Wildflower Symposium attracts 155
From the Florida Wildflower Association
Our native wildflowers are becoming more firmly rooted in Florida’s communities, as clearly shown by the response to the 2010 Wildflower Symposium in Winter Park. More than 150 people attended the event to learn about wildflower species for landscapes, flowering shrubs and trees, advocacy efforts and the wildflower/butterfly connection.
Presenters included experts such as the Florida Natural History Museum’s Jaret Daniels, of the Butterfly Rainforest, who talked about butterfly-attracting wildflowers, and native-plant grower Brightman Logan, whose presentation on flowering shrubs and trees had many attendees scribbling notes.
Eleanor Dietrich, a FWF member and wildflower advocate who lives in Tallahassee, versed the audience in how to jumpstart advocacy in their regions.
Kariena Veaudry, the Florida Native Plant Society’s executive director and a Central Florida landscape architect, introduced the basic principles of landscape design as well as information about readily available wildflowers to use.
Jeff Caster, the Foundation’s outgoing board chairman, gave participants a brief look at the organization’s 2010 accomplishments in its research, planting and education programs.
Between sessions, the lobby of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs’ headquarters buzzed with a silent auction and book signings by authors. Outside, vendors sold wildflowers and grasses.
Symposium presentations are available for download; please email Lisa Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a link.