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Sandhill Restoration

 Bringing a Little Sandhill BackJoin members of the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) as they manage native plant demonstration areas in the uplands of Mead Garden. They add native grasses, wildflowers, shrubs and trees under the existing longleaf pine forest area of the garden and around our active gopher tortoise burrows.If you are looking for ways to attract birds, butterflies and other pollinators to your yard, native plants can be the perfect solution! Lend a hand with the planting and see how simple it is to create a similar garden in your own yard. Working side by side with FNPS chapter members, you'll learn the best methods to ensure your plants get off to a good start and thrive for years to come.  Volunteers have installed about 160 plants including turkey oaks, plums, palmetto, lopsided Indiangrass, green eyes, blazing star, yucca, bluestem grass, and a lot of gopher apple in the southwest part of the Garden (south of the large picnic pavilion). These plants will not only bring a bit of beauty to the uplands area; they will also provide vital food and cover for a myriad of native wildlife.Volunteers are needed! Bring water and a snack, as well as gloves, trowel, big hat, and a watering can with a spout, if you have one. Most of the plants are in 1 gallon pots, so they will be easily planted.For more information, please contact Catherine Bowman at garberia08@gmail.com.

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