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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!

Be sure to visit our web site calendar  for updates and additions.
Event Updates

Pinellas Chapter FNPS has suspended our regular chapter meeting and field trips for now, since our number one priority is the health and safety of our members and volunteers. We will continue to monitor and reassess the situation with hopes of resuming our programs soon. Please check our Facebook Group and website calendar for the most up-to-date information.
  • Wednesday, 7/01 The presentation scheduled for our July 1st Chapter Meeting will be delivered via video conference using Zoom software, at 6:30 pm. Follow the directions at the bottom of the next article to view the presentation.
  • Tuesday, 7/07 Moccasin Lake Butterfly Garden Volunteer Opportunity 8:00 - 10:00 am
  • Saturday, 7/11 Plant Propagation Workshop - Cancelled
  • Saturday, 7/18 Moccasin Lake Butterfly Garden Volunteer Opportunity 8:00 - 10:00 am
Wed., July 1st, 6:30 pm
Zoom Video Presentation

The Florida Friendly Yard Advisor Program

The Florida Friendly Yard Advisor Program offers free landscape design and help to Pinellas County homeowners. Learn from Maridell Hahn and Pam Schrader, Master Gardeners, how this program can help you plan a Florida Friendly yard using native plants. 

Pinellas Chapter Florida Native Plant Society is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: The Florida Friendly Yard Advisor Program
Time: Jul 1, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 823 2112 6434
Password: 549194

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Member Survey Results

Message from the President:

Thank you to one and all who participated in the Pinellas Chapter survey!  This information has provided your leadership team with very useful guidance for the future of our organization. Here is a brief summary of the results. The full results will be shared on our new website, debuting July 1st.

Who Are We?

There were 73 respondents, 62 members and 11 non-members.  Roughly half of the members have been members for over three years, with the other half split between 1-3 years and less than one year.  This is indicative of a growing and thriving society.

Where Do We Want to Meet?

A significant majority of the responders preferred the current meeting location at Moccasin Lake, with some showing interest in a south county location.

How Do We Want to Receive Information From the Society?

The vast majority of us preferred email over all other methods of receiving information - only 5 respondents requested Facebook and only a single respondent requested U.S. mail.

What Are Our Favorite Events?

Speakers are the most favored events with field trips second.  "How-To" workshops, Birds/Insects, Florida Ecosystems, Parks/Native Preserves and Native Plant Conservation projects events are almost universally popular.  

Several action items for the Board were generated by the survey. Among them are:

From the survey results, a growing minority prefer an online meeting format and we are looking into the possibility of having an online presence concurrent with our in-person meetings.  

A more efficient outreach to all new members.  We have begun mailing our new member packet and contacting new members to welcome them and encourage them to be active participants.  

Much to our delight, many respondents indicated that they were interested in volunteering.  Our volunteer coordinator and other Board members have contacted these individuals. 

We are working on making some outdoor events available to our members later in the year.  These will be outdoor-only, limited attendance with mask and social distancing required but should provide us with a chance to enjoy the Great Outdoors.  

All-in-all, the survey was a great success and we thank you for your input. 

Michael B. Coleman
President, PCFNPS

Volunteer Opportunity - Communications

Our chapter currently has an opportunity for one or more volunteers to assist us with communication to our members. This includes adding new members to our email list, producing the monthly email newsletter in Mailchimp, and the posting of events and notices on Facebook.

Volunteers should have a computer, access to the internet, basic knowledge of email and Facebook, and the ability to compose clear concise descriptions of events and chapter news. Expertise in native plants is not a requirement! The ability to manipulate images is a plus, but not required. Training is provided and the job takes no more than 2 hours a month. 

If you are interesting in helping with the newsletter and/or Facebook contact us at

Vision Ace Hardware Oldsmar Member Discount

Vision Ace Hardware is offering a 10% discount on their selection of Florida native plants for active members of the FNPS.  Plants have “Florida Native Plant” stickers to help identify them.  For more information visit their Facebook page

Thank You To Our Business Members

Bartlett Law Offices

City of St. Pete Beach

Vision Ace Hardware - Oldsmar

Hort & Soul Landscape Design

Rebecca Wellborn, Realtor, Coastal Properties Group

Wilcox Nursery & Landscape

Pinellas Chapter Florida Native Plant Society
2020 Officers, Directors and Committee Chairs

President - Michael Coleman
Vice President - Stefan Babjack
Secretary - Susan Taylor
Treasurer - Rebecca Wellborn
Past President - Jan Allyn
Director - Belinda Lambert
Director / Membership Chair - Bonnie Carine
Director / Programs Chair - Pam Schrader
Director / Events & Volunteer Chair - Nicole Jones
Communications Chair - Vacant

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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