Wildflowers do much more than give La Florida, the “land of flowers,” its unique sense of place.
Because they’ve adapted to Florida’s conditions and pests, they typically require less water, fertilizer and pesticides than other flowers. They also support myriad native wildlife, from bees to hummingbirds.
Make plans to attend the 2015 Florida Wildflower Symposium at beautiful Harry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando on Sept. 25-26. The event will include sessions on Florida's bees and butterflies and the wildflowers they depend on, as well as landscaping for shade, wildlife and more.
Field trips to Central Florida's beautiful natural lands are planned for Sept. 25, along with dinner at Leu Gardens, featuring keynote speaker J.C. Cahill, an experimental plant ecologist best known as lead scientist on the PBS Nature series documentary “What Plants Talk About.” On Sept. 26, classroom sessions, workshops and a plant sale are planned. A variety of vendors will be on hand, too. Circle the calendar and make plans to join us! Visit the Symposium web page to view sponsorship opportunities and learn more.
Schools in 11 Florida counties will receive wildflower seed grants in the fall through the Florida Wildflower Foundation’s Seeds for Schools program. Grants were awarded to 28 schools, from pre-schools to high schools. The schools are in Alachua, Brevard, Broward, Franklin, Lee, Miami-Dade, Osceola, Palm Beach, Polk and Volusia counties.
The grants make it possible for students to learn about Florida’s native plant life through wildflowers that have evolved over thousands of years.more...
More than 38,000 visitors have had the opportunity to become better acquainted with the beauty and benefit of Florida's native wildflowers since the establishment of a wildflower demonstration garden at the Pinellas County Extension Center in Largo. The garden was funded by a $3,000 grant from the Florida Wildflower Foundation, Maitland.
A database holding thousands of research literature records collected by the Florida Wildflower Foundation during the past five years has been transferred to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to be hosted on its website, www.wildflower.org. The database includes white and gray literature on more than 290 Florida wildflower species, many of which also occur in the Southeast and West.
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