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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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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, 9/7, 6:30 - 8:00 PM: Pinellas FNPS Monthly Program - ZOOM MEETING ONLY
  • Saturday, 9/10, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM: Foraging Fieldtrip to Folley Farm
  • Tuesday, 9/12,  6:30 - 7:30 PM: Pinellas Chapter Conservation Committee Meeting
  • Saturday, 9/13, 7:00 PM: Monthly Volunteer Orientation
  • Saturday, 9/17, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Moccasin Lake Butterfly Garden, Volunteer Opportunity
  • Saturday, 9/17, 10:00 AM: Container Gardening with Florida Natives
Foraging for Edible Florida Native Plants
Misha Nell, Certified Clinical Herbalist

Wednesday, September 7th
Zoom Presentation
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This meeting is only Zoom. There will be no in-person meeting this month due to COVID concerns.

Misha will be discussing foraging and wildcrafting, with a presentation that features images of plants to help with identification and information. See her bio in the fieldtrip article below. This presentation will prepare us for a followup field trip to Folley Farm on Saturday, September 10th.

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Meeting ID: 883 7376 5772
Passcode: 307188
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Foraging Field Trip to Folley Farm
September 10th, 8:30 am - 10:30 am
This fieldtrip is full. To be added to a wait list email

Misha Nell, a certified clinical herbalist and master naturalist will lead us on a foraging trip through Folley Farm. This 10 acre farm, in the heart of Safety Harbor, features native and butterfly gardens leading to the natural walking trail that leads around the whole property.

We will learn to identify medicines, edibles and poisons too as well as practical tips and tricks to confidently harvest what could be in your back yard.


1562 MLK Dr, (old 4th st North)
Safety Harbor Florida, 34695

About Misha Nell

Melissa “Misha” Nell weaves her heartfelt passion for nature together with a solid scientific background and a dash of cross-cultural magic. She is keenly focused on helping foster an appreciation for wild Florida, and especially enjoys helping people connect deeply to their own wild souls.

As an herbalist, Misha specializes in tropical plants common to Southwest Florida, endeavoring to help others learn how to work with their local resident species. She works with both Florida natives and local exotic invasives to create a herbal medica that is local, sustainable, and accessible. Misha is trained in both Western and Chinese clinical herbalism and has deep knowledge of traditional healing and ethnobotanical practices of Florida and the Caribbean. 

For over 30 years, Misha worked as a key state leader in environmental education, helping thousands of children and adults connect to nature through her diverse and creative programming, interpretive sign design, and volunteer initiatives. After more than three decades of teaching and serving, she has happily retired from working in the public sector. Now she is a Registered Herbalist (American Herbalists Guild) and runs an herbal apothecary with over 100 healing plants. She regularly sees clients for herbalism, Reiki, and shamanic healing work at Cypress Pillar Healing Arts Center, which she co-manages with her husband. She also offers a variety of classes online and in person at Cypress, including a suite of offerings that focus on empowering folx of all backgrounds to connect to, and work with, the plant allies.  

Visit her website:
Instagram: @serpents_kiss_herbals
Facebook: Cypress Pillar


Monthly Volunteer Orientation

Tuesday, September 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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Moccasin Lake Butterfly Garden Volunteer Opportunity
Saturday, September 17th
8 - 10 am

Join a team of volunteers in maintaining the Butterfly Garden at Moccasin Lake. This is a great opportunity to learn more about which plants attract and host our local butterflies, what conditions they grow in and how to prune them.

Please bring hand tools (if you have them), work gloves and a reusable water bottle. The chapter will provide trash bags.

We really appreciate the City of Clearwater allowing us to use the classroom at the park for our monthly meetings, and volunteering in the park is our way of showing it.

RSVP with below for further instructions.

Container Gardening with Florida Natives
Saturday, September 17th, 10 am
Don’t have a yard but still want to attract pollinators and other wildlife?
Even if you do not have a lot of space, a few pots and containers filled with the right natives can make your patio or balcony a valued food source for wildlife. On Saturday, September 17th, 2022, at 10am, Tyler will be going over how to create and maintain container gardens using Florida natives!
This one hour class will cover:
  • Pot and soil selection.
  • Drainage.
  • Container placement.
  • Recommended plants and plant combinations.
  • Watering and Maintenance.
Attendees will be provided with a plant selection and care guide that includes a few recommended plant mixes. We will have a selection of soils and amendments available and attendees will receive a 10% discount on all native plants the day of the class.
The class will be held from 10-11am at our shop located at 4950 38th Ave North St.Petersburg, Florida. The class is free but is limited to 8 attendees.
To register please call or email us at: 727-337-4877 or
We're looking forward to helping you bring the birds, bees, and butterflies to your new pollinator pots!


4950 38th Ave N, St Petersburg, FL
33710-2140, United States



Saturday, October 15, 9 am - 3 pm

Please join the Conradina Chapter FNPS for the 13th Annual Landscaping with Florida Natives Tour to observe and explore wonderful native plant landscapes at a variety of locations. This year there are six homes, one large commercial space, one public space, and one Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands site available for you to tour and learn about Florida native plants. The tour is a fabulous look at what homeowners and public spaces have done using native plants in different situations.

Native plants are important to preserve our wildlife, pollinators and local heritage as well as requiring much less maintenance, water, and fertilizer, which benefits our local environment and the Indian River Lagoon. Please come see how easy it is to use native plants and help make a difference in your yard!

Heritage Park and various locations
2550 South Grant Street
Melbourne, FL 32901

Conradina is the local chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. Please check out our website at

Purchase tickets on Eventbrite at 2022 Landscaping with Florida Natives Tour Tickets, Sat, Oct 15, 2022 at 9:00 AM | Eventbrite and we will email you the brochure and plant lists within 24-48 hours.


Saturday, October 22, 10 am - 5 pm

We are seeking a volunteer to coordinate a chapter exhibit at this event on Saturday or Sunday. That involves setting up the exhibit tent and the exhibit, scheduling and supervising volunteers and breaking down the tent. Board members are willing and ready to support anyone who wants to take this on. Interested in lending a hand at this event? Email

Honeymoon Island State Park will host Honeymoon Island Fall Fest on October 22 and 23 from 10 to 5 on Oasis Beach. This new annual family-oriented festival features outdoor recreational activities, arts market, nature exhibits, food trucks, live music and more in a beachside setting, providing two days of fun for visitors of all ages!


Honeymoon Island State Park
Oasis Beach Parking Lot

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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

Wise Hands Professional Gardening Services

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 - Vicki Thomas
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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