Naples Native Plants

A Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society.



The Naples Chapter offers monthly meetings and field trips

  • Our next Online Meeting will be Wednesday, October 7th at 6:30pm.

    Topic: Managing Scrub Habitat for Gopher Tortoises, presented by Melinda Schuman of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.. This meeting is free and open to the public.



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About Us

Listen to Dr. Brian Bovard from Florida Gulf Coast University describe the Naples Chapter and talk about how important native plants are to Collier County! Learn more...

The Florida Native Plant Society provides resources and wonderful opportunities to learn about Florida's unique environment. Click here to learn more


All Naples Chapter gatherings are temporarily suspended as a precaution to reduce potential spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Our meetings are being held online until further notice. Chapter members and e-newsletter subscribers will receive registration links to attend the meetings live. Presentation recordings will be made available shortly after the meeting.

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.

Meeting Location:

4820 Bayshore Drive
Naples, Florida 34112

Meetings are held in the Harvey Kapnick Education and Research Center. After coming through the main entrance for Naples Botanical Garden, take your first right to find parking.The Kapnick Center is located just north of Naples Botanical Garden's Chabraja Visitor Center. The auditorium is located at the north end of the Kapnick Center

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Field Trips

There's no better way to get a feel for Florida's native plants than to go on a field trip! In the past, many of the Naples Chapter's field trips were guided by Dr. George Wilder, botanist and curator of the Herbarium of Southwestern Florida at Naples Botanical Garden. We also enlist the help of many knowledgeable botanists who live in Collier County.

To be determined. Please check back

Do you have a favorite natural area in southwest Florida that you would recommend for a field trip next season? Please share your ideas via e-mail ( or Facebook! Remember, you can make any day a field trip by noticing and appreciating native plants in your surroundings.


Board of Directors

Board elections are typically done at our annual meeting in peak season. Each board member is elected for one year at a time.

President & Membership Chair

Andee Naccarato

President & Program Chair

Andee is originally from Naples and earned a master’s degree in Environmental Science from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2011. Andee is currently employed by Naples Botanical Garden in the Horticulture Department. Andee has served on the board for four seasons as Chair of Membership, Conservation, and Education, and President, respectively.

Vice President & Conservation Chair

Liberty Gibson

Vice President & Conservation Chair

Liberty graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Horticulture. She fell in love with Florida flora (and fauna) when she moved to Naples to complete an internship with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Liberty joined the Naples Chapter board in 2019.

Secretary & Past President

Danny Cox

Secretary & Past President

Danny is originally from Naples and earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Florida Gulf Coast University. Danny has worked at Naples Botanical Garden since 2010 and is currently the Aquatic Areas Manager. Danny has served on the board for three seasons as Secretary and President.

Chapter Representative

Kara Driscoll

Chapter Representative

Kara is a native Floridian who has lived most of her life in south Florida. She has been involved with FNPS for six years, initially with the Magnolia Chapter in Tallahassee. Kara serves FNPS at the state level on the Council of Chapters. She is currently pursuing her master's degree in Environmental Science at FGCU.

Treasurer & Membership Chair

Wade Gurley

Treasurer & Membership Chair

Wade is originally from Texas; he moved to Florida in 2010 and has worked for various conservation organizations since then as a wildlife biologist. His favorite Florida native plant is wild pennyroyal (Piloblephis rigida)..

FNPS Milkweed Mapping Project

Learn more about the Society's efforts to map and conserve native milkweed populations throughout the state


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

  • May 2020 - "Fakahatchee Strand" by Andrew Tyler (Friends of Fakahatchee)
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  • June 2020 - "Native Plants and Stormwater" by Chad Washburn (Naples Botanical Garden)
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  • August 2020 - "Wildflowers Gone Viral" by Andee Naccarato (Naples Botanical Garden)
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  • September 2020 - "Rookery Bay" by Jeannine Windsor & Dita O'Boyle (Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve)
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