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Just one month out from Backyard Biodiversity Day! Please consider joining our team of volunteers for the biggest native plant sale of the season! Contact Tamie if you are interested!
🌿 Sun, Aug. 28th & Sept. 18th @ 9am-12pm: Sandhill Workday Party at Mead Botanical Garden []
🌿 Tues, September 6th @ 7pm: Monthly Chapter Meeting at the Azalea Lodge at Mead Botanical Garden (1300 S. Denning Dr. -- The Azalea Lodge is located at the end of Garden Dr. (right next to the main parking area) [Zoom

Learn more by visiting the FNPS website or our Tarflower website and check out the calendar for upcoming events!
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- Monthly Meeting -

Dark Skies in Florida 
With Madelline Mathis

Tuesday, September 6th, 7pm at Mead Botanical Garden or on Zoom
Join on Zoom: (Zoom starts at 7pm)
The Azalea Lodge is located at the end of Garden Dr. (right next to the main parking area)
About the Presentation
Have you ever seen the milky way? If so, you are one of the lucky ones. Light pollution is a problem that has been increasing by 2% every year since the 1950s and as a result, 99% of people now live under light-polluted night skies (where star visibility is minimal). Light pollution from improperly chosen fixtures has negative impacts on human health, safety, wildlife, and plants. An Arizona-based nonprofit, International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), was founded in 1988 to protect pristine night skies and mitigate the already present light pollution through educating lighting designers, manufacturers, technical committees, and the public about controlling light pollution. They do this through the promotion of quality responsible outdoor lighting, certified with a Fixture Seal of Approval as well as certifying cities, parks, and other places that have specific dark sky policies/ordinances that reduce light pollution and actively work to educate the public about the impacts of light pollution.

About the Speaker
Madelline Mathis is a Rollins College alumnus with a degree in Environmental Studies and minor in Psychology. She works full-time at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as an OPS Environmental Specialist II and part-time as a consultant for the City of Groveland, helping them through the process of becoming the first Florida International Dark-Sky Certified Community. She grew up in the first IDA Certified Community in Texas, and this designation allowed her to see the Milky Way from her backyard, inspiring her passion for dark skies. She wants to help guide cities in Florida to become dark-sky communities so everyone can have the chance to see the Milky Way, as well as protect the wildlife and plants affected by the light pollution currently present in Florida. She serves as the founder and Board Chair of the Central Florida International Dark-Sky Association Chapter and her goal is to increase use of IDA certified lighting in the region and grow the community of IDA members in Central Florida. She encourages anyone with any interest to be involved in combating light pollution to reach out to her.

- September Field Trip -

No field trip is planned for September, but the next upcoming hike is planned for October 1st to Fakahatchee Strand. The details are not finalized yet, but mark your calendars! Another reminder will be sent out with the next Tarpaper issue with more details.

- General Announcements  -

  • Questions about your natives? Send them to Perhaps include a picture.  We’ll publish them, along with answers. And bring your questions to our monthly meetings, too.
  • Stories: Send us your stories of success or failure growing natives – what can you teach us? Send to
  • Grants for native yards – and more -- are coming! Watch our website, and lookout for future communications!
  • Volunteers:
    • All the 2022 Mead Garden Sandhill work parties are now online. Sign up here.
    • We are looking for someone to start taking over Jackie Rolly's restoration efforts at Bill Fredricks park. If you are interested in this restoration opportunity, please contact Jackie at There will be opportunity to shadow Jackie.
  • Call for Gardens: If you have a native garden you'd like to share with the rest of the chapter, Tarflower is interested in setting up garden tours sometime in the fall! These garden tours would be a self-paced tour where folks can drive and view fellow Tarflower members' native landscapes and the residents/homeowners would be available to talk to people who drive up between those hours. If you are interested, please email us at!

- Backyard Biodiversity Day is seeking sponsors and you can help! -

Backyard Biodiversity Day
Saturday, October 22, 2022

Since 2013 the Tarflower Chapter has hosted Backyard Biodiversity Day - a wonderful outdoor family event with exhibitors, speakers, hikes, vendors, food, live music, and of course a wonderful sale of diverse central Florida native plants.  This year’s event will be held October 22, 2022.  

We rely on the generosity and vision of our sponsors to cover the expenses of putting on each year’s Backyard Biodiversity Day event, including costs for live music, portable toilets, equipment rental, and event signage. These generous donations allow for all funds from the plant sale to go directly towards the purchase of plants for the Mead Garden habitat restoration projects.

Do you know of any local businesses, organizations or individuals who would be interested in sponsorship opportunities?  Sponsors will be included in the event advertising including logos on event flyers, signs, Tarflower website, and social media posts.  Please contact Tamie Diener-Lafferty if you have suggestions for potential sponsors or if you would like our sponsor packet. 
You can learn more about the Mead Garden habitat restoration projects on the Tarflower website

- Volunteer Call! -

Backyard Biodiversity Day 
Saturday, October 22, 2022

Planning for our 8th annual Backyard Biodiversity Day has just begun, and we are looking for committee members and volunteers to help!  

Opportunities abound for volunteers to assist with organizing this wonderful outdoor event with exhibitors, speakers, hikes, vendors, food, and of course a wonderful sale of diverse central Florida native plants for home landscapes to support the native wildlife that depend on them.  All proceeds from the plant sale support the sandhill habitat restoration project at Mead Botanical Garden, where several endangered gopher tortoises have made their home.

There is a wide range of time commitments available for all levels of experience and interest. Whether it is your first time helping with BBD or you are a past volunteer - we would be happy to have you and can use your skills.  

Last year’s BBD event was one of our most successful ever, and if you are interested in helping create another fantastic BBD this year please contact Tamie Diener-Lafferty at

We have been working on our digital content and if you follow us on Facebook you know we have been uploading videos trying to stay connected while we distance. If you haven't seen our videos on Facebook we also have a YouTube channel now that you can subscribe to for our educational videos! 

Please check out the Tarflower YouTube channel for our latest videos.

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President  Mandy Morgan
  Vice-President (Programs) 
Katelyn Hixon
Vice-President (Events)  Jim Erwin
Treasurer  Erik Ransom
Paula Durlach
Chapter Representative  Jennifer Ferngren
Editors, The Tarpaper   Ann Dang
To contribute to The Tarpaper, contact
For general questions about the Tarflower Chapter, contact
See the events calendar for details of upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.

Whether you have an hour or a day, and no matter your skills, the Tarflower Chapter has a place for you.
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  • Sabal Minor - bi-monthly newsletter that will keep you up-to-date on FNPS news and activities
  • Annual Conference discount (every May)
  • Native plant gardening and landscaping tips from chapter volunteers
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The mission of the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) is to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of native plants and native plant communities of Florida.
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