The Florida Wildflower Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Viva Florida Landscape Demonstration Garden grants. Five grants were awarded for the following projects: Cutting Horse Eco-Center, Bonita Springs (Lee County); Folly Farm Nature Preserve, Safety Harbor (Pinellas County); Orange County UF/IFAS Extension, Orlando; Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens (St. Lucie County); and Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (Lee County).
In the same genus as Monarchs, Queen butterflies share many characteristics with their royal cousins. Queens and Monarchs are similar in appearance, rely on milkweed as a host plant and carry a toxin from milkweed in their bodies into adulthood. Queens do not participate in the same migration as Monarchs, however, and have distinguishing physical differences.
Join us as we kick of National Wildflower Week with a free webinar with author and researcher Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home. Dr. Tallamy will present “A Guide to Restoring the Little Things that Run the World” at 2 p.m. May 4.
With COVID-19 concerns keeping us indoors, we find ourselves in a strange place on this 50th anniversary of Earth Day. But that’s all more the reason to celebrate Mother Earth and all she does for us. How will you celebrate? Here are some ideas, including activities for kids, digital Earth Day events, videos, social distancing hikes and more that will help Mother Earth feel the love.