Outback Key Coastal Dune Habitat Is a Haven for Birds

Lorraine Margeson will tell you that she is a “bird person” and not a “plant person”. But while she has been zealously guarding nesting shorebirds at Outback Key, she has also been watching the plants, observing habitat succession in action. Barrier islands are constantly reshaped by wind and waves, and Outback Key formed gradually over

September Fieldtrip to Folly Farm Nature Preserve

On a recent Saturday morning, the Pinellas Chapter of Florida Native Plant Society along with the “Folly Farmers” (volunteers from the Safety Harbor Garden Club who plant and maintain much of the area) toured Folly Farm Nature Preserve.  The eclectic eight-acre preserve is managed by the City of Safety Harbor. There are areas

Nominations for 2022 Pinellas Chapter Board of Directors

The Nominating Committee, comprised of Jan Allyn, Jane Chapman and Bonnie Carine, are pleased to present the following slate of nominees for the 2022 Pinellas Chapter FNPS Board of Directors.   Chapter members in good standing may nominate other candidates “from the floor” at the upcoming Membership Meeting on Wednesday,

Pinellas Chapter FNPS Adopts A Dune at Honeymoon Island

The Pinellas Chapter FNPS accepted a challenge recently from the Friends of the Island Parks to "Adopt-A-Dune" at Honeymoon Island State Park. The chapter donated $2,000 to fund replanting of shoreline vegetation that has been lost due to erosion.  Chapter members are invited to to help HISP rangers plant new dunes species, listen

Pinellas Chapter Awarded $5,000 Conservation Grant From FNPS

The Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society has been awarded the FNPS 2021 Conservation Grant to perform a floristic inventory of the newly-protected and hard-won Gladys Douglas property. The 44-acre Douglas property located on the border of Dunedin and Clearwater was purchased jointly by the City of Dunedin and Pinellas County for

It's official! The City of Dunedin is the new owner of the 44 acre Gladys E. Douglas Preserve.

Dunedin closed on the $10 million dollar purchase of the Gladys Douglas property on May 13th. Pinellas Chapter members Commissioner Deborah Kynes and Commissioner Jeff Gow participated in the the official signing ceremony on the property, along with City Manager Jennifer Bramley, Mayor Julie Ward

Developer Pulte Homes Backs out of Douglas Estate Deal, But What’s Next for this Precious Native Habitat?

Conservation fans will be relieved to hear that developer Pulte Homes backed out of their contract to develop the Gladys Douglas Preserve, forty-four acres of precious Pinellas County habitat. This is a short term success for conservation, however, we must continue to keep close watch on the City of Dunedin and Pinellas County

Native Shrubs with Colorful Fall Berries

After a harsh Florida summer, my garden (and the gardener) can look a little tired. To perk things up a bit, I have begun planting native shrubs that produce fall berries. The berries add autumn color and interest and provide a valuable food source for visiting birds. There are many outstanding native

Make Your Own Plants from Seed

Here in Florida, autumn is a great time to start seeds. Seed starting helps you get more plants for less money and is a good way to acquire unique plants not available locally. Many seeds can be started outdoors, in the garden areas where they will grow. However, I have had the most success starting seeds indoors in containers and moving the new

Native Plants Steal the Spotlight At the New St. Pete Pier

If you would like to visit an outstanding native plant garden, look no further than the recently opened St. Pete Pier. The original site of a deteriorating concrete structure with a few surviving palm trees, the pier has been revitalized to include a marina, restaurants and stores, outdoor art, play areas for children, and the Tampa Bay Watch
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.