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. A link for the virtual meeting will be posted on this page the morning of the 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.
You are invited to attend a Zoom Chapter Meeting
Tuesday, February 23 | 7:00 p.m.
2020 - 2021 Legislative Session update with Laura Reynolds
Followed by our feature presentation......
A Brief History of the Natural Areas Program in Palm Beach County
Presented by Richard Moyroud
Join our virtual meeting on Tuesday, February 23 to get a quick update on the current legislative session, and to learn about how the PBC Chapter of FNPS played a valuable role in establishing our treasured natural areas. The FNPS chapter (under president Joanne Davis) was a leader in the effort to educate voters and lobby to pass a referendum for $100 million to buy high quality native ecosites before they were lost to development (which was happening daily.)
In the 1980s our chapter raised money by selling books, and used all of our accumulated funds (around $5000) toward flyers and presentations for the bond. That was the best investment ever.
Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management has done an outstanding job managing these islands of wilderness, which are appreciated by residents and visitors alike. We now need to find more funds to acquire all remaining natural areas before they are lost forever.
Richard Moyroud is an author, native nursery owner, and one of the original members of PBC Chapter FNPS
Laura Reynolds is an environmental consultant/lobbyist and member of the FNPS policy committee.
March 16th at 7:00 pm
Stacey Matrazzo - Edible Natives
Did you know that many of Florida’s native plants are edible? Even some of those pesky “weeds” that pop up in our yards have culinary value. Florida Wildflower Foundation Program Manager Stacey Matrazzo will introduce you to the edible, medicinal and nutritional properties of some native plants commonly found in our yards and landscapes. She might even help change your view on “weeds” to see them as food you didn’t have to plant.
Many cultivated food plants have native wild counterparts. Learn how to identify these plants, what parts are edible, how to prepare and consume them, and how to harvest them safely and responsibly. Discover natives that make excellent teas, jams, salads, sautés, herbs, spices and more. Learn which plants are high in vitamins and which ones have therapeutic properties. Find out about the wildlife that also depend on these plants and learn how to make space for them in your landscape to create a native plant buffet for all!
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