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Thank you, air potato warriors!

Thanks to all the volunteers who braved the weather and came out for the 3rd Annual Air Potato Raid on Saturday, January 24. We had 40 volunteers who clocked 100 hours to collect a total of 146 lbs of potatoes! Amazing! 

Since the release of the air potato beetles in August, we've seen a huge reduction in air potato vines, and subsequently, in air potatoes. So finding them this year was a lot more challenging than in the past. Volunteers had to go deep into some of Mead's wet and wooded areas to find them. 

Mead Garden salutes Randy Knight!

Link to Photos from Randy's Celebration

Join us Friday, January 30 for a celebration honoring Randy Knight for his significant contribution to Mead Botanical Garden and the Central Florida community.
Program at 10a.m. with reception to follow. 

rsvp@meadgarden.org

Winter birding in Mead Garden

Although we haven't seen the variety of birds that we have in spring or fall, there is plenty to see during the winter months in Mead Botanical Garden if you take some time to look.

Our winter residents include flocks of yellow-rumped and palm warblers, especially down in the wetland area. We've seen robins, goldfinches, wrens and catbirds.

While on the boardwalk, keep an eye out for the hermit thrush. In the creek by the cement bridge, there have been several wood ducks. They are shy and usually keep hidden back in the bushes, but are worth the effort to spot them. Other water birds can be seen along the creek and in the pond.

Open Christmas Day!

The Garden is open Christmas Day from sunrise to sunset, so bring the family and enjoy a morning or afternoon walk together around Winter Park's natural place. 

 

 

Monarch Waystation Planting, November 15

Grab your gloves and join us on Saturday, November 15 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. and help us build a home for the monarchs! 

You’ve probably heard that monarch populations have been on the decline due to significant habitat loss. Specifically, they are losing their larval food source, milkweed, which grows in many of the areas that we humans desire for development. Monarch caterpillars eat only milkeed, and monarch butterflies only lay their eggs on milkweed. So... no milkweed means no monarchs! 

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