The Coccoloba Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society
(covering mostly Lee County, Florida)
Chapter Meetings (open to the public)
We meet at Holton Eco-Preserve at
Universalist Unitarian Church
located at 13411 Shire Ln, Fort Myers, FL 33912
on the THIRD THURSDAY of the month at 6:30 pm for socializing.
At 7 pm, our speaker will present an informative and relative topic.
Then, after a short business meeting, we will auction off native plants
donated by our members.
PLEASE NOTE: There is NO MAY OR DECEMBER MEETING.
These are our volunteer appreciation events (picnic and holiday party)
IMPORTANT NOTICE: THE CITY OF BONITA SPRINGS HAS ASKED THAT WE NOT ALLOW PUBLIC ACCESS TO CUTTING HORSE ECO-CENTER AT THIS TIME. THEY WOULD LIKE ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION BEFORE OPENING FOR CLASSES, GARDEN TOURS AND NURSERY SALES.
THE GARDENS ARE OPEN FOR VOLUNTEERS TO MAINTAIN THE PROPERTY GENERALLY ON SATURDAYS FROM 10-2. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER, PLEASE CONTACT MARLENE AT (239) 273-8945 OR RODAKMA@MSN.COM
UPDATE: WE ARE OPENING SOON!!!
Did You Know?
Through native plant sales and grant plantings,
the Coccoloba chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society
has provided over 100,000 native plants to Lee County over the past decade.
With the generous support of our sponsors, we can continue providing FREE OUTREACH, along with plant sales, field trips, public plantings and more. Thank you so much to Lee County Division of Natural Resources, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, City of Bonita Springs, Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council, and Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program. Welcome aboard FPL/Nextera!
It is with the heaviest of heart that your Coccoloba Chapter Board announces the passing of Dick Workman at his home this week. For many of you, Dick is the reason you joined FNPS. He was instrumental in so many aspects of Lee County and Florida. He was the first director at Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation and he started the native nursery there. His was one of the founders of the Florida Native Plant Society and our Chapter. He was a past FNPS president. Dick has been a mentor to the Board and our Chapter. We are devastated in this loss. To many of us, he was simply a friend. He leaves many friends to mourn. We will move forward. Dick created the foundation of an organization that will function and thrive despite his departure. He taught us well. We must move forward in his memory. We anticipate his family and friends will have a ceremony of some sort in the future – when Dick’s siblings can travel here to participate. In the meantime, please keep his family in your thoughts. Your Coccoloba Board of Directors.
If you attended Dick's memorial service, you heard Amy Bennett Williams read a poem. This is that poem (emphasis added):
Any man’s death could end the story:
his mourners, having accompanied him
to the grave through all he knew,
turn back, leaving him complete.
But this story is not the story of a life.
It is the story of lives, knit together,
overlapping in succession, rising
again from the grave after grave.
For those who depart from it, bearing it
in their minds, the grave is the beginning.
It has weighted the earth with sudden
new gravity, the enrichment of pain.
There is a grave, too, in each
survivor. By it, the dead one lives.
He enters us, a broken blade,
sharp, clear as a lens or a mirror.
And he comes into us helpless, tender
as the newborn enter the world. Great
is the burden of our care. We must be true
to ourselves. How else will he know us?
Like a wound, grief receives him.
Like graves, we heal over, and yet keep
as part of ourselves the severe gift.
By grief, more inward than darkness.
The dead become the intelligence of life.
Where the tree falls the forest rises.
There is nowhere to stand but in absence,
no life but in the fateful light.
Ended, a story is history;
it is in time, with time
lost. But if a man’s life
continue in another man,
then the flesh will rhyme
its part in immortal song.
By absence, he comes again.
There is kinship of the fields
that gives to the living the breath
of the dead. The earth
opened in the spring, opens
in all springs. Nameless,
ancient, many-lived, we reach
through ages with the seed.
The Mission of the Florida Native Plant Society is to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration
of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida.
Support our research and activities by becoming a member today.
Membership dues and donations are tax-deductible.
Native Plant Sale:
Please register for SITE VISITS so we know you are attending and can contact you with important updates. Addresses will be supplied with registration.
In case of inclement weather, we will try to contact you with a status. However, please feel free to contact us before leaving home if the weather is sketchy.
None at this time.
DID YOU KNOW ...
Often, we will use native plants during our outreach events and classes. These plants are offered for sale at the end of the event. Why?Because native plants are not always easy to find and purchase. Therefore, we can help you get started right away providing vital food and habitat to our local wildlife.