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Native Plant Society Meeting May 8 and Field Trip May 12

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on April 23, 2018

The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM at The Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd/US 41, Land O’ Lakes, 34639, between SR 52 and SR 54.

The subject of the Tuesday, May 8, 2018 meeting is “Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program” presented Mona Neville.  Mona received her bachelor’s degree in forestry management from the University of Florida, and began her career with the Florida Forest Service Withlacoochee Forestry Center, as a state lands forester.  In January 2016 she had the chance to return to her roots and became the forester for Pasco County, stationed in the forest service’s Dade City office.

Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrical) is an invasive, non-native grass which occurs in Florida and several other southeastern states.  It is considered to be one of the “Top 10 Worst Weeds in the World”.  The Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program’s primary objective is to reduce the spread of cogongrass to new areas by helping private landowners control or eradicate existing infestations.

Meetings of the Chapter are free, and all interested parties are invited to attend, to bring questions about their yard, and participate in light refreshments and the native plant drawing. Telephone inquiries are taken by Sandy at (727) 207-1853.

On Saturday, May 12, 2018, at 10 AM, the Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society has a field trip to the Native Garden at Morean Art Center and Chihuly, 720 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL.  This is a unique field trip!  Bruce Turley of Wilcox Nursery and Landscape created this native garden at Chihuly (across the street from Morean Arts Center).  Bruce will meet us on site and give us a personalized tour. After the tour we will visit the Morean Art Center to view the works of Aripeka’s own, Leslie Neumann. In the Center’s own words: “In her third solo show at the Morean, artist and environmental activist Leslie Neumann presents a brand new body of work which focuses on the beauty of nature vs. our troubling current events.”  Entrance to Morean Art Center is free.  Lunch at 4th Street Shrimp Store, 1006 4th St. N.  Bring water and snacks.  For more information, contact Gail Parsons, (813) 928-1412 or [email protected]

Chapter website: http://www.pasconativeplants.org.

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