Chapter Meeting: Oct. 10; doors open 6:15 pm for set-up, conversation, and snacks; speakers begin at 7:00 pm
Lemon Bay Park, 570 Bay Park Blvd., Englewood

Improving Our Neighborhood, Protecting Our Planet by Sue Killion and Barbara Rao

For their first meeting of the season, the Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society is proud to present a group of local Girl Scouts and their mentors Sue Killion and Barbara Rao. They will present their work on creating a Native Plant Garden at Broadmoor Park in Rotonda West in Englewood.

Sue Killion and Barbara Rao are co-creators of the program that partners the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs and National Garden Clubs with the Girl Scouts. Sue is the current Wildflower Chairman for District VIII of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs and past president of the Lemon Bay Garden Club. She has been a member of the Lemon Bay Garden Club for 7 years. Barbara Rao is the state Wildflower Chairwoman and has been a member of the Sarasota Garden Club for 15 years. She has met and worked with Girl Scouts of all ages throughout Charlotte and Sarasota Counties. 

Sue and Barbara designed the National Garden Club Wildflower Badge that is used throughout Florida. Various members of Lemon Bay Garden Club have also conducted programs with the Sarasota and Englewood Girls Scouts to assist them in earning their Wildflower Badges.

Girl Scouts present will be Abigail Parker and Haleigh Vadala, both Independently Registered; Anne LaVasseur and Reagan Moody, Troop 208; Caleigh Cabral, Bailey Chamberlain and Eva Glover, Troop 538.

To earn this badge, each Scout has: 

  • learned what plants are native to their area and how to preserve and protect them
  • learned the invasive species in their area
  • learned about resources and partnerships offered by local National Garden Clubs
  • worked with local National Garden Club members who served as mentors and sponsors 
  • contacted native plant societies, horticultural professionals and county extensions to assist with completion of project requirements

The Scouts have taken action by:

  • interviewing someone about native plants
  • establishing a native beauty spot in a public garden, school, church, park, town, or community
  • spreading the word about native plants; sharing information with other troops and community groups, newspaper articles, radio, TV spots, or posters, fliers, and booklets.

The girls will receive commendations from the Florida Native Plant Society for their accomplishments in creating the native plant garden. This promises to be an inspiring evening for all.

October marks the 3rd Annual Florida Native Plant Month. We encourage Floridians and our early winter visitors to learn more about the importance of Florida’s native plants and communities by becoming a member of the Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. The Florida Native Plant Society promotes the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida. To learn more about the Mangrove Chapter or the Florida Native Plant Society, visit www.fnps.org 

Chapter speaker programs, field trips and special events are free and open to the public.

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Public Nature Walk. Oct. 28, 9:00 am, Venice Myakka River Park, 7501 E. Laurel Rd., Venice

The park is ADA accessible and takes great pride in their beautiful walking trails that cover the park’s ten acres. 

Enjoy a leisurely exploration of this beautiful area. For more information, contact Al Squires at 941-769-3633 or email him at ahsquires@embarqmail.com.

DIRECTIONS: Those traveling to the park via Interstate 75 should take the Laurel Rd Exit, turn right, and drive to the end of the road. The park is situated at the eastern end of Laurel Rd.

The Florida Native Plant Society promotes the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida. More information about the Mangrove Chapter of FNPS can be located on their website: fnps.org.chapters. Meetings, field trips and special events are free and open to the public.

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The Mangrove Chapter GardenKeepers are sending out a call for volunteers. Those interested in learning more about native plants and gardening with an interesting and fun group of people, come to the Cedar Point Demonstration Garden on Monday mornings from 9:00-11:00 am.