July 2016
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July 5 Program: "Restoring Florida's Rare Plants - One Acre at a Time" presented by Ms. Jackie Rolly 
     This month's program will focus on the restoration history of Oakland Nature Preserve (ONP). In the early 1900s, the upland 50-acre portion of the site was planted with citrus trees. However, after the groves froze in 1989, the citrus trees were replaced with native pines. Ecologic restoration is a fairly new and evolving science and on the preserve, one can see ongoing changes in both the plant and animal communities, some naturally occurring and others introduced by volunteers. Exotic species are regularly removed and replaced with more appropriate native plant species, either by manual  planting or natural seedling recruitment. The most important change, however, has been the re-introduction of fire in the pine upland system.    
Oakland Nature Preserve - Prescribed Burn     
    Ms. Jackie Rolly has been a member of the Tarflower Chapter of Florida Native Plant Society since 1997, serving in various positions at the state and local chapter levels.  Her work over the past five years in ecosystem restoration at ONP continues to provide knowledge in the native plant communities and the wildlife that depends on those communities.  
July 9th Potting Workshop at Mead Gardens
by Amanda Martin  
     Amanda Martin will be hosting the second potting workshop to supply the Master Gardener plant sale in September. We will be working near the pavilion on the right as you enter the garden. Parking is to the left, East of the greenhouse. Soil mixes and mulches, purchased from a local garden center, will be used to make custom soil mixes for drought tolerant native plant root systems. We will pot up small plants while we talk about the growth cycle of these species and how a nursery stages them throughout the year. A brief review of cutting propagation and seed germination propagation will help you take these skills to your home garden.

September is only a few months away. Please start potting up volunteers around your yard now, so they have a chance to grow a full root system and a healthy top for the plant sale. The UF extension center is very successful at advertising for this event and it is well visited by the public. The more we grow, the more we help.

Join us from 9:00am - 11:00am, Saturday July 9th

Please call or email with any questions  (352) 219-5381

Botany for Gardeners 
Craig Huegel, PhD.

Take initiative on FL Conservation! The calamity calendar for all of us 
Bill Partington

Monthly meetings/programs are held the first Tuesday of each month at
7 p.m. at Harry P. Leu Gardens,
1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando, FL 32803

AUG 13 
Evening at Oakland Nature Preserve

SEPT 10 
Morning at Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Park

Thursday JULY 7
 Saturday JULY 9

Help Plant Food for Gopher Tortoises!
@ Oakland Nature Preserve
Meet on the porch of the Education Center at 8:30 AM.
July 10 Field Trip:  
     This will be special field trip! We will meet Sunday evening July 10th at 7:15 PM at Orlando Wetlands Park (OWP). Plan to learn about submerged aquatic plants in the education building, see a complex physical model of OWP, and ride around in carts to see the thing itself along with creatures of the night. Some of the creatures may even be new to OWP personnel. Rachel Kessler of OWP has very graciously volunteered to assist us in our adventures.

Note: The electric carts can only hold ~20 people. There will be  a sign up sheet at our July 5th meeting. However, the carts are not the whole trip and there will be something else to observe. 

Drive East on Highway 50 towards Christmas, turn left at the big Christmas tree (Fort Christmas Rd). Drive  until the road forks right and left - and stay right. Continue into the park and all the way to the parking lots.

OWP is both utilitarian and beautiful, and late afternoon or twilight is a very nice time to see it.
Craig N. Huegel Ph.D. - August 2nd Speaker by Cayce Salvino 

     Craig N. Huegel, Ph.D. is an environmental consultant and educator who loves plants. He currently teaches in the biology program at St. Petersburg College. Classes include  plant biology, field botany, conservation biology, ornithology, vertebrate zoology and wildlife techniques. He also manages a blog - Native Florida Wildflowers.
     Dr. Huegel is the author of five books on Florida native plants, the most recent three were published by University of Florida Press. Dr. Huegel and his wife run and maintain Hawthorn Hill, a native plant nursery. While it is not a retail plant nursery, twice a year, they host public tours and make extra plants available to the public.

Dr. Huegel will be our program speaker in August. Please come join us for his presentation on "Botany for Gardeners" on August 2.
Recent books authored by Dr. Craig N. Huegel.
Why are all the Pots Black? by Cecilia Catron 
     I had an idea that green colored pots with "FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY" and "GO NATIVE!" in yellow letters would be attractive at FNPS plant sales. After a moment's thought, though, it occurred to me that nursery pots are always black plastic and any other color is very hard to find. So I thought, "Why are pots only black? Is there a pot law that prohibits all other colors? Is there a strict industry standard?"
     To answer this question, here is a short history of the nursery pot. There are no wistful 1890s cowboy tunes about lipstick plant or variegated philodendron out on the range. The need for plant pots developed after World War II, when housing subdivisions began to pop up and nurseries served the landscaped homes. Terra cotta clay pots were replaced by tarpaper pots and commercial kitchen cans, which came in one-gallon, three-gallon and so on, the standard sizes still used for nursery pots. Plastic pots gradually became ubiquitous. According to Mark Godts, a nursery expert, plastic nursery pots are black not to serve the plants that go in them nor because the color is pleasing, but because they are made of petroleum-based resins which are lightweight, durable and black.
Funding Opportunity for Florida Master Naturalist Program  
Tarflower has a donation of $75 in the name of Mike Mingea to help someone attend a Florida Master Naturalist Course. If you know someone wishes to be considered for this partial funding, please write a short paragraph indicating your desire to learn and need for support and send to Jackie Rolly at
Have you volunteered this year? 
In an attempt to capture all the work that FNPS Tarflower Chapter members do and how they contribute to our surrounding community we are working to gather volunteer information.
If you have volunteered at any of our Tarflower Chapter Events this year please report your hours. There are currently 2 options available for hour reporting.
Click the button below! It will take you to an online survey form to fill out.
            2) Look for a Volunteer Hour Recording sheet at the sign in table at the monthly meetings.
Record Volunteer Hours
To help at one of the upcoming events, contact Jim Erwin at 407-454-3882 or email
To participate in our workdays at Mead Garden, contact Catherine Bowman at 407-761-7109 or 
For general questions and inquiries about Tarflower happenings, contact Amanda Martin at 352-219-5381 or email.
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, Tarflower Chapter has a place for you!
• Gold: $500
• Patron $250
• Business: $150
• Supporting: $100
• Not-for-profit organization: $50
• Family or household: $50
• Individual: $35
• Full time student: $15
For more information regarding membership visit or call 321-271-6702.

You can make checks payable to:
Florida Native Plant Society, P.O. Box 278, Melbourne, FL 32902-0278
Tarflower Chapter meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Harry P. Leu Gardens 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando, FL 32803.
(For directions, visit
Leu's website or call 407-246-2620, option 1)
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