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Promote the preservation, conservation and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida

Our Next Monthly Meeting

Next Meeting is on 5/2/17 with David Hall, Ph.D. presenting!

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APRIL 29th at Shadow Bay Park @ 9am



 When: April 29th at 9am

 Where: Shadow Bay Park (In Orlando. Short drive!)

 Address: 5100 Turkey Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32819

 Point of Contact on Site:   Jackie Rolly 

 Kid-friendly activity: No 

 Additional Details: Jackie will be there at 8:00 to help organize. Advertised time is 9:00. Shadow Bay is also Lake Cane Marsha recreation center. There is plenty of parking all around, restrooms, pavilions, etc. But at the t-intersection after you drive in, go right to the Ranger Station. That's where we will be meeting. PLEASE BRING WATER AND A SNACK. It gets hot quickly during the day. We will be weeding several exotic invasives. Please bring your own gardening tools to the event (gloves, shovel, pruners, machetes, etc.). Shadow Bay Park is one of the last remaining EXQUISITE native plant habitats left within Orlando. Part of the largely unknown Orlando ridge, Shadow Bay (even for it's small size) hosts a large variety of some very interesting (and some threatened) native plants! Come and learn why Shadow Bay is so important for conservation in a highly urban environment.





April's presenter is now a proud FNPS member!


Amanda Martin, chapter president, presents Kevin Shea Songer J.D. with an FNPS placard for his extensive and varied work with Florida native plants. Tarflower is pleased to sponsor Kevin as an FNPS member for a full year as a big 'Thank You' !




Rare presentation on Florida Grasses!

May 2nd @ 7pm at Leu Gardens with David Hall Ph.D


See the brown stalks of grass heads in the distance below? That's the invasive exotic (and interestingly named) giant smut grass. ARGH!

Sporobolos jacquemontii is taking over pastures, palmetto barrens, and open flatwoods. And it's not on people's radars as much as Melinis repens (natal grass). 

Join us on May 2nd to hear Dr. David Hall present on grasses in Florida! Picture above is courtesy of Dr. Hall. Grasses are a subject not a lot of presenters talk about since many of us gravitate to showy wildflowers. But grasses are an INCREDIBLY IMPORANT habitat for wildlife providing shelter and food.






MAY 2nd @ 6:45pm at Leu Gardens!



Andrea England, a Central Florida resident and Beautyberry chapter member, just recently won the Central Florida region's Florida Association of Native Nurseries (FANN) award at April's tradeshow in Bradenton! We are excited to have her and see her design at the May 2nd meeting. Her landscape design entails a pollinator meadow for an upland site in full sun to lite pine shade with dry/sandy quickly draining soil, featuring 16 varieties of native wildflowers and 6 types of grasses as well as flowering vines, understory trees and lite canopy of longleaf pines. The design would need irrigation to establish, but once established could exist with seasonal rains and handwatering in case of extended drought. 

Andrea will be present at a table before and after Dr. Hall's meeting with her design to answer any 1-1 questions from our Tarflower enthusiasts! Read FANN's article on Andrea by clicking here!





Tarflower member 

Jacqueline Rolly awarded

2017 Citizen Conservation of the Year


Excerpt from Oakland Nature Preserve:

We were delighted to learn that Jackie Rolly, one of our long time Board Members, was this years recipient of the Citizen Conservation Award from the Florida Chapter of the Wildlife Society. 

More than 11 acres of beautiful sandhill habitat have been restored at Oakland Nature Preserve, thanks to her tireless efforts. In addition to her extensive restoration work at the Preserve, Jackie supports the organization’s mission by participating in everything from native plant sales at fundraising events, to giving educational seminars and supervising volunteers. She is also the lead instructor for both the Uplands and Freshwater Systems Master Naturalist Program through UF, IFAS, at the Preserve.

Thank you Jackie for everything you do, and congratulations again! 


New to native plants? Check out this awesome short film with noted authors Dr. Craig Heugel and Dr. Roger Hammer ☺


The Tarflower Chapter serves Orlando and Orange County


Chapter meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month at 7p.m. at HARRY P. LEU GARDENS (1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. For directions, visit their website or call 407-246-2620, option 1).

Published on  Apr 28, 2017