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FNPS Mission: To preserve, conserve, and restore native plants and native plant communities.
Learn more by visiting the FNPS website • Check our calendar for upcoming events sponsored by the Pinellas, Nature Coast, and Suncoast Chapters • Not a member yet? Join today!

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Event Updates

Please see details for these events in the newsletter below and check our Facebook Group and website calendar for the most up-to-date information. 
  • Wednesday, 12/7 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM: FNPS Monthly Meeting: Native Plants in Ikebana and 2023 Board Election
  • Sunday, 12/11 8:30 AM - 11 AM: "Natives in Focus" Inaugural Field Trip
  • Tuesday, 12/13, 7:00 PM: Monthly Volunteer Orientation
  • Tuesday, 12/27, 7 PM - 8 PM: Pinellas Conservation Committee Meeting 
2023 Board of Directors Election
Online, In-Person and Zoom
Wednesday, December 7th
6:30 pm
Each November our Chapter Bylaws dictate that we elect a new board of directors to lead the chapter during the succeeding calendar year.

This year’s nominating committee was composed of Rebecca Wellborn, Deb Rothenberg, Antonia Krueger and Roberta Owens. The Bylaws also allow nominations “from the floor” and there is one position still open.

This email is your invitation to vote yea or nay on the nominees being proposed. There are three ways to vote:
  1. Vote in person at the December 7th Membership Meeting.
  2. Vote via Zoom on Wednesday, 12/7/22 at 6:30 pm.
  3. Vote online via a Google Form link emailed on 12/1/22 to all active members.
Results of the vote will be announced at the December meeting after the presentation. The nominees are:
President Andrea Anderson
Past President Davis Byrkit
Vice President Antonia Krueger
Secretary Deborah Rothenberg
Chapter Representative David Perkey
Director Cynthia Grizzle
Director Pamela Schrader
Director Cameron Dasher
Director Sari Wood
Director Leah Daniel
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Meeting ID: 883 7376 5772
Passcode: 307188
FNPS Monthly Meeting: Native Plants in Ikebana
Wednesday, December 7th
In person and Zoom
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Using Native Plants in Ikebana - The Art of Japanese Flower Arranging
Presenters: Sue Taylor and Suzanne Hassell

What Is Ikebana?
Ikebana (ee-kay-bah-nah) is the Japanese word for the art of Japanese flower arranging. A free translation might be “bringing flowers to life.” Ikebana arrangements capture nature through the designer’s eyes and provide uniquely beautiful glimpses of something magical. It is an art form that will challenge your creativity!

This meeting is in person and on Zoom. We hope you will join us in person.

Arrive at 6:30 to enjoy refreshments, meet other members and participate in a silent auction of donated native plant "volunteers", seeds and cuttings. Prices start at $1. Bring what you can and be sure to bring cash to purchase.

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Meeting ID: 883 7376 5772
Passcode: 307188
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"Natives in Focus" Inaugural Field Trip
Sunday, December 11th
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
8:30 AM - 11 AM

Join David Perkey and Jan Allyn at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve for a plant photography outing. We will meet in front of the Nature Center at 8:30 a.m. and walk the trails in search of attractive photography subjects.

This new Pinellas FNPS special interest group is designed to inspire and inform, with participants celebrating the beauty of native plants and plant communities and sharing our knowledge to improve our photography skills. A follow-up virtual meeting will be scheduled so that participants can share and/or critique photos. We hope that this initial “Natives in Focus” event will be the first of many and that the group will attract Pinellas FNPS members who enjoy capturing images of natural landscapes, native gardens, and the wildlife they support, and sharing that beauty with others.

If you’d like to attend, please RSVP to and provide your name and cell phone number.

Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
1101 Country Club Way S.
St. Petersburg

Pinellas Chapter Nominating Committee
Seeking Treasurer for 2023 Board
We are currently looking for a member to serve as Treasurer, with some bookkeeping experience or strong computer skills, who can learn to use Quickbooks online version. If you are willing to volunteer to keep the books, but do not want to serve on the board, that is acceptable. The chapter has at most 3-4 transactions a month, and the time required is about three hours a month.

The Board meets monthly on the third Tuesday, via zoom, at 6:30 pm. Meetings last about an hour. If you have an interest in becoming more involved in the chapter, please join us at our next board meeting to see what goes on "behind the curtain." Email for the Zoom link to attend the next board meeting.

Contact the Nominating Committee if you have an interest in learning more or want to nominate a member you admire.
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Monthly Volunteer Orientation

Tuesday, December 13th, 7:00 pm
via Zoom
Support FNPS by attending our monthly volunteer orientation, held on the second Tuesday of every month. We'll go through all the different opportunities to become involved and important information for new volunteers.

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Passcode: 002075
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Florida Gulf Coast Hope Spot Festival Volunteer Opportunity

Saturday, February 11th, 2023

Save the Date!

The Pinellas Chapter FNPS is excited to participate again in the Florida Gulf Coast Hope Spot Festival! Last year’s festival was extremely well attended and a huge success!

As the event draws nearer, we will be seeking volunteers to assist at our table at this event. So, please, save the date and keep an eye out for updates.

Sign up below to put your name down early!


Edgewater Park
51 Main St, Dunedin, FL 34698


Thank You To Our Business Members

City of Dunedin Parks Department
City of St. Pete Beach
Hort and Soul Landscape Design
Life Farms
Rebecca Wellborn, Realtor, Coastal Properties Group
Sunshine City Law 
Toftegaard Design
Wilcox Nursery & Landscape
Wild Floridian LLC

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Pinellas Chapter Florida Native Plant Society
2022 Officers, Directors and Committee Chairs

All chapter members are invited to attend Board meetings, normally held via Zoom the third Wednesday of the month from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm.  Email the President for information about the next meeting, and/or if you have an issue that you would like addressed.
President - Davis Byrkit
Vice President - Jane Graham
Secretary - Andrea Andersen
Treasurer - Robin Peacock
Past President  - Michael Coleman
Director / Chapter Representative - David Perkey
Director / Membership Chair - Ginger Brengle
Director / Programs Chair - Pam Schrader
Director / Communications Chair - Jessica Palenchar
Director At Large - Sari Wood
Social Media and Email - Rebecca Wellborn
Newsletter Editor - Nataly Capote
Webmaster - Patty Perkey

Florida Native Plant Society Mission

The Mission of the Florida Native Plant Society is to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida.

The Society fulfills this mission through:
  • Support for conservation land acquisition
  • Land management that enhances habitat suitability for native plants
  • Education
  • Public policies that protect our native flora, especially rare species
  • Research on native plant species
  • Encouragement of local landscaping practices and policies that preserve Florida's native plant heritage
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