Florida Panhandle Wildflower Alliance

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About the Alliance

Created by the Florida Wildflower Foundation, the Florida Panhandle Wildflower Alliance is an active network of wildflower enthusiasts that protects the region’s native wildflowers.

Through communication, collaboration and information sharing, members support and inspire each other as they create knowledge and awareness of native wildflowers and their value to Florida’s environmental and economic health.

Roadside field of Florida paintbrush

What members do

As active volunteers, Alliance members help build wildflower pollinator corridors by:

  • Sharing information on the vital environmental and economical roles played by native wildflowers
  • Identifying and watching over roadside wildflower areas
  • Participating in events
  • Attending meetings to advocate for native wildflowers

Members represent environmental organizations, county commissions, tourism agencies, chambers of commerce, garden clubs, state agencies, ecotourism and agricultural businesses, extension offices and the public at large.

The Florida Wildflower Foundation provides a liaison who guides Alliance members as they work with their counties and the Florida Department of Transportation. Contact liaison Liz Sparks.

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Your guide to Panhandle wildflowers

You’ll easily find the Panhandle’s best wildflower sites with this brochure featuring viewing routes and tips, along with beautiful photos of 40 common native wildflower species. Look for it at Florida Welcome Centers, regional visitor centers and chambers of commerce, or download a PDF.

Fall news from PWA counties

The Panhandle Wildflower Alliance’s Fall 2019 newsletter features updates about new wildflower programs, where to see wildflowers in bloom, and much more.

Milkweed workday at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Ranger Scott Davis has been working on the milkweed restoration initiative since 2015, when he started with a single greenhouse table of seedlings. Since then he has been scouring the state for native milkweed populations and bringing seeds back to the refuge to propagate. He estimates that 300,000 plants have been grown there, which have been planted as part of restoration projects at state parks, state forests and national wildlife refuges across the state. It is no easy task to grow these plants, either.

Summer news from PWA counties

Read about Escambia County’s new wildflower program, Santa Rosa County’s mowing challenges, spectacular blooms in Jefferson County, Leon County’s City Nature Challenge and much more news from around the Panhandle in the PWA Summer 2019 newsletter.

Spring news from PWA counties

Wildflowers are flourishing all over the Panhandle following a mild winter. We have some good news to report from across the region, with two new PWA leaders to introduce from Gadsden and Jefferson counties.

Suzanne Spencer recognized for work in Santa Rosa County

The Florida Wildflower Foundation recognized Master Gardener Suzanne Spencer for her work in Santa Rosa County, presenting her with a certificate of appreciation at the Florida Wildflower Symposium. Her efforts have resulted in reduced mowing along 70 miles of state and county roads, which has saved $70,000 in state and county tax dollars while creating beauty and pollinator habitat that supports the success of Panhandle agriculture.

2019 Winter Panhandle Wildflower Alliance newsletter

Learn how Florida’s Panhandle counties are saving roadside wildflowers, thanks to the work of the Panhandle Wildflower Alliance.