The Lake Beautyberry Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society promotes the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida and is proud to serve Lake County.

Weed &Talk Plants, Discovery Gardens Workday, 9:00am, Tuesday August 16th, 1951 Woodlea Road Tavares,   in the back SW corner, email if you plant to come.

Lake County’s Population Explosion, Citizen's Town Hall on Growth, August 21st, 6:30pm

The NAACP Tri-City Branch’s Environmental and Climate Justice Committee will present a forum titled Lake County’s Population Explosion, Part 3: Citizens Town Hall. This free, online forum will be held on Sunday, August 21, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. Public officials will respond to questions and comments from Lake County citizens, including our youth.

Participants include Lake County Commissioner Sean Parks - MPO Director Michael Woods - Groveland Development Director Tim Maslow - Leesburg Commissioner John Christian - Eustis Mayor Michael Holland - Clermont Mayor Tim Murry -Mount Dora Mayor Crissy Stile. Dr. Beverly Ward will be the moderator. If you have any questions that you would like posed to the public officials who are participating, please send them to the moderator, Dr. Beverly Ward, at by August 10th. 

To register, please click on and find details to join the online forum in the confirmation email. For more information, contact, or 352-561-8157.

Saturday August 27, 2022 8-11am -- Coral ardesia removal

Come to the W. T. Bland library in Mount Dora with some gloves, a shovel, and pruners to help remove the invasive coral ardesia in the neighboring wildlife area. We have already removed several hundred pounds of the shrubs, and the work is only just beginning. Every helper makes a difference!

SAVE THE DATE.  October 9, 2022, Lake Beautyberry Plant Sale.
Trout Lake Nature Center, Eustis.

several passionflowers blooming in dark green foliage

Volunteers are needed for various positions such as moving plants, labeling plants, plant selection guides, cashiers, and more.  For more detail and to help, contact Nancy LaPointe, Chairperson at

President’s Message by Neta Villalobos-Bell

Looking for inspiration for my first President’s Message, I read an article today in the Oakland Nature Preserve newsletter that I want to share with you.

“A mindful hike is a very simple thing.  It is the practice of becoming aware of your surroundings and how your body and mind feel while moving through nature.  Consciously engaging our senses when hiking not only calms and grounds us, it allows us to recognize the intricacies of how we are all connected; the trees with their roots winding through the soil, where worms and insects make their homes in the dirt, the birds in the branches, and us amongst the undergrowth.  We can see the tiny spider spin its web or the squirrel search diligently for last year’s hoard of acorns and know that we are one and the same.”  Credit: Christina Hunt (“The Barefoot Gnome")

This is how I feel, but it is written so much more expressively than if I had written it. We, as Florida native plant enthusiasts, are aware of these connections through our observations, whether in a garden or a nature area. Our native plants support our wildlife, natural resources, and us, all in the same natural system. As we observe these interactions, we can experience awe, surprise, curiosity, amazement, reverence, and appreciation. Continue to be observant, using all senses. Our natural world is wonderful. Enjoy.


The Lake Beautyberry Chapter meets on the third Sunday of every other month (odd months) at the Trout Lake Nature Center, 520 E. County Road 44, Eustis (see map below).


Directions: Take SR 19 north out of Eustis to the intersection with CR 44 East and turn right at Winn-Dixie and CVS Pharmacy, then go 1/4 mile to the nature center entrance on the right.