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Mangrove Chapter in Englewood

On November 13, 2018, the Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will welcome Sharon Whitehill, former Professor of English at Grand Valley State University of Michigan. Sharon’s presentation will be Traveling Through Time with Trees.

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Mangrove Chapter meetings are held at Lemon Bay Park, 570 Bay Park Blvd. in Englewood, Florida with speakers beginning at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6 pm. Floridians and winter visitors alike are encouraged to join FNPS 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. For more information about Mangrove Chapter activities and events, please visit


Mangrove Chapter FNPS Holds Open Forum

The Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society presented its first meeting of the season on October 9 at Lemon Bay Park in Englewood. More than two-dozen guests were in attendance at the Open Forum, a framework for an interactive, question/discussion session, between the audience and 4-person panel, concerning gardening with native plants in this area of SW Florida. Several first-time attendees were present and we look forward to seeing them throughout the coming season.

Upcoming speakers for the 2018-19 season of the Mangrove Chapter:

November 13, 2018: Sharon Whitehill, Retired Professor of English from Grand Valley State University of Michigan, Author, and Poet - “Traveling Though Time with Trees”

January 8, 2019: Lee Amos, Land Steward & Staff Biologist at Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast - “Land Conservation in SW Florida”

February 12, 2019: Roger Hammer, Professional naturalist and survivalist instructor for Discovery Channel’s reality television show Naked and Afraid  - “Wild Orchids of Florida”        

March 12, 2019: Pete Widin, Landscape Architect, Creator of Edible, Native Landscapes – “Edible Plants in the Neighborhood Landscape,” a webinar

April 9, 2019: Kate Borduas, Environmental Activist, Florida Master Naturalist and Certified Interpretive Guide  - “The Wonderful, Wacky World of Lichens”

December and May meetings are reserved for a Pot Luck supper and Silent Auction.

Meetings are held every second Tuesday, from October through April at Lemon Bay Park in Englewood, located at 570 Bay Park Blvd. Doors open at 6:15 pm. Speakers begin at 7 and finish at 8 pm. All meetings are free and open to the public.


FNPS Mangrove Chapter November 24, 2018 Field Trip

The Saturday after Thanksgiving is the perfect time to take a walk through one of Charlotte County’s loveliest preserves. On Saturday, the 24th of November, Trail Guide Al Squires, will lead a walk through a section of Alligator Preserve in Punta Gorda. The Preserve is located at the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC), 10941 Burnt Store Rd in Punta Gorda 33955.  

The Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (“CHEC”), a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, is dedicated to raising public awareness of the valuable natural and cultural resources in the greater Charlotte Harbor area by providing environmental education, recreation, research, and management of conservation lands.

Walkers will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 24. For more information about the post-Thanksgiving walk, you may contact Trail Guide, Al Squires at 941-769-3633 or email him at


The Mangrove Chapter is one of 37 FNPS Chapters throughout Florida and meets the second Tuesday of each month from October through April. At each meeting a program on natural history, landscaping with native plants, or other similar topic is presented. Field trips are the last Saturday of each month except for December. Field trips, meetings and other FNPS activities are free and open to everyone