The Big Pine Key Society celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2011 with the slogan “Thirty five years and still growing.”

Our purpose is three fold:

  • To provide a forum by which individuals having a common interest in flora, both  terrestrial and marine, may exchange ideas, enhance their knowledge and expand their understanding of the flora ecology of the region.
  • To protect and enhance the botanical environment, working as individuals, as an organization, and in concert with community leaders and public officials.
  • To expand the body of knowledge relating to flora of the area through observation, data-gathering, and research.

The BPKBS meets from October through April on the third Thursday of the month at the Lord of the Seas Church on Big Pine Key.  Benefits of membership include a monthly newsletter The Prop Roots, use of the corporate card for free admission the Fairchild Garden and reciprocal participating gardens, and the  Christmas buffet at the December meeting.  Members also are able to preview and purchase orchids before the public, from the selection that Ernie Hudson, owner of Seacloud Orchids, brings  for sale at our December meeting.

Individual, family, and corporate memberships are available.