Events

This is the most up-to-date listing of upcoming events for the Ixia Chapter. For a calendar of all events of the Florida Native Plant Society and its chapters, click on this link FNPS CALENDAR.  You can also access all of FNPS's past Lunch & Learn series at this link LUNCH & LEARN ARCHIVE

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Chapter Meeting - No Mow March

March 6, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm - Garden Club of Jacksonville, 1005 Riverside Avenue, Jax 32204 and simulcast on Zoom (social period 6:00-6:30; meeting & Zoom begins at 6:30) 
 
Speakers: Deidre Irwin, Water Conservation Coordinator, St. Johns Water Management District and Tonya Ashworth, Extension Agent, UF/IFAS Extension Duval County.
 

Lawns cover 40 million acres in the US which makes them the largest single irrigated crop we grow.  They provide little benefit and are often harmful to wildlife.  These presentations will show how to rethink the American lawn and make it more beneficial to our wildlife, including the use of Freedom Lawns and other techniques to build pollinator friendly, sustainable landscapes

Register in advance for this meeting:https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtfuqurz4oH9UMx0A_eKjdVOAQqR6eBDwo

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

No registration is necessary if you will be attending the meeting in person.

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7 Creeks Fest

March 9, 10:00 am to 3:00 PM, Betz-Tiger Point Preserve, 13990 Pumpkin Hill Rd, Jax 32226

This family-friendly, fun event celebrates the 7 Creeks Recreation Area and raises awareness of these preserved public lands and how we can help protect them. Activities include hands-on nature activities, environmental exhibitors, guided hikes, kayaking & biking, junior ranger angler fishing clinic, music, food trucks and more.

The Ixia Chapter will have an outreach table and lead two nature walks (no RSVP required).

  • 10:00am Wildflower Walk, Pumpkin Hill State Park Trailhead
  • 12:30pm Native Plant Walk, Cedar Point Preserve Fitzpatrick Creek Trailhead

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Boone Park South Restoration

March 23, 9:00 am to 11:00 am – Boone Park South, 1760 Van Wert Ave, 32205 (corner of Van Wert & Riverside Avenues)

Volunteers from the Friends of Boone Park South and Ixia Chapter will be planting native plants in areas where we removed invasives last month.

Some of the plants going into the swampy area are Scarlet Rose Mallow, Swamp Milkweed, Rose Swamp Milkweed, Savanna Iris, Bidens Mitis, and White Sands Spiderlily. 

We'll also be planting  Softhair Coneflower, Wild Coffee, Carolina Silverbell, Red Buckeye, and Chickasaw Plum in and around the park.

Please bring shovels, trowels or your favorite planting tools, gloves, water, and dress for the weather. 

If you are not comfortable working with plants, you can help pickup and dispose of trash in the park.

Come out early, work in the great outdoors and then get on with the rest of your day knowing that you have helped improve your park.

No RSVP is required to participate. Meet at the Van Vert Avenue and Riverside Avenue entrance. 

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Tree Hill Invasive Plant Roundup

March 30, 10:00 am to 11:30 am, Tree Hill Nature Center, 7152 Lone Star Road, Jax 32211

Right in the heart of Jacksonville sits Tree Hill Nature Center, a nature preserve boasting 50 acres of unspoiled nature, trails to explore and wildlife exhibits. The Northeast Florida Sierra Club and the Ixia Chapter will be sponsoring an invasive plant round-up to help Tree Hill get rid of the coral ardisia, air potato and other invasives that unimpeded will turn healthy habitat into a monoculture of those invasives.  Monocultures destroy the diversity of plant life that allows diverse animal populations to prosper. 

There will be a training session to help you identify invasive plants and learn how to safely remove them without encouraging more. Afterwards, join us on a short hike or visit the museum exhibits and animals, especially the goats, who always need a good petting.

Please bring water, gloves and pruning shears. Tree Hill will supply bags, shovels & everything else that will be needed.

Meet at the Nature Center main office (the pyramid)  which is located near the parking lot at the west entrance to the center.

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Native Park Workday

April 6, 8:30 am to 11:30 am - Native Park, 3306 Park Street, Jax 32205
 
This is the Ixia Chapter monthly workday in our adopted Native Parks to remove weeds and perform other maintenance.  Come anytime and work for an hour or two. Bring gloves, your favorite garden weeding tools, water and any other refreshments & snacks you like. Dress for the weather & wear closed toed shoes. You will learn about native plants and meet people with shared interests in gardening and native plants.  No RSVP is required to participate.

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9th Annual Native Plant Sale

April 13, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm - Native Park, 3306 Park Street, Jax 32205
 
Plants for sale include flowers, shrubs, trees, vines, ferns and ground covers, all native and appropriate for northeast Florida.  The selections were propagated from seeds, seedlings or cuttings from Ixia volunteers’ yards & the Native Parks.  Knowledgeable volunteers will be available to answer questions and offer advice about specific plants.  Several commercial native nurseries will also be participating in the sale.
 

We are accepting plant donations for the sale. Please send an email to ixiachapter@gmail.com if you have plants to donate and to receive donation instructions.

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Future Chapter Meetings

The Ixia Chapter meetings for the remainer of 2024 listed below will be held at the Garden Club of Jacksonville. Meeting speakers and topics are subject the change so check our Events page or see our monthly Events Newsletter for the current schedule of speakers and topics.

April 3 - Dying & Coloration with Native Plants - Maria Calderon

May 1 - Propagation of Wildflower Seeds - Lindsey Pickard, Amelia Native Wildflowers

June 5 - Bartram's Ixia, Adam Arendell

July - No meeting

August - No meeting

September 4 - Keith Ashley, University of North Florida Archaeologist

October 2 - Coreopsis integifolia, Hanna Rosner Katz, Florida Native Areas Inventory

November 6 - Haley Moody, Blue Springs Institute

December - No meeting

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Looking for great native plant content? Check out all of FNPS's past Lunch and Learn series at this link

The map below shows the location of Native Park

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.