wildflower meadow at Orange County IFAS Extenstion

Foundation awards 5 Viva Florida grants

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).

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Queen butterfly on Swamp milkweed, Asclepias perennis

Know your native pollinators: Queen butterfly

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.

 

 

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Gail Taylor

Member profile: Gail Taylor

Get to know Florida Wildflower Foundation member Gail Taylor. She is an active State Wildflower license tag member, a member of the Foundation’s Education Committee, and has volunteered at previous Florida Wildflower Symposiums.

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50 Years Earth Day 2020

Happy 50th Earth Day! Let’s celebrate

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.

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Jeff Caster

Jeff Caster receives 2020 Coreopsis Award

The Florida Wildflower Foundation selects retiring Florida Department of Transportation Landscape Architect Jeff Caster to receive the 2020 Coreopsis Award for his lifetime of devotion to Florida’s wildflowers.

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Dr. Walter Taylor

Dr. Walter Taylor presents at the 2014 Florida Wildflower Symposium.