Throwback Thursday – Wildflower Workshop on 3-14-2015

On Saturday, March 14, 2015, the Pelican Island Audubon Society (PIAS) and the Eugenia Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) co-sponsored a wildflower workshop at the (Pelican Island) Audubon House. Thanks to all participants, speakers, and to PIAS Office Manager Bob Montanaro who photo-documented the day.

Florida Native Plant Society Treasurer Kim Zarillo led the workshop …

Surlaterre Landscape Architect Robin Pelensky shared her extensive experience with planting a wildflower garden at the Hallstorm House …

Plants from Maple Street Natives were underwritten by the Eugenia Chapter of the FNPS and installed by workshop participants …




A walk along Oslo Road allowed workshop participants to enjoy wildflower “planted”by Mother Nature, including eastern blue-eyed grass (Sisyrhinchium atlanticum) and oakleaf fleabane (Erigeron quercifolius) …

wildflower_workshop_031415_19Native wildflower gardening take time, ongoing weeding and patience to establish. Craig Huegel,  in his book Native Wildflowers notes that it is far easier to plant/maintain grass and   cautions,  “One of the biggest mistakes you can make is trying to do everything at once. Be patient and it will pay off immensely”.

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