New chapter of Florida Native Plant Society forming in The Villages

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A new Villages chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will have its initial meeting at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30 in the Periwinkle Room at the Big Cypress Recreation Center.

The speaker will be Karina Veaudry who has 26 years of experience as a landscape architect and is licensed in five states. Her resume includes park planning and design, municipal, commercial, greenways and trails, landscape ecology and federal projects. Karina is a public speaker on the topics of conservation planning, low impact/sustainable design, vegetated roof design, cistern systems, and the ecological benefits of native plants.  All projects focus on a sense of place and she educates government staff, homeowner associations and businesses on the importance on-site preservation, water conservation and the importance of native plants to increase biodiversity and reduce extinction rates.

Veaudry will providea history of the society and background on its mission, projects and activities.  You can find more information about FNPS, at this link:  http://www.fnps.org

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