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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.


Monday, Sept 12, 2022, 6:30 PM (2nd Monday due to Labor Day)
Monthly Meeting and Public Program
IN PERSON! UF/IFAS Extension Office
16110 Aviation Loop Dr, Brooksville, FL 34604

Florida Wildlife Corridor Act: A Plant's Eye-View

In April, the Florida House and Senate unanimously passed the Florida Wildlife Corridor Act, securing $400 million in funding to protect interconnected natural areas in the state. The Florida Wildlife Corridor is a blueprint that connects a patchwork of public lands – national parks, state forests, rivers and streams. About half of the corridor is made up of working lands, including millions of acres of ranchland and timberland.

In Florida, our wildlife corridor helps protect nearly 700 imperiled species, including some of the most iconic like the Florida panther, West Indian manatee, and the Florida black bear. So what about the plants? How does the Florida Wildlife Corridor Act affect their future? Our Speaker, Eugene Kelly, will speak for the sensitive native plant populations within the corridor, and see how – and if – they will be impacted by the Florida Wildlife Corridor easements and acquisitions.

Wekiva/Ocala Greenway - Photo by Paul Marcellini

About our speaker

Gene Kelly (a long-time member of the Hernando Chapter, FNPS) is a conservation biologist with more than 30 years of experience in Florida, including work with the Southwest Florida Water Management District, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and The Nature Conservancy. Gene currently serves as Chair of the Florida Native Plant Society’s Policy and Legislation Committee, and as Vice-Chair of the Good Neighbor Trail Advisory Committee. He served on the Hernando County Environmentally Sensitive Lands Committee for over fifteen years.

Gene Kelly and FNPS board members with Governor Crist in 2010 as Florida Native Plant Month is proclaimed. Gene currently serves as Chair of the Florida Native Plant Society’s Policy and Legislation Committee

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Florida Forever Presentation


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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 Sept 24, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Native Plants at Russell St. Park

28 Russell St, Brooksville, FL 34601

Mark your calendar for our 2022 Fall Florida Native Plant Sale! Choose from a selection of natives for your home landscape: shrubs, perennials and wildflowers. Russell St Park has easy parking for shopping. For the best selection, come early!

FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT SALE with plants suitable for fall planting from local native plant nurseries.

INFORMATION about best practices in native landscaping and gardening, invasive exotics plant identification and control, local public lands and more.

EXPLORE the Good Neighbor Trail, the Train Depot Museum and Brooksville’s Russell Street Park. Perfect for a bicycle ride or a picnic lunch!


October 1, 2022 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tide for a Cause: Go Native!
14311 Spring Hill Dr., Spring Hill, FL 34609

On October 1, 2022, to start off Florida Native Plant Month, we will gather at Tidal Brewery for a Tide for a Cause Launch: Go Native! A special brew in honor of one of Hernando County's rare native plant species will be on tap until it's gone. The Hernando Chapter, FNPS will be on hand to share information about our county's fabulous flora.

In late 2020, A Tide for a Cause was born. Tidal Brewery collaborated with Hernando County’s Environmentally Sensitive Lands (ESL) to help educate the community on preserves, parks, and natural resources. Five limited-edition beers were created for the taproom representing each of the five main preserves here in Hernando County. Each beer was accompanied by a special event and beer release. Learn more.

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.