Throwback Thursday – Wildflower Workshop on 3-14-2015

Eugenia Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, Wildflower

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”.