|The garden is described as "very showy" during spring and fall.|
Of the garden's allure, Lisa Boing, the project's volunteer coordinator and a Florida Wildflower Foundation member, recently wrote, "Perhaps it is the swaying color of the Tropical sage (Salvia
coccine), along the sidewalk, the unique flower and many pollinators of the Spotted horsemint (Monarda punctata), the flash of yellows from the Tickseed Coreopsis spp., Greeneyes Berlandiera spp., Silkgrass (Pityopsis graminifolia), Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta), and Beach sunflower
(Helianthus debilis), or the burst of flowers from the Coral honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) and Carolina jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) on our arbor, but the positive comments of the young and old who visit this area have only been enhanced" with support from the Foundation.
The project was completed in several phases: removal of weedy turf in the planting area; installation of recycled wood-chip mulch, and, finally, the planting of hundreds of wildflowers by volunteers.
|Volunteers planted more than 100 plants native to Florida.|
Since the program began in 2011, the Florida Wildflower Foundation, which distributes the proceeds from the State Wildflower license plate, has awarded 12 Viva Florida grants to projects throughout the state. Other Viva Florida projects in Central Florida are at Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Sanford; UCF History Center, Sanford; Leu Botanical Gardens, Orlando; Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales, and Stetson University, DeLand.
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