Member Spotlight #5: Christine Warren, J.D.
Tarflower member: Christine Warren
Christine has been a Tarflower member for more than a few years now. Her free time apart from her normal job as a lawyer is focused on gardening in her yard. This may ring true for many of us who are not professional horticulturists but still love the joys of growing right outside our front doors.
In her yard, she enjoys the 'plant-em-and-forget-em' approach for natives and the ease and resilience they offer once established. Christine understands the pollinator message where native plants provide the base of an extensive food web that attracts and sustains biodiversity in her small part of the world.
Christine also happens to be our volunteer representative! As you probably know, FNPS State is tracking volunteer hours- it's important to record such hours because FNPS makes a case to potential donors, sponsors, and government officials that many residents are interested in native plants and the numerous hours they pour into the organization.
Please feel free to email Christine here and let her know your volunteer hours each month. Tarflower happens to be one of the top 10 tracked chapters that volunteers considerably within FNPS. All types of volunteering are eligible! Include your total driving time as well to your volunteer hours. Routinely check the schedule of events for different opportunities that you can participate around town. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to ask Christine and she will be happy to help.
We are grateful to people like Christine for their conscientious need to help spread the mission of FNPS. Thank you Christine!
A submission from Christine about her experience with Tarflower:
"I attended my first Tarflower meeting in November 2011, because I felt that work was becoming too isolating and I needed to explore other interests. I grew up on the Daytona Beach, and as a child had been astounded by all the plants I found growing on and between the sand dunes (at the time, there were 3 rows of dunes protecting the peninsula and the variety of plants was astounding) and thought about becoming an environmentalist in high school. Other influences intervened, but by the time I set to exploring interests outside the Public Defender's Office, where I had worked as an attorney for nearly 30 years, I was also disenchanted with the effort to maintain a St. Augustine lawn at my home in Audubon Park. So I thought that the Native Plant Society might be interesting and informative, and get me away from the courts and the jail. The meetings were interesting and informative, so much so that my yard has been completely transformed and I no longer irrigate. However, the people were so friendly and open that they kept me returning every month, as much as the programs. Health issues have limited me from accepting most of Pete's [our field trip officer] personal invitations to explore the outdoors, (the ones I have attended were amazing) but our plant raffles, three times yearly native plant sales, and a more educated eye have brought me closer to our local native environment, so much so that I no longer irrigate and have found that children really like the pink pom-poms of the groundcover mimosa that has replaced the St. Augustine lawn."