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.
January 19th, at 7:00 pm.
Orchidaceae is one of the most diverse family of flowering plants. With almost 30,000 different species they can be found in every continent, except Antarctica. There are close to 200 native orchids in North America, and 106 of those orchids are native to Florida. Most orchid species are threatened due to habitat loss, poaching and climate change. Their specific pollination ecology and germination requirements make their conservation more challenging than most other plant species. From growing them in the lab, to studying their ecology in the field, orchid conservation must be multifaceted to be successful.
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©Fernando Rocha, Calopogon tuberosus (Tuberous Grasspink)
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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