Serving Suwannee, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette and Taylor Counties.

Sparkleberry Chapter meetings are held at 6:30 pm  on the

2nd Tuesday of each month, except July and August,

at Hatch Park, 403 SE Craven St., Branford, 32008.                                

Our monthly programs are free and open to the public. 


Officers & Committee Chairs - 2017

President:   Trish Haight,  
Vice President:  L
auren McFarland,  lauren@ilcs.net
Secretary:  Maggie McDonald,  m
& Diana Worden,  
Cyndi Sandlin,  csan1952@gmail.com
Chapter Representative:  Carol Sullivan,  csullivan12@windstream.net

Conservation Chair:  Carolyn Saft,  csaft318@ufl.edu
Program Coordinator:  Helen Whitley,  hpwhitley49@gmail.com
Logistics Coordinator:  Diana McDonnell,  DMMCD2@gmail.com
Membership Chair:  
Carol Sullivan,  csullivan12@windstream.net
Publicity Chair:  Sylvia Dunnam,  dunnams@windstream.net

Plan to attend our monthly meetings - bring a friend
or neighbor - all are welcome!



February 28, 2017 - Tuesday -1:00 pm - Growers Group Meeting
          For anyone interested in growing plants for our spring plant sale, this is your chance to see what can be done for this project.  We’ll have information on questions asked at the Chapter meeting about what to grow, how to grow it, is it native; and we can have hands-on learning to get familiar with the growing process.  It’s time to pot them now in order to establish a good root system prior to the sale.  Our annual plant sale is the only fundraiser for the Chapter so this is important!   Contact the Chapter Representative or President for more information, and why not plan to attend the Board meeting that will follow at 2:00 pm.

February 28, 2017 - Tuesday - 2:00 pm - Board Meeting
          Contact the Chapter Representative or President for more information.

March 14, 1017 - Tuesday - 6:30 pm - Chapter Meeting
- Hatch Park Community Center, 403 SE Craven St., Branford, FL  32008

          We will expand our knowledge by discovering ways to determine the right plants for your landscape.  This will include exploring some reliable websites to find the plants suitable for North Florida, along with the conditions required to grow them.  Getting the “Right Plant for the Right Place” is an essential part of the success of what you plant.  You will also learn to select plants that suit your particular needs, such as: showy flowers, nectar/host plants for butterflies, storm resistance, songbird attractors, light and water requirements, and much more.

          THANK YOU to all of you who attended the meeting on February 14th - it was a great discussion on invasive plants!  There will be a brief follow-up on a few issues that came up and a handout with additional information on the three other plants that were questioned.

April 11, 1017 - Tuesday - 6:30 pm - Chapter Meeting
- Hatch Park Community Center, 403 SE Craven St., Branford, FL  32008

- Upcoming Events for April -

Following are the events in which we would like to participate and represent Sparkleberry Chapter.  Volunteers are needed!   Tasks include: a Chair for the committee, a plan for the exhibit, and workers to set up, man, and break down the exhibit.  A schedule will be prepared to accomplish these tasks and insure that there are at least two people in the booth during the events.  Any task or any amount of time you can contribute will be appreciatedContact Chapter Representative or President to volunteer or for more information.

April 8 - Saturday - 8:30 - 3:30 - Alligator Lake Festival,
420 SE Alligator Glen, Lake City 32025

          Sponsored by Four Rivers Audubon - includes bird walks, walks highlighting butterflies and native plants, vendors, exhibitors, activities for children, etc.

April 15 - Saturday 8:00am -5:00pm - Suwannee River Catfish Festival
Greenway Park, Branford 32008

          This is a just the third year celebrating the wonderful Suwannee River right in the center of Branford (Old Train Depot Clubhouse, 307 S.W. Sugar Hill Street).  It starts with an early catfish fishing tournament, music all day, exhibitors and vendors with unique items to sell, and, of course, excellent catfish dinners available all day long!   Proceeds from the first two years festivals have provided $500 scholarships to students, (one from Branford High and one from Suwannee High), along with a generous donation to Fisher House, an organization providing lodging for families of veterans at the local VA Hospitals.  It is day full of fun that we enjoyed last year for the first time.

          We will participate again this year if we have enough volunteers  - we already have a couple, and a Chair for this event.  Contact Chapter Representative  or President to volunteer or for more information.

May 6, 2017 - Saturday - (tentative date) 10:00am - 2:00pm pm - Spring Plant Sale
- Branford, FL  32008

May 9, 2017 - Tuesday - 6:30 pm - Chapter Meeting
- Hatch Park Community Center, 403 SE Craven St., Branford, FL  32008

June 13, 1017 - Tuesday - 6:30 pm - Chapter Meeting
- Hatch Park Community Center, 403 SE Craven St., Branford, FL  32008

July and August - Summer Break - no Chapter meetings




Published on  February 17th, 2017