Nature Coast Chapter Native Plant Sale:

(This event has been rescheduled due to the weather- Original event date Oct 19, 2019.)

When: Saturday, November 9, 2019;  10AM- 2PM

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


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The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will be hosting the Biggest Native Plant Sale in Pasco County on October 19th, 2019, from 10am-2pm.  It will be held at the Heritage Park Stage Field in Land o Lakes on RT 41.  There will be hundreds of plants from several professional nurseries, including Green Isle Gardens of Groveland, Cypress Acres Nursery, as well as several others. Trees, shrubs, wildflowers, groundcovers will be available at very reasonable prices. Most one gallon pots are prices at $6.  Every plant will have a picture and description so you will know how to plant and care for it.  If you want a few flowering plants to attract butterflies or fill your landscape with berry producing shrubs and trees that birds love, you will find them here. Remember, butterflies only lay their eggs on particular native plants. For example, If you want to attract the state butterfly, the Zebra Longwing, you need to have Passionvine. You can learn about these plants so you can be sure to attract the butterflies you love to your garden.  Native pollinators need native plants to survive. We have over 300 native species of bees in Florida. Find a huge variety of pollinator attracting plants here. 

Chapter volunteers will be available to help you choose the right plants for you. A variety of native plant books will be available for sale as well as Nature Coast Chapter t-shirts.

This event will have numerous upcycle vendors ou can become a member of the Nature Coast Chapter while you are at the sale. Your membership is a donation to the Florida Native Plant Society, to help fulfill its mission of preserving, conserving and restoring native plants of Florida, as well as becoming your first step in learning about the importance of native plants to our environment.  Your new member packet with lots of information will help you on your way to learning about native plants and their importance to our native wildlife and our way of life. Please join us on October 19th!


Cypress Acres Nursery End of Fall Plant Sale

When: Saturday, November 2, 2019  9AM-1PM

Where: 8632 Ehren Cutoff, Land O` Lakes, FL 34639

For more details you can call 813-406-3313 or email


Native Plant Walk at Lettuce Lake Park

When: November 2, 2019. 9AM - 11AM

Where: Lettuce Lake Park. 6920 East Fletcher Ave. , Tampa, FL 33637

The program is free but parking is 2$ per car (up to 8 people per car)


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 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.



Field Trip: Florida Wildflower Foundation Field Trip to Heartwood Preserve:

When: Saturday, November 16, 2019  9:00AM- 11:30AM

Where: 4100 Starkey Blvd., Trinity, Florida

Heartwood Preserve will host members of the Florida Wildflower Foundation for a guided walk through the Preserve to see what’s in bloom.

This hike will be for Members only. Go to the Florida Wildflower website to become a member. Florida Wildflowers

Have the State Wildflower license plate? You’re a member! Your membership is free!

Click here to go to the Heartwood Preserve event info: Heartwood Preserve



Pasco Upcycle and Art Festival:

When: Saturday, November 16, 2019  10AM- 5PM

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

This event will have numerous upcycle vendors, with items such as pallet furniture and spoon bracelets. There will also be environmental education vendors.  There will be no admission fee.  We are once again including the art component to the festival along with craft beer.

More information will be added as Keep Pasco Beautiful updates this event.

Keep Pasco Beautiful is currently taking vendor applications. Go to their website for vendor applications.

Click here to go to the website: Keep Pasco Beautiful


Field Trip with the Nature Coast Chapter: Starkey Pine Flatwoods: (open to the public- Please join us!)

When: Saturday, November 23, 2019  9:30AM

Where: The Heartwood Preserve, 4100 Starkey Boulevard, Trinity, FL  34655

Area:  Starkey Pine Flatwoods

The Heartwood Preserve, a nature preserve and conservation cemetery located in Trinity, is part of the former Starkey Ranch and borders the 18,000 acre Starkey Wilderness Preserve. As we explore the longleaf and slash pine flatwoods habitat we’ll discuss these two pines’ differences and similarities.  We will also see a cypress wetlands and discover many plant species that are commonly found in these two highly diverse ecosystem. The results of the prescribed fire burn, both in July 2018 and June 2019, will be on display and we can expect to see many wildflowers in bloom. The area we will explore is about 20 acres, not a long hike but a pleasant walk.  The new Welcome Center has restrooms, space to gather, and a water fountain to refill your water bottles. Please bring your own bottle (we eschew disposable water bottles), bug spray and sun protection.