Even the bees are abuzz about the fourth annual Florida Wildflower and Garden Festival, to be held March 27 in downtown DeLand. Here’s why:
- A full slate of wildflower and gardening experts will be featured at downtown DeLand’s beautifully restored Athens Theatre, 124 Florida Ave. Among the speakers will be the always popular Tom MaCubbin, former UF/IFAS extension agent, and Dr. Walter Taylor, aka “Mr. Florida Wildflower,” a UCF professor emeritus who literally wrote the books on Florida wildflowers. Author Ginny Stibolt will talk about sustainable gardening, and Chere Clark, owner of Clark Butterfly Farm, will talk about butterfly gardening.
- Festival attendees will be casting their votes for their favorite painting in the Florida Wildflower & Garden Festival Art Contest. The winning artist will receive a cash prize of $200; second place, $100; and third-place, $50.
- Organizations like the Florida Wildflower Foundation will offer information on native wildflowers and plants. Vendors will be selling potted wildflowers and plants, garden utensils and more.
- Plus, there will be field trips to Volusia County natural areas and a wildflower farm (pre-registration required), crafts for kids, and a butterfly release at 4 p.m.!
For details on the free festival, visit www.floridawildflowerfestival.com/wildflower/index.htm.