2014 Conference


Growing Native

Florida Native Plant Society's
34th Annual Conference
May 15-18, 2014
Florida Gulf Coast University

Ft. Myers, Florida


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This premier conference offers exciting programming and fantastic field trips.  You will hear dynamic speakers, receive high-quality content and enjoy affordable socials.  And, affordable on-campus housing is available.

Friday and Saturday Speakers include ($110/day):

  • Dr. James Cahill from the PBS show What Plants Talk About
  • Dr. Don P. Chambers, an internationally recognized sea level scientist
  • Dr. Edward F. Gilman, an expert on modern tree production strategies
  • and more, including Dr. Marty Main, Dr. Bill Hammond, Dr. Jim Wohlpart, Dr. Tonya Clayton, Dr. Win Everham, Dr. Don Spence, Dennis Giardina, Mike Owen, Roger Hammer

For those not familiar with Florida Gulf Coast University, it is often referred to as "Florida's Environmental University."  Student housing is available to all conference attendees at an unbelievable price of $40 per bed or $80 for a private bath and is proving to be extremely popular. 

Attention FGCU Eagles!  
We have a special conference package for you as well as any other students.  Select the EAGLES! link on the left for more information.


Bring your bicycle!  Why burn fossil fuels to attend our Growing Native Conference?  Bring your bike and you can easily peddle between housing in Palmetto Hall and the Cohen Center.  FGCU even has bicycle repair/inflation stations around campus.

Field Trips are on Thursday and Sunday.  Some are sold out, but there is still room on some! These are fabulous opportunities to explore our natural treasures with the best of the best of experts around.

Conference participants and guests will certainly enjoy their Friday evening event at the fabulous Naples Botanical Gardens.  What could be more fantastic than a fabulous dinner nestled into The Garden with talks and tours?  You will NOT want to miss this one. 

There are so many exciting things to talk about.  Here are a few:

  • - Huge Native Plant Sale
  • - Carefully Selected Exhibitors and Vendors
  • - Scientific Poster Session of Professionals and Students, too
  • - Regional Science Fair Winners
  • - FLOR500 Native Plant Art Gallery Exhibition Opening
  • - "Walking with the Natives" Public Event for Families
  • - Student Naturalist-led Nature Trail Walks
  • - and much, much more

This is the event where those who already love our Florida native plants and native plant communities can celebrate them and learn more, while others can learn what makes these plants and plant communities so important to our world.

So, mark you calendar now! 

For more details, click the links to the left. 

Feel free to contact Marlene Rodak (rodakma@msn.com or 239-273-8945) for more information.