BREVARD COUNTY — In an effort to promote native plants and its benefits for the environment, the Florida Native Plant Society Conradina Chapter of South Brevard will host its 12th annual Landscaping with Florida Natives tour.

The tour can be taken at individuals own pace from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16 at various locations in Satellite Beach and Melbourne Beach.

A brochure with the addresses of seven participating gardens and a list of plants featured will become available for attendees once they sign up on Event Brite. Tickets are available for $10 online.

“Each homeowner will lead the tour and all the plants in their yards will be labeled,” said Lynda Geraci, chair for the garden tour. “In the future we’d like to have QR codes with each plant so all people have to do is scan with their phone and it’ll tell them all about it.”

Mrs. Geraci’s home will feature the beta test for the QR code to see what can be improved for next year’s event.

Proceeds for the event will assist the society with promoting the chapter, purchasing tools and mulch, as well as educational efforts.

“The Indian River Lagoon is hurting, and by using native plants you’re not putting fertilizers or grasses into the water. You get more flowers, shrubs and trees,” Mrs. Geraci said. “There’s a lot of wildlife that like the native plants.”

Just one oak tree can sustain 500 species of caterpillars, Mrs. Geraci said, which in turn feed the birds.

The goal of the Florida Native Plant Society is to conserve, preserve and restore native plants and native plant communities of Florida.

“The reward of building something and helping the environment is ten times more gratifying,” Mrs. Geraci added.

To sign up for the event, visit www.EventBrite.com and search for “2021 Landscaping with Florida Natives Tour” or call (321) 258-4642 for questions.

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