The Mangrove Chapter serves Charlotte County and southeastern Sarasota County.

Chapter contact:
    Phone: 941-697-2756
    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




For MAY 13, 2014, 6:00PM:


Annual Meeting and Election of Officers, Potluck Dinner, and Silent Auction.  Members and guests, please bring your own placesetting, a food item to share, and an item(or items) for the auction.  The Business Metting will take place before the dinner is served.




For APRIL 26, 2014, 9:00AM, BABCOCK-WEBB WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA, Tucker's Grade Rd, Punta Gorda, FL  Take I-75 to Exit 158 East,  1/4 Mile to entrance.  For further directions: Call Denny Girard, 941-474-1492 or email him at dennyg29@msn.com  Fee: $3 ea.  65& older-Free

Join us for a slow stroll through a portion of one of the largest expanses of hydric(wet) pine flatwoods remaining in Florida and habitat to several listed speciesof plants and animals.  Freshwater marshes, seasonal ponds, hardwood hammocks, and prairies are interspersed throughout the flarwoods.  On this excursion, we will be looking for spring wildflowers within the management area.


The endangered Pretty False Pawpaw(Deeringothanmus pulchellus)  is said to be in this area.  It has fragrant white flowers from late March through May, so we hope to see it.  The Babcock-Webb management plan includes roller chopping, and annual burning programs to reduce heavy thickets of palmetto along with flammable detritus.  This improves wildlife habitat and serves to restore fire-dependent ecological communities, such as Pretty False Pawpaw ans Red Cockcaded Woodpecker.


For more information on this wildlife management area, visit:




For MAY 31, 2014, 9:00AM, SLEEPING TURTLES PRESERVE NORTH-LIGON PROPERTY, 3462 Border Rd, Venice, FL. For directions:  Call Denny Girard, 941-474-1492, or email denny29@msn.com


Join us for a stroll through a portion of this 174-acre preserve consisting of four parcels of land that were purchased in 2003 and 2004 through the EnvironmentallySensitive Lands Protection Program.  The preserve is named after Sleeping Turtles, a landmark on the Myakka River, noted on naval maps from the 1800's.


Visitorswill see diverse natural communities- includingfloodplain swamps, pine flatwoods, upland mixed forests, and seasonal wetlands, as well as an assortment of wildlife.


For more information, trail maps, and directions, visit:











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 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, birderlois@hotmail.com, 941-697-2756

Immediate Past-President: Bobbi Rodgers, rodgersbobbi2@comcast.net, 941-475-0769

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

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

Treasurer: Jane Wallace, addajane@embarqmail.com, 941-697-4276

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 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.




Published on  20.04.2014