Monthly meetings/programs are held at 7 p.m on first Tuesday of the month at
Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando, FL 32803
Quick View at Events going on this month:
4th Monthly Meeting/Movie Night
8th Master Gardener Plant Sale
15th Backyard Biodiversity Day
22nd Field Trip to Warea Tract
22nd Oakland Heritage Festival
29th Creatures of the Night
OCTOBER 4TH PROGRAM
(starts at 6:45 p.m.)
Native Plant Month is Here! In observation of our 2nd Annual Florida Native Plant Month awareness initiative - Tarflower is pleased to present a movie night experience. We are hoping to have a sizable audience for this screening- members from Orange Audubon, Sierra Club, and Cuplet Fern will be joining us. It's going to be one big happy family and we hope to see you and your loved ones there too!
As a bonus treat before the movie - we will present the proclamation of Native Plant Month given to us by the City Of Orlando.
The message: All of us have the power to support habitat for wildlife and bring natural beauty to our patch of the earth. The goal: Build a new army of habitat heroes!
Master Gardener Plant Sale/Plant & Garden Festival
Another way to celebrate Native Plant Month is to join us at the Master Gardener Plant Sale.
October 8th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
To prepare for this event our Tarflower president, Amanda Martin, hosted two potting workshops where members learned about the potting process while potting up plants for the sale. After potting, some members volunteered to take the plants home to care and nurture them. In addition, other Tarflower members have taken cuttings or grown plants from their own backyards to donate to the plant sale. Be sure to stop by and say hello, admire the efforts our members, and maybe buy a plant or two for the fall growing season!
In addition to the plant sale there will also a variety of educational seminars (see below), as well as raffles, and children activities going on throughout the day.
Please join us for this Family Friendly Event and tell your friends!
This fantastic annual event is a perfect opportunity to learn more about the biodiversity of central Florida's ecosystems! This event is an especially convenient way for you (and all your neighbors) to pick up a few native plants for the yard. We'll have everything from caterpillar host plants to fall-blooming wildflowers to native trees/shrubs. Remember - all proceeds go back to the ecological restoration projects going on at Mead Gardens.
In addition to the wonderful native plant sale there will also be multiple guided hikes, workshops, live music, food trucks, and kids activities!
Invite your family and friends and make it an occasion to enjoy some cooler weather.
Hope to see you there!
October 22, 9 a.m.
The Warea Tract will be high and dry- regardless of rain which will make it the perfect spot for our October field trip. This is a great opportunity to see some very endangered wildflowers including clasping warea and Florida bonamia, plus lots of other fall blooming wildflowers!
Bring water and a snack!
17419 W Phil C Peters Road
Winter Garden, Florida 34787
Photo above: clasping warea by Pete Dunckleberg
Directions: First, get to Avalon Rd in West Orange County. From downtown Orlando take 408W to Good Homes Rd., head south to Old Winter Garden Rd. Turn right (west). At the end of the road turn left on Maguire. Take Maguire south to Roberson. Take Roberson west (Road name will change to Stoney Brook PKWY). Go all the way to Avalon and stop at the Publix on the left in Stoneybrook West Village (address is 15502 Stoneybrook West Parkway, Winter Garden). This stop is for restrooms and carpooling. Be there by 8:30. It takes just another twelve minutes to reach the site.
After Publix, take Avalon left (south). Avalon will make two right angle turns so that you go west, then south again. Then it is about a mile to the final turn to the right on Phil C Peters Rd. Go a little over a mile, crossing the Lake County boundary, and you will see a forestry service truck on the right. You have arrived.
*Be sure to arrive at the nearest Publix by 8:30 for a pit stop and if carpooling. There are no restrooms on site.
Other October Events
Oakland Nature Preserve and the Town of Oakland present yet another family-friendly event in October!
Also Explore - Boat Tours, Hay Rides, Live Music, Petting Zoo, and more!
(See Flyer for more details)
September Field Trip to Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve
Field Trip Group Pictures by Pete Dunkleberg: (left) On the dock (right) Trey Hannah addressing the group
The turn off from Hwy 40 to US 1 was as clear as we expected, but we all trickled in to the right place by not too long after 9 a.m. Our guide, Trey Hannah of Volusia County Environmental programs, cheerfully awaited us.
Trey described the preserve and we were off (slowly) through an unfamiliar plant assemblage. The “leafless swallowwort“ was thriving and had plenty of its small leaves. It was probably the coastal species (can't tell for sure without seeing the flowers some day). Its scientific name is now Seutera angustifolia, I think. Soon a large tree caught our interest. We didn't know what it was right away, but we determined that it was a soapberry. But what species? Our standard online Atlas of Florida Plants gives just one option: Sapindus saponaria, while other authorities credit Florida with two species. Weakley's taxonomy, page 672, says
“S. marginatus is a species of n. FL, e.GA, and possibly SC and has wingless rachises,
acuminate leaflets, and globose fruits; S. saponaria is a species of s. FL and tropical America and has winged rachises, rounded leaflet tips, and ovoid to globose fruits.”
That information coupled with Mary Keim's excellent photo, our plant was successfully ID'd as S. marginatus.
ABOVE: S. marginatus. by Mary Keim
BELOW: (left) Swamp Privet - (right) Baybean by Mary Keim
We also saw Florida swamp privet (Forestiera segregata), baybean (Canavalia rosea) Christmasberry (Lycium carolinianum), and more. We walked right to the shore of an estuary, and saw some shells get up and started walking around. Had we fallen down a rabbit hole into Wonderland? No, they were just hermit crabs.
Farther along, and depending on which turn you took, some of us noticed a fine Opuntia stricta. The species id is based on: upright posture, yellow spines, and spines rather flat, as possibly a pretty flat oval in cross section. By then it was about time to go back to the parking lot and move to the second of this Preserve's five entrances.
We arrived at the main Spruce Creek site where there are lots of amenities: a marsh boardwalk, a lookout tower, a dock, oh, and rest rooms. And a nice pavilion for our picnic. There were butterfly orchids in the trees and marsh elder (Iva frutescens) beneath them. After enjoying it all, we headed for home. Several of us stopped at the local Burger King first, though.
It was a fine day in nature, seeing a different group of plants than we normally see.
ABOVE: Marsh Elder by Pete Dunkleberg
FNPS State Conservation Committee Chair
At our November 1st, 2016 meeting, Juliet Rynear will join us to speak about the importance of conservation grants and the need to continue the work of preserving Florida's natural beauty. Juliet will also be detailing some of the beneficiaries of FNPS conservation grants and how they have impacted native plants and their habitats. Come join us to listen in on an interesting and important financial aspect of how to protect, preserve, and conserve various ecosystems across Florida for future generations.
Juliet volunteers her time as the FNPS State Conservation Committee Chair as well as for her local Heartland Chapter. Current projects include sandhill and scrub restoration in Polk, Lake and Orange counties. Juliet received a Master of Applied Science in Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management from the University of Denver and earned a Certificate in Applied Plant Conservation from the Center for Plant Conservation. Since moving to Florida in 2008, her research has focused on the conservation and restoration of Florida’s rare plant species, their habitats and plant communities. Juliet has enjoyed a lifelong love of plants and seeks to inspire others to experience the transformative power of our natural world.
GrowVember - a multi-vendor Fall Plant Sale
@ Mead Botanical Garden Saturday, November 5th, 2016, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Have you volunteered?
In an attempt to capture all the work that FNPS Tarflower Chapter members do and how they contribute to our surrounding community we are working to gather volunteer information.
If you have volunteered at any of our Tarflower Chapter Events this year please take a moment to report your hours. There are currently 2 options available for hour reporting.
Click the button below! It will take you to an online survey form.
Look for a Volunteer Hour Recording sheet at the sign in table at the monthly meetings.