The Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) is a non-profit organization formed in 1980 to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida and the use of Florida native plants in landscaping.The Dade Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society (DCFNPS) is one of more than 20 chapters around the state and includes residents of Monroe County. More about us »
Next Meeting in Dade County
There is no meeting at Pinecrest Gardens in July or August.
Sunday, July 27, 2014, 4 -7 p.m. Annual evening yard visit and social meeting.
Join us at the home of an FNPS in SW Miami-Dade County for a relaxing afternoon that includes a casual yard tour, potluck dinner and socializing. The usual plant raffle wraps up the evening.
What to bring:
- Dish to share (drinks provided).
- Raffle donations (please label with the plant name)
- Who is invited: FNPS members and their guests.
Upcoming Field Trip
Saturday, July 19, 9:30 a.m. – noon. Arch Creek and Enchanted Forest Park, North Miami.
Gwen Burzycki will lead a Short Summer Stroll to Arch Creek and Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Parks. These two parks are located in North Miami and are contiguous, but one is owned by the City of North Miami, and the other is a Miami-Dade County Park. Both are largely forested with tropical hardwood hammock, so it should be relatively cool and shady despite the summer heat.
Enchanted Forest originally contained pinelands on the west side, and the park has been attempting to restore that area through hardwood removal and planting of pineland species. There is also a champion-sized red bay in the park, which should be enjoyed and celebrated, since laurel wilt is spreading through Dade County and will eventually reach the tree and kill it. Arch Creek Park was once the location for a natural limestone bridge over the creek, but it collapsed long ago and was replaced by a constructed bridge that should allow us to travel between the two parks without repositioning the cars. There is a butterfly garden on the north side of the park that provides habitat for a large number of native butterflies.
This will be an easy walk, most of which will be on trails (Enchanted Forest has a paved nature trail through the hammock). Neither park has a lot of poisonwood or poison ivy, so feel free to come in shorts if you wish. There are picnic facilities at the parks, but Gwen has also become aware of a very good deli off Miami Gardens Drive, so after the walk, everyone who wishes is welcome to stay on for lunch either on site or at the deli.