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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...

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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


The Naples Chapter offers monthly meetings and field trips

  • Our next Online Meeting is December 2nd at 6:30pm. Topic: The History and Development of the Cutting Horse Eco-Center, by Tony Mauriello and Marlene Rodak (FNPS Coccoloba Chapter).

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Field Trips & Events

Our next field trip will be Saturday, December 5th at Cutting Horse Eco-Center (26268 Cutting Horse Lane, Bonita Springs). Drop in anytime between 10am and 2pm to visit the Coccoloba Chapter's native plant nursery and display gardens. A variety of native plants will be for sale. Call 239-273-8945 for directions. Note: Social distancing required. Masks are optional.

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During this time of uncertainty pertaining to the coronavirus, the Naples Native Plant Society is taking all the necessary precautions to preserve your health. We encourage limited personal contact and social distancing as well as the wearing of masks. As we find out more about this virus, we will be sure to post it to this headlines section.

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

Our next Program

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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)..

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

  • 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)
    Click to see video
  • September 2020 - "Rookery Bay" by Jeannine Windsor & Dita O'Boyle (Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve)
    Click to see video
  • October 2020 - "Managing Scrub Habitat for Gopher Tortoises" by Melinda Schuman (Conservancy of Southwest Florida)
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  • November 2020 - "An Introduction to Pollinator Gardening" by Wade Gurley (FNPS Naples Chapter)
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Educational Links



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

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