Date Posted: Jun 15, 2011
The Florida Wildflower Foundation recently awarded $500 grants for 15 planting projects in nine counties through its La Florida, “Land of Flowers,” Community Grant Program. Grants will be used to acquire native wildflower seeds or plants for the projects. Program funding is provided by the generous donations received from Florida State Wildflower license plate sales and renewals.
To be eligible for the La Florida program, counties must have adopted a resolution to conserve Florida’s native wildflowers. Counties that applied for grants included Brevard, Duval, Lake, Lee, Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns, Volusia and Wakulla.
“There was a tremendous amount of interest in these grants, and proposals were very competitive,” said Lisa Roberts, Foundation executive director. “These highly visible projects will widely increase awareness of Florida’s native flowers. Some also add education value through signage, and brochures.”
Grants have been awarded to:
• (Brevard) Town of Melbourne Village, for beautification of Daytona Boulevard.
• (Brevard) Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Titusville, to augment plantings at the Visitors’ Center Gardens, the Visitor Center entrance, and Black Point Drive at the Cruickshank Trail.
• (Brevard) UF/IFAS Brevard County Extension, for a planting on Lake Drive at the future Brevard Botanical Garden.
• (Duval) Jacksonville Economic Development Commission, to establish a wildflower meadow in downtown Jacksonville on Bay Street along the St. Johns River.
• (Flagler) Flagler County, to establish wildflowers adjacent to the St. Johns River to the Sea Loop cycling trail at two beachside parks.
• (Lake) Lake County BCC Public Works Department Stormwater Section, Eustis, to establish wildflowers at Hollondel Regional Stormwater Pond.
• (Lake) Trout Lake Nature Center, Eustis, to establish wildflowers at the park entrance on State Road 44.
• (Lake) UF/IFAS Lake County Extension, for a wildflower demonstration display.
• (Lee) Lee County Department of Transportation, for enhancement of Lee County highway medians.
• (Putnam) Putnam County Public Works Department, to establish wildflowers along Putnam County Boulevard in East Palatka.
• (St. Johns) St. Johns County Road & Bridge Department, for wildflower plantings along county roads 210 and 13.
• (Volusia) Volusia Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture and the City of New Smyrna Beach, for a planting near Turnbull Bay Road in East Volusia County.
• (Volusia) DeBary Hall, to establish a wildflower planting on grounds.
• (Volusia) Florida Department of Transportation, District 5, to establish wildflowers along the St. Johns River the Sea Loop cycling trail in Volusia County.
• (Wakulla) Wakulla County Commission, to establish wildflowers along the coastal segment of the Big Bend Scenic Byway.
Learn more about Wildflower Resolutions being adopted across the state.