The Florida Native Plant Society, Nature Coast Chapter, had its biannual native plant sale on March 23 at the Harvester United Methodist Church, 2432 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes. Jonnie Spitller, chapter president, said a Florida native plant by definition is a plant that was recorded at the time when Ponce De Leon explored Florida. She said native plants are important to the state’s environment and create habitat for wildlife.
Customers at the plant sale could purchase plants grown in local native plant nurseries, which were accompanied by a plant profile to help them understand where to place in the yard and how to care for them. Chapter members and master gardeners also were there to answer gardening questions. Sale proceeds support the Florida Native Plant Society’s mission of preservation, conservation, and restoration of Florida’s native plants and the natural communities that support them.