Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society Meeting Announcement
Tuesday, June 10
The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM at The Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd/US 41, Land O’ Lakes, 34639, between SR 52 and SR 54. The Community Center is located on the west side of the highway. The subject of the Tuesday, June 10, 2014 meeting is “Taking Care of Wise Old Plants: Protecting the Rarest Plants in Florida” presented by Glen Bupp, Rare Plant Curator at the Rare Plant Conservation Program at Bok Tower Gardens. Florida has the second highest amount of federally endangered plants in the contiguous United States. The geographic history of Florida, present day to 8 million years ago, provides clues into explaining the rich diversity and rarity of plants found here. The Rare Plant Conservation Program at Bok Tower Gardens works to conserve the rare and endangered plants of north and central Florida utilizing an array of techniques including: seed banking, genetic research, and population rescues, introductions, and monitoring. This presentation will outline a few of those techniques using case samples of species from the field. Meetings of the Chapter are free, and all interested parties are invited to attend, to bring questions about their yard, and participate in light refreshments and the native plant drawing. Telephone inquiries are taken by Sandy at (727) 376-7663. Chapter website: http://www.pasconativeplants.org.