. Box 1153
Englewood, FL 34295-1153
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: Lois Cantwell, email@example.com, 941-697-2756
Immediate Past-President: Al Squires, firstname.lastname@example.org, 941-769-3633
Vice President: David Delgado, email@example.com, 863-558-5058
Secretary: Marianne Owen, firstname.lastname@example.org, 941-474-1118
Asst Secretary: Bobbi Rodgers, email@example.com, 941-475-0769
Treasurer: Linda Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 941-475-7210
Chapter Representative: Al Squires, email@example.com, 941-769-3633
Publicity: Carolyn Gregsak, firstname.lastname@example.org, 603-924-8689
Newsletter: Jim Thomson, email@example.com, 941-830-0737
Website: Barb Seibel, firstname.lastname@example.org, 941-475-0364
Programs: Carolyn Gregsak, email@example.com, 603-924-8689
Field Trips: Denny Girard, firstname.lastname@example.org, 941-474-1492
Membership: Linda Wilson, email@example.com, 941-475-7210
Hospitality: Denny Girard, firstname.lastname@example.org, 941-474-1492
Historian: Linda Wilson, email@example.com, 941-475-7210
Conservation/Education: Bobbi Rodgers, firstname.lastname@example.org, 941-475-0769
Chapter Garden: Gail Finney, email@example.com, 913-424-3027
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.
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.