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 - 2019

President:   Jenny Welch, flnaturegirl@outlook
Vice President:  L
auren McFarland,  lauren@ilcs.net
Secretary:  (vacant)

Treasurer:  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
Membership Chair:  
Carol Sullivan,  csullivan12@windstream.net
Publicity Chair:  Helen Whitley,  hpwhitley49@gmail.com

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



April 9, 2019 - Tuesday - 6:30pm - Chapter Meeting
Hatch Park Community Center, 403 Craven St., Branford, FL 32008
Program - “Creating a Wildlife Habitat”- Andre Marcil

Andre Marcil, who lives on a 10 acre tract in McAlpin, has been diligently working for several years to eliminate all invasive plant species, preserve the native species, and restore his land to a habitat that will sustain the fauna and flora it was intended to support.  In that process, he has has surveyed the trees and large shrubs on his property and has identified over 3,000 species that currently exist there.  That number does not include the smaller species of perennial shrubs, grasses and wildflowers that are there in abundance.  Andre is a Master Gardener, a Florida Native Plant member, a hobby photographer who has put all these skills to work fin undertaking this project.

The purpose of Andre’s presentation is to give us all an idea of how to even begin managing our own property for the native species so badly needed for a sustainable future.  Whether you have a 50’x100’ lot or a large acreage tract, having the right plants to attract the right pollinators, birds and other small wildlife species that have evolved together and depend upon each other is an important part of keeping some of the Real Florida for future generations.  Even the small step of planting a native shrub for birds to hide in can make a difference in the species of butterfly and pollinators that will come visit your yard.

We look forward to seeing you at our meeting.


4/10/19 - Wednesday - 10:00-11:30am @ Field Trip to Wildflowers of Florida, Inc.
- 27715 NW 107th Street, Alachua, FL 32615

We have made two previous visits to this farm that grows many native wildflowers and grasses and produces many of the seeds for the Florida Wildflower Growers Cooperatkive.  Both times it was in the  fall when  most of the crops had already gone to seed.  Even with mostly brown plants it was very interesting to see how seeds are gathered, processed and prepared for the next season of planting.  You won’t want to miss this treat. - we will be able to see the plants growing, and many of them will be in bloom!

For information to carpool or caravan to the farm contact Helen:  hpwhitley49@gmail.com


April 13, 2019 - Saturday - 9:00 am - 6:00 pm - SUWANNEE RIVER CATFISH FESTIVAL - Downtown Branford

          This fun event starts with a fishing tournament early in the morning for those who enjoy the competition, followed by craft, critter, food and miscellaneous other displays and vendors, along with live music through it all.  The highlight: CATFISH DINNERS SERVED ALL DAY LONG.

          Sparkleberry has participated in this event for the past three years, and we plan to have a booth again this year.  It’s a chance to show off a few native plants and meet some of the folks that come to enjoy the day. 


May 4, 2019 - Saturday - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm - SPARKLEBERRY NATIVE PLANT SALE -  Downtown Branford, {Right behind NorthFlorida Pharmacy, 305 US 27 SW, Branford, Florida 32008)

It’s time for our annual Native Plant Sale!  Come choose from a selection of FLORIDA NATIVE PLANTS specifically grown for this area of North Florida, including trees, shrubs, grasses, wildflowers and other perennials.   Plants are available in 4” to 3 gallon pots, prices vary by size of the pot and are kept very reasonable.  We will be on a vacant lot nicely shaded with large native trees to keep you cool and comfortable while shopping.  There’s plenty of parking area too.  Be sure to stop and look around - there may be just the plant you need for your yard!


May 14, 2019 - 6:30pm - Tuesday - Chapter Meeting
Hatch Park Community Center, 403 Craven St., Branford, FL 32008

June 11, 2019 - Tuesday - 6:30 pm - Yard Tour (no meeting)



Published on  April 5th, 2019