TAVARES – With the opening ceremony for the inaugural Wings and Wildflowers Festival just days away, vendors and experts are making final preparations to give festival-goers a “crash course” in all things related to native plants. The festival is set for Sept. 28-30, with many activities being held at Hickory Point Recreational Park, located at 27341 State Road 19 in Tavares, and numerous field trips and events also scheduled at key wildlife viewing areas throughout the County.
Through all the fun and adventure the weekend has in store, the festival aims to provide valuable information about native plants with a number of acclaimed speakers, workshops, seminars, presentations and guided nature excursions, all focused on accentuating the beauty and significance of native plants; many of which are endemic, and even federally threatened or endangered. Native plants will also be available for purchase throughout the event.
Festival offerings such as the Vender and Native Plant Showcase, set for Sept. 28-29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hickory Point Recreational Park, will allow festival-goers to enjoy a myriad of plant-themed exhibits, while also providing educational and instructional opportunities that focus on planting, growth and nourishment.
In addition, the festival will host the Florida Wildflower Foundation’s 2012 Florida Wildflower Symposium, which will feature numerous activities that highlight native wildflowers and encourage preservation. The Symposium is open to all festival attendees, with events that include Nature & Wildflower Photography, Start Gardening with Wildflowers, Attracting Butterflies with Native Plants, Florida Wildflower Travelogue and the Wildflower Wingding barbecue.
As Lake County’s inaugural birding and wildflower celebration, the weekend-long Wings and Wildflowers Festival is filled with over 100 scheduled events and activities, many of which are free, and some requiring a nominal fee. The slate of events includes everything from wildlife photography hikes and guided kayak trips to bird watching expeditions and educational workshops. Keynote speakers include James Currie, host of the popular adventure birding television show, Nikon’s Birding Adventures, which airs on NBC Sports; and John Moran, a renowned nature journalist and photographer, whose work has appeared in National Geographic, Life, Time, Newsweek, Smithsonian Magazine, New York Times Magazine and on the cover of the National Audubon Society Field Guide to Florida.
For more information about the Wings and Wildflowers Festival, call the Lake County Office of Economic Development & Tourism at 352-742-3918, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.lakecountyfl.com/GoWild.