Meetings and field trips


September 2021

  • Sep 20           General Meeting on zoom, 7pm,  Uncovering the Mysteries of Herbaria

Zoom meeting recording

Bruce Holst, Vice President for Botany & Elizabeth Gandy, Curatorial Assistant for Botany, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

The What, How, When, and Why of preserving plant collections in a herbarium.

We’ll learn about how plants are collected, prepared, and added to the Selby Gardens’ herbarium, as well as what stories a specimen can tell us, and the importance of preserving collections into the future.
Herbaria (typically a collection of dried, pressed plant specimens) are invaluable repositories of information about not only the plants themselves, but they also harbor information about subjects such as ecology, phenology, distribution, ethnobotany, and botanical history. Collectively, the 400 million specimens deposited in 3400 herbaria worldwide provide our most accurate picture of plant diversity and distribution --- which is key to our understanding of plant life on Earth. Tune in to learn about how plants are collected, prepared, and added to the Selby Gardens’ herbarium, as well as what stories a specimen can tell us, and the importance of preserving collections into the future.

  • Sep 25            Field Trip 9am/11:15am - Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Herbarium   Sarasota

Bruce Holst and Elizabeth Gandy will lead us on a tour of the herbarium  Join us on a walk through the preserved collections in the herbarium at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. We will highlight some of our most interesting and significant specimens and talk about what makes them special. Facial coverings are required while in the building and group sizes are limited to 10 people. Staggered tours will be scheduled at 9am and 10:15am.

October 2021

  • Oct 18           General Meeting on Zoom 7 p.m. Climate Wise Landscaping

Zoom meeting recording:

Ginny Stibolt, botanist and prize-winning Florida garden writer
It’s not just digging in the dirt these days. Ginny will tell us how to garden for the future.

  • Oct 23           Field Trip 9 a.m. - Lifelines Project, Sarasota

Pam Callender, Eco-artist, curator and educator will lead us on a tour of her yard and “Lifelines” project which restores and connects native habitats in folks backyards to larger areas. Learn how YOU can become the solution!

November 2021

  • Nov 15           General meeting on zoom 7 p.m.  Rare Endemics of the Florida Ridge

Zoom meeting recording:

Dustin Angell, Director of Education, Archbold Biological Station, will present a slide show on Archbold Biological Station's research and management of the rare Florida scrub habitat found on the Lake Wales Ridge. Dustin will give an overview of the ridge geology and scrub ecology, and then focus on plants, highlighting both rare plants fighting to survive and common plants with extraordinary stories.

  • Nov 20           Field Trip 9 a.m. - Archbold Research Station

Dustin Angell, will lead a tour of Archbold Biological Station (5,193 acres) and the Archbold Reserve (3,648 acres) together comprise a 8,840-acre globally-significant preserve, located in the Florida scrub, one of the most distinctive natural habitats in the United States.

  • Nov 27           Thanksgiving Weekend Field Trip 9 a.m. - Gopher Trail at Lake Manatee State Park

Walk the scrub and pine flatwoods.  Picnic afterwards.

December 2021

  • Dec 20            Horticulture for the Holidays!  6:00pm - 8:00pm

Where Celery Field Sarasota Audubon Nature Center.  999 Center Rd, Sarasota, FL 34240

Potluck style so please bring a dish or goodies of your choice to share. Also, BYOB, if you desire.

Entertainment: We'll also be having a White elephant gift exchange event that's sure to be lively. If you'd like to participate, please bring a wrapped and unmarked present to exchange (silly or desirable gifts welcome). Suggested $20 maximum price point for donated gifts.



January 2022

  • Jan 17        General Meeting on Zoom, 7 p.m. Florida’s Rare Biota: the Known, the Lost, the Obscure, the New and the Unknown  

Dr. Alan Franck, Curator, Wertheim Conservatory Florida International University
The human impact on Florida’s plants and animals dating from our arrival, 14,500 years ago. What’s gone, what’s new, what remains plus innovative new ways to protect this treasure house that is Florida.

  • Jan 22        Field Trip 9 a.m. - Erica Timmerman’s Yard, Braden Pines, Bradenton.

Serenoa’s President will show us how she designed and planted her large landscape

February 2022


  • Feb 21       General Meeting on Zoom 7 p.m. Suncoast Waterkeeper: Protecting Florida’s Waterways

Justin Bloom, Founder and Member of the Board, Suncoast Waterkeeper
How Suncoast Waterkeeper protects and restores waterways through enforcement, field work, advocacy and education to benefit the communities that rely on these precious coastal resources. Included will be a tour through our local waterways.

  • Feb 26                Field Trip 9 a.m. - Myakka State Park River Walk 

Chris Oliver, Environmental Specialist II, Myakka Wild and Scenic River Program will tell us what grows alongside and in the Myakka River.


March 2022

  •  Mar 21             General Meeting on Zoom 7 p.m. Good Bugs & Bad Bugs

Kate Borduas is a self-described “Adult-onset” Naturalist. A transplant from coastal Maine, she is trained as a Florida Master Naturalist and as a nationally Certified Interpretive Guide. As a naturalist and guide, Kate is committed to sharing with others the hidden wonders of nature all around us.  

  • Mar 26              Field Trip 9 a.m. - Lemon Bay Conservancy‘s Wildflower Preserve

Jim Cooper, President of the Lemon Bay Conservancy Board, will show us how a golf course has been transformed into a wildlife refuge.

April 2022

Apr 18              General Meeting 7 p.m.  Planting for Wildlife

Forest Hecker, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Community Outreach Specialist
Sarasota County UF/IFAS Extension and Sustainability.  The presentation will cover plants with seeds, fruit, foliage, flowers, or berries that provide food.  It will also cover the importance of sources of water, such as a rain garden or bird bath to attract wildlife.

  • Apr 23                 Field Trip 9 a.m. - Serenoa Day at Sweet Bay Nursery

No limit to this one – all are welcome – no registration necessary. Tom Heitzman will give a tour of the demonstration gardens just after 9am and will repeat if there are too many to join. Serenoa Chapter will have a booth and distribute information and sign up new members. Members receive 15% off plant sales! A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Serenoa Chapter grant fund. Come join us and refresh your garden!

May 2022

  • May 16          General Meeting 7 p.m. Plant Exploration & Biodiversity Discovery at Home & Beyond

Zoom meeting registration:

Dr. Lucas Majure, Assistant Curator, University of Florida Herbarium
A plant systematist  and avid gardener, he will tell us how to design, plant and compost  to create sustainability and biodiversity in a Florida garden.

  • May 21          Field Trip 9 a.m. - Garden Tour The White Garden, Sarasota

Sign up for field trip:

Erin Schoenberg, Serenoa board member and passionate gardener expresses her love of white flowers in her yard, carrying on a centuries-old tradition.

In-person meetings are currently on-hold.  

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.