Discover the pleasure that comes from gardening with native wildflowers and plants. From the simple beauty they offer to the vital resources they provide for butterflies, birds, bees and other wildlife, native plants bring life to any landscape. In her talk, Stacey shares her journey of transforming her home landscape into a native garden and will highlight some of Florida’s tried-and-true, easy-to-grow native plants. Learn how easy it is to beautify your landscape with natives and transform it into a living ecosystem with “real Florida” style.
Stacey Matrazzo is the executive director for the Florida Wildflower Foundation. She has been with the organization for 13 years, having served as a contractor for eight and program manager for five. She is an environmental educator with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and a master’s degree in liberal studies from Rollins College, where she is also an adjunct professor. A native Floridian, Stacey is a certified Florida master naturalist who spends much of her free time kayaking, hiking, birding and photographing Florida’s amazing natural environments. She has been conducting native plant and edible plant hikes for 15 years and is the co-author of Native Plants for Florida Gardens (with Nancy Bissett; Pineapple Press, 2019).