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The Palm Beach County Chapter meets at 7:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month (unless otherwise noted). Until further notice, all meetings will be held virtually.  Please open the Zoom link below to attend the virtual meeting.  We have a great speaker program lined up for you, so make sure you join us.  Please feel free to contact us if you require additional information.

The mission of the Florida Native Plant Society is to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida.

Upcoming Virtual Chapter Meetings

You are invited to attend a Zoom Chapter Meeting
Tuesday, April 20,  7:00 p.m.

Trees Native to Southeast Florida and their Attributes with Jeff Nurge

Click here for PBCC FNPS monthly ZOOM meeting link 

Jeff Nurge is an avid Florida Native Plant enthusiast and South Florida resident for the past 50 years. Having been taught by some of the top local experts in the field of Florida native plants, Jeff brings a wealth of knowledge as to conditions, suitability and placement of cultivated native plants.  "Having converted my own yard some time back to mostly native plant species the change in the environment has been profound. The increase in the number and variety of bird and butterfly species has been dramatic. From providing seeds and fruit for birds to feed, to nectar for butterflies and host plants for caterpillars the yard is a one stop shop for all wildlife. The words 'If you build it, they will come' has never been truer." Recreating this type of environment for his clients is now a passion for him.

 

Coming in May....

Florida Native Plants and Water Quality: How You Can Make a Difference by What You Plant at Home

with Marjorie Shropshire

This presentation will help you learn about simple things you can do in your home landscape that will help reduce stormwater runoff and water pollution. The result is a landscape that is beautiful, sustainable and safer for you and your pets, as well as better for Florida’s water.

 

   Marjorie Shropshire was born in Miami, Florida and grew up making regular forays into the Everglades, Biscayne Bay, Florida Keys, and the lower southwest Florida coast. As a youngster, she spent time snorkeling, fishing, exploring, boating, bird watching, beach combing, and painting natural history topics.

Her love of art led Marjorie to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Miami. After graduation she began working as a visual communicator. Marjorie has over two decades of experience in the design field, where she worked as an advertising agency creative director on a variety of regional and national accounts relating to the high-end travel, aviation and banking industries.

Later in her career she established her own design practice focusing on environmental non-profits. Marjorie has illustrated several books on sustainable and climate-wise gardening with botanist and garden writer Ginny Stibolt, who was her coauthor on  A Step-by-Step Guide to a Florida Native Yard, published in 2018. She also travels around the state facilitating workshops and lectures for homeowners on how to transition their yards to a native landscape. She has been the editor of Palmetto, the magazine of the Florida Native Plant Society since 2005.

Marjorie holds Florida Master Naturalist Certificates in Coastal Restoration, Habitat Evaluation, Coastal Systems, and Upland Systems. She is a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, and she leads nature drawing and field journaling workshops to teach others about how to look more deeply at nature through art practice.

Marjorie earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Design and Visual Communications from the University of Florida, where her research centered around issues relating to Florida’s water quality, and how design and science can collaborate. The outcome is a new project, titled WeShore, which connects homeowners to practitioners and explores how the installation of living shorelines can make waterfronts more resilient by maintaining or restoring land/water connectivity, reducing erosion, improving habitat, and filtering sediment and pollutants.

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