Home in Hernando

The sandhills of Hernando County are showy in fall in the Croom Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest. Florida paintbrush (Carphephorus corymbosus) help paint the scene.

It's natural to love Hernando County

The Hernando Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society shares information with citizens who are interested in learning about Florida's native plants, their ecosystems, and all aspects of biological diversity.

Together, we learn how landscaping with native plants has a minimal affect on the environment. By using native plants, chemicals are eliminated, maintenance is reduced, water is conserved, and habitat is provided for wildlife.

Plant enthusiasts become acquainted with plant species that make their home in Hernando, and the types of conditions they prefer. Whether you best appreciate these plants in the natural landscape or the home landscape, we know you'll enjoy the Society.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, November 1, 2021, 6:30 PM
Monthly Meeting and Public Program
UF/IFAS Extension Office
16110 Aviation Loop Dr, Brooksville, FL 34604

Native bees in our Florida Landscape

Rachel Mallinger, Assistant Professor, University of South Florida
Department of Entomology and Nematology


Dr. Rachel Mallinger leads research on plant-pollinator interactions and pollinator community ecology with an emphasis on native bees. She conducts research in natural, agricultural, and urban ecosystems to inform pollinator conservation and improve pollination to crops and wild plants. She also offers courses on line for gardening for pollinators and writes extensively about pollinators.

Get to know us,
get to know your county

Our meetings are held the first Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. At each meeting we discuss native plants and native plant ecosystems. Subjects range from hummingbird gardening to black bear habitat.

Each meeting has delicious snacks, and friendly company, native plants on display, and an information table. Please join us for a meeting.

Saturday, Dec 4, 2021, 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Tree Trimming at the Garden

Join us as we trim the cedar tree once more in our Native Plant Demonstration Garden. This year, although social distancing is still a good idea, we are vaccinated and ready to make the season bright!

The Nature Coast Botanical Garden is located at 1489 Parker Avenue Spring Hill, FL. Please follow the signs to reach the Florida Native Plant Demonstration Garden.

Join us in the field

We also offer guided field trips to help celebration the natural beauty that is Hernando County. We hope you'll decide to join in!

Embrace the Mission

Preserve

Hernando County is home to a wide variety of natural areas from coastal scrub to the sandhills of the Brooksville Ridge to the cypress swamps of the Withlacoochee. Our fieldtrips explore the diversity of our landscapes and their habitats.

Conserve

Through research and advocacy the Society seeks to ensure that natural landscapes are set aside to protect native plants and their habitats. Join us as we speak out for native plants and the wildlife that depends on them.

Restore

Returning Florida's native plants to the human landscape is a critical action for increasing biodiversity and protecting pollinators and other wildlife. Our planting projects help point the way.