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The Coccoloba Chapter meets
on the third Thursday of each month at
Holton Eco-Center at Unitarian Universalist Church
13411 Shire Lane, Fort Myers, FL 33912,
(off Daniels about halfway between Six-Mile Cypress and I-75).

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Coccoloba Chapter, Florida Native Plant Society
Inside January 2017
  • Your 2017 Board of Directors (recommended slate)
  • Follow Coccoloba happenings on the web, Facebook, & Twitter
  • January Speaker: Tony Pernas on The Everglades' Dirty Dozen
  • Food & Thought Speaker Kara Tyler-Julian on Edible Natives
  • Koreshan Farmers Market and Native Plant Sale Report for 2016
  • What's New for 2017?
  • FANN'S The 5th Annual Native Plant Show, April 20-21
  • FGCU Biodiversity Conference, March 7-9
Follow Coccoloba happenings on the web, Facebook, & Twitter! 
Check out Coccoloba's website for up-to-date information on chapter events (  Like us on Facebook (type in Coccoloba Chapter, Florida Native Plant Society) and follow us on Twitter (@FNPSCoccoloba) to join the conversation!

2017 Board of Directors (recommended slate)

Shuffling the Board a Bit ...

At the Wednesday, January 11 board meeting, The Board voted to unanimously to accept Rodger Bunnell's resignation and appoint Marlene Rodak (formerly Treasurer) Rodger's Vice President position. They further agreed unanimously to appoint Kara Tyler-Julian to the now-open position of Treasurer. 

These changes will be presented at the Thursday, January 19 meeting and voted on by the attending membership. 

Additionally, this slate of officers/directors will be presented at the February 16 meeting to be voted upon by the membership. 

  • Martha Grattan -- President
  • Marlene Rodak -- Vice President
  • Kara Tyler-Julian -- Treasurer
  • Barb Forster -- Secretary
  • Jim Rodwell -- Director 
  • Ben Johnson -- Council of Chapters Representative
  • Isabella Peedle -- Newsletter 

Nominations will also be taken from the floor for any of these positions prior to voting.

There are always leadership positions available for the Coccoloba Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. Would you like to be involved? Just email or let a director know your interest.

January Plant of the Month -- Presented by Ben Johnson
Encyclia tampensis or Florida butterfly orchid
January 19 at 7 pm at Holton Eco Preserve at Unitarian Universalist Church, 13411 Shire Ln, Fort Myers, FL 33912

Kara Tyler-Julian 
is giving a talk on edible natives at
Food & Thought on Saturday, February 4th from 2-4
Thoughtful Threads Dining Area, 
2132 Tamiami Trail North Naples, FL
34102 United States

Koreshan Farmers Market and Native Plant Sale Report:

Looking back on the spectacular 2016 year we really accomplished some incredible things.  It began on Valentines Day 2016, with a plant sale. From there, with a CHNEP micro grant, we refurbished the Koreshan nursery and stocked it up. In addition to planting pots around the park, we made a huge commitment to participate in the weekly farmers market. Running a nursery and having a native plant sale each and every Sunday was a crazy move, right?

Today, we have a wonderful little slice of paradise carved into the Koreshan landscape. It is the best of all worlds. This is a place where volunteers can spend time in nature.

  • Potting up plants or organizing inventory,
  • Running plants from SCCF or elsewhere to the nursery,
  • Monitoring endangered plants at the park such as Curtis' milkweed, 
  • Planting native plants in pots or beds around the park, 
  • Working the farmers market and native plant sale promoting native plants,
  • and more.
These are the types of activities we've added to our Coccoloba activities. There is truly something for everyone.

The proceeds from the weekly sales have been reinvested into the startup operation. We also received a $1000 donation from park volunteer Ricky Reeby to purchase a shed to house the golf cart. Construction is underway right now to erect that shed. Other investments included another shed and a used golf cart. There are other expenses like vermiculite, perlite, hydrosoil, organic fungicides and antibacterials and other items. We believe the majority of investment is completed.

This Koreshan project would not have been possible without the support of many people. 

Volunteers and Members – Nothing would be possible without the support of our members and other volunteers. They are the gears keeping everything going. Without them, we couldn’t do anything. They truly stepped up with the farmers market and the commitment to staffing a native plant sale every week. They are completely AMAZING!

SCCF – What would we do without Jenny Evans, Sue Ramos and the SCCF Native Landscapes and Garden Center? We are grateful for their support and advice through this process. We are so honored to be able to promote their nursery and staff as some of the most knowledgeable native plant peeps in the area. Plus, we are now spoiled by the quality of their plants and have proudly become porterweed snobs.

CHNEP – Our stalwart supporter over several years. We’ve formed a wonderfully symbiotic relationship with our shared goal of clean water. You have supported us for many years financially, but you also helped us become a more focused and effective organization. We better understand our mission and the path for success with your expertise. We are better because of you.

CITY OF BONITA SPRINGS – Our “silent” partners. You never seem to ask anything and are always grateful for us. Our partnership has remained steady and solid. We are tremendously grateful that we can always depend on you for photocopies and support. We look forward to doing more with you to promote native plants and native plant communities.

DEEP SOUTH NATIVE NURSERY – Rick and Cheryl Joyce have been devoted members and supporters of FNPS. We are so thankful for your support and encouragement. We look forward to adding creative ways to promote native plants with your support and advice.

FLEPPC – A natural partnership. We are proud to have received a Kathy Craddock Burks Educational Grant, but more proud to promote your mission. Educating people about invasive exotics is crucial to our mission, particularly as it relates to endangered native plants. It has been such an honor to spread the FLEPPC mission.

KORESHAN – Where do we start? Nobody would have ever guessed we would have such a great partnership with Koreshan State Historic Site and the Florida Park Service. The added bonus is that the park staff is a real treat to work with! We are amazed at what we were able to accomplish with your support and we are looking forward to our future together both promoting and protecting native plants.

LEE COUNTY DIVISION OF NATURAL RESOURCES – Awareness of the fertilizer ordinance is important and we are glad you help us spread the word. We are proud to explain the importance of adjusting yard plantings to use no fertilizer, and to reduce or eliminate irrigation.

FORESTRY RESOURCES – Our newest partner and our first “outside” for-profit one. You are a terrific example a good-works chain where FNPS can provide promotional services for you and you can provide support to those who are helping FNPS. You are providing a great service promoting the awareness and removal of invasive exotic plants such as melaleuca with your FloriMulch products and we are delighted to work with you. We look forward to our future together.

Private Donors starting with Ricky Reeby

On behalf of The Coccoloba Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society Board, thank you so much!

Marlene Rodak


What's New for 2017?

Partnering with our long-time friends at the City of Bonita Springs, we will install native plant demonstration gardens on a 2-1/2 acre parcel near West Terry Street and I-75. 

This exciting project will have brick paver pathways and various areas to demonstrate native plants in action. Preliminary areas are: 
  • Butterfly garden
  • Biodiversity hedge
  • Shady area plantings
  • Wildland plants (IDing things like broomsedge, salt bush, rusty lyonia, etc.)
  • A Study in Grasses
  • Littorals
  • Edible Natives for People and Birds
  • and more!
We hope to have a functioning nursery with the ability to have native plant sales either at the property or nearby. We also hope to have classes and other outreach capabilities from this site. 

We are in the process of ordering plants for a ditch planting to start soon. We hope to have a golf cart with solar panels for power/recharging. We are committed to light living with this project. That means no harsh chemicals and sustainable practices.

It is very exciting and hope you will want to be involved, too. 
Interested? Please contact Ryan Scofield at


Greetings and a quick reminder for 2017: plan to see native plants in a new way and celebrate Earth Day at FANN's 5th annual trade show with continuing education classes Thursday-Friday, April 20-21, 2017, at the Bradenton Area Convention Center in Palmetto. We've lined up all new classes and more to help horticulture, landscape, restoration and community association professionals succeed with native plants. 

Our NEW award-winning larger venue provides a great experience for attendees and exhibitors and is just five minutes from historic downtown Bradenton

FANN is proud to serve Florida's finest landscape architects and design professionals.

NEW this year, we're reaching out to homeowner association and condominium community professionals who are seeking more native sustainable landscaping solutions. FANN is now a licensed provider of CAM (Community Association Manager) continuing education. 

Put the Native Plant Show on your calendar now. FANN looks forward to seeing you,


Cammie Donaldson, Executive Director

Registration is now open for this major conference we are organizing about conserving biodiversity in Florida: 
March 7-9 at FGCU in Fort Myers.  

This is a critical time for open discussion about the conservation challenges we face as scientists, resource managers, educators, decision-makers, and global citizens. The conference's aim is to provide an opportunity for forging shared responses, centered on three themes that are acute in Florida and relevant everywhere: climate change, habitat fragmentation, and biological invasions.
Please visit the conference website for details about the dynamite line-up of invitees, anchored by contributions from Reed Noss, Thomas Lovejoy, Thomas Hoctor, and Daniel Simberloff among many other renowned speakers. There you will find information about registration and hotels. (Note that attendance space is limited an d spring break is peak travel season). Details will be posted soon about a poster session in which you could participate, and student scholarships for registration costs. 
Register Now

Early Bird - We are recommending registering by January 20.

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