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.


The Chapter meeting location has changed.

We meet at: Cadwell Park Community Center, 4 Cassady St. Umatilla, 1:30pm – 3:30pm. Free City Parking is adjacent and across the street. Third Sunday every other month starting in January 2023.

March 19, 2023, Sunday, 1:30pm:  Florida Native Grasses Simplified -- 4 Cassity St, Umatilla

Presenter: Remy Partlow. Grasses are specialized wildflowers in a Family of flowering plants that produce seeds. The number of Florida native grasses is not an exact number, somewhere between 400-500!  This introductory presentation includes grass characteristics, life cycle, and environmental importance.

March 25, Saturday, 8-10am:  Coral Ardisa Invasive Removal

Forest Preserve behind W.T. Bland Library parking, 1995 N Donnelly St, Mt Dora

This is a monthly activity hosted by the library but supported by our chapter. There are 3 removal strategies: clip off the numerous berries and tag the shrub for removal, hand pick the carpet of numerous seedlings under and near the parent shrub, and dig up the shrub and its extensive root system.  Choose any one of those to work on.  All are important and your help is appreciated.  Each person contributes to the group success in this ongoing project.  Bring gloves, pruners and shovel. No registration. Show up whenever you can and stay as long as you can.

April 15, 2023, Saturday, 10am - noon:  Native Plant Sale by Lake Beautyberry Chapter -- W.T. Bland Library, 1995 N Donnelly St, Mt Dora.

the post for the plant sale

Included: guided tours of the Nunan Butterfly Garden, “Top 5 Native Plants for Pollinators” presentation at 10:30am, door prizes. 

Volunteers are needed to help set out plants, sell plants, be a cashier,
direct parking, greet attendees, and more. Please contact Nancy LaPointe at for any way you can participate to help this be a successful Chapter event. No experience necessary. 

May 21, 2023, Sunday, time TBD: Picnic/Potuck at P.E.A.R. Park under the Pavillion -- 4800 University Blvd, Leesburg 

Welcome all chapter members, new members, non-members. Enjoy, before or after eating, the great hiking trails from river front to open pasture of native wildflowers, use the bird watching blind, amble through the butterfly garden.  If you’re interested in learning more about native plants, the experts will be there. No registration required, just bring a dish to share.  Details will be posted on the website closer to the event date. Or, email Neta to be added to a contact list.    

The Lake Beautyberry Chapter meets on the third Sunday of every other month (odd months) at  4 Cassady St. Umatilla, FL.