Sunday, May 24, 2015, 9:00 am (meet at the gardens):
Fieldtrip to Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo, FL
The Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo, Florida, includes flora, fauna and natural resources in surroundings intended to inspire, educate and promote environmentally friendly techniques. Florida natives, rare and unusual exotics, and garden plants are included. These Botanical gardens, operated by Pinellas County include a Patio garden, Herb, Tropical Fruit, Native Plant, Succulent, Butterfly, Bromeliad and Palm garden. There is also a Natural Restoration Area/Interpretive Trail that features scrub and sandhill communities.
From Tampa and locations in North or Eastern Florida. The Florida Botanical Gardens is located approximately 20 miles west of Tampa. Take (I-75) or (I-4) to southbound I-275 from Tampa over the Howard Frankland Bridge west to the Ulmerton Road (SR 688) exit. Continue on Ulmerton Road and travel approximately 15 miles west. Go through the intersection with Ridge Road, the Garden will be on your left, just past Animal Services / Emergency Services.
For more information visit their website: http://www.flbg.org/
Thursday May 28 - Sunday, May 31, Tallahassee, FL
FNPS 35th Annual Conference: (click on image for website)
Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 7 pm, Tom Palmer of Lakeland Ledger will speak on Scrub Lupine Restoration
Hillsborough County Extension Office, 5339 County Road 579, Seffner, FL, 33584:
Tom Palmer, Senior Reporter and Environmental Columnist for The Lakeland Ledger will talk about the decline and restoration of Lupinus aridorm, Scrub Lupine. In a 2011 article, Tom wrote "Scrub lupine is an endangered species found only on what's left of the Winter Haven and Mt. Dora ridges in Polk and Orange counties. It was designated as an endangered species in 1987."
The efforts to restore scrub lupine populations in Blue Lake Scrub began in 2008. It is the project of The Rare Plant Conservation Program at Bok Tower Gardens. Juliet Rynear, rare plant specialist, staff and volunteers planted the first seeds on the property in 2008 and continue to monitor the populations of this rare native plant today. Results are promising. In a recent column, Tom wrote: "Small, light-green seedlings are popping up everywhere from the white sand in a small environmental preserve tucked away in a residential and industrial area in a remnant of native scrub on what's called the Winter Haven Ridge."
Tom will discuss the importance of this project, and walk us through the past, present and future of the restoration program.
Tom Palmer is an award winning news and environmental reporter. In 2003 he received the “Outstanding Conservation Journalism Award” from Audubon of Florida. In addition to his numerous reporting awards, he has received recognition for his public service and photography. He is an avid naturalist, butterfly enthusiast and is a volunteer at the Haines City Community Theater. Scrub lupine seedling flagged at Lake Blue Scrub by Donna Bollenbach, 2015