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October is Native Plant Month! 🦋

The City of Dunedin is proclaiming October as Florida Native Plant Month at the City Commission meeting on October 5th at 9am. Sari Wood, Chapter Secretary and Dunedin resident, will be accepting it on our behalf. To watch, join us on Facebook Live or Dunedin TV on Spectrum (639), WOW (15) and Frontier (15).


Check our Facebook Group and website calendar for the most up-to-date information.

Support Friends of Brooker Creek and pick up some plants for
Florida Native Plant Month!!

Pinellas Chapter FNPS Adopts A Dune at Honeymoon Island

The Pinellas Chapter FNPS accepted a challenge recently from the Friends of the Island Parks to "Adopt-A-Dune" at Honeymoon Island State Park. The chapter donated $2,000 to fund replanting of shoreline vegetation that has been lost due to erosion. Chapter members are invited to to help HISP rangers plant new dunes species, listen to speakers on the importance of dunes on Florida’s coastline, and witness the installation of their donor plaque. 

The Pinellas Chapter dune is located just south of the restrooms in the North Beach parking area. See Dune A in the graphic above.

Members can join us on Saturday, October 2nd, 9:00am - 12:00pm to celebrate the dedication and planting of the dune on Honeymoon Island that the Pinellas Chapter FNPS has adopted. If you are able to attend, please RSVP here.

Please arrive at the park by 9am on Saturday, October 2nd for a brief thank you from park administration.

From 9:20am - 11:45am we will be planting over 8,000 plants with the help of 50 volunteers. From 11:45am - 12:15pm, staff will be installing donor appreciation plaques.

Things to bring:

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat / sunglasses
  • Gardening gloves (optional)
  • Beach sand bucket (optional)

There is no entry fee for participants of this event. Simply let the toll booth attendant know you are participating in the Adopt-a-Dune program. And finally, feel free to invite friends and family to join in our planting efforts this weekend!

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021
8am – 10am

Moccasin Lake Nature Park
2750 Park Dr, Clearwater, FL 33763

Join a team of volunteers in the Butterfly Garden at Moccasin Lake Nature Park in Clearwater. This is a great opportunity to learn more about which plants attract and host our local butterflies, what conditions they prefer and how to prune them. Volunteers will:
  • Identify and prune existing native plants according to seasonal growth and bloom cycles.
  • Identify and relocate native plant seedlings.
  • Identify and remove weeds and non-native seedlings.
  • Distribute mulch when needed.
Please bring hand tools (if you have them), work gloves and drinking water. The chapter will provide trash bags.

To join, please contact us at Please also provide us with your phone number to be notified of last minute changes.

Ethnobotany in the Native Plant Garden - Cameron Dasher | FBGF Project Intern

Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Zoom Online Presentation

Ethnobotany is the study of a region's plants and their practical uses through the traditional knowledge of a local culture and people. Ethnobotanists explore how these plants were used as food, clothing, shelter, fodder, fuel, furniture and both as physical and metaphysical medicine.

Cameron Dasher, a summer intern from Eckerd College, worked alongside the Florida Botanical Garden Foundation (FBGF) in Largo renovating and replanting the Florida Native Garden, with the goal of incorporating Ethnobotanical history, new plant additions, updated signage and volunteer opportunities. Cameron will talk about his work in the garden, the changes that have taken place, the study of Ethnobotany and how it helped shape those changes.

Cameron Dasher is an Undergraduate student at Eckerd College, with studies including a mix of Anthropology, Biology, and Environmental Studies, concentrating on Ethnobotany. Join us Wednesday night as Cameron leads us through the study, changes and future plans for this evolving Florida native garden.

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Nominations for 2022 Pinellas Chapter Directors 

The Nominating Committee, comprised of Jan Allyn, Jane Chapman and Bonnie Carine, are pleased to present the following slate of nominees for the 2022 Pinellas Chapter FNPS Board of Directors.  

Chapter members in good standing may nominate other candidates “from the floor” at the upcoming membership meeting on Wednesday, October 6th at 6:30pm, using the Zoom chat function or by emailing  Members in good standing will be emailed a ballot.......

Outback Key: A Haven for Birds 🦅

By Jan Allyn, Past President

Barrier islands are constantly reshaped by wind and waves, and Outback Key formed gradually over the years as sand accumulated just off the North Beach recreation area in Fort De Soto County Park. Chapter members Jan Allyn and Dave Perkey recently conducted a plant inventory of the island and discovered more than they expected. Read more about the transformation of this coastal dune habitat.

FNPS Pinellas Visits Folly Farm 🌱

By Dave Perkey, Chapter Representative

This month, FNPS Pinellas had the opportunity to tour Folly Farm, an eclectic eight acre preserve located in Safety Harbor. The area has native plants and Florida friendly plants, as well as community gardens, a playground, a perimeter trail, and more. Read about the experience touring this unique area!
Local conservation issues and opportunities for our members to influence decision making by our local, state and federal governments

Anclote Harbor Apartment Project - Tarpon Springs

The Planning and Zoning Advisory Board voted to recommend the Tarpon Spring city commission deny a Texas developer’s plan for 404 units along the Anclote River. The decision was a reversal for the advisory board, which voted in November to recommend approval.  A big thanks to Chapter Past President Jan Allyn for representing the chapter at the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting this month. After patiently waiting for over 4 hours, Jan presented a case opposing development of the Tarpon Springs Planning & Zoning Board hearing - Anclote Harbor Apartment project. You can view a video clip of Jan's remarks on Facebook. Thank you Jan for your relentless efforts to support and advance the mission of FNPS.
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New Youtube Series from Business Member Wilcox Nursery

Check out the new YouTube series from Wilcox Nursery. Over the course of this series, they share recipes they've developed to highlight the culinary uses of Florida's edible native plants. Join Davis and Hilary as they cook their way across "real Florida"!

Thank you to our business members!

Bartlett Law Offices
City of Dunedin Parks Department
City of St. Pete Beach
Hort & Soul Landscape Design
Rebecca Wellborn, Realtor, Coastal Properties Group
Sunshine City Law 
Vision Ace Hardware - Oldsmar
Wilcox Nursery & Landscape
Wild Floridian LLC
Wise Hands Professional Gardening Services

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