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Florida Native Plant Seminar and Guided Tour Feb. 22

February 13, 2014
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Lee County Extension Service is offering its annual Florida Native Plant Seminar that will include a guided preserve tour.

Florida has approximately 2,800 plants that are considered natives, meaning that they were present when the first European explorers arrived nearly five hundred years ago. This class will introduce you to just a handful of these plants. It will clear up some confusion between several popular natives and look-alike invasive or other exotics. Learn about what can go wrong with some of the most cultivated Florida natives including insect and disease problems. Finally, take an afternoon tour of Prairie Pine Preserve to see native plants living in community or to see native plants as nature intended.

Three, one-hour programs are being offered that include: Sustainable Gardening with Native Plants; Mistaken Identity: Friendly or Invasive; and Pests of Native Plants. The seminar concludes with a tour of Prairie Pines Preserve, 18400 N Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers.

Where: North Fort Myers Recreation Center, 2000 North Recreation Park Way, North Fort Myers, FL 33903 (behind North Fort Myers Library, 2001 N. Tamiami Trail)

When: 9 a.m. 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014

Cost: $12

For more information and registration go the Extension webpage at or call (239) 533-7504 or (533)-7513.

Lee County Extension agents offer educational services through a three-way cooperative arrangement between the Board of County Commissioners, the University of Florida and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Local extension agents are off-campus faculty members of the University of Florida.

For more information, call Stephen Brown at (239) 533-7513 or email or visit



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