Class Description:Are you thinking about adding some native color to your yard?Florida is blessed with a rich diversity of native plants that can be successfully used in home landscapes. Native wildflowers, when used appropriately, are well-adapted to Florida’s growing conditions and require less water, fertilizer, and other inputs to remain healthy. Unlike the vast majority of non-natives, wildflowers also serve a significant role in attracting native pollinators – butterflies and native bees - and creating life in the landscape. Finally, a great many wildflowers are simply beautiful in their own right. This talk by Dr. Craig Huegel will explore the various roles that native wildflowers can play in the home landscape, and focus attention on some of the best choices that can be effectively used. Dr. Huegel will be available for book signing after the lecture.
Cost: $5 Garden Members/ $10 Non-members per class
Registration Deadline: Friday, February 28, 5:00pm
Instructor Bio: Dr. Craig Huegel is the founder of Hawthorn Hill, a retail nursery devoted to propagating Florida native wildflowers. Craig is a founding member of the Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society and author of several native plant books, including Landscaping for Wildlife with Florida Native Plants and Native Wildflowers and Other Groundcovers for Florida Landscapes. Craig received his Ph.D. in wildlife ecology from the University of Florida, where he was co-founder of the Cooperative Urban Wildlife Extension Program. Currently, Dr. Huegel teaches classes on plant biology, field botany, and zoology at Saint Petersburg College. In addition, Craig works as an ecological consultant and writes a popular blog: hawthornhillwildflowers.blogspot.com.