Our meetings are notorious for intriguing topics and a great light supper. If you want to meet the "who's who" in Hernando County or just learn all about native plants come to our general meetings. We look forward to meeting you!
Our regular monthly meetings are held at 7:00 PM on the first Monday of the month. Arrive at 6:30 for a light meal and socializing.
Please note: Our meetings are currently held at Chinsegut Hill, 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road, Brooksville FL 34601 - Click here for mapOur calendar (scroll down) features our and other like-minded organizations activities working to preserve and restore Florida's native plant communities. Educational programs will help you learn about native plants, both in the wild and in landscapes.
by Arian Farid, Graduate Student
Along with plants and animals, fungi are one of the Kingdoms of life on Earth. To people who know only the mushroom, this is a mysterious hidden kingdom. However nearly all plants rely on fungal filaments to improve their root system's nutrient and water absorption.
Our program will provide an overview of fungi and mycorrhizae (aka fungi with a mutually beneficial relationship relationships with plants). Arian Farid, a student of fungi, will reveal their importance in evolution of plants, and show how most plants today still have these associations. You'll learn about the different kinds of mycorrhizae, as well as how they work.
Monthly meetings and programs of the Hernando Chapter are held on the first Monday of the month unless there is a holiday, and are open to the public, free of charge. Join us at the Chinsegut Hill Retreat, 22495 Chinsegut Hill Rd, Brooksville, FL 34601.
Florida Native Plant Society
Hernando Audubon Society
Chinsegut Conservation Center
About our Speaker: Arian Farid holds a BS in Environmental Science and Policy from USF, and is currently engaged in graduate studies in the Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology at the University of South Florida. His research interests include systematics and biogeography of fleshy fungi. He also performs field work and data entry at the USF Herbarium.