Bill Reeve, President and owner of Botanical Visions, will be giving a presentation on using Florida native plants on Wednesday, October 10 at 7:00pm at the Broward Chapter meeting of the Florida Native Plant Society. The meeting will be held at Secret Woods Nature Center on State Road 84 in Ft. Lauderdale. These meetings are held monthly and are a great place to meet fellow gardeners who are experts in Florida native plants as well as people who are new to using natives and are looking to learn more. They have a free give away table and a raffle as well as light refreshments. The plant auction held at the end of the meeting is a great opportunity to bring home a new plant for very little money.
The group will meet again on Saturday, October 20 for a field trip at Sandy Ridge Sanctuary in Coral Springs. There will be a two hour guided tour through the 38 acre nature preserve to look for wildlife and native plants. Some of the wildlife spotted in this ecosystem include foxes, gopher tortoises, ducks, osprey, and many other birds.
My favorite benefit of incorporating Florida native plants in a landscape is the increased wildlife that happens almost immediately. Butterflies, birds and many fascinating pollinators find their way to the flowers and add a whole new dimension of interest and activity to the garden. You will also notice a reduced need for water and pesticides. Lower maintenance means a healthier planet and more time to relax and enjoy life.