Serenoa Chapter

Florida Native Plant Society


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Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of the month, September through May. New in 2020, meetings will be held via Zoom.  For the best experience we recommend you download the Zoom app ahead of time at

Contact Karen Willey for technical assistance or 941-704-4325

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 trips are outdoors as usual. We will wear masks and social distance. Be sure to stay tuned to our Facebook Page and Website for the latest details.

Contact: Fran Palmeri 941-544-6148

SEPTEMBER 2020 (no General Meeting in September)

Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home and Nature’s Best Hope, will present a special talk about birds and native plants. The title of his presentation is "A Guide to Restore the Little Things that Run the World."


  • Sept. 26 Field Trip 9 a.m. Container Gardening

Field Trip Registration Link:

Chris Meyer, Land Manager in Sarasota County, will tell us how Florida native plants can be grown in containers of all sizes. He will demonstrate how to create wetlands and uplands environments to get the best results.



  • Oct. 19 General Meeting on Zoom 7 p.m. Conserving Habitat Forever.

Zoom Registration Link:

Debi Osborne, Director of Land Protection, Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast will share why and how Conservation Foundation protects land in southwest Florida and connects its land conservation mission to people of all ages to build a land ethic in our communities.


  • Oct. 24 Field Trip 9.a.m. Johnson Preserve

Field Trip Registration Link:

Lee Amos, Land Steward of the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, will lead us on a tour of the Preserve. A trip back to Old Florida, this 44--acre natural oasis on the Braden River east of drinking water for Bradenton and is home to an amazing diversity of plants and animals including longleaf pines and imperiled swallowtail kites and gopher tortoises.

Please note, Parking is available only on the road-shoulder at 99th Street East on the preserve-side of the street. Do not burden the neighborhood by parking on the house-side of the street, or in strange places.






  • Nov. 16 General Meeting on Zoom 7 p.m. Native Plant Gardening 101 and Beyond

Zoom Registration Link:

Tom Heitzman, Owner, Sweet Bay Nursery. Experienced gardeners will enjoy Tom’s refresher course which includes not only basic approaches to native plant gardening but lots of tried and true tips. With many years of experience Tom will also share some new innovations.


  • Nov. 21 Field Trip 9 a.m. Sweet Bay Nursery

Please check back for field trip registration information

On a 20-acre site with beautiful old live oaks, areas of pines, and of course lots of plants for sale. View the Nursery’s demonstration gardens and plants. A trip to Sweet Bay is a fun experience for the whole family. Plan to picnic and shop after the tour.



In-person meetings are currently on-hold.  

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