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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.


Saturday October 29, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Wings in the Garden

Nature Coast Botanical Garden,
Florida Native Plant Demonstration Garden
1489 Parker Ave, Spring Hill, FL 34606

You are cordially invited to the Hernando Chapter’s Wings in the Garden on October 29, 2021, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. If this is your first visit, look for signs to direct you to the Native Plant Garden within the larger botanical garden area. Wings in the Garden is an open-house style event with speakers located at separate stations so that you can move through at your own pace.

Topics include:

The buzz on pollinators. The populations of many pollinators have declined due to loss of habitat and the plants that they depend on for food. We'll highlight native wildflowers you can plant in your yard to attract and support butterflies, bees, and other pollinators.

Attracting wildlife. Wildlife requires cover, food and water, and depends on native grasses, shrubs and trees to help provide. You can plan to attract and protect the birds and bunnies through creating natural areas for biodiversity to thrive and achieve its natural balance. The garden provides examples.

The right plant for the right place. Several areas of the Native Plant Garden feature plant species that are found growing in the sandhill and hammock ecosystems of Hernando County. At this event you will find out how you can bring the natural beauty of the Nature Coast into your home landscape and learn about native species that may work best for the conditions on your site.

Imported plant invaders. One of the major issues impacting Hernando County’s native plant populations is the encroachment of imported invasive plant species. In the garden, Chapter volunteers wage a constant battle to control several invaders. At this event, we will highlight some of these nasty invasive plants so that you can identify them and start to control them on your property.

We hope to see you in the Garden on October 29rd.

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.


Monday, Nov 7, 2022
Monthly Meeting and Public Program
IN PERSON! UF/IFAS Extension Office
16110 Aviation Loop Dr, Brooksville, FL 34604

Brooksville Agricultural and Environmental Research Station (BAERS)
by Fred Gainous, Ph.D., Executive Director

The Florida A&M University-College of Agriculture and Food Science (FAMU-CAFS) Brooksville Agricultural and Environmental Research Station (BAERS) consists of 3800 acres located north of Brooksville, Hernando County, Florida. Join us as we learn about projects underway from the Station's esteemed Director, Dr. Fred Gainous.

At the time of transfer of the land to FAMU from the USDA Agricultural Research Service in 2015, the goals listed for the Brooksville site were:

  1. To conduct agricultural and natural resource research that will benefit the nation, state and local communities;

  2. Develop and implement the beginning rancher and farmer programs, and outreach projects;

  3. Develop and implement socio-economic projects that will enable the Brooksville site to be economically viable and self-sustaining;

  4. Develop youth development and experiential learning and training opportunities for students at all grade levels;

  5. Develop and showcase demonstrations designed for various alternative agricultural enterprises from current and future areas in the college; and

  6. Engage faculty from FAMU and other universities to participate in the Brooksville project.

About our speaker

Dr. Fred Gainous' hometown is Tallahassee, Florida. He received his bachelor’s degree from Florida A & M University in 1969, and his Master’s in Agricultural Education and Doctorate of Education from the University of Florida. Gainous served as ninth President of Florida A & M University from 2002 – 2004. Before this position he was the Chancellor of the Alabama College System’s Department of Postsecondary Education. He also served as the Associate Vice President of St. Petersburg College. Currently, he serves on the Faculty of Kepler Space Institute, as well as Director of FAMU BAERS.

Related Resources: BAERS Website

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


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.


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.


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.

Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) are among the favorite species featured at the Spring native plant sale.