On April 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Lemon Bay Park, 570 Bay Park Blvd. Englewood, Florida the Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will welcome Tom Becker of the University of Florida/IFAS Extension Charlotte County.
Tom is currently the Horticulture Assistant for the Florida-Friendly Landscaping Programs at the University of Florida/IFAS Charlotte County Extension and serves as a Florida-Friendly Yards & Neighborhoods Education/Training Specialist. He is the primary coordinator of that program.
While an undergraduate at Penn State, Tom studied Crop Science and Community Education and served afterward as the Agriculture/Horticulture Extension Agent for the Penn State Cooperative Extension of York County. He was the designated Florida Yard and Neighborhoods Builder & Developer State Coordinator at the University of Florida, and the Extension Agent for the Lee County University of Florida Extension.
His subject on the evening of April 11 will be “Curbside Appeal of Native Plants” with discussion of the wildflowers, butterfly plants, shrubs, and trees that will showcase our yards and enhance the environment. The presentation will include discussion of the nine principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ and how to transform our yards into “a beautiful oasis” to be enjoyed by people and wildlife. The evening promises to be an informative one with plenty of time for comments and questions. To learn more about Florida Yards and Neighborhoods, visit http://fyn.ifas.ufl.edu/. This will be the last speaker’s meeting of the season for the Mangrove Chapter. Speaker meetings will resume in October.
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 Our chapter speaker programs, field trips and special events are free and open to the public.
At: Lemon Bay Park