About the Longleaf Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society

The Longleaf Pine Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society is located in Pensacola and serves the western Panhandle area. 

Mission. The Longleaf Pine Chapter (LPC) of the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) is one of 37 chapters within the state, collectively seeking to “promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida” (FNPS mission statement).

Community. Our chapter is a community of individuals from a variety of backgrounds whose expertise and interests range from hobbyist gardeners and naturalists, to native plant professionals, to experienced scientists. We strive to inform, demonstrate, and generate value within the general public for native plants and native plant communities; and, to be valued by community citizens, businesses, and local governments (city/county) as an authoritative source and collaborative partner for native plant and native plant community restoration, conservation, management, and landscaping, headquartered in Pensacola.

Activities. Monthly meetings are held on the second Thursday of the Month at 6:00 pm. Meetings are currently held as a hybrid platform. Members and guests can attend in-person at our new meeting location, the Pensacola Mess Hall, 418 Wright St, Pensacola, or attend virtually over Zoom. Contact fnps.longleaf.pine@gmail.com to be added to the Zoom Invitation. At these meetings we host educational talks given by various native plant experts and professionals. Topics are broad and include Florida native plant gardening, conservation and restoration, and much more. We also discuss community projects, plant swaps, and field trips (field trips are held monthly from spring through fall at various locations throughout our region). We encourage people to bring in plant samples for identification or if you just want to show off a plant. Join us to learn and to socialize with others interested in Florida Native Plants. Everyone is welcome! Other Chapter updates can be found on our social media sites https://www.facebook.com/longleaf.pine.fnps/ and https://www.instagram.com/longleaf_pine_chapter_fnps/.

 Chapter History. The Longleaf Pine Chapter began during the late 1970’s. Several local residents first joined the Florida State Native Plant Society before organizing into a local chapter. The first president was Larry McDonald, first secretary was Sonja Reigel, and first treasurer was Perrin Penniman. Early members included Harriet Krippes, Jim Burkhalter, Leland Leonard, Donald Ray, Perrin and Ed Penniman, and Glen and Vicky Butts. Past presidents included Larry McDonald, Eric Schnieder, and Cheryl Jones. Early community service included involvement with Habitat for Humanity, advocating for the use of native plants in lieu of exotics for home builds/repairs. Plants were donated by members, Perrin and Ed Penniman, who owned a backyard nursery business south of Olive Road, near I-10.  

An Invitation. Our Chapter is a dedicated group of knowledgeable and amateur native plant enthusiasts. We are eager to continue to grow and evolve with new ideas to further serve the interests of our members and expand our presence in the community. We invite anyone with interest in the preservation, conservation, and restoration of our native ecosystems, as well as gardening, landscaping, and land managers to join us.

Chapter Cabinet 

President: Kimberly Bremner

Vice President: Vacant                    

Secretary: Lynn Backes

Treasurer: Vicky Butts

Representative, Council of FNPS Chapters: Rotating Member across the Board

For Information about the chapter, e-mail:  fnps.longleaf.pine@gmail.com