The Pawpaw Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society recently held a South Volusia Landscape Tour that included many of the native landscapes that will be featured on FNPS Conference Fieldtrip "K" Landscape Bus Tour on Thursday, May 19th. They ended their yard tours at the Marine Discovery Center, the location for the Kayak (paddle) - Lagoon Restoration Tour , FNPS Conference Fieldtrip"I", on Thursday, May 19th.
Here is a glimpse of some of the tour's native yards, and the Marine Discovery Center...
Renee Luedke's Port Orange home.
Surprise, her front yard has no grass to mow!
|Elizabeth ponders the diversity of plants in Renee's front yard.|
|Most of the 16 tour visitors are gathered around Renee|
as she talks about her landscape.
| Mike visiting from the UK notes Renee's creative bird feeders...|
including the log filled with peanut butter suet.
|Elizabeth Flynn will be the leader of May 19, Landscape Bus Tour at the FNPS Conference.|
(I see a smile is as bright as the Beach Sunflowers in Renee's yard.)
She will make sure all on the tour have a great time.
Ray and Sonya Jarrett 's Landscape Carved Out of Nature
"It was remarkable to see the variety of plants and trees at the home of Ray Jarrett. He discussed his yard, along with the his journey of planting these trees, and how they grew over the past 15 years of his development of his home landscape. It was a real education in plants." Carol Marie Vlack, Pawpaw member and tour participant.
|Rare this far north are Florida Orchids...|
usually found in the Fakahatchee Strand
|Mike from the UK, who gave a talk to the |
Pawpaw Chapter on Florida's Wild Orchids last year,
was pleased to see the Florida Orchids.
|Ray, Sonya and their little sunflower, Sasha,|
with Elizabeth Flynn and Dot Backes
Doug Hunt's New Smyrna Beach Native Homescape
|The view of Doug Hunt's yard before everyone arrived.|
"The company was genial, the rain held off, and the tour locations were diverse and all interesting to observe. However, it was the extensive number of native plants and how they worked as a beautiful home landscape that made it a fantastic learning experience." Carol Marie Vlack, Pawpaw member and tour participant.
| The view of Doug's front yard loaded with happy landscape explorers : |
Carol Marie, Warren, Renee, Amelia, Renee,
Mike and Carol Parsons (from the UK).
No doubt Mike and Carol Parsons find a Florida Native Garden Tour...quite different from one in the UK!
|Are those hanging pots really an Orchid garden?|
| Bill Kiel and Kim Johnson find a shady place |
to just sit and admire the scenery.
Marine Discovery Center, New Smyrna Beach
|Mike Parsons in foreground and Carolyn Kiel in the back ground inspecting the future kayak launch area at the lagoon restoration area.|
|Warren Reynolds, Kayak Tour Guide for the Marine Discovery Center, |
talks about the MDC and the Lagoon Restoration Project.
Warren will lead the conference kayak (I) fieldtrip at MDC on Thursday, May 19th.