Courtesy Florida Native Plant Society, Mangrove Chapter

FNPS Plant Native Day, March 10, 2018

The Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will host Plant Native Day on Saturday, March 10 at Cedar Point Environmental Park. The park is located at 2300 Placida Rd. in Englewood.

Plant Native Day is a FREE half-day event open to the public, beginning at 9:30 am and lasting until 1 pm. This year “Container Gardening with Native Plants” will be the featured subject.


9:30 - Greetings with Al Squires, Vice President of the Mangrove Chapter, FNPS

10:00 -  “Container Gardening with Florida Native Plants,” a presentation by Laurel Schiller of Florida Native Plants Nursery, Inc in Sarasota. Learn about using native plants in containers to accent patios, walkways, and open spaces.

11:00 - “Creating a Container Garden,” A Potting Demonstration by Laurel Schiller

12 Noon - A Tour of the Demonstration Garden and a Trail walk

Throughout the morning, visitors can observe Monarch butterflies in their four stages of metamorphoses at the Peace River Butterfly Society exhibit. PRBS members have fascinating information to share about the transformative aspects of a butterfly’s life, the necessary role they play in ecology, and the wonder and beauty they bring into our lives. Be sure to stop by and have a chat with them.

The Mangrove Chapter will have available for donation, member-grown plants, planters, and pre-planted container gardens and lots of good information about the benefits of using natives in your landscape.

Container gardens and planters will also be available to the highest bidder at a Silent Auction.

Light refreshments will be served and educational handouts will be available throughout the program. For more information contact Cedar Point Environmental Park at 941.475.0769

DIRECTIONS: 776 to Placida Rd south at Merchant’s Crossing. Drive approximately 1 mile south on Placida Rd. The entrance to Cedar Point is on the right.


FNPS Mangrove Chapter March 31, 2018 Field Trip

The Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society invites the public on a trail walk  through Amberjack Environmental Park at 6250 Gasparilla Pines Blvd. in Cape Haze, Florida on March 31, 2018 from 9 am to 11 am.

Amberjack Park is 225 acres of conservation land, resting upon high ground in the Cape Haze peninsula of Charlotte County. It an interesting combination of scrub and mangrove habitats.  Accessed via a boardwalk through a mangrove tunnel, Amberjack Slough provides a prominent feature at the north end of the park, an excellent spot for birding. Elsewhere, the view of pine flatwoods and scrub oak is expansive and panoramic, revealing the gradations between the scrub and mesic ecologies. The scrub environment of Amberjack is home to a large growth of wild rosemary and scattered areas of white sugar sand that was washed down from the Appalachian Mountain range eons ago.

Join us for a relaxing and informative morning as we search out early signs of Spring with Trail Guide, Al Squires. 

DIRECTIONS: Travel south on CR 775 (Placida Rd) to Gasparilla Pines Blvd. Turn east onto the boulevard and drive 1.2 miles to the end of the road. Turn into the entrance to the park on the right. Walkers will meet at the kiosk in the parking area. 

Directions are also available on the Mangrove Chapter website: For more information you may contact Trail Guide, Al Squires at 941-769-3633 or email him at

We encourage Floridians and our winter visitors to learn more about the importance of Florida’s native plants and communities by becoming a member of the Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. The Florida Native Plant Society promotes the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida. Meetings, field trips and special events are free and open to the public.