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.


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.

Saturday, Oct 23, 2021, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Nature Coast Botanical Garden
Florida Native Plant Demonstration Garden

Join us for an open-house style tour of the Florida Native Plant Demonstration Garden. You can visit information stations at your own pace to see which wildflowers nurture pollinators and learn about native plants found in Hernando County. We'll provide strategies for adding native plants to your yard and controlling exotic plant invaders.

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.

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.

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.