Private Walk Event (FNPS)

Florida Native Plant Society Members:

We will visit Heartwood Preserve, a nature preserve and conservation cemetery located in Trinity. This property is part of the former Starkey Ranch, and borders the 18,000 acre Starkey Wilderness Preserve. We will explore the longleaf pine flatwoods habitat and also find a healthy cypress wetland running through the preserve. The flatwoods contain both longleaf and slash pines. We will look at how to tell them apart, discuss their differences and similarities, and also find the many other plant species that are commonly found in this highly diverse ecosystem. We will also note the beautiful results of our prescribed fire program, as we walk through the area burned last year (July 2018) and this summer (June 2019). The entire area we will explore is about 20 acres, so it is not a long hike but rather a pleasant walk. At this time of year (late November) we can expect to see many wildflowers in bloom, and have gorgeous weather. There is a comfortable new Welcome Center with restrooms, space to gather, and a water fountain to refill your water bottles. Please bring your own bottle (we eschew disposable water bottles), bug spray, sun protection.


Address: 4100 Starkey Boulevard, Trinity FL 34655.


Easy directions: Take SR 54 to Starkey Blvd, go up 1.5 miles north of SR 54 on the right side of the road and you will see the entrance. When you see the 3-board wood fence along some woods, begin to look for the entrance.

If coming from the north, turn onto Starkey Blvd off of Decubellis Rd. Go about 4 miles and it will be on the left. You will likely need to go past the entrance (our entrance sign faces the south, making the entrance hard to catch from the north), make a U-turn at the next street, and come back up to turn right into the entrance.

Are you a Member?: FNPS Website

Talk & Tour: Wildflower Walk

Talk & Tour: Wildflower Walk

Saturday, September 14, 2019


Join local plant expert Steve Dickman and Heartwood friends for this popular fall wildflower walk and see what’s blooming in the preserve. The Wildflower Walk will start at Heartwood Preserve’s Welcome Center, 4100 Starkey Boulevard, Trinity, 1.5 miles from SR 54. This walk will be one hour.


Steve has lead field trips for the Suncoast Chapter (Hillsborough County) of the Florida Native Plant Society for several years.

He has 22 years of public and private sector experience in Land Management in West Central Florida applying prescribed fire & working to control exotic pest plants.

Steve currently works as Environmental Land Management Technician for Hillsborough County Conservation & Environmental Lands Department.


Wear walking shoes, bring water, and sunscreen if you wish. This walk is appropriate for children age 5 years and older accompanied by an adult, but please leave your dog at home. Call if you have questions: 727-376-5111.


Let’s see how many Native (and not-so-native species) will be identified in 1 hour!



Talk & Tour: Earth Day

Earth Day Talk & Tour: Topic: “Native Plants Are Not Weeds!”



Saturday, April 21, 2018

 9:00 AM – 10 AM 

Join us for our monthly Talk & Tour Series at Heartwood Preserve.

Come and learn about Florida’s Native Plants from our Guest Speaker, a Master Gardener & a member of the Nature Coast Chapter of the Native Plant Society: Mary Ellen Gotto.

What are native plants?  What is the importance of native plants to the environment and for wildlife?

Find out more about purchasing and planting Florida Native Plants for your home. 

Handouts available to take with you AND one very lucky attendee will leave with a door prize: a Native Plant from Mary Ellen’s personal, award-winning garden!


This Talk & Tour will last about one hour, and all ages are welcome.

Reservations are not required but appreciated.

Meet at Heartwood’s Welcome Center.




Heartwood Preserve

4100 Starkey Blvd.

Trinity, FL 34655

(727) 376-5111


  • guided slow-paced walk

  • bring water

  • wear insect repellent if you wish

  • wear comfortable clothing & closed-toe shoes

  • call for questions/details/RSVP