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FANN 2013 Annual Meeting & Native Landscape Maintenance Workshop

FREE and for FANN members only: get out of the heat, have fun and learn along with your colleagues in a LEED Platinum education facility in the heart of Florida’s ancient scrub on Friday, August 2, 2013 at the Archbold Biological Station in Highlands County.

WHERE: Frances Archbold Hufty Learning Center at Archbold Biological Station
123 Main Dr, Venus FL 33960 — near Lake Placid — just a couple of hours from Miami, Naples, Orlando, Palm Beach, Tampa … and 3 hours from Gainesville …
Special $69 rate for Thursday night at The Lake Grassy Inn — Call 863-465-9200 and tell them you’re with FANN (limited number of rooms available at this rate, call early and save!)

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WHEN: Friday, August 2, 2013
8:00-8:30am – Coffee, check-in, welcome & introductions
8:30-9:00am – Landscape tour with Stacey Smith, Archbold plant ecologist
9:00-10:30am – Maintenance presentation & demonstrations in the landscape with Paul Abel of The Natives
10:30-10:45am – Break
10:45-11:20am – Group discussion, Q & A on maintenance
11:20-11:30am – presentation
11:30am-12:30pm – Lunch onsite
12:30-12:45 – FANN news & updates
12:45-1:15 – Annual Membership meeting with election
1:15-2:30 – Board of Directors meeting

FANN is adding a Native Landscape Maintenance Workshop to our Annual Meeting program this year, with the goal of identifying best practices that we can all share with our clients. As more people use our plants, more questions come up about how to maintain the plants and the landscape. And as you know, the rules — at least some of them — are different for native plants. Paul Abel from The Natives will kick off the discussion with hands-on demonstrations in the all-native landscape surrounding the Frances Archbold Hufty Learning Center at Archbold.

PLUS we’ll learn about a brand new service for nurseries who would like to reach new, local online shoppers:


for making things easier for FANN:

Green Isle Gardens Nursery

Green Isle Gardens Nursery in Groveland — growing native plants for upland wildlife habitat and landscape. We grow milkweed! and more …

A web-based marketplace that gives plant nurseries, garden centers, landscapers and small farms/hobbyists the ability to sell plants online to new local shoppers.

Foliage industry leader raising plants and standards since 1968.