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Sea Rocket Chapter
Florida Native Plant Society

444 Columbia Blvd, Titusville, FL 32780

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Lois Harris

Vice President
Armand De Flippo


Monthly Sea Rocket Meeting moving to November 19th. This is Saturday at 2:00 pm. We do this each November to accommodate the Thanksgiving Holidays. Sea Rocket will be joining the Friends of Enchanted Forest Sanctuary that evening. The guest speaker will be David Sime, president of the Photography Club. He will be displaying photos taken at the Enchanted Forest.

Sea Rocket's monthly meetings are held at The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary, 444 Columbia Blvd, Titusville, FL 32780. Phone: 321-264-5185

Sea Rocket monthly meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm. Please email Lois Harris at for meeting information:.

All Sea Rocket meetings and activities are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Sea Rocket Chapter serves north and central Brevard County from Scottsmoor to Rockledge and east to Merritt Island, Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach.

REMINDER! The Sea Rocket Chapter does not meet in July and August; full programs resume in September.


The purpose of the Florida Native Plant Society ~ Sea Rocket Chapter is to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida, primarily through education and community outreach.

Monthly guest speakers provide programs on a variety of topics relevant to the mission of the Sea Rocket Chapter. Please view the current Sea Rocket newsletter for program information.

Monthly field trips to conservation lands in central Florida are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. View upcoming field trip information in the current Sea Rocket newsletter.

Sea Rocket Chapter volunteers maintain a native plant nursery and sell plants to the public at events throughout the year; for information on volunteer work email Lois Harris at

Recent improvements to our nursery

Date Line 11-11-16
Whew! The prototype water table has been completed. The table stands about 4 ft. high. It is 4 ft wide by 8 ft long, and 1 inch deep. The 1 inch is the allowed water level that will keep the plants moist. Why water from the bottom? The ground water we use at the nursery is full of iron. When we water the plants the iron deposits coat the leaves, cutting out the sun, thus killing the plants. By watering from the bottom the leaves will not get coated with iron oxide, and the plants will hopefully thrive. This table is a prototype to test the feasibility of following on with this method. The table is level within reason, the plastic is solid, and the plants are drinking, as required.

Our new

Today, 11-10-16, I saw "Nursery Nan" back in her burrow. I call her "Nan" because I've been told she is a girl tort. She was gone for a couple months but thankfully has returned.

Nursery Nan

11/16 - A recent addition to our Nursery is the "Water table". The reason for this table is because of the ground water quality we use to water our plants. Originally our water quality was poor at 3600 ppm salt. Many of our plants could not tolerate this level of salinity. The Board decided to sink another well, about 60 feet for salt free water. We did, and we got salt free water, BUT it was loaded with iron. O.K, I thought, not a problem. Not so, heavy iron content as we have is a problem. It coats the leaves of our plants with iron stain and cuts off the sun from their photosynthesis factories. No photosynthesis, no life. We were losing our plants to an artificial night. The object with this table is to have the plants sitting in water, maybe one inch layer of it. No water will coat the leaves. But will water from beneath

Sea Rocket's water table.

4/16 - The temperatures can get pretty high in the greenhouse, which is not good for the young and tender sprouts and rehabilitating plants the greenhouse is expected to house. We had shade cloth for over a year, but it too succumbed to the brutal Florida sun. Nothing we did seemed to tame the brutal heat built up in this structure. Sea Rocket abandoned use of the greenhouse idea. Eventually the County sold it and put in a storage building.

The Sea Rocket Chapter display and native plant sales at Earth Day Family Fun Festivals in Titusville's Enchanted Forest Nature Sanctuary.
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Seed propagation workshop
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Note: All future plans can change presently. If in doubt, verify the date and times are accurate. Page numbers below refer to the newsletter.
GUIDED NATURE HIKES - 10:00am - the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary. Bring hat, water and walking shoes. Groups of 5 or more, please RSVP. For more information, please call 321-264-5185.
FNPS Sea Rocket Chapter Nursery Workday — 9am-12noon, email Lois at for further info and schedule.
February 1 FTA Hike - Blue Springs Trail, meet at West entrance of Lowe's parking lot at I-95 and Hwy 50 in Titusville at 8:30 am.
February 4 Enchanted Forest Work Day in the garden, starts at 9:30. Volunteers needed to help keep the butterfly gardens attractive to butterflies and people.
February 4 Malibar Scrub Field Trip Starts at 9:00 am. Hosted by Dr. Schmalzer. See page 6 for all the details.
February 8 FTA Hike - Bull Creek Cemetery. Meet at Sams Discount Club at 4255 West New Haven in Melbourne at 8:30 am.
February 11 Pioneer Day Celebration at Sams House on Merritt Island. Sea Rocket will be there as an outreach opportunity. If you would like to spend a day in the1800s and enjoy a day of music and displays. Come on out and spend an for an hour or more I'm sure you will enjoy it and Sea Rocket would br proud to have you involved.
February 11 Barrier Island Center Ocean Treasures & Symposium from 10 am to 4 pm. We're talking Sea Glass here, with Talks, Walks, book signing with Richard LaMotte and Blair and Dawn Witherington. For more go to:
February 15 FTA Hike - Fox Lake Trail. Meet at West entrance of Lowe's parking lot at I-95 and Hwy 50 in Titusville at 8:30 am.
February 15 Lunch with Nature at the Enchanted Forest. At 12 pm. "Endangered Tillandsia and the Mexican Bromeliad Weevil" with Dr Teresa Cooper from The Save Florida's Bromeliads Conservation Program.
February 18 Enchanted Forest Work Day in the garden, starts at 9:30. Volunteers needed to help keep the butterfly gardens attractive to butterflies and people
February 18 Star Party at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary from 5 to 10 pm. Hosted by the Brevard Astronomical Society. For more information Contact Enchanted Forest at 321-264-5185.
February 19 Audubon Wind beneath our wings Event 4:30 to 7:30. venue on the Lake/Maitland Civil Center 641 S. Maitland Ave. Maitland, FL . Get your tickets by visiting by February 10, 2017. For questions or to RSVP by phone, call Vicky Johnston at 305-371-6396.
February 22 FTA Hike - Orlando Wetlands Park. Meet at West entrance of Lowe's parking lot at I-95 and Hwy 50 in Titusville at 8:30 am.
February 22 Sea Rocket General Meeting at 6:30pm. We will have Dr David Hall, one of the very few forensic botanist remaining in the U.S. Dr. Hall has a fascinating backlog of stories on how a thourgh understanding of plants has helped solve crimes. You don't want to miss the opportunity to hear Dr Hall speak.
February 24 KBB 2nd Annual Golf Tournament starts at 12:30 pm at the Cocoa Beach Country Club. All funds generated from this event will be used locally in support of KBB's mission of beautification, recycling and educational programs in Brevard County. For more info contact Pat Brown 321-631-0501 ext 201.
February 25 Seed Propagation Workshop -- 10:00am - noon -- Enchanted Forest Sanctuary. Taught by Lois Harris, Sea Rocket president & Master Gardener. FLYER
May 18 The Florida Native Plant Society 2017 Conference, "CONNECTIONS" , 2017 Save the Date and Reserve Lodging Now!

Please send calendar items to David Humphrey at
For a comprehensive view of Sea Rocket activities go to; events, "searocket".

Volunteers are needed all the time to keep the nursery and gardens in top shape. If you think you'd like to be involved, but are new to native plants, no problem! I volunteered with zero knowledge of native plants and have been taught by the best about native plants and how to grow them. If you are interested there are opportunities to learn and be a part helping Florida regain many of it's vanishing plants.

Volunteer opportunities exist for plant sales, or working the nursery, or helping to maintain the various butterfly gardens around the building.. Volunteering is a great chance to learn from the best, and meet and work with master gardeners, and experts in botany, and native plants, .

Current Program! - Ongoing

As explained in the attached PDF, Dr. Teresa Cooper is asking for some help with supplies. She will be speaking at the Sea Rocket June meeting (6-24) about this project. If you can help in any way contact Martha at or myself at and we'll get it to Dr. Cooper. -- David Humphrey

Dr. Teresa Cooper is currently conducting research in the Enchanted Forest for the species Tillandsia utriculata.
Webmaster: Tillandsia utriculata, commonly known as the spreading airplant, is a species of bromeliad that is native to Florida and Georgia in the United States.

Our gardens in the Enchanted Forest
Nature Sanctuary.

Sea Rocket greenhouse in the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary. Inside our Enchanted Forest Sanctuary greenhouse.
Our gardening plot in the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary. Some seedlings in our gardening plot in the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary.

Sea Rocket Chapter Completes Keep Brevard Beautiful Xeriscape Garden

The Sea Rocket Chapter has completed an 800 square foot pollinator garden at Chain-of-Lakes Recreation Area in north Titusville. Keep Brevard Beautiful awarded the Sea Rocket Chapter a Xeriscape Grant earlier this year to help offset some of the costs associated with the garden.

Sea Rocket's contribution to the project exceeded $1,800 in value and included over 140 hours of donated labor and nearly $500 in plant material. Volunteers planted 150 native plants representing 20 species, many of which are butterfly larval host plants.

The two halves of the garden are split by a hardened trail, making it easy for visitors to view the many native pollinator species which visit the plants, including several species of butterflies, moths, and dragonflies.

Chain-of-Lakes Recreation Area is located at 1614 Snowy Egret Drive. Contact Brevard County Parks & Recreation at 321-264-5105 for more information.

East Bed Completed West Bed Completed
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Eileen Szuchy's "A Sampling of Native Edible Plants of the Central Florida Region"
Dr. Paul Schmalzer's "Scrub Habitat"
Dr. Paul Schmalzer's "Woodland Habitat"

The Florida Native Plant Society

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