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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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, July 11, 2022, 6:30 PM
Monthly Meeting and Public Program
IN PERSON! UF/IFAS Extension Office
16110 Aviation Loop Dr, Brooksville, FL 34604

2022 Hernando Chapter Garden Party

By the Members, for the Members


Over the course of the pandemic some of us used the forced home time for native plant landscaping projects. Now that we can get together, why not share the results of your efforts? Just gather up your yard photos and bring them on a flash/thumb drive, memory card or similar. Don't forget to wear your favorite gardening hat, and if you wish, bring a garden party dish to share.

Logistics
If you have laid things out in PowerPoint, we can show your show. If you just have a collection of digital photos, rename them in numerical order, such as 001-photo, 002-photo, etc so they will display in order. Plan on a 5-minute presentation in case we have a lot of entries. Questions? Please drop us a line at hcfnps@gmail.com


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.

Friday, July 15, 2022
Field Trip: Butterfly Rainforest, Gainesville

Sponsored by the Hernando Chapter, FNPS
Butterfly Rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History3215 Hull Rd, Gainesville, FL 32611 (map)

Join us for a field trip that's well afield! We will carpool at 8:00 am, to arrive at the UF Butterfly Rainforest Exhibit at 10:30 am. Admission is $11.50 each with our group rate. After our self-guided tour, we will gather nearby for lunch, and then visit Chiappini Farm, a gigantic native plant nursery on the way home to Hernando.

We will meet to carpool at 8:00 am at I-75 Exit 301 (Hiway 50) near the Sunrise Plaza sign in front of Winn Dixie. Questions? Write us at hcfnps@gmail.com

Please pre-purchase your ticket here; we have to write a check for all to receive the group rate.

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.

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