FNPS Mangrove Chapter January 2017 meeting
The public is invited to join the Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society as they welcome speakers Jayne & Charlie Woodruff and Dave Clayton to their January 10, 2017 meeting at Lemon Bay Park. Their presentation will be about their “Experiences with Planting a Native Yard.” The meeting begins at 6:15 p.m. Guest speakers begin at 7 p.m.
Dave Clayton refers to himself as “a biologist who went bad.” Throughout his college years, he studied zoology and plant physiology with the full intent of pursuing a career in biology and natural history, but his profession pulled him into Information Technology.
The world of nature remained his avocation, though, and his study of nature photography with eminent artists Eliot Porter and Les Line served to increase his interest and commitment to the environment.
Since retiring, Dave has volunteered as a naturalist for the US Fish & Wildlife Service in Rhode Island. Locally, he volunteers for the Lemon Bay Conservancy and the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center. His enthusiasm for sharing his knowledge and concern for natural habitats is highly contagious.
When Jayne and Charlie Woodruff moved to their Florida home in 2010, they knew immediately that they wanted to transform and restore their landscape into one filled with Florida native plants. Six years later the Woodruffs received the Landscaping Design Award, one of the highest awards granted by the Florida Native Plant Society. The award commends Jayne and Charlie for their interest & dedication in demonstrating the visual appeal, variety & usefulness of our area’s native plants; for the time & effort expended in planning, installing & maintaining their native landscape; and for their leadership and concern for the future.
The restoration project has been described as “beautiful, functional, & inspirational” for its display of outstanding examples of the “Real Florida.”
The Woodruffs and Dave and his wife, Nancy, have extensive experience with native plants and gardening in what is known as Florida’s “moondust.” The stories of their experiences are entertaining and enlightening and it’s predicted that the evening will be an enjoyable one.
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:
http://www.mangrove.fnpschapters.org. Meetings, field trips and special events are free and open to the public.
At: Lemon Bay Park