Photographic Centre To Host Florida Native Plant Society July 17

“Halictus poeyi bee on Gaillardia” by Susan Lerner.

The Palm Beach Photographic Centre will host the monthly meeting of the Palm Beach County chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society on Tuesday, July 17.

In addition, starting at 6:30 p.m., the Photographic Centre will host a special reception focused on its current exhibition, “Renewal: Going Native,” featuring 100 images of the beauty from Florida’s native landscape taken by 18 extraordinary photographers.

The monthly meeting of the local chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will start at 7:30 p.m. and will include a photo lecture by Susan Lerner on “Discovering the Insects in the Native Garden.”

“I will be introducing many of the outstanding insects that visit the native flowers in my garden,” said Lerner, president of the local Florida Native Plant Society chapter. “My goal is to encourage everyone to discover who’s visiting flowers in their garden and talk about how to photograph, identify and learn about them.”

Photographs by Lerner are included in the “Renewal: Going Native” exhibition, along with works by Kevin Barry, Donna Bollenbach, Richard Brownscombe, Christina Evans, George Gann, Roger Hammer, Kirsten Hines, Craig Huegel, Teri Jabour, Mary Keim, Susan Kolterman, Don Marchetto, Chuck McCartney, Rufino Osorio, Rebecca Sabac, Loret Setters and Peg Urban.

“Images in this exhibition range from exquisite close-ups of flowers to mysterious landscapes, and from wild natural areas to planned private gardens,” said Fatima NeJame, president and CEO of the Photographic Centre. “Our goal is for the viewer to experience the joy and aliveness of the native landscape.”

Established in 1981, the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the preservation, conservation and restoration of native plants and native plant communities of Florida. Monthly meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month, usually in the auditorium at Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach. Each meeting has an educational lecture related to Florida native plants, a native plant raffle and refreshments. For more information, visit

The Photographic Centre is located at the downtown City Center municipal complex at 415 Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and closed Sunday. For more information, call (561) 253-2600 or visit or