MOUNT DORA — The 4th Annual Wings and Wildflowers Festival presents a special keynote dinner with gardening columnist Melinda Myers and birding TV host James Currie on Friday, Oct. 2 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Lakeside Inn, located at 100 N. Alexander St. in Mount Dora.
Myers, a gardening expert and author, has 30 years of horticulture experience and has written 20 gardening books, including “Can’t Miss Small Space Gardening,” She hosts the nationally syndicated “Melinda’s Garden Moment” segment which airs on 125 TV and radio stations, as well as The Great Course’s “How to Grow Anything” DVD series. She is a columnist and contributing editor for “Birds & Blooms” magazine and writes the “Gardeners’ Questions” newspaper column.
Currie, a native of South Africa, is a conservationist, lifelong birder and host of Nikon’s Birding Adventures TV. His recent book, “When Eagles Roar,” delves into Currie’s experiences as a game ranger and birding guide, and his time as managing director of Africa Foundation.
Immediately following the $35 keynote dinner, ticketed guests are encouraged to stay for complementary dessert during the “Meet the Experts” event from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Guests who did not attend dinner may register for $5. “Meet the Experts” offers a unique opportunity to rub elbows with numerous revered birding and wildflower authors, speakers and specialists who will share their knowledge and experiences regarding their adventures and expertise. Book signing opportunities will also be available.
In addition to the keynote speakers, “Meet the Experts” will feature Gallus Quigley of Lake County Parks & Trails, Paddy Cunningham of Birding Adventures, David Simpson of Birding with David Simpson, Dee Simpson of Space Coast Audubon, Ginny Stibolt of the Florida Native Plant Society and Bill Boothe with Natural Encounters.
The Wings & Wildflowers Festival features field trips to birding hotspots and wildflower havens, and brings some of the nation's top birding, wildflower and nature experts to the area. To sign up for any of the festival events, visit www.wingsandwildflowers.com. For more information about the festival, visit www.facebook.com/WingsandWildflowers or www.twitter.com/wingswildflower.