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Bok Tower Gardens to host Florida Wildflower Symposium on Sept. 19-20

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.


Download our summer newsletter

In it you'll find articles on:

 
  • The 2014 Florida Wildflower Symposium at Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales
  • Where to view summer wildflowers
  • New wildflower resolutions adopted
  • Skyflower (Hydrolea corymbosa)
  • Gopher tortoises and their diet
  • FWF Member Chris Waltz
  • The first "Wildflowers, Naturally!" qualified landscape
  • Rattlesnakemaster (Eryngium spp.)
  • The Panhandle wildflower brochure migrating to the web

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Download our Fall newsletter

Date Posted: Oct 24, 2014

Florida's beautiful fall weather, with its comfortable temperatures and lower humidity, make it the ideal time to perform maintenance tasks that will keep wildflowers thriving in your landscape. Check out Claudia Larsen's advice on tidying up and collecting seeds in our fall newsletter.

Also in the newsletter:

  • A recap of the 2014 Florida Wildflower Symposium at Bok Tower Gardens, with photos.
  • A profile of Florida Wildflower Foundation member Jackie Rolly.
  • 2014 Wildflowers, Naturally! landscape winners
  • 2014 photo contest winners.
  • And more!

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FDOT study: Roadside ecosystem services valued at more than 1/2 billion dollars

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.

Read the news release.


 

Take the Wildflower & Native Plant Pledge

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!

Take the Pledge now!


 

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.

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All the News

Oct 24, 2014Download our Fall newsletter

May 30, 2014FDOT study: Roadside ecosystem services valued at more than 1/2 billion dollars

May 05, 2014Take the Wildflower & Native Plant Pledge

Feb 27, 2014FWF releases 2012-13 Annual Report

Feb 06, 2014FDOT adopts new wildflower program

Jan 06, 2014Download our Winter 2014 newsletter

Dec 31, 2013FWF board signs Clean Water Declaration

Dec 23, 2013Jan. 28 meeting in Tallahassee to review FDOT Wildflower and Natural Areas Program

Oct 30, 2013Download our Fall newsletter

Aug 08, 2013FWF awards 25 planting grants

Jul 30, 2013Dietrich to serve as FWF liaison between FDOT, Panhandle Wildflower Alliance

Jul 09, 2013Our summer newsletter is here!

Jun 25, 2013Despite veto, it's business as usual

Jun 13, 2013Join us at the 2013 Florida Wildflower Symposium

Mar 19, 2013Download our spring newsletter

Jan 31, 2013View our 2011-12 Annual Report

Jan 02, 2013Download our winter newsletter

Dec 20, 2012Moran exhibit to launch in Mount Dora

Nov 06, 2012FDOT, Panhandle Wildflower Alliance work together for Florida wildflowers

Oct 18, 2012Download our fall newsletter

Oct 05, 2012Join the Florida Wildflower Foundation in commemorating 500 years of La Florida

Aug 02, 2012Panhandle Alliance holds first meeting

Jun 20, 201213 La Florida community planting grants awarded in 11 counties

Jun 18, 20122012-13 Seeds for Schools grants awarded

Jun 06, 20127 counties, Live Oak pledge to conserve native wildflowers on roadsides

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