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Spring Native Plant Sale

Spring 2016 Native Plant Sale

The largest offering of native plants in North Florida will begin with an exclusive member’s sale at Morningside Nature Center on Friday, April 22nd, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Open to our members and members of the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) only.  Memberships are available at the gateCash, checks and debit/credit cards are accepted!

If you can't make it to the Member's sale or just want to have another opportunity to buy great plants, attend the open sale on Saturday, April 23rd, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Again, cash, checks and credit/debit cards.

  • Free expert plant advice at the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) booth
  • Free Park-A-Plant service that allows you to shop hands-free while we tag, store and help load your plants
  • Free naturalist-led wildflower walk at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday
  • Family-friendly event

For event information or to join Friends of Nature Parks (FoNP) or the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) please call (352) 334-3326. The Morningside Nature Center is located at 3540 East University Avenue.

LLP Youth Fiddle Contest @ the Cane Boil

fiddle poster pictureThe Longleaf Pine Youth Fiddle Contest will take place at Morningside Nature Center during the Cane Boil which is held every year the Saturday after Thanksgiving (November 28th this year). These two events bring together the traditions of giving thanks and fall harvest with a music tradition that has been so influential throughout the South. Bring your out-of-town guests, local relatives, friends, and family for a taste -- literally! -- of old-time Florida (ca. 1870) as the sugar cane boils into syrup and the fiddlers play their foot-tapping, hand-clapping best for the judges. Lots to see and do from 9:00 - 4:00 at 3540 East University Ave. Yeehaw -- see you there!

The Fiddle Contest begins at 10 a.m. and will conclude around 12 noon.  Admission for Adults over 12 years old  is $3, Kids 3-12 years old is $2 and children under 3 years old are free! Admission is waived for the contestants, contestants’ immediate family and one accompanist.

Three ways to register:  Use the form below to register on-line (quick, easy, secure & saves trees!); register in person at the event between 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.; or click the link at the bottom of the page to print a mail-in registration form.

This year's contest will feature three divisions each with cash prizes and ribbons for first, second and third place:

  • Sprouts (Beginners 7 or younger)
  • Seedlings (8 to 12 years old)
  • Saplings (Advanced players or those 13 to 18 years old).

Please read the Rules & Policies and Judging Criteria before registering. Thanks!

Register Here to Enter the Contest

To register a fiddler, fill in your information then click the Register button. 

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Click here to print a mail-in registration form.