Florida Wildflower Foundation News
FWF releases 2012-13 Annual Report
Date Posted: Feb 27, 2014
Thanks to your support, thousands of children are experiencing Florida’s native wildflowers, growing them at school and learning about their connection to the food on our tables.
You’ve also helped fund an effort to ferret out and make available scientific data on wildflowers to researchers, growers, restoration ecologists, citizen scientists and more. And through a traveling photography exhibit, your support is bringing a new awareness of the beauty and vitality of native habitat to Floridians.
Read more about what you helped us accomplish - download the Foundation's 2012-13 Annual Report.
FDOT adopts new wildflower program
Date Posted: Feb 06, 2014
TALLAHASSEE - Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad recently signed the department's new Wildflower Management Program Procedure, which will allow more of the state's native wildflowers to flourish along roadsides through reduced mowing and other management practices.
FDOT state transportation landscape architect Jeff Caster said, “Roadsides are the state’s most visited and visible landscape. The department is committed to increasing the visibility and enjoyment of native wildflowers.”
"We salute the department in enacting this forward-thinking program," said Vince Lamb, Florida Wildflower Foundation board chairman. "In Florida, wildflower tourism is building as its own brand of ecotourism, as is exemplified in the eastern Panhandle. There's no doubt that FDOT's new statewide procedure will help preserve native wildflowers, the most beautiful roadside assets of all."
Not only are they beautiful, wildflowers provide habitat for the pollinators vital to Florida's agricultural success. Together, they are essential to the production of every third bite of food we eat.
On Jan. 28, the Florida Wildflower Foundation and the Magnolia Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society hosted a meeting of more than 100 Panhandle Wildflower Alliance members in Tallahassee to introduce the new program. Established in 2012, the Florida Panhandle Wildflower Alliance is an informal network of regional wildflower enthusiasts that advocates for conservation of wildflowers in the state’s Eastern Panhandle.
Download our Winter 2014 newsletter
Date Posted: Jan 06, 2014
The Florida Wildflower Foundation's Winter newsletter is now available. In it you'll find news about:
- The Foundation's new "Wildflowers - Naturally!" recognition program, to be rolled out in February
- The Panhandle Wildflower Alliance efforts to preserve and conserve regional wildflowers
- Wild petunia (Ruellia caroliniensis), a great native to try in your garden
- Extraordinary FWF member Gary Henry
- The Gary Henry Research Endowment's first supported graduate student, Nicholas Genna
- Dixie Tate, our new Annual Fund Manager
Download your copy now.
FWF board signs Clean Water Declaration
Date Posted: Dec 31, 2013
The Florida Wildflower Foundation board of directors recently voted unanimously to sign a the Floridians' Clean Water Declaration. The document recognizes that people have a right to clean water and that Florida water quality and quality are inseparable. It also declares that all Floridians have the right to safe, lakes, streams, rivers, springs and canals; protection from water pollution and known sources of pollution, and abundant water for drinking and recreation.
"Our industries, citizens and government have a responsibility to stop water pollution and to protect the environment and its ecosystems and wildlife," said board chairman Vince Lamb. "By signing the document, we agree to its principles and undertake the responsibility to increase awareness of our water resources and how they relate to our own health and that of our environment."
Nineteen organizations hosted the Citizens’ Clean Water Summit at the University of Central Florida on Nov. 16. Approximately 300 people attended this one-day event with representatives from 170 organizations extending from the Keys to Jacksonville. A draft of the declaration was presented and discussed during the summit. A committee reviewed the comments and prepared the final version of the Declaration. A list of the organizations supporting the declaration can be seen on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FCWDcampaign.
The Florida Wildflower Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Maitland, Fla. Its mission is to enrich lives with Florida's native wildflowers, which it does through statewide education, planting and research programs. Learn more: www.FlaWildflowers.org.
Download the news release.