The Florida Wildflower Foundation is proud to partner with Bok Tower Gardens to bring the 2014 Florida Wildflower Symposium to the scenic Lake Wales attraction on Sept. 19 and 20. The event includes field trips, workshops, walks in the Gardens, and presentations by experts on wildflowers, native plants, butterflies and bees. There is also a landscaping track for those who want to learn about using natives at home. Cost to attend the event is $35 for FWF and Bok Tower Gardens members, and $45 for non-members, which includes a $5 donation to the Gardens.
Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, will speak at the symposium banquet, to be held Friday, Sept. 19, at the Gardens. Cost for dinner is $35 for FWF and Bok Tower Gardens members, or $45 for non-members.
The Gardens also will host a Wildflower Day on Sept. 20, which includes public events such as films, book signings and a presentation by Tallamy.
Click here to see the full schedule and to register.
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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.
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.
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