Courtesy Florida Native Plant Society, Mangrove Chapter

September 29 Field Trip 

The Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society invites the public to join in their annual summer walk along the water at Hathaway Park, 35301 Washington Loop Road in Punta Gorda. The walk is on Saturday, September 30 and begins at 9 am. This is the last walk of the summer season, shady and somewhat cool and, once again, we will be in search of the Pond Apple.

This little park is a few miles out of town with the main access at 35461 Washington Loop Rd. It’s an access point for Shell Creek which is also the local water supply for Punta Gorda. The primary habitat is pine flatwoods with heavy undergrowth and nice wetlands along the creek. Field trips are the last Saturday of each month except for December.

DIRECTIONS: Rt. 41 East over the Peace River to Punta Gorda. Turn left onto Rt. 17. Where Rt. 17 forks to the left, stay straight onto Washington Loop Rd (Rt. 764). Hathaway Park is on the left. 

Contact, Trail Guide Al Squires at 941-769-3633 or email him at ahsquires1@comcast.net. Directions and more information about the Mangrove Chapter of FNPS can be located at mangrove.fnpschapters.org or you may email MangroveFNPS@comcast.net 

The Florida Native Plant Society promotes the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida. Meetings, field trips and special events are free and open to the public.

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October 9 Meeting

For their first meeting of the 2018 season on October 9, The Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will present an Open Forum, a 5-speaker panel that will field questions and comments about the glories and pitfalls of gardening with native plants in SW Florida. 

Mangrove Chapter meetings are held at Lemon Bay Park, 570 Bay Park Blvd. in Englewood, Florida with speakers beginning at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6 pm. The evening promises to be informative and inspiring with plenty of good discussion. As with all FNPS events, the public is invited to attend free of charge.

FNPS is a nonprofit organization whose mission is the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native communities of Florida. We encourage Floridians and our winter visitors to learn more about the importance of Florida’s native plants and communities. For more information about Mangrove Chapter activities and events, please visit mangrove.fnpschapters.org