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Liatris bloom in pine flatwoods

Field trip: Heartwood Preserve

Heartwood Preserve is the first conservation cemetery within a nature preserve in the Tampa Bay area. Join us on this unique opportunity to learn about the efforts to conserve and permanently protect this endangered natural habitat through environmentally friendly burial options. Visit longleaf pine flatwoods and cypress wetlands. Learn the land’s history and management, the importance of fire ecology and the process of conservation burial.

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Alice's Pond at Mead Garden

Annual Meeting at Mead Botanical Garden

Florida Wildflower Foundation members are invited to join us Sunday, Oct. 6 at Mead Botanical Garden in Winter Park for our annual membership meeting. Enjoy a guided walk through Mead’s native gardens and restoration areas, followed by light hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Browse a selection of native plants from Green Isle Gardens. Dr. Jaret Daniels of the Florida Museum of Natural History will present “All Landscapes Matter.”

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Backyard Biodiversity Day and Native Plant Sale at Mead Garden

2019 Backyard Biodiversity Day

Join us at Mead Botanical Garden on Saturday, Oct. 19 for a free, family-friendly event featuring a native plant sale, guided hikes, workshops, live music, food trucks and kids’ activities. All proceeds benefit Mead Garden’s ecological restoration projects.

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Clayton Hutcheson Facility at Mounts Botanical Garden

Join us at The Native Plant Show

The Native Plant Show combines classes and exhibits to highlight the beauty, functionality and diversity of native plants now available. See live plants and talk to experts: growers, retailers, landscape and environmental professionals. Learn to plant what works from the professionals who use native plants every day, and benefit from their many years of experience with commercial, residential, institutional and natural restoration sites. Find everything you need to make native plants your new norm.

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Silver-spotted skipper

Know your native pollinators: Silver-spotted skipper

You might find one of these creatures hanging upside-down, but it’s not a bat (or a vampire). It’s a Silver-spotted skipper!

The Silver-spotted skipper is one of the largest, most widespread and recognizable skippers. It has a quick jerky flight that is typical of skippers. This type of butterfly is common and can be found from northern Mexico to southern Canada, as well as most of the continental United States.You can find Silver-spotted skippers throughout Florida. These butterflies enjoy a disturbed habitat, open woods, foothills, stream sides, prairie waterways, edges of forests, swamps, brushy areas and other open areas with nectar plants.

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Gulf fritillary on Elliott's aster, Symphyotrichum elliottii

Know your native pollinators: Gulf fritillary

The Gulf fritillary is sometimes known as the Passion butterfly — so named because of its ardor for Passionflower. You will find so much to love about this unique pollinator!

Gulf fritillaries are medium-sized butterflies with elongated forewings that live in the extreme southern United States. Outside of the U.S., they are a broad-ranging species, found throughout Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and into South America.Gulf fritillaries enjoy a variety of habitat including sunny roadsides, disturbed areas, edges, fields, pastures, woodlands, second-growth semitropical forests and urban areas like parks and yards. You may even find them blithely floating around your butterfly garden.

 

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