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Dr. Walter Taylor receives 2018 Coreopsis Award

Dr. Walter K. Taylor, University of Central Florida professor emeritus of biology, has received the Florida Wildflower Foundation’s T. Elizabeth Pate Coreopsis Award for his lifetime of contributions to La Florida, “land of flowers.”

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Chris Waltz earns MVP Volunteer award

Chris Waltz of Palm Bay was named the 2018 MVP Volunteer of the Year by the Florida Wildflower Foundation at its Florida Wildflower Symposium in Orlando on April 28. At Foundation events, you’re likely to find Chris unpacking, setting up, teaching and promoting native plants.
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Sex in the garden — just what’s going on out there?

Gardens are such peaceful places: colorful, tranquil, quiet except for the comforting buzz of a bee or the fluttering wings of a bird. Yet they are a hotbed of (we blush) seduction and sex.

“People often look at plants as being boring and passive, and animals as being interesting and active,” says Dr. Craig Huegel, a speaker at the April 27-28 Florida Wildflower Symposium in Orlando. “But plants make the same choices ecologically that animals do, so it makes perfect sense that reproduction in plants isn’t a completely passive thing.”

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