Florida Wildflower Symposium keynote speaker Elisabeth Schussler will address the phenomenon of overcoming such “plant blindness” in her keynote address, “Helping People See Plants in a Plant Blind World,” at the Florida Wildflower Symposium in Orlando. Schussler’s talk is one of 18 hands-on workshops and educational presentations planned for the symposium, Sept. 22 and 23 at the Orange County UF/IFAS Extension on South Conway Road.
The event features a full slate of experts on planting and growing native wildflowers, creating habitat for bees and butterflies, landscaping and much more.
Dr. Walter K. Taylor will take us on an “All Yellow” photographic journey of wildflowers, and nature photographer Steven Long will share beautiful shots of Florida’s rare flowering plants. We’ll hear about “Sex in the Garden,” from Dr. Craig Huegel, and go behind the scenes of TV’s “Flip My Florida Yard,” with series star Chad Crawford, who also created the outdoors action series “How to do Florida.”
Orchid enthusiast Jennifer Reinoso will share how she became the protector of a rare orchid species she saved from roadside mowing, while firefighter Todd Angel zeroes in on “Florida’s Fire Flowers,” which need flames to thrive.
Friday, Sept. 22, will be devoted to five morning field trips to Central Florida’s natural attractions and afternoon conservation topics, including getting along with bears, the state of the Everglades, and environmental challenges facing the St. Johns River.
Participants also will be able to sign up for hands-on experiences, including wildflower propagation and meadow-planting workshops. In addition, the event will feature vendors, exhibitors and plants for sale.
For more information, or to register, visit FlaWildflowers.org/florida-wildflower-symposium/.