Member Spotlight #2: Cecie Catron


Tarflower member: Cecie Catron 

About Cecie: 

You may know Cecie primarily through her routine article submissions in the monthly Tarpaper.

Cecie is an avid birder and native plant lover. You can find her on field trips that happen usually the first or second weekend of the month as well as around town when Tarflower has events.

We are grateful to Cecie for her continued interest in our chapter as we further her own personal knowledge about the native plant world.

Cecie is also a skilled musician- along with her friends, Cecie has been graciously providing Tarflower with live music at our annual holiday social in December for the past 2 years.

Q) How long have you been a Tarflower member?

A) "22 years - officially since 1994, but I went to my first meeting in about 1982 when Dr. Henry Whittier, one of the botany professors at UCF, recommended FNPS as the best place in the community to find people enthusiastic about native plants. Mike Mingea lead that standing-room-only meeting at Leu Gardens in the small white house next to the butterfly garden."

Q) What brings you back to Tarflower?

A) "I go to Tarflower events because there's always magic in the wilderness. The field trips, plant rescues and emergency weeding trips go to fantastic ecosystems, not far from home, that I read about and would not know good places to find on my own. I really appreciate them when I've spent four other weeks at my house in the middle of the city. Since my yard is mostly landscaped with natives I come home with a different outlook on it, and see how my neighborhood fits into the region and State. Tarflower's trip to Flat Island Preserve in January gave me ideas about plants, such as American holly and hog plum, that will grow in my yard. Since I have a plant-killing record, well-suited natives have a better chance of survival. Like going to an art museum, it's fascinating if you know what to look for in the work of art you're looking at. It's easy to spend every day in air-conditioning. Our community reflects that by not celebrating the unique native plants that make this area not Indianapolis, not Tuscon, not downtown Los Angeles, but Orlando, Florida. Tarflower is a good place to see native plants that grow in and close to Orlando, and to be educated about the rest of the ecosystem residents that live with them such as fungi, ants, bees, moths, spiders, snakes, Sherman's Fox Squirrels, songbirds, and so on. The latest native plant news is also available, such as the status of laurel wilt disease, pine bark beetles, exotic pest plants, endangered plants, etc."

Q) If there is one thing about FNPS that you would like to share with others, what would it be?

A) "The more hands-on experiences you have with FNPS, the more fun it is. For example, even if you don't know anything about native plants, put on an apron and help at a plant sale. You will learn and find further learning resources there. Help and camaraderie are always appreciated on a sunny day."

Published on  Jun 19, 2017