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Date Posted: Jun 20, 2014
Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, will be the keynote speaker at the Florida Wildflower Symposium, Sept. 19 and 20 at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales. A nationally renowned speaker, Tallamy chairs the University of Delaware's Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology in Newark, Del. He has written more than 65 research articles and has taught insect taxonomy, behavioral ecology, and other subjects.
Tallamy's appearance at the symposium banquet on Friday, Sept. 19, is just one of the event's highlights. On Saturday, Sept. 20, there will be presentations by regional experts on wildflowers, native plants, wildlife and butterflies, and a workshop during which participants can design their own native wildflower landscape. Friday field trips include a stroll along the Wildflower Wayside Shrine Trail at South Florida State College, Avon Park. There will also be a wildflower propagation workshop, a tour of Bok's endangered plant nursery, and a guided walk of the gardens' sandhill restoration area. For news of registration opening, join our e-news list.
Date Posted: May 30, 2014
A recently released Florida Department of Transportation study conservatively estimates that roadside vegetation along the state highway system performs nearly a half-billion dollars worth of ecosystem services.
The study found that value would increase to $1 billion if sustainable vegetation management practices such as reduced mowing were adopted. The value would triple to $1.5 billion if wildflower areas were incorporated into roadside landscapes.
Ecosystem services include carbon sequestration, runoff prevention, and support of crop pollinators and other insects, as well as contributions to air quality, invasive species resistance and roadside aesthetics.
Date Posted: May 05, 2014
In urban landscapes, when the right Florida native wildflower or plant is used in the right place, it usually needs little help to thrive once established. But as a society, we've moved far away from utilizing our valuable natives when selecting plants for the landscapes that are closest to our doorstep. Instead, exotic and hybridized trees, plants and groundcovers have gained favor, many of which often require much more water, fertilizer, pesticides to grow in La Florida.
During National Wildflower Week (May 5-9), you can show your support for native, natural Florida by pledging to use La Florida's original vegetation in your landscape. You need not have an all-native yard to take the pledge. Even if you're starting with your first Florida native plant, you can participate!
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.