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
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
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9th Annual Native Plant Sale
We are accepting plant donations for the sale. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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