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
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.
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.
JULY 30,2016, HATHAWAY PARK, 35461 Washington Loop Rd, Punta Gorda, Fl
Hathaway Park is a Charlotte County property located between Washington Loop Rd and Shell Creek. While this park does have a boat ramp, it also has trails that run along Shell Creek for a short distance. These trails offer an abundance of wildflowers to enjoy, and are shaded in part.
DIRECTIONS: From Punta Gorda, take US-17 north for a few miles to Washington Loop Rd. Turn right and follow Washington Loop through its first turn. The park is on the left before you come upon the curve that turns back toward US-17.
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.
PLEASE LOOK for Plant Lists from some of our previous Field Trips under the NEWSLETTER heading.
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.