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Naples Native Plants

A Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society.
Members of Naples Native Plants enjoy sharing their passion for native plants. We volunteer for native landscaping consultations, plant sales, habitat restorations, and more! Join us today!

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About US

Naples Native Plants is a chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. Our mission is to conserve and restore Collier County's native plant communities. Free native plant resources can be found on this website. We strive to collaborate with increasing numbers of community organizations for native plant landscaping, conservation, and education. Naples Native Plants is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Help us reach our goals by making a donation today!

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Welcome Video

Curious about what we do? Watch this 5-minute video for a quick summary of our mission and activities. Great for new members! Learn more...

E-Newsletter

Click here to receive our monthly e-newsletter! This is a great way to stay in the loop for all our upcoming programs, field trips, and volunteer opportunities!
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Meetings

The Naples Chapter meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm, unless otherwise specified. No meetings will be held in July or January due to holidays.

The Naples Chapter is now offering hybrid meetings. Attendees may choose to join the meeting in person at Naples Botanical Garden or on Zoom. Meetings are free and open to the public. Find more details about our next meeting below!

Our next meeting


Date: Wednesday,June 1st, 2022
Time: Doors open at 6:00pm for social time and refreshments. Meeting starts at 6:30pm.
Topic:Connecting Children with Plants
Presenter: Kaitlyn Dillard (Education Programs Manager, Naples Botanical Garden)
Location: Kapnick Center at Naples Botanical Garden
Directions: After coming in the main entrance to Naples Botanical Garden, take your first right towards the Kapnick Center (4940 Bayshore Drive). Meeting located in the Buehler Auditorium at north end of the Kapnick Center.
Optional: If you cannot attend in person, register below to receive a Zoom link. A recording of the meeting will be available on our website and YouTube Channel .

Field Trips & Events

Event: Field Trip
Organized by: Collier County Parks & Recreation
Date: Saturday, May 14th
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Locations: Freedom Park Park
Freedom Park offers a good opportunity to compare and contrast the native plant species in both natural and created wetlands. The main focus of this field trip will be getting acquainted with the native plants in the natural wetland on the east side of the park. Time permitting, we may explore the created wetlands on the west side. This field trip is expected to last two hours and may cover up to 1.5 miles on boardwalk and/or paved paths. Admission and parking are free.

Limit: Up to 15 members may participate
Use the button below to RSVP

Contact Us

Would you like the Naples Chapter to speak to your group or participate in your community event? Please contact us at Naplesoutreach@fnps.org. For general inquiries use the form below:

* These fields are required.

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Become a Citizen Scientist

Help us record when native plants bloom in Southwest Florida!

The Naples Chapter launched a citizen science project using iNaturalist in October to document native plants in bloom. Our goal is for project members to photograph as many flowering native plants as possible throughout the year and share their observations with other nature enthusiasts on iNaturalist. After the year is over, the Naples Chapter will present a "Bloom Color Chart" that visually displays which months of the year specific native plants bloom in Southwest Florida.

Join our iNaturalist project: Naples Native Plants Bloom Phenology
New users: Join iNaturalist

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Site Visits

Every member of the Naples Chapter is eligible for a one-hour native landscaping consultation at their home. Fellow members volunteer to identify native plants that are present, identify any invasive plants to remove, and suggest additional native plants that could be added to the site.

Interested in a native landscaping consultation, but not yet a member? 

Interested in a native landscaping consultation, but not yet a member? Join the Florida Native Plant Society here. Memberships start at $35/year (individual). Be sure to indicate that you are joining the Naples Chapter.

HOAs

Community representatives are welcome to contact us to schedule a one-hour site visit for small-scale common areas. Please give at least one month's notice so we have time to include the volunteer opportunity in our monthly e-newsletter. We request that at least two members of the landscaping committee become members of the Naples Chapter.

Contact us at Naplesnativeplants@fnps.org to receive a consultation request form.

Four Things You Can Do to Increase Biodiversity in Collier County

  1. Check your back yard. Identify any native plants to keep and any invasive plants to remove. (Some helpful definitions – “Native plants” are naturally occurring in our ecosystems. “Invasive plants” are not native to Florida and spread so much that they negatively impact our environment.) Here’s why native plants are so desirable:
    • Native plants help create a stable environment for our native wildlife, starting from the smallest insect all the way to our biggest native animals like the Florida Panther, Black Bear, and even our wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico.
    • Native plants require less maintenance: less trimming, less watering, less fertilizing. This means there will be less fertilizer run-off going into our saltwater paradise.
    • Visit the Florida Natural Areas Inventory website for help identifying some of our native plants and their invasive look-a-likes. Check out the Florida Native Plant Society website for book recommendations and more resources.
    • Need help with this step? Become a member of the Naples Chapter and claim your FREE one-hour landscaping consultation.
  2. Remove any invasive plants so they don't compete with current or future native plantings.
    • Some invasive plant seedlings can be removed by hand. Wear gloves and clothing to protect your skin. Invasive plants that have grown very large can be removed by machine or herbicide treatment. Seeking professional help is recommended. Learn more about invasive plants from the University of Florida Extension Office
    • Remember, if you have an overwhelming job and there is too much to do in one day, break it in to smaller parts. Sometimes a grid system can help you break the job down in to more manageable pieces.
  3. Visit your local plant nursery and ask for plants that are native to Southwest Florida.
  4. Replace excess lawn space with native plants. Doing so will decrease cost of lawn maintenance, decrease water usage, and increase biodiversity in your home landscape. Winning all around!
    • If you live in a gated community, make sure you follow the guidelines listed by your HOA. And it never hurts to become a part of the HOA to see if there are rules that can be modified to include more native plants in the landscape.

Thank you for doing YOUR part to preserve, conserve, and restore native plants in Collier County!

RESOURCES

Outreach Materials

Click on the links below to view some resources we provide at outreach events. These resources are intended for personal, educational use only.*

Video Links

  • April 2022 - "Birds, Bees, and Butterflies - Nature's Pollinators,"
    presented in partnership with Audubon of Western Everglades. Presenters include: Hamutahl Cohen, Andee Naccarato, and Karyn Allman.
    Click to see video
  • March 2022 - "Histories and Mysteries of the Cabbage Palm,"
    by Jono Miller (Teacher & Author)
    Click to see video
  • February 2022 - "Nature Journaling - A Tool for Learning,"
    by Elizabeth Smith (Artist & Teacher)
    Click to see video

Be sure to check out other videos from our YouTube Channel (click here) and from Florida Native Plant Society YouTube Channel (click here).

News-Worthy Links

October 2021 - "Celebrate Florida Native Plant Month" - by Andee Naccarato, in Coastal Breeze News …click herehttps://www.coastalbreezenews.com/news/celebrate-florida-native-plant-month/article_89f8b904-270a-11ec-9e68-d745153a6aa0

August 2021 - "Meet Naples Native Plants" by Andee Naccarato in Coastal Breeze News  …click herehttps://www.coastalbreezenews.com/lifestyles/community_scene/meet-naples-native-plants/article_4ba7d370-fba8-11eb-9db6-d7dfebe161a9.html

July 2021 - "Go Native" by Robin DeMattia in Florida Weekly  …click herehttps://naples.floridaweekly.com/articles/go-native/

Educational Links



*Express written permission from the Naples Chapter Board of Directors (naplesnativeplants@fnps.org) is required for any other use of these documents.

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