TAVARES — The Lake County Department of Public Works and The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Lake County Extension Office were both recently awarded grant funds in the amount of $500 each through The Florida Wildflower Foundation’s La Florida (“Land of Flowers”) Community Grant Program.
The Extension Office will use their funding to create a wildflower demonstration area at the Lake County Agricultural Center’s Discovery Gardens. The 500 square foot area will serve as a teaching tool for plant identification for Master Gardeners, school children and local residents.
“A lot of the native wildflower plants we will be selecting will be used to attract butterflies,” said Charles Fedunak, Lake County Extension Agent and Master Gardener. “We are hopeful that the display will be a good tool for educating residents on the utilization of native wildflowers as an alternative in their landscape.”
The Department of Public Works’ Stormwater Section will use their awarded funds to purchase wildflower seeds from the Florida Wildflower Seed and Plant Growers Association. The seeds will be planted inside the fence line of the Hollondel Road stormwater pond, across from the Hawthorne Community later this year. Staff from the Stormwater Section, along with volunteers from the Hawthorne Community, will plant and maintain the wildflower area.
“We’re excited to be partnering with the Hawthorne community volunteers on this project,” said Mary Hamilton, Stormwater Project Manager for the Department of Public Works. “The selected site is well-suited for establishing Florida native wildflowers, and will be enjoyed by the many active residents that like to walk and bike along Hollondel Road.”
Funding for the grant was provided through Florida State Wildflower license plate sales and renewals.
For more information on native wildflower plants, contact the Master Gardener Plant Clinic at (352) 343-4101.