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Naples Native Plants

A Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society.

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About Naples Native Plant Society

The Naples Chapter is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to conserve and restore Collier County's native plant communities. Everyone may access free native plant resources on this website. We strive to collaborate with increasing numbers of community organizations for native plant landscaping, conservation, and education. Help us reach our goals by making a donation today.

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...

Florida Native Plant Society

About Florida Native Plant Society

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

  • Our next Online Meeting is April 7th , 2021 at 6:30pm.(Join at 6:00pm for optional social time.) Topic: Cypress Cove Landkeepers - Preserving Old Florida and One Man's Legacy, presented by Shane Duff (President, CCL). Free & open to the public.

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Field Trips & Events

Saturday, March 20th, 10am‒2pm The public is invited to visit the Naples Chapter for a native plant sale at Cutting Horse Eco-Center in Bonita Springs. Masks & social distancing required. Anyone interested in volunteering that day at the Eco-Center may RSVP below.

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Headlines

 Apr 5, 2021 Farm bill would allow agriculture operations to pollute Florida communities
Farm bill would allow agriculture operations to pollute Florida communities

A bill that would protect farmers from nuisance pollution and air particle emissions complaints is working its way through the legislative session in Tallahassee, and environmental groups worry that it could lead to further degradation of Florida's already ailing waterways read more

Scientists, river advocates worry there will be more toxic algae blooms this summer in Florida

Lake Okeechobee has been at or above 15 feet above sea level since the past rainy season, and the next wet cycle starts in a matter of weeks. Rain and all the lake water are causing some to fear there will be another toxic algae bloom this summer, that devastating blooms will return. read more

 Mar 26, 2021 Antibiotics don’t belong on citrus trees, suit alleges

A coalition of nonprofits filed suit against the federal government Thursday, warning the state’s citrus industry could become the breeding ground for dangerous antibiotic–resistant bacteria. read more

Scientists, river advocates worry there will be more toxic algae blooms this summer in Florida

Lake Okeechobee has been at or above 15 feet above sea level since the past rainy season, and the next wet cycle starts in a matter of weeks. Rain and all the lake water are causing some to fear there will be another toxic algae bloom this summer, that devastating blooms will return. read more

Audubon Florida expert expresses concern with red tide's impact on birds

From a distance, the beaches look normal. White sand meets a blue Gulf of Mexico and an even bluer sky. But already I know that something is amiss as I spot a struggling Royal Tern and Herring Gull at the edge of the waves:red tide is here again. read more

Picayune Strand restoration efforts moving forward with road removal, canal plugging
picayune restoration

A joint ecosystem restoration effort between the South Florida Water Management District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is nearing completion. read more

Latest red tide bad news: It's killing royal terns and sending some humans to emergency room

It seemed to start with the birds,staggering loopily on the beaches, flopping into the surf;then came the fish littering Fort Myers Beach; then the sea turtles washing onto the sand or into back bays – all victims of the latest wave of havoc wrought by red tide. read more

Risky reptiles face ban in Florida

Florida wildlife officials are planning to ban owning or breeding six types of pythons, the green anaconda and nine other “high-risk” reptiles. Serpent lovers say it’s nothing less than a state-orchestrated snake-pocalypse targeting their pets and businesses. read more

Nothing to sneeze at: Global warming triggers earlier pollen

Across the United States and Canada, pollen season is starting 20 days earlier and pollen loads are 21% higher since 1990, and a huge chunk of that is because of global warming, says a new study in Monday’s journal the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences. read more

Big Cypress oil permits draw concerns

A Texas-based oil company’s applications to build roads and oil pads in Big Cypress National Preserve through Florida’s newly assumed wetland permitting program has rekindled opposition from environmental groups. read more

The avocado in your Super Bowl guacamole is bad for the environment. You can make it better.

To grow more avocados, native forests are being destroyed and, with them, critical habitat. Americans’love for avocados is voracious; we eat them year round, not just on Super Bowl Sunday. Total U.S. consumption increased about 620 percent between 1995 (360.1 million pounds) and 2020 (2,592.1 million pounds). Although some avocados come from the United States, Chile, Peru and the Dominican Republic, most come from Michoacán. An estimated 15,000 to 20,000 acres, an area about a third to half the size of Washington, D.C., are converted from pine and fir forests to avocado farms each year read more

State now issuing wetland dredge and fill permits

The state recently took over the permitting process for the filling of ecologically sensitive wetlands — a move many environmentalists didn’t like — and is now issuing permits. read more

Tigertail lagoon restoration could impact nesting habitat for threatened birds

The plan to restore Tigertail lagoon on Marco Island to pre- Hurricane Irma conditions puts in jeopardy the nesting grounds of hundreds of threatened birds, according to Audubon Florida. read more

Environmental advocates alarmed by EPA approval of two citrus pesticides they say could have dire consequences for people, wildlife

The EPA announced it would let Florida growers again use aldicarb after more than a decade of prohibition while also ruling that farmers nationwide can use streptomycin on citrus trees read more

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.

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.

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.
  2. Once you have identified the invasive plants, it’s time for removal.
    • 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

  • December 2020 - "History & Development lof Cutting Horse Eco-Center" by Tony Mauriello, Marlene Rodak, & Cassie Valenti(FNPS Coccoloba Chapter)
    Click to see video
  • February 2021 - "Native Habitat Needs for Red-cockaded Woodpeckers" by Jessica Spickler (Biologist)
    Click to see video
  • March 2021 - "Native Orchid Propagation and Restoration at Naples Botanical Garden," by Nick Ewy (NBG Director of Collections)
    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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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.

Business Members