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The Lake Beautyberry Chapter is proud to serve Lake County



To identify plants well, you need to be able to use a key, and the keys are built on plant part names. They can be intimidating but help is here!

Plant Terminology 101 Workshop – Saturday, April 24, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to Noon

The instructors for the workshop will be our own LavonSilvernell and Neta Villalobos-Bell.

The workshop will be held at PEAR Park, 4800 University Ave, Leesburg. There is no fee but registration is required: Class size is limited. Masks required. Social distancing implemented.

When encountering a new plant, you want to identify, the challenges can be more than just looking for a matching picture with instant recognition. Most field guides, in addition to pictures, give clues for leaf arrangement and margin edge, flower position and arrangement, stem structure and surface cover and more. The words they use, however, are in horticulture language you may not be familiar with. After attending this 3-hour workshop, with hands-on experience and reference material, you will be better able to successfully identify more plants.

Join us in May at the (virtual) FNPS Annual Meeting -

No travelling required!

The FNPS annual meeting will be held virtually from May 14th through 16th. Find more information and registration at:

Join us for Florida’s premier event focusing on the preservation, conservation and restoration of our natural lands, ecosystems, and local communities.  The 40th annual conference of the Florida Native Plant Society is focusing on “40 Years of Celebrating Native Florida” and will be held virtually on May 14-16, 2021.  Please share the news about this important conference with your colleagues and neighbors.  Customized opportunities are available for sponsors, exhibitors, and vendors.

There is something for everyone at this conference, including:

Amazing speakers on a wide range of subjects:  major conservation initiatives, restoration projects, public policy, and regional initiatives (Friday and Saturday)

  • Workshops
  • Cutting-edge research 
  • Current issues in restoration and conservation 
  • Landscaping for homeowners and urban planners
  • Networking and advocacy opportunities


Meeting Schedule and Location

We will be pausing our in-person meetings for a while. There is no meeting in May. We invite you to attend the FNPS annual conference which is virtual this year - no travelling required! See the FNPS website for details.

The Lake Beautyberry Chapter meets on the third Sunday of every other month 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.