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A Plant Sale and A Walk in the Woods ..

We cannot get together for a regular meeting in November, so we are collaborating with Green Isle Gardens to offer a assistance with your plant selections on Saturday, October 24th from 9 am to 1 pm


If you have been following our Facebook Page, then you have seen some great examples lately and the two recent issues of The Palmetto, the FNPS quarterly newsletter, have excellent articles on wildflower meadow planting. We are collaborating with Green Isle Gardens to offer a special day for members of Lake Beautyberry to shop. Some of sale proceeds will return to the chapter. There are great plant selections, extra assistance with plant choices and supporting the chapter too. What could be better?

What are we using funding for? Three things in particular:

  •  Supporting FNPS purchase and maintenance of sensitive lands.
  •  Supporting Student travel to meetings (when such things are possible again).
  •  Seminole Forest Warea Tract maintenance.

We will have LBB members at Green Isle Gardens from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. to assist with plant choices. Of course, the GIG staff are there too if we cannot answer your questions. All FNPS members do get a 10% discount on their purchase. If you are not currently a member, we can help with that too. Green Isle Gardens requests that groups be no larger than 4 persons, following social distancing guidelines and wearing a mask when interacting with staff and at checkout.

Where is Green Isle Gardens? Located south of Groveland at 11303 FL State Road 33, Groveland, FL 34736. Go south on SR 33 from SR 50 about 3 miles and watch for the gardens on the right. If you have any questions about the event, please contact us at

Plant Walk at Clearwater Lake – Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

Have you been for a walk to enjoy Florida’s Fall Wildflowers? If you haven’t, or if you have and you want to savor the last few blooms while enjoying the company of native plant friends, Beautyberry will have a walk at Clearwater Lake on November 1st. A few of the things we should see in color during a late Fall walk in the sandhill and around the lake are: Indian Paintbrush, Wild Sensitive Plant, Lop-sided Indian, Love and Chalky Bluestem Grasses, dainty Rice Button Aster, and many other sandhill and lakeshore plants. The walk will be about a mile, maybe a little more and while there is a trail, it is uneven ground.

We will meet at 1:00 p.m. at the first small parking lot at Clearwater Lake Recreation Area, Ocala National Forest, 24511 CR, 42 Paisley, Florida 32767. If there is space in the first lot, it is free. In the Day Use Area the parking fee is $5.50. Dress and prepare for the outdoors, insect repellant is highly recommended. Spaces are limited and pre-registration is required. To reserve a space, email your name and the number of spaces you wish to reserve to: For more information call Lavon Silvernell at 352-223-4761.

If you want to socialize a bit more and increase the value of natural areas to the local community by spending money there, some of us will be visiting Palermo’s Pizza just down the road in Paisley. The restaurant has limited outdoor dining, so if you plan to join the group, please mention Palermo’s when you email your RSVP. Thank you.


Meeting Schedule and Location

We will be pausing our in-person meetings for a while. There is no meeting in November. Our next sceduled in-person meeting is in January 2021. We will send out details as soon as we know them.

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.