FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY—THE VILLAGES CHAPTER
Friday, November 27, 2015
Big Cypress Recreation Center, Periwinkle Room
Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by Steve Turnipseed at 1:30.
Present: 51 members and guests.
Membership. FNPS membership is tax deductible and runs 12 months from the date you sign up. Forms and annual dues are accepted at the meeting or you can join on-line at www.fnps.org Our chapter has exceeded 110 paid memberships and still growing.
Ask for native plants when visiting any nursery. Your voice and dollars are making a difference and helping us achieve our Chapter Vision: “The Villages becomes renowned for its extensive use of native plants and award winning native plant landscapes.
Sponsors: Native plants this month were donated by Green Isle Gardens: silver leaf aster,
(Pityopsis graminifolia), beach verbena (Glandularia maritima), liatris (Liatris spicata), lakeside sunflower (Helianthus carnosus), and scrub mint (Conradina canescens).
Exterior Spaces donated two large 3-gallon plants: wild coffee – (Pyscotropia nervosa) and blue porterweed – (Stachytarpheta jamaicensis).
Creative Garden Structures has donated nice 3-gallon shrubs: Yellow Anise (Illicium parviflorum) and a sweet acacia (Acacia farnesiana).
Shady Oaks Gather All has provided our chapter with a1-gallon: Calimint (Calimenthum sp.).
Members donated a dwarf wax myrtle (Myrica pusilla), a Florida Privet (Forestiera segregata) and other plants.
Time to plant wildflower seeds: See 12 steps from Florida Wildflower Foundation http://flawildflowers.org/planting.php Freshly collected seeds collected and packed by our chapter officers were available for a $2 donation. Species include: lakeside sunflower (Helianthus carnosus), Rayless sunflower (Helianthus radula), Spotted horsemint / bee balm (Monarda punctata), blue curls (Trichostema dichotomum), Tickseed (Coreopsis lanceolata), Stokes aster (Stokesia laevis), silver leaf aster (Pityopsis graminifolia) and Scarlet sage (Salvia coccinea).
Natives in the News This month in The Daily Sun, wildflowers were highlighted in an article by Lloyd Singleton. Also, there is a Native Plant Focus which briefly highlights a plant of interest each week.
Upcoming Jan 22rd Meeting Presentation “Architectural Review Committee and Community Standards” Diane Tucker and Candice Dennis will provide an overview of the change request approval process and answers to common approval questions.
Linda Hunt: Linda reported that she and her husband Will started their conversion to native plants in September of 2014. She designed her yard with the help of Green Isles Gardens, and planted 53 varieties and 128 plants. She reported that she was advised to simplify her Architectural Review Plan, and wrote in “Florida Friendly wildflowers” instead of each individual variety. The Plan needed to include any hardscapes like walls or garden art that needs plumbing like fountains. Changes should not include changes to drainage or slopes or have rows of bushes or trees that look like hedges between properties. She encouraged owners to know their property lines and easements. She used pine straw for mulch in between plants.
Carol Spears: Carol chose a totally native yard with the help of Amanda Martin, a landscape designer, Mark Godts from Green Isles Gardens who supplied and planted the plants, and Steve Turnipseed who helped her with drip irrigation. She has 57 varieties and 537 plants. But first she had to go before the Architectural Review Committee. She reported that her plan was clear and concise, she attended the meeting, she acted confident, and when questioned, she dropped Lloyd Singleton’s name. After approval, she had shrubs, sod and an invasive tree removed. She used melaleuca bark for a path and 130 bales of pine straw for mulch.
Jeff Kneisley, Park Services Specialist of Silver Springs State Park: This has been a State Park since October 2013, but the state has owned this old attraction since 1993. In 1882, there was a steamship, railroad and hotel, since the river extends to the Oklawaha River then to the St. John’s. In the beginning, the state removed buildings, and found poor soil underneath. Most of the park is undeveloped, but the part near the old attractions had lots of hedges and non-native plantings. The Park has partners, and with a lot of work, is slowly becoming more natural in both the wet and dry areas. When volunteers come to work at the Park, the admission is free.
Adjournment: After a chance drawing, the meeting adjourned at 3:00.
Next Meeting: The next meeting will be Jan. 27, 2016 at 1:30 at the Big Cypress Recreation Center.
Jeanie Powell, Secretary