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Program to inform horticultural professionals, enthusiasts on Florida’s native plants, wildflowers

RELEASE DATE: April 5, 2013

TAVARES — The UF/IFAS Lake County Extension is sponsoring “Expanding Your Plant Palette 2013 – Native Plants and Wildflowers of La Florida” for growers, landscapers, landscape architects, designers, planners, builders, developers and plant enthusiasts. 
The program will take place from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24 at the Lake County Agricultural Center, 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares. The day will include a tour through the Discovery Gardens to see native plants and wildflowers used in the landscape, as well as a drive to the PEAR Park Nature Center in Leesburg. 
“Participants will learn how to plant their own wildflowers successfully in a hands-on demonstration,” said Juanita Popenoe, Ph.D., director of the UF/IFAS Lake County Extension. “Speakers will discuss wildflower gardening, native-wildflower propagation, landscaping with native plants and restoration of native-plant communities.”

The complete list of speakers and agenda for the program may be found at http://lake.ifas.ufl.edu/documents/EYPP2013flyer_001.pdf. Registration and payment options may be found at http://lake.ifas.ufl.edu/calendar.shtml. For more information about the program, contact Juanita Popenoe at jpopenoe@ufl.edu or 352-343-4101 ext. 2727. 
Discovery Gardens is an outdoor learning center for young students and aspiring gardeners, providing hands-on educational experiences. Started in 1995, the property is a joint effort of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, the Friends of the Horticultural Learning Center, the Master Gardener Society of Lake County and the UF/IFAS Lake County Extension. 

The UF/IFAS Lake County Extension provides research-based information and educational programs cooperatively with the Lake County Board of County Commissioners and the University of Florida for all aspects of horticulture, agriculture, food safety, the home environment, financial management and 4-H youth programs.

The UF/IFAS Lake County Extension’s mission is to make knowledge in agricultural, human and natural resources accessible to people to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. The Extension provides free consultations as well as educational programs on a variety of subjects. The foundation for the Gator Nation – An Equal Opportunity Institute.


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Juanita Popenoe
352-343-4101 ext. 2727

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