FNPS is proud to honor the many volunteers who make the society function.
- Mentor Awards -- These awards are given for outstanding lifetime contributions that forward the mission of the Society.
- Green Palmetto Awards - These awards are given to members who make major contributions to the Society through Service, Education, or Conservation. Those awarded are nominated by chapters or members, and the Board of Directors makes the final choice. FNPS Board members are not eligible.
- Silver Palmetto Awards - The awards are given to FNPS members, usually Board members, chosen by the FNPS President. They typically go to those who make major contribution to the functioning of the Society.
- Chapter Green Palmetto Awards - The awards are given to FNPS Chapter Green Palmetto Awards. These are given to chapters with outstanding efforts during the preceding year(s).
- Other Awards - Occasionally, the Society gives recognition to non-members who make major contributions to Florida botany.
Taylor Alexander (Dade Chapter, 2002)
Dr. Taylor Alexander
Nancy Bissett (Heartland Chapter, 2013)
Awarded for over 30 years of promoting the use of native plants in landscaping supporting land protection and acquisition, pioneering and supporting the restoration of native landscapes after mining, developing innovative techniques to facilitate restoration, being a strong and capabile botanist, and sharing her knowledge with her fellow FNPS members.
Catherine Bowman (Tarflower Chapter, 2014)
Awarded for mentorship of an intern. Beyond this, she has a long history of service to her chapter and to the Society including including the mentoring of many of her chapter members, tirelessly serving in the leadership of her chapter including a long stint as Tarflower President, implementing an award winning landscape project of her urban home, and many other things.
Majorie Carr (1997)
Anne Cox (2010)
Awarded for her longterm leadership in FNPS including establishment of the Land Management Partners Committee, coordination with land management agencies and FNAI, and mentoring of FNPS leaders at all levels.
Dick Deuerling (1998)
Don Gann (Dade Chapter, 2000)
Joyce Gann (Dade Chapter, 2000)
Sonya Guidry (Pawpaw Chapter, 2017)
Few people have more selflessly devoted themselves to the Florida Native Plant Society than Sonya Guidry, who contributes thousands of hours of volunteer work on the society’s behalf every year. A long-standing member of the Pawpaw Chapter, she served as one of its first presidents, from 1994-1995. More than twenty years later, her hand still is frequently the first to go up when a volunteer is needed and she is just as frequently the last person to go home.
Margaret Hames (1996)
Mike Kenton (Serenoa Chapter, 2007)
Dan Miller (Magnolia Chapter, 2014)
Awarded for over 30 years of service including tireless promotion of native plants and native plant conservation and service to his chapter that includes outreach and education.
Bill Partington (Tarflower Chapter, 2000)
One of the founders of FNPS, its first president, and first executive director. He was a tireless supporter of a native plant society that would forward the conservation of native plants in Florida and educate the public about those plants.
Carmel VanHoek (Suncoast Chapter, 2015)
Camel is always willing and eager to impart her knowledge to others on field trips and at membership meetings. Her energy and enthusiasm is inspiring to beginning botanists and more advanced ones alike. She has mentored many people including most recently, Bunny Worth and Janet Bowers.
Henry Whittie (Tarflower Chapter, 2002)
Green Palmetto Awards
Ken Alvarez (1993)
Dan Austin (Palm Beach Chapter, 1995)
For his work on the Exotic Plant Pest Council
Dan Austin (Palm Beach Chapter, 1993)
Sydney Bacchus (1992)
Grigg Barbara (Lake Beautyberry Chapter, 2012)
Given for Education and to her efforts in support of the restoration at Pear Park (a chapter project)
Steve Bass (1997)
For outstanding work as an environmental educator
Joan Bausch (Cocoplum Chapter, 2015)
Joan Bausch was awarded the Green Palmetto because she has not only been the backbone of the Cocoplum, Martin County Chapter of FNPS but she has also served almost continuously on the State Board since from at least the time that I have been a member which was in 2001/2002. At that time, she was on the nominating committee of Cocoplum and engaged me to join the Board as well as become vice-president in 2003 under the presidency of Dick Landrum. She was president prior to Dick Landrum’s turn. As far as I know, she was the sole writer of the Leaf Letter, our chapter’s printed news happenings. When she stepped down from that no one took her place. She was chapter representative for several years and then again engaged me to take her place in 2012. Then she became our Chapter Conservation Chair. She keeps us dutifully informed of all of the policy/legislation matters that have been arising unrelentingly.
John Beriault (1989)
Teddy Bierly (Citrus Chapter, 2006)
Nancy Bissett (Heartland Chapter, 1991)
Sally Black (Palm Beach Chapter, 2001)
Jody Bonet (Lakela's Mint Chapter, 2002)
Kathy Boon (2003)
Kathy Burks (Magnolia Chapter, 2010)
Awarded for Service including scientific research on native plants and on invasive species coupled with strong support for conservation in Florida.
Debbie Butts (Suncoast Chapter, 2002)
Ted Center (1990)
Steve Christman (1988)
Nancy Coile (Magnolia Chapter, 2003)
Nancy Coile, PhD -- Technical
Jean Daubenmire (Lake Beautyberry Chapter, 2001)
Scott Davis (Magnolia Chapter, 2017)
Dick Deuerling (1992)
Eleanor Dietrich (Magnolia Chapter, 2014)
Given for Service including promotion of roadside wildflowers especially in the Florida panhandle, and providing community education and encouragement for the use of native plants in landscaping.
Sharon Dolan (Conradina Chapter, 2017)
Sharon and her husband Brent are the owners of Maple Street Natives, the only native plant nursery in south Brevard County. As such, they have been promoting the use of native plants for more than a quarter of a century. Sharon has guided many members and other native plant enthusiasts in converting their lawns to native yards and helped them in their battles with HOAs.
Cammie Donaldson (Conradina Chapter, 2002)
Service. Years of effort above and beyond expectations.
Joe Durando (Paynes Prairie Chapter, 2000)
Rosa Durando (1990)
Gayle Edwards (Coccoloba Chapter, 2009)
Awarded for Education and Outreach. For a decade, she indefatigably created research and demonstration landscapes for butterfly gardening at schools and parks throughout the region, educatee new residents about pest plant species and native landscape alternatives, and recruited many new members to the FNPS.
Karen Frahley (Serenoa Chapter, 2006)
Don Gann (Dade Chapter, 1989)
Joyce Gann (Dade Chapter, 1989)
Denny Girard (Mangrove Chapter, 2006)
Marc Godts (Tarflower Chapter, 2009)
Awarded for Service. He has a lifelong history of educating his fellow members and the public about natives, developing new means of propagating natives, and providing natives through his family nursery.
Trish Gramajo (2010)
Awarded for service including creation of the chapter's alternatives poster, support for native plant conservtion, and invasive species awareness.
Peggy Gretchen (Nature Coast Chapter, 2007)
Sonya Guidry (Pawpaw Chapter, 2010)
Awarded for service to her chapter including enthusiatic participation and leadership.
David Hall (Paynes Prairie Chapter, 1987)
David Hall -- Developed a native plant slide show
Margaret Hames (Brevard Chapter, 1988)
Roger Hammer (Dade Chapter, 2003)
Bill Hammond (Coccoloba Chapter, 1987)
Bruce Hanson (Suncoast Chapter, 2002)
Education. Tereless service to the Florida botanical community through his work on the Florida Plant Atlas website and the USF Herbarium
Tom Heitzman (Serenova Chapter, 2014)
Given for service including serving and president of the Serenoa Chapter, promotion of the use of native plants in landscaping, and generously educating the publice. He also runs a successful native plant nursery (Sweet Bay).
Amy Hines (Longleaf Pine Chapter, 2012)
For Service to the Society including being a founder of the Longleaf Pine and Solidago Chapters.
Charles Holmes (2007)
Charles Holmes (Coccoloba Chapter, 2007)
Marjorie Holt (Tarflower Chapter, 2017)
Marjorie Holt has been very active in growth management issues around Central Florida. She has worked diligently to preserve our remaining natural lands from development, helped to conserve countless plant species and plant communities, and has helped organize numerous plant rescue and restoration projects. In her “spare time” she has created a spectacular native landscape at her home, which is often featured on native garden tours.
Craig Huegel (Pinessas Chapter, 2001)
Craig Huegel (Pinellas Chapter, 1991)
Joel Jackson (Suncoast Chapter, 2016)
Joel Jackson is a founding member of the Suncoast Native Plant Society, and attended the very first meeting in 1980. He also attended FNPS’s first conference, and served as Vice President of the Suncoast Chapter for two years.
Trebatoski JoAnne (Coccoloba Chapter, 2007)
Greg Jubinski (2010)
Awarded for Service, especially for his work in invasive species awarness.
George Kish (Suncoast Chapter, 2009)
Awarded for Service. He has been an active member of his chapter and has been its President and Newletter editor. He has written many native plant profiles, and has become one of Florida's best known experts on phenology and the potential effects of climatic change on phenology of Florida natives.
Ken Langeland (1998)
Technical, Manual on invasive alien pest plants.
Peggy Lantz (Tarflower Chapter, 1988)
Publications Committee Head, Editor of The Palmetto
Claudia Larsen (Paynes Prairie Chapter, 1999)
AnnMarie Loveridge (Lakela's Mint Chapter, 2014)
Presented for service including lectures, nature walks through preserves & parks, garden tours & booths at many chapter and community events which educate the public on the importance of using native plants in landscaping and on local environmental issues.
Paul and Winn Lowry (Conradina Chapter, 2012)
The award was given for service to their chapter.
Chuck McCartney (Broward Chapter Chapter, 2002)
Eric Menges (South Ridge Chapter, 1999)
Dan Miller (Magnolia Chapter, 2010)
Nominated for Service to his chapter, restoration of the native plant garden and MacClay Gardens State Park, and support for regional conservation
Ray Miller (2004)
Kristi Moyer (Palm Beach Chapter, 2013)
Awarded for Service and Education especially on the use of natives in everyday landscapes and for the development of native plant demonstration gardens. She also educates through seminars and has practical knowledge about native plants in the landscape through her work as facilities manager at Pine Jog Environmental Education Center.
Richard Moyroud (Dade Chapter, 2003)
Service. For his work as the FNPS representative on the FDACS Endangered Plant Advisory Council.
Gil Nelson (Magnolia Chapter, 2005)
David Niemi (Palm Beach Chapter, 2013)
Awarded for his inspiration and leadership in the restoration of the Snook Islands Maritime Hardwood Hammock.
Eliane Norman (1996)
Shirley Petty (Hernando Chapter, 2002)
Patty Phares (Dade Chapter Chapter, 2000)
Ron Plakke (Lake Beautyberry Chapter, 2008)
Awarded for his vision, leadership and guidance in the restoration of approximately 50 acres of land in Lake County’s PEAR Park into scrub habitat.
Cynthia Plockelman (Palm Beach Chapter, 2008)
Awarded for her service to her chapter including donations of native plants. She was Policy Committee Chair for FNPS for many years, and continuously advocated for smart management of Florida's natural resources.
Bobbi Rogers (Mangrove Chapter, 2010)
Award for Service to her chapter.
Chuck Salter (1995)
Paul Schmalzer (Sea Rocket Chapter, 2005)
Laurie Sheldon (Ixia Chapter, 2014)
Jerry Shrewsbury (2004)
Elizabeth Smith (1989)
Erick Smith (Paynes Prairie Chapter, 2008)
Awarded for service to his chapter including acting as its chapter representative, being a field trip leader, educating the public on the importance of native area conservation, educating on native tree biology, planting and landscape care.
Troy Springer (Suncoast Chapter, 2014)
Given for Service including his leadership of the 2012 Society Conference in Plant City, service to the chapter including promoting and developing chapter's spring and fall plant sales, participation in chapter leadership including being chapter president (2011-2012), and tireless support of the use of natives in landscaping.
Al Squires (Mangrove Chapter, 2006)
Ginnie Stibolt (Ixia Chapter, 2013)
Awarded for Service including major contribution to the development of the FNPS blog and Facebook sites and was a major editor of the FNPS website,especially the Native Plants for Your Area resource. She is also a native plant author, gardener, and speaker.
Martha Stuart (2007)
Martha Stuart (Conradina Chapter, 2007)
Georgia Tasker (Dade Chapter, 1986)
Cynthia (Sid) Taylor (Hernando Chapter, 2006)
Walter Taylor (Tarflower Chapter, 2000)
Education, Tarflower Chapter
JoAnne Trebatoski (2007)
Chris Trost (Coccoloba Chapter, 2009)
Awarded for Administration and Service to her chapter. .
Carmel VanHoek (Suncoast Chapter, 2008)
Awarded for Service, especially for sharing her plant identification skills and her contributions to the plant lists of public parks and other public lands.
Karina Veaudry (Tarflower Chapter, 2005)
Barbara Waddell (1996)
Hester Wagner (2003)
Dan Ward (1996)
Betty Wargo (Suncoast Chapter, 1998)
Awarded for many years of service as a photographer and educator. She was also a very strong supporter of FNPS and often used her buying power at FNPS conference auctions to ensure that items would sell strongly and bring in substantial funds to support FNPS project.
Ann Williams (Dade Chapter, 1997)
Technical, For her plant recovery efforts in the Keys
David Wilson (Charlotte Harbor Chapter, 1986)
Linda Wilson (Manatee Chapter, 2014)
Awarded for service including chapter leadership (a past chapter treasurer and board member) and assisting with chapter outread programs.
Roy Woodbury (1995)
For his plant survey of DuPuis Reserve
Richard (Dick) Wunderlin (Suncoast Chapter, 2005)
Danny Young (Pawpaw Chapter, 2013)
Awarded for for Service. His services include outreach projects for his chapter, participating on the FNPS land management review committee, and initiating the Pawpaw Chapter's Rugel's Roundup" in 2012. He has supported several citizen science projects intended to increase awareness of rare plants.
Silver Palmetto Awards
Blaine Blaine (1990)
Janice Broda (1992)
Robin Caple (Marion Big Scrub Chapter, 2009)
Awarded for her role as a founder of the Marion County (noe Big Scrub) Chaper and coordination with the FNPS Board.
Joe Cascio (1987)
Liberton Cindy (Hernando Chapter, 2008)
Awarded for her service as Communications Chair. She has brought vision for how internal and external communications can work effectively within this society.
Anne Cox (Cocoplum Chapter, 2017)
Awarded for her service as Past President.
Anne Cox (2005)
Awarded for her tireless efforts Land Management Partners Committee Chair. She invented this highly successful FNPS program.
Paul Davis (1993)
Shirley Denton (Suncoast Chapter, 2009)
Awarded for her work in Society leadership, her support of ongoing growth in her roll as Society Past President, creating an on-line membership renewal system and donation system, forwarding wesite development, and otherwise contributing to FNPS leadership.
Shirley Denton (Suncoast Chapter, 2005)
Science Chair, WebMaster. At this time of this award, she had moved the Society forward to have a database driven website on the commercial web servier.
Shirley Denton (Suncoast Chapter, 2003)
Science Chair and Web Master. At the time of this award, she had reorganized the FNPS website so that it was driven by a menu, with every page available from that menu (prior to that time, there was no clear navigation structure). She also made sure that the website was always current and removed the need to pay for basic webmaster services.
Mary, Ron Echols (Naples Chapter, 2009)
Bob Egolf (Serenoa Chapter, 2004)
Vice President of Administration
Robert Egolf (Serenoa Chapter, 2008)
David Feagles (Serenoa Chapter, 2013)
Devon Higginbotham (Suncoast Chapter, 2016)
Awarded for her dedication and work as the V.P. of Finance.
Mike Kenton (Serenoa Chapter, 2006)
Zarillo Kim (Conradina Chapter, 2008)
Matt King (Palm Beach Chapter, 2004)
Landscape Awards Chair
Don Lantz (Tarflower Chapter, 1989)
Peggy Lantz (Tarflower Chapter, 1995)
Lassie Lee (Ixia Chapter, 2017)
Awarded for her service as Vice President for Administration.
Cindy Liberton (Hernando Chapter, 2004)
Awarded for her contributions as Communications Chair.
Carol Lotspeich (Tarflower Chapter, 1991)
Terry Mock (1986)
Gil Nelson (Magnolia Chapter Chapter, 2000)
Ralph Ranney (1987)
Unofficial legal council.
Paul Rebmann (Pawpaw Chapter, 2007)
Paul Rebmann (Paw Paw Chapter, 2007)
Marlene Rodak (Coccoloba Chapter, 2017)
Awarded for her work as the Conference Committee Chair.
Marlene Rodak (Coccoloba Chapter, 2016)
Marlene was given this award in acknowledgment of her extremely hard work in leading two consecutive conference teams to success.
Juliet Rynear (Heartland Chapter, 2017)
Awarded for her work as the Conservation Committee Chair.
Paul Schmalzer (Sea Rocket Chapter, 2009)
Marjorie Shropshire (Cocoplum Chapter, 2016)
Awarded for her dedication to excellence in producing the Palmetto and many other artistic works for FNPS.
Don Spence (Pawpaw Chapter, 2006)
For his work on the Landscape Committee
Ginny Stibolt (Ixia Chapter, 2016)
Awarded for her dedication to FNPS.
Jo Anne Tebatisk (2003)
Conference Chair, Fundraising, Membership
Sue Thompson (Eugenia Chapter, 2006)
For her work as Treasurer of FNPS
Karina Veaudry (Tarflower Chapter, 2015)
Karina was given the award for her guidance and support for our president, Anne Cox, and for her multiple years of service to FNPS as chair of the FNPS Landscape Committee.
Candace Weller (Pinellas Chapter, 1996)
For her work as treasurer
Leah Wilcox (1997)
For efforts as 1996 Conference Chair
Richard (Dick) Wunderlin (Suncoast Chapter, 2001)
Kim Zarillo (Conradina Chapter, 2016)
Awarded for her service as Treasurer and for her assistance with the annual conference. Awarded by President Anne Cox.
Kim Zarillo (Conradina Chapter, 1999)
Chapter Green Palmetto Awards
Chapter Chapter (2012)
Given to the chapter for outstanding growth in membership, improvements to chapter infrastructure including adding a website for the chapter, improved programs, and lots of enthusiasm.
Coccoloba Chapter (1999)
Dade Chapter (2007)
Dade Chapter (1997)
Tireless efforts in distributing information
Hernando Chapter (2007)
Hernando Chapter (2007)
Magnolia Chapter (1996)
Naples Chapter (1994)
Palm Beach Chapter (1992)
Chapter Achievement. For their efforts on behalf of Preservation 2000
Palm Beach County Chapter (2016)
“Outstanding Chapter of the Year” Green Palmetto Award in recognition of all the effort that went in to making 2015 a banner year in terms of fulfilling our mission and generating momentum that will continue to support chapter growth.
Pawpaw Chapter Chapter (2017)
Pinellas Chapter (2009)
For service to their community including native plant outreach, participation on a governmental advisory board, participation in "alliance for a Livable Pinellas", and production of educational materials for public education.
Pinellas Chapter (1998)
For its work with teachers and the community
Pinellas Chapter (1993)
Suncoast Chapter (2013)
Based upon the success of last year's conference, we wish to formally nominate FNPS's Suncoast Chapter.
1) The chapter pro-actively sought out and obtained a wonderful low-cost facility that enabled them to earn a great deal of money for FNPS
2) Big Suncoast worked very well with little tiny Hernando Chapter, and did so in a very challenging transition year where one staff member exited and a brand new one came on board
3) For the first time that we know of, there were NO cancelled field trips due to insufficient sign-ups- this was due to Shirley Denton field trip chair's excellent planning and design of the right number and type of field trips - a model!
4) $24,000.00 was raised in total for the entire conference.
5) It is also of note that they smoothly navigated the transition between FNPS executive directors.
Nominated by: Steve Woodmansee Cammie Donaldson
Suncoast Chapter (1997)
For "Right Plants for Dry Places" book
Suncoast Chapter (1991)
Tarflower Chapter (2008)
Given for its extensive agenda of field trips, educational programs, plant rescues, home garden tour, and education and outreach.
Marc and Terry Godts (Lake Beautyberry Chapter, 2015)
Public Service award for Marc and Terry Godts (Green Isle Gardens nursery) for their devotion to native plant conservation, land acquisition in Lake County, commitment to public education, and the ongoing donation of nursery space and their time to care for rescued plants until they can be reintroduced for restoration projects at protected sites.
Jake Stowers (Pinellas Chapter, 2004)
Jake Stowers was given special recognition for Public Service -- a Green Palmetto for Public Service. Over many years, as the Pinellas County Administrator, he was a staunch supporter of good public policy that recognized and supported conservation.