Plant tour

Scenery of the 2018 Native Plant Tour.

BREVARD COUNTY – Florida is home to unique plant life. Palm trees, various palmettos, and azalea bushes are common in the yards of many homeowners, yet many may be unaware of the vast array of flora that thrives in the Sunshine State, and just how important they are.

The Florida Native Plant Society will be hosting a native plant tour Oct. 13th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour will include seven locations in Brevard County including in Melbourne, Melbourne Beach and Palm Bay.

The Florida Native Plant Society's mission is conserving, preserving and restoring Florida plant life and landscapes and has been operating since 1980.

Florida’s native plants are an integral part of normal landscape. They offer nesting for Florida birds, a source of food, and coverage for butterflies, and other pollinators which are in decline. Many insects, like caterpillars, thrive on the plants structure and they, in turn, are food for other animals such as newborn birds.

Jane Higgins is the Treasurer and a Board Member of the Conradina Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society.

“This is a great opportunity to see mature native plants and which ones do well beachside [versus] on the mainland, in full sun and shade so you can make plans for your landscape,” Ms. Higgins said.

Tickets can be purchased online and a brochure will be sent to the purchaser within 24-48 hours. Ticket purchasers can also pick-up a tour book at Maple Street Natives Nursery on Fridays or Saturdays at 7619 Henry Ave., W., in Melbourne. Tickets for the event are $8.

According to officials, “The tickets or guide book has a bio of each of the homeowners, their address, and a brief description of directions. Each homeowner will share information on their plants which is a great way to take notes for your yard”.

Each ticket holder may peruse the gardens at their leisure at any location in any order they wish.

For more information and ticket purchases visit https://bit.ly/2NVTHiS or call 321-258-4642.

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