2010 Florida Wildflower Foundation News
As year’s end approaches, we at the Florida Wildflower Foundation are reflecting on the many wonderful things 2010 brought. And we owe it all to you.
Here’s what you made possible in 2010:
Our research program produced data that will expand native plant offerings for landscape and conservation use. And, in an effort to protect roadside wildflowers and develop wildflower-viewing routes, scientists documented the presence of native species along hundreds of miles of Florida roads.
Meanwhile, the inaugural Seeds for Schools program awarded 80 grants for school wildflower gardens, and a pilot program began teaching county workers to plant and maintain roadside wildflowers. Work to put wildflower curriculum in elementary school classrooms began, and the launch of our new Web site is imminent.
The Foundation also is working with partners in the Panhandle and Big Bend regions to launch wildflower tourism in time for the 2013 quincentennial of Spain in Florida. And, on the conservation side, Marion, Lake, Volusia, Gadsden, Leon, Wakulla and Brevard counties adopted resolutions that pledge to preserve wildflowers.
With your ongoing support, we can continue these efforts and begin new ones. If you will be making a tax-deductible donation by Dec. 31, please consider investing in Florida’s wildflowers. Make your donation now, or donate through the Community Foundation of Central Florida’s Donor Edge program, which has fully examined our organization. If you prefer, you can support Florida’s wildflowers as a Foundation member at http://flawildflowers.org/. With your help, Florida’s wildflowers will thrive in 2011 and beyond.
from Terry L. Zinn (Chair) and Jeff Caster (Immediate Past Chair)