FNPS Promotes

the Preservation, Conservation, and Restoration of the Native Plants and Native Plant Communities of Florida.

We provide scientifically sound information on native plants, their habitats, the wildlife that depends on them, and their management and culture

Slide show photographs by Shirley Denton


Conference Volunteers Needed

Posted January 03, 2018

Looking for a low-cost way to attend the FNPS 38th Annual Conference? Why not volunteer? We have the following Coordinator positions still available. Interested? Drop a note to: conference.fnps@gmail.com 

  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Game Night Coordinator
  • Plant ID Contest
  • Onsite Vendor Coordinator
  • Silent Auction Coordinator

Field Trip for Florida Legislators

Posted January 07, 2018

On Thursday, January 4, 2018, 26 nature enthusiasts braved chilly temperatures and turned out for a fieldtrip of Heart Island Conservation Area in Volusia County to show their support for increased funding of Florida Forever and other conservation programs.  The fieldtrip, sponsored by the Pawpaw…

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Panhandle Coastal Dunes and Lakes Tour

Posted December 29, 2017

Travel to one of Florida’s most unique geographical features and one of the rarest in the world.  Coastal dune lakes are found in New Zealand, Australia, Madagascar, and…….the Florida panhandle. Come explore with us March 9-12, 2018.  Open your eyes to a whole new world.  Visit…

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Save the Date for the 2018 FNPS Conference

Posted December 29, 2017

May 17-20, 2018 at the Miccosukee Resort in Miami 500 S.W. 177th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33194.   You will be delighted by mind-expanding experiences, tempted by sumptuous meals (including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free) and amazed by the networking and social opportunities.   As always,…

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FNPS Annual Awards

Posted December 27, 2017

The Florida Native Plant Society is fortunate to have many dedicated and outstanding members who donate their time in support of our mission.  We honor your service each year at our annual Palmetto Awards ceremony, which takes place during the Annual Members Meeting at the conference.  …

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2018 Landscape Awards

Posted December 15, 2017

New this year:  The Florida Native Plant Society will be giving monetary awards to the “best of” in award categories. As always, we will be honoring the work of Landscape Architects and Designers who utilize and showcase Florida’s native plants, through our annual Landscape Awards program. …

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Call for Research Track Papers and Poster Presentations at the 2018 Conference

Posted September 21, 2017

The Florida Native Plant Society Annual Conference will be held at the Miccosukee Resort in Miami, Florida (500 S.W. 177th Avenue, Miami, FL 33194), May 17-20, 2018.  The Research Track of the Conference will include presented papers and a poster session on Friday May 18 and Saturday May 19. …

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2018 Grants for Research, Conservation, and Ethnobotany

Posted September 21, 2017

The Florida Native Plant Society maintains an Endowment Research Grant program for the purpose of funding research on native plants. These are small grants ($1500 or less), awarded for a 1-year period, and intended to support research that forwards the mission of the Florida Native Plant Society…

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Going Natural: The Importance of Home Composting for Native Plants

Going Natural: The Importance of Home Composting for Native Plants
By Jackie Edwards

Native plants aren’t by any means demanding...all they require in order to flourish is a natural environment. No need for chemical fertilizers, irrigation systems or complex programs of management. That’s great news if you’ve planted native species of Central Florida in your yard. The local climate will serve your plants well, and the soil will be matched to their requirements. However, to ensure you maintain optimum soil conditions, especially important with sandy soils typical of the Florida region, it’s a good idea to use home compost. This is the natural, environmentally-friendly way to replenish nutrients.

Making environmental sense
According to the EPA, 20 to 30 per cent of our waste is organic material that should be composted. This would keep these materials out of landfills where they release methane into the atmosphere, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.

Boosting soil quality
Home composting is the natural way to enrich your soil, helping it retain moisture and suppress plant diseases and pests. By adding compost, you will promote the healthy growth of native species and reduce the need for chemical fertilizers that degrade soil quality over time and make it vulnerable to invasive non-native plants.

Money in your wallet
There are inevitable financial benefits to home composting: no need to invest in fertilizers, potting compost or mulch. The only cost involved is an initial investment in a compost bin; however, you may prefer to construct one yourself or, as Florida’s warm climate allows, you could use an open air compost pile.

Easy as mud pie!
The rules of good composting are very simple. Always ensure you use organic material, with a good mix of green materials, rich in nitrogen, and brown materials, rich in carbon. Green materials may include garden waste, such as plant trimmings, grass and leaves, and kitchen waste, such as fruit and vegetable scraps, and coffee grounds. And brown materials may include shredded newspaper, cardboard and paper towels. Avoid meat, dairy, dog and cat litter and invasive plant trimmings which can survive the composting process. Try to aim for a ratio of 1 to 3 of green to brown materials and rotate your compost every few days. Within a few months, you will have a dark, crumbly, humus-rich product.

Are YOU home composting?
As can be seen, there are numerous benefits to the simple art of home composting, and yet a survey sponsored by the National Waste & Recycling Association found that 67 per cent Americans currently don’t compost but would be willing to do so. So what can be done to encourage more take up?
In Hillsborough, the UF/IFAS Extension runs free ‘Compost Happens’ workshops with the aim of encouraging more people to get involved in home composting. They also host valuable teaching resources on their website. So, if you’re keen to grow native plants in your yard and give them the very best nourishment in an environmentally responsible way, then there’s really no excuse...get started on your home compost. 

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