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 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

Included in this talk will be general rearing techniques and differences encountered when raising monarchs, giant swallowtails, black swallowtails, gold rim (polydamus) swallowtails, and cloudless sulphurs with commentary on the host plants for each of these butterflies.

Genny was first introduced to raising butterflies by a staff member at the Butterfly Estates in Ft. Myers about 3 years ago. She participates in the Southwest Florida Monarch Monitoring Program. Genny and Rachel are both members of the Peace River Butterfly Society which meets at 10 am on the 3rd Wednesday of every month (except June, July and August) at the Cultural Center on Aaron Street in Port Charlotte.

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 dennyg29@msn.com.

OCTOBER 29, 2016, LITTLE MANATEE RIVER STATE PARK, 215 Lightfoot Rd, Wimauma, FL, 33598

The Little Mantee River had been designated an Outstanding Florida Water, and is part of the Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve.  4.5 miles of the river meanders through this park.  Some of the natural communities to be experienced include sand pine and oak scrubs and oxbow wetlands.  The Oxbow Nature Trail is a one mile loop trail that skirts the river and an oxbow wetland. 

Entrance Fees:  $5.00/car for 2-8 people, $4.00 for a single occupant vehicle.

NOVEMBER 26, 2016, LEMON BAY PARK, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood, FL 34223

Lemon Bay Park is a 210 acre park with 1.7 miles of Lemon Bay shoreline.  The habitats encountered in this park include a black mangrove forest, and pine and scrubby flatwoods. Gopher tortoises, woodpeckers, various waterbirds, and in season, bald eagles may be seen.  Primroseleaf Violets and Racemed Milkwort are but two of the interesting wildflowers seen here.  

​DIRECTIONS:  From the south, take SR-776 to W Dearborn St.  Go to the end and turn right onto Old Englewood Rd.  Follow Old Englewood Rd to Stewart St, turn left onto Stewart St, continue to the end, right turn onto Bay Park Blvd, follow the road to the park, which is on the left.  From north SR-776, turn right onto Old Englewood Rd and continue on the road to Kilbourne Ave, angle right on Kilbourne to Morrison Ave. Turn right to Curtis Blvd, go one block to Brengle Ave, turn right, the road dead-ends into the park. 

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.



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: Lois Cantwell, birderlois@hotmail.com, 941-697-2756 

Immediate Past-President:  Al Squires, ahsquires@embarqmail.com, 941-769-3633

Vice President:  David Delgado, ddelgadousaid@gmail.com, 863-558-5058

Secretary:  Marianne Owen, gopher36@comcast.net, 941-474-1118

Asst Secretary:  Bobbi Rodgers, rodgersbobbi2@comcast.net, 941-475-0769

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

Chapter Representative:  Al Squires, ahsquires@embarqmail.com, 941-769-3633



Committee Chairs


Publicity: Carolyn Gregsak, cgresak@gmail.com, 603-924-8689

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

Website: Barb Seibel, leftyb3@comcast.net, 941-475-0364

Programs: Carolyn Gregsak, cgregsak@gmail.com, 603-924-8689

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: Gail Finney, migafinn@gmail.com, 913-424-3027 


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  18.10.2016