River of Gold Tickseed

In times of drought, tickseed turns the river to gold. Myakka River State Park.

A Florida Native Plant Society Chapter for

DeSoto, Sarasota, Manatee, and Hardee Counties

Please join us

Pretty in pink

All dressed up for native plant shopping. Kids can really get into gardening with native plants.

Sarasota-Manatee EcoFlora Project

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Florida Morning Glory

Ipomoea indica

All those mosses are Tillandsias

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Welcome to Serenoa Chapter

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Garden for Birds

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COVID-19 Procedures in place: Monthly meetings will be held virtually. Monthly Field Trips will follow CDC guidelines: wear a mask and keep 6’ distance when possible.


Serenoa Chapter HELP wanted

Program Director- to gather, organize and announce speakers/topics for each month's meeting for 2022-2023

Field Trip Coordinator - to facilitate monthly signups and trips

Membership Coordinator- to manage and promote our membership

Zoom meeting assistant (in addition to myself to help out)

Chapter Representative - that goes to state zoom meetings and field trips and communicates happenings in both directions.

Please contact srepens@gmail.com if you are interested.



(DeSoto, Sarasota, Manatee, and Hardee Counties)

Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of the month, September through May.  New this year, meetings will be held via Zoom. For the best experience we recommend you download the Zoom app ahead of time at https://zoom.us

Serenoa Chapter will convene for a short business meeting at 7:00pm followed by the evening's program.  A moderated Q&A session will be held with the speaker after the presentation.

Field Trip Information

CDC Guidelines state Lowest risk: Virtual-only activities, events, and gatherings.

More risk: Smaller outdoor and in-person gatherings in which individuals from different households remain spaced at least 6 feet apart, wear masks, do not share objects, and come from the same local area (e.g., community, town, city, or county).

Serenoa Chapter members will wear masks to field trips. Tour guides may remove a mask to speak as long as they remain more than 6’ away from the group when speaking.

In the past we have picnicked together after the field trip. We will not be doing this as eating in close quarters is not recommended at this time. 

Directions will be given as each of the field trips approaches. If you cannot attend the prior general meeting to learn about directions, please contact Karen Willey at (941)704-4325 for more information.

Executive Board Meetings

Serenoa Chapter board members and at-large members meet on the first Monday of the month. All members are welcome! Meetings are held from September to May at 6:30 pm Meetings are relaxed affairs with promises to be done as close to 8 pm as possible. Please contact  Erin Schoenberg at (561) 846-2149 or ErinSchoenberg@gmail.com for more information.

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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.