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Aug. 3, 2011- The Florida Wildflower Foundation has received funding from Visit Florida to publish a brochure that will guide residents and visitors to the best of the Panhandle’s native wildflowers. The region is widely regarded as one of the state’s best places to view wildflowers.
The publication will include a map highlighting wildflower viewing routes, state parks, national forests and refuges, visitor centers, and other places of interest in Liberty, Gadsden, Wakulla, Franklin and Leon counties. To help visitors identify native species, its reverse side will have labeled photos of common North Florida wildflowers. Also included will be a short history of La Florida, “land of flowers,” as this land was named by Juan Ponce de Leon when he sighted it on Easter Sunday in 1513. (Download the full news release)
John Moran photos available for ecotourism promotions
Aug. 3, 2011 - Thanks to funding assistance from Visit Florida, 80 beautiful photos of native Florida wildflowers are available for use in state ecotourism promotions.
The photo library, co-funded and managed by the Florida Wildflower Foundation, boasts a colorful bouquet of unique wildflowers, some of which occur nowhere else in the world. More than 3,000 species are found in La Florida, “land of flowers” – which was named by Juan Ponce de Leon when he arrived on Easter in 1513. The land’s bounty of spring flowers almost certainly influenced his name choice. (Download the full news release)
La Florida planting grants awarded in nine counties
June 15, 2011- The Florida Wildflower Foundation recently awarded $500 grants for 15 planting projects in nine counties through its La Florida, “Land of Flowers,” Community Grant Program. Grants will be used to acquire native wildflower seeds or plants for the projects. Program funding is provided by the generous donations received from Florida State Wildflower license plate sales and renewals.
To be eligible for the La Florida program, counties must have adopted a resolution to conserve Florida’s native wildflowers. Counties that applied for grants included Brevard, Duval, Lake, Lee, Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns, Volusia and Wakulla. Learn more about Wildflower Resolutions being adopted across the state. (Download the full news release)
June 14, 2011 – Five counties recently passed resolutions to conserve and preserve Florida’s native wildflowers. The resolutions The resolutions adopted by Taylor, St. Johns, Flagler, Lee and Duval counties raise awareness of wildflowers’ environmental, historical and cultural significance. They also identify properties and roadsides within the counties as candidates for planting and reduced mowing, which allows naturally occurring wildflowers to thrive while saving county resources.
Besides being beautiful, Florida’s native wildflowers are essential to healthy ecosystems and the support of crop pollinators. They also create civic pride while contributing to the sense of place that is unique to La Florida, “land of flowers.” (Download the full news release)
June 14, 2011 - Schools in 17 Florida counties will receive wildflower seed grants in the fall through the Florida Wildflower Foundation's Seeds for Schools program. Grants were awarded to 33 elementary schools, 10 middle schools, five high schools, a preschool and a K-12 science school.
The schools are in Brevard, Broward, Collier, Dade, Flagler, Glades, Indian River, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Santa Rosa, St. Lucie, Seminole and Volusia counties. (Download a list of participating schools)
The grants make it possible for students to learn about and experience Florida's native plant life through wildflowers that have evolved over thousands of years. Winning schools were chosen from 108 applications submitted by teachers. (Download the full news release)
March 18, 2010 – In a unanimous vote, Putnam County Commissioners recently passed a resolution supporting the conservation and preservation of Florida's native wildflowers.
Please see the PDF list for participating schools in your area.
Sept. 15, 2010 - Teachers, students and volunteers at schools across the state will plant native Florida wildflower gardens this fall, thanks to the Florida Wildflower Foundation’s Seeds for Schools grant program.
Because of these gardens, students, faculty, parents and community volunteers will have the opportunity to explore Florida’s environment, plant life and creatures through native wildflowers that have evolved over thousands of years. Teachers will use the gardens as a tool to help students achieve state academic standards in math, science and reading. Meanwhile, the gardens will beautify grounds and create school pride while supporting important pollinators, including butterflies.
Members of the community are invited to participate in this exciting project by helping with garden site preparation and periodic maintenance. Those who wish to lend a hand may contact Seeds for Schools grant administrator Claudia Larsen at email@example.com.
July 16, 2010 - In a unanimous vote, Marion County Commissioners passed a resolution last week supporting the use and preservation of Florida’s native wildflowers along Marion County roads, in parks and at managed municipal areas. (Download the full news release)
July 14, 2010 -The Florida Wildflower Foundation, Maitland, has received two grants from VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s official source for travel planning. The grants will help launch wild-flower viewing as an ecotourism opportunity in La Florida, “land of flowers.” (Download the full news release)
June 2, 2010 – The Lake County Commission Tuesday voted unanimously to adopt a resolution to conserve and preserve native wildflowers on county roadsides. The resolution acknowledges native wildflowers’ environmental, historical and cultural significance while promoting their conservation through management practices – including reduced mowing that can save money. Wildflowers are naturally prolific along Lake County’s roadways, including portions of U.S. Highway 19, State Roads 42 and 44, and County Roads 44A, 561, 445 and 439.
“I’m happy to see it,” Commissioner Elaine Renick said of the resolution as it was presented to the commission. “It’s not just good for the environment, it’s also good for our county.”
Florida Wildflower Foundation board chair Jeff Caster praised the county’s farsighted initiative, noting that wildflowers will be the prominent icon of the 500th anniversary celebration in 2013 of Ponce de Leon’s naming of La Florida, “land of flowers.”
John Moran wildflower photos
available for ecotourism promotions
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