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!




May 6, 2017 - Saturday - 10:00am - 2:00pm pm - Spring Native Plant Sale
- Houston Avenue, Branford, FL  32008

Mark your calendar to come by this year’s sale!  There will be a nice assortment of wildflowers, grasses, perennials, vines, shrubs and trees, in sizes starting with 4” pots.  All plants are locally grown REAL FLORIDA NATIVES that are suited to our particular area.  

Make a list of the plants you want for your yard and come shopping at our sale.  There will be spring and fall bloomers, trees for shade, shrubs for greenery, bird and butterfly attractors and more.  There are too many to mention, but here’s just a FEW that will be available for you to choose from:   Purple Coneflower,  Sunshine Mimosa, Wild Petunia, Carolina Jessamine, Oakleaf Hydrangea, Shumard Oak, Spiderlilly, Scarlet Hibiscus, Sugarberry, Redbud, Softhair Coneflower and Coontie.

The new location for this year’s Plant Sale is one block north of US 27 (right behind North Florida Pharmacy).  It’s a nice city block with lots of space and big trees for shade.  Be sure to check it out!

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

The Suwannee River now has it’s own Riverkeeper!  John Quarterman was appointed as the first SUWANNEE RIVERKEEPER in December by WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc., the organization of Riverkeepers for south Georgia and north Florida.  His wife, Gretchen, is Executive Director of WWALS, and she is also involved with the Georgia Native Plant Society.  Between the two of them, we will hear how the Suwanne Riverkeeper works for conservation and stewardship of our rivers, what WWALS is about, get some updates on local matters effecting the Suwannee River, and some insight into a native plant group from another state

May 23, 2017 - Tuesday - 2:00 pm - Board Meeting 

June 13, 2017 - Tuesday - 6:30 pm - Chapter Meeting
- Hatch Park Community Center, 403 SE Craven St., Branford, FL  32008

Among other topics, there will be a hands-on “Cuttings Workshop”.  Wouldn’t you like to know how easy it is to start your own plants?  All the supplies will be provided, plant material will be available, or you can bring a piece of your favorite native plant to try your luck.  Everyone will have some starts to take home from this session to see how the will grow at home.

June 27, 2017 - Tuesday - 2:00 pm - Board Meeting


July and August - Summer Break - no Chapter meetings


September 12, 2017 - Tuesday - 6:30 pm - Chapter Meeting
- Hatch Park Community Center, 403 SE Craven St., Branford, FL  32008

“Beneficial Insects” is the topic for our first meeting after the summer break. Taryn Evans, a naturalist and true pollinator lover, will be our guest speaker.  Every “bug” in our yards is not out  to destroy your gardens or chase you down and attack!  Taryn will help us identify the native bees, wasps, beetles and others that are doing the important job of pollinating our plants every day.   Get a head start on her topic by reading “Native Pollinators in Your Garden” in the Guide for Real Florida Gardeners, Fall 2016-2017, that you recently picked up at our meeting.



Published on  May 4th, 2017