According to the National Phenology Network (NPN), spring arrived about three weeks early in much of the southeastern United States, with the first tiny leaves and flower buds appearing notably earlier than usual in North Florida and, to a lesser degree, Central Florida.
The Florida Wildflower Foundation’s popular Seedlings for Schools grants program is open for applications through June 15. Pre-K-12 teachers at public and private Florida schools may apply for a grant, which includes $50 worth of Florida native wildflower plants.
Join the Florida Wildflower Foundation on April 18 for a members-only field trip to Green Isle Gardens nursery in Groveland. Owner Marc Godts will give us a tour of the nursery’s greenhouses and demonstrate how he grows plants from seed. With 150 species of plants to choose from, you will want to bring your native plant must-have list!
Kim and Peter Connolly have been active members of the Florida Wildflower Foundation and have attended various Foundation field trips and events for the past three years.They are both Florida Master Naturalists, with Peter serving his third year on the board of the Space Coast Chapter. Their free time is spent documenting local flora and fauna for iNaturalist. To date, they have added 907 observations of unique species to the site.
Join the Florida Wildflower Foundation on March 7 for a field trip to Disney Wilderness Preserve. Volunteer and Outreach Specialist Hannah O’Malley will lead us on a swamp buggy tour through pine flatwoods, scrub, cypress swamps, and oak hammocks. You will learn the vital connection of Lake Russell to the Everglades. This preserve holds more than 1,000 plant and animal species, including the red-cockaded woodpecker, crested caracara and a restored longleaf pine forest.