The fall season of the Citrus Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society starts on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at the Crystal Oaks Civic Center, 4958 W. Crystal Oaks Dr., Lecanto. 

Join us for our monthly meeting with speaker Linda Wilinski. Linda’s presentation “Explore, Experience & Embrace Wild Florida” traverses some of Linda’s favorite natural places to explore, with a focus on the scenery of Chassahowitzka, as well as an introduction to a few sometimes misunderstood keystone species. She’ll share a few photography tips from her adventures and examples of how we can all make a difference, big or small, because if nature thrives, we thrive.

Find her website at www.lindawphotography.com, where she also writes a blog about native plants.

The meetings start with Barbara’s Bits: “Native Plants for Pollinators” from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m., followed by refreshments from 6:45 to 7 p.m. The meeting will start promptly at 7 p.m. and will include chapter news, our “Plant of the Month” presentation, “What’s Blooming,” an opportunity to take home some native plants from our donation table and a chance to share information with others who enjoy native plants. Anyone with an interest is welcome to attend.

Other upcoming activities of the Citrus Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society include:

-- On Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 9-11 a.m., we will have our volunteers participate in monthly “Weeding Day” at the Crystal River Preserve State Park Visitor’s Center gardens. If you are interested in helping out (anyone can participate), bring your gardening tools, bug spray and water to drink. This is a great opportunity to learn more about native plants and meet other like-minded folks. The location is 3266 N. Sailboat Ave., Crystal River.

-- Citrus Chapter members will participate in “Save Our Waters” week with litter cleanups on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to noon, at two locations: Ozello Trail (meet at the John Brown Boat Ramp) and at the boat ramp in Chassahowitzka (on Miss Maggie Drive). For more information about these events, email citrusnps@gmail.com.

-- At 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, we will gather for our monthly field trip to Chinsegut WEA for a guided 1.5-mile hike through Big Pine Tract. Learn about native wildflowers, and how to utilize iNaturalist App for plant and animal identification. The location may be more convenient to drive directly to, however the parking lot is small. If you’d like to carpool (8:15 a.m.) from the College of Central Florida in Lecanto on County Road 491, contact Athena at borntrouper@yahoo.com. Downloading the iNaturalist app to your phone or device beforehand is best, but if you need help, arrive a little early.

For more information about the club, visit citrus.fnpschapters.org, email citrusnps@gmail.com or call 352-631-8444.

Gail Taylor is president of the Citrus County Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society.

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