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Backyard Biodiversity Day

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 09:00


Backyard Biodiversity Day was created by the Tarflower Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society and is co-hosted by Mead Botanical Garden to celebrate diversity in the landscape. We invite our local community and general public to spend a day with us. Learn about plants that will work in their landscape, which pollinators or animals benefit from the diversity, and why it's all important. Backyard Biodiversity Day (BBD) will take place on October 14, 2017 at Mead Botanical Garden from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. This event is organized in keeping with the FNPS mission to promote the preservation, conservation and restoration of native plants and native plant communities.


BBD will be open to the public free of charge. We will be offering guided hikes, speaker presentations, native plant propagation workshops, and a huge native plant sale. Surrounding the native plant sale – featuring fall flowering Central Florida natives - will be numerous exhibitors, including prominent local agencies such as the Natural Resources Conservation Services (USDA soil scientists), Orange County Environmental Protection Division, and Seminole County Natural Lands Program, as well as our sister - organizations, Florida Wildflower Foundation, Orange Audubon Society, Central FL Sierra Club, and Friends of Orlando Wetlands. All proceeds from this event are used to reintroduce demonstration plantings of appropriate species of native plants within the southwest portion of the Garden where the historic longleaf pine canopy has been preserved from the originally occurring sandhill, as well as and in areas of preserved wetland habitat along Howell Creek.  Hundreds of species of bees, butterflies, other struggling pollinators, birds and other native wildlife win when we work together to use native plants in our developed landscapes.


Since September of 2013, volunteers organized by Rollins College, Orange County EPD, the Tarflower Chapter, and other community and church groups have participated each year in installing, watering and weeding around native plantings.  We are learning together which species of native grasses, colorful perennial and annual flowering plants work best to enhance the natural community areas of Mead Botanical Garden which provide such an important oasis of nature.



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