Keynote speaker Elisabeth Schussler will address the phenomenon of “plant blindness” at this week’s Florida Wildflower Symposium in Orlando. Schussler’s talk, “Helping People See Plants in a Plant Blind World,” is one of 18 educational presentations and hands-on workshops planned for the symposium, set for April 27 and 28 at the Orange County UF/IFAS Extension Education Center on South Conway Road.
The event features a full slate of experts on planting and growing native wildflowers, creating habitat for bees and butterflies, landscaping and much more.
Dr. Walter K. Taylor will take us on an educational “All Yellow” photographic journey of Florida’s wildflowers, and nature photographer Steven Long will share beautiful shots of the state’s rare flowering plants. We’ll hear about “Sex in the Garden,” from Dr. Craig Huegel, and learn from Chris Waltz how to assemble a wildflower “pollinator pot” for patios and small spaces.
Orchid enthusiast Jennifer Reinoso will share how she became the protector of a rare orchid species she saved from roadside mowing, while firefighter Todd Angel zeroes in on “Florida’s Fire Flowers,” which need flames to thrive.
Friday, April 27, will be devoted to five morning field trips to Central Florida’s natural attractions and afternoon conservation topics, including getting along with bears, the state of the Everglades, and environmental challenges facing the St. Johns River.
Participants also will be able to sign up for hands-on experiences, including wildflower propagation and meadow-planting workshops. In addition, the event will feature a Friday evening social, vendors, exhibitors and native plants for sale.
For more information, or to register, visit FlaWildflowers.org/florida-wildflower-symposium/.