Society News

Annual Letter from our President

December 22, 2016

Friends:

Like many of you, I have a special connection to natural Florida.  For some FNPS members, this love started by exploring Florida’s wild, or not so wild, areas with friends and family. As the only girl in a family with three brothers (my treasured sister coming along much later) in a tiny neighborhood of only boys, I spent the majority of my youth investigating the sandhill forest around our house, swaying in the top branches of live oaks down the slope from the house, and seeing what magical creatures I could find along the edges of Cinco Bayou.  I remember a couple of my secret, prized finds were a small patch of sundial lupine in an opening among some turkey oaks and, on rare occasions, pygmy seahorses that would be pushed up into the bayou from the grass flats of Choctawhatchee Bay.  My love for the varied woods and waters and their special inhabitants grew, as did my desire to share them with others and my concern for their future.

I am proud to be a member of FNPS and support our mission of preserving, conserving and restoring Florida’s native plants and native plant communities.  I hope you will consider giving to our Annual Fund campaign using the below form and attached envelope or donate securely online at www.fnps.org.  FNPS is a 501(c)3 organization; your support is tax deductible.

Your support helps our organization be a leader for the protection of the natural Florida we know and love. There are so many programs and initiatives moving in FNPS right now, this letter would require 10 pages to mention them all.

In early 2017, the Council of Chapters will complete a long term goal: the first comprehensive Florida Native Landscaping Brochure in six regional versions. If you or your organization would like to donate to this effort, please contact us for that as well. 

The annual conference each May provides educational and networking opportunities for FNPS members and guests.  FNPS scientific research and conservation grants help us learn more about what we love and make sure it is still there for the future.   Awards are presented to homeowners, gardeners, and institutions for exemplary landscapes using native plants. I look forward to you joining us at the 2017 conference at Westgate River Ranch May 18-21, 2017.

Thank you very much for your support of FNPS and the important mission-preserving, conserving and restoring the native plants and native plant communities of Florida.

Catherine Bowman
President FNPS