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
For February 11, 2014, 7:00PM, Lemon Bay Park, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood, FL
TOPIC: "GOING SOUTH: a WALK THROUGH WILDFLOWER & AMBERJACK PARKS". These parks adjoin one another, providing an interesting excursion through a variety of habitats. In this presentation, will take an "easy chair" walk from Wildflower to Amberjack looking at and discussing thses two areasand some of the plants and animals found there.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER: DAVID CLAYTON says he's "a biologist who went bad". Though both his undergraduate and graduate study was in biology, he has spent his entire career working with computers. For many years he ran a one-man operationfor Academic Computing at the University of Rhode Island. Natural history has always been an avocation for him, including acting as a volunteer for the US Fish & Wildlife Service,and conducting guided walks for Lemon Bay Conservan,cy and Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center(CHEC). He and his wife, Nancy, are avid birders and menbers of the Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society.
SPECIAL EVENT: 12TH ANNUAL "PLANT NATIVE" DAY
FEBRUARY 22, 2014 from 9:30AM to 1:00PM
LOCATION: Cedar Point Environmental Park, 2300 Placida Rd, Englewood, FL
TOPIC: "THE BACK TEN FEET": This program, developed by Sue Scott, encourages people to use the back ten feet of their yard for native plantings. Tired of that water-wasting, boring, unproductive turf grass? convert it into a drought-tolerant, wild-life friendly, interesting, and storm protective landscape. Welcome wildlife, insects, reptiles, birds, and butterflies into your yard. Learn how flowers, scrubs, and treesnative to this regionare used to provide a balance in your yard that mimics natural ecosystems. This creates a zone that is chemical-free and bird and butterfly friendly.
PROGRAM: 9:30am: Welcome, Al Squires, Mangrove Chapter, FNPS
10:00AM: Lecture, "Plants for the Back Ten Feet", Laurel Schiller, Florida Native Plants, Inc.
11:00AM: Slide Presentation, "The Back Ten Feet", Sue Scott
12:00PM: Tours of the Native Plant Demonstration Garden and Cedar Point walking trails
EXHIBITS & EDUCATIONAL HANDOUTS: Mangrove Chapter, FNPS and CHEC-Cedar Point
NATIVE PLANTS for SALE: Nursery plants from Florida Native Plants, Inc. Member-grown plants are available for donations.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Cedar Point Environmental Park(475-0769)
TO LEARN MORE, VISIT: http://www.thebacktenfeet.com/p/what-is-back-ten-feet.html/
For MARCH 11,2014, 7:00PM, Lemon Bay Park, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood, FL
TOPIC: "Going Native on Don Pedro/Knight Islands". The presentation will explain how a model Wildlife Habitat and PreservationProgram has been established by a Homeowner's Association. Examples of native plant restoration after development, preservation of native palms, and protection of gopher tortoise habitat will be discussed.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS: Bob and Merill Horswill, retired from medicine and teaching in 2001, are now residents of Don Pedro Island in the winter and northern Wisconsin in the summer. In both places they are native plant and garden enthuiasts, and work on invasive species eradication. They are founding members of Palm Island Estates(PIE) Homeowners Association Wildlife Habitat and Preservation Program, as well as their "Islandscapers" garden and education programs. Merill is a Master Naturalist, and both she and Bob lead nature walks and kayak tours in this area.
For MARCH 29, 2014, 9:00AM, LEMON BAY PRESERVE, 5472 Kensico Rd, Venice
Join us for a slow stroll through 222 acres of protected land along Lemon Bay, nestled in the suburban area, South Venice. It is a refuge for several protected animals and plants. This preserve contains a variety of coastal habitats, including tidal swamp/marsh, coastal hammock, and upland communities such as mesic and scrubby flatwoods.
The preserve supports a variety of species such as gopher tortoise, Florida scrub jay, bald eagle, river otter, and an assortment of snakes including the eastern coachwhip. Representative native plants include mangroves, cord grasses, oak species, lupine, palafox, coontie, and Curtis' milkweed.
For more info/trail maps visit https://www.scgov.net/NaturalLands/Pages/SouthLemonBay.aspx or call 941-861-5000 and ask for Natural Resources.
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 a Friday preceding the Membership Meeting, 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: Bobbi Rodgers, firstname.lastname@example.org, 941-475-0769
Vice President: Jim Thomson, email@example.com, 941-830-0737
Secretary: Linda Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 941-475-7210
Treasurer: Jane Wallace, email@example.com, 941-697-4276
Chapter Representative, Al Squires, firstname.lastname@example.org, 941-769-3633
Publicity: Micki Donnelly, email@example.com, 316-305-8402
Newsletter: Jim Thomson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 941-830-0737
Website: Barb Seibel, email@example.com, 941-475-0364
Programs: Lois Cantwell, firstname.lastname@example.org, 941-697-2756
Field Trips: Denny Girard, email@example.com, 941-474-1492
Membership: Linda Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 941-475-7210
Hospitality: Denny Girard, email@example.com, 941-474-1492
Historian: Linda Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 941-475-7210
Conservation/Education: Bobbi Rodgers, email@example.com, 941-475-0769
Chapter Garden: Lois Cantwell, firstname.lastname@example.org, 941-697-2756
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 third Saturday in February. 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.