Nature Coast Chapter

Florida Native Plant Society

Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM at the Land O' Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Land O'Lakes, FL 34639

All members and non members welcome







(This event has been rescheduled from a previous date of October 19, 2019).


Nature Coast Chapter Fall Native Plant Sale is on Saturday, November 9, 2019. We will be featuring a large variety of native plants for your garden. This is a very popular event so come early to get your best selection of native plants!

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Native Coast Chapter Presentation: (open to the public- Please join us!)

When: Saturday, November 9, 2019   9AM- 12PM

Where: Heritage Park, 5401 Land O' Lakes Blvd., Land O' Lakes, FL

Using Native Plants in Your Landscape; the Basics presented by Mary Ellen Gotto

Join Mary Ellen Gotto on November 9th from 10am to noon at the Land O Lakes Heritage Park Center for a  presentation on  learning the basics of using Florida native plants in their landscape.  Many people and local nurseries have told me that Florida native plants are "weeds" but these plants are beautiful and important to our wildlife and environment. I will explain how to select correct plants for your landscape, planting techniques and where to purchase these plants locally.  You will see photos of many native plants that I have growing in my yard.  There will be handouts on different aspects of growing these special plants.  Looking forward to seeing many of you who are new to our chapter.


Nature Coast Chapter Monthly Meeting- November: (open to the public- Please join us!)

When: November 12, 2019, 7PM

Where: Heritage Park, 5401 Land O' Lakes Blvd., Land O' Lakes, FL

How the Longleaf Pine Keeps Its Cool Under Fire: Presented by Laura Starkey

The longleaf pine has adapted to fire over thousands of years. Laura will talk about the many ways this amazing and majestic tree not only survives forest fire, but actually thrives because of it.

Laura Starkey is the founder and Executive Director of Heartwood Preserve Conservation Cemetery, a natural cemetery and nature preserve located in Trinity. A third-generation Floridian, Laura began Heartwood Preserve on a corner of her family’s former cattle ranch as a way to protect an intact longleaf pine flatwoods ecosystem. She is the granddaughter of Jay B Starkey Sr, namesake of the Jay B Starkey Wilderness Park. Laura is a Prescribed Burn Manager, which means she gets to set the woods on fire.