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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...

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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

Date: Wednesday, October 6th, 2021
Time: 6:00pm for optional social time; 6:30pm for feature presentation.
Topic: Native & Non-Native Plant Lookalikes
Presenter: Connie Nagele, Membership Chair for Naples Native Plants
How to Join: Click button below to register.

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Field Trips & Events

Celebrate Florida Native Plant Month this October!
Fri. Oct. 1st - Members' iNaturalist Challenge begins
Sat. Oct. 9th - Members' Field trip to Collier-Seminole State Park (check back for registration details)
Sat. Oct. 23rd, 9am-1pm - Native Plant Sale at Naples Botanical Garden (no admission required)
Wed. Oct. 27th, 6pm - Virtual Trivia Night (check back for registration details)

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News-Worthy Links

August 2021 - "Meet Naples Native Plants" by Andee Naccarato in Coastal Breeze News https://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 https://naples.floridaweekly.com/articles/go-native/

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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. 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.

Meetings

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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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:

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Our Team

President & Membership Chair

Andee Naccarato

President & Program Chair

Andee Naccarato grew up in Naples and earned a Master's Degree in Environmental Science from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2011. She became further immersed in the world of native plants by working at Naples Botanical Garden and Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve. Andee joined FNPS in 2013 and has served on the board of directors as Chair of Membership, Conservation, and Education, and President. Andee received a Silver Palmetto Award in May 2021 for her service as FNPS Director at Large.

Vice President & Plant Sales Chair

Evan Barr

Vice President & Plant Sales Chair

Evan Barr is a Naples native. He holds a B.A. degree in Economics and a Permaculture Design Certificate. He has over 10 years of experience in horticulture, ranging from farming to landscaping to gardening. His passion is working within the intersection of native plantings and residential gardens to improve biodiversity in the landscape.

Secretary & Outreach Chair

Karyn Allman

Secretary & Outreach Chair

Karyn Allman currently works as a senior supervisor for the Lee County Conservation 20/20 program. She has a Master's Degree in Conservation Biology from the University of Kent Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology. Karyn grew up in Maine and has spent her life exploring the outdoors as a part of her professional and personal life. She enjoys hiking, diving, camping, kayaking, birding, and of course taking the time to stop and learn new plants wherever she goes! Karyn has been a member of the Naples Chapter for 12 years. Karyn can be contacted at Naplesoutreach@fnps.org.

Co-Treasurer

Becky Troop

Co-Treasurer

Becky Troop is retired from The Naples Players, where she was the Director of Volunteers for 17 years and the Director of Development for two years. Within the last four years, Becky completed both the Florida Master Naturalist and Master Gardener programs through the University of Florida. Becky has volunteered with Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Rookery Bay, and the Florida Trail Association. She landscaped her home garden with Florida native plants and Florida friendly plants, with particular interest in adding pollinator plants and littoral plants (along a small lake).

Co-Treasurer & Co-Conservation Chair

Wade Gurley

Co-Treasurer & Co-Conservation Chair

Wade Gurley received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in wildlife biology through the Texas A&M University system. He moved to southwest Florida in 2010 and has worked since as a biologist in the region on projects involving sea turtles, mangrove cuckoos, rare orchids, prescribed fire, white tailed deer, Everglades mink, bonneted bats, and red cockaded woodpeckers. In 2020, Wade served as Treasurer and Membership Chair for the Naples Chapter.

Co-Conservation Chair

Liberty Gibson

Co-Conservation Chair

Liberty Gibson 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.

Chapter Representative

Kara Driscoll

Chapter Representative

Kara Driscoll is a native Floridian and has been involved with the Florida Native Plant Society for seven years. She first joined the Society while living in Tallahassee and worked closely with the Magnolia Chapter, serving as field trip and program coordinator. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in environmental science at Florida Gulf Coast University and conducting research on one of Florida's endemic milkweed species. Kara also serves the Florida Native Plant Society on the Council of Chapters. Kara received a Green Palmetto Award in May 2021 for her mission-driven service to FNPS.

Membership Chair

Connie Nagele

Membership Chair

Connie Nagele describes herself as a very curious person with many passions. Professionally, she is a small business consultant specializing in back-office setup/organization and building teams. Connie is also active in the outdoors and enjoys hiking, kayaking, and fishing in Florida's natural areas. Butterflies are her special joy! Connie is restoring and maintaining the Butterfly Garden at Sugden Regional Park as part of her commitment to making a positive difference in her community.

Website Designer

Michael Troop

Website Designer

Now retired, Michael Troop designs websites for a hobby. He knows nothing about plants and animals and depends on his wife, who is a master gardner to explain the birds and the bees (and plants) to him. In his prior life, he served in the military for 20 years and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He holds a master of science degree in nurse anesthesia from Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan and has practiced anesthesia for over 40 years. He loved the business...he thought it was a "gas".

Facebook Volunteer

Alicia Schwartz

Facebook Volunteer

Alicia Schwartz moved to Naples, FL in 2017, after living in New York and Puerto Rico. She is a recently retired nurse. As an active member of the Community Emergency Response Team, Alicia volunteered for disaster relief in New York City (after 9/11 and Superstorm Sandy) and in Puerto Rico (after Hurricane Maria). Alicia always had a love for growing plants, even when all the space she had was a New York City terrace. Alicia is a recent graduate of the Florida Master Gardener program and has a special fondness for orchids.

YouTube Volunteer

Danny Cox

YouTube Volunteer

Danny Cox began editing the Naples Chapter's YouTube videos in May 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic necessitated a shift to online meetings. Danny is the Aquatic Areas Manager at Naples Botanical Garden. He is also a Past President of the Naples Chapter. His favorite Florida native plant is blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium).

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

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 2021 - "Preserving Old Florida & One Man's Legacy," by Shane Duff (President of Cypress Cove Landkeepers)
    Click to see video
  • May 2021 - "Native Plants & Ecophilosophy" by Eric Foht (Natural Resources Director at Naples Botanical Garden)
    Click to see video
  • June 2021 - "Ethnobotany & You" by Heather Gienapp (Environmental Educator)
    Click to see video
  • September 2021 - "Identifying Insects on Native Plants...More Pests than Ever!" by Dr. Doug Caldwell (Landscape Entomologist Emeritus, UF/IFAS Collier County Extension Office)
    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).

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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