The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park and John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park are holding the annual Native Plant Day on Saturday, Jan. 28 (Heavy rain date will be the following Saturday, Feb. 4.)
Nursery volunteers from Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock will have an information booth where visitors can learn the importance of native plants, propagating and caring for native plants and planting butterfly gardens. Native plants, raised by the nursery volunteers, will be given away for planting at Keys’ residences. By giving residents native plants, the event aims to increase awareness regarding the importance of growing natives in the Florida Keys’ delicate environment.
The event will include a speaker on planting natives for Florida Keys yards. Keys residents who attend the talk will be given a chance in a drawing to receive an extra native plant.
There will be two 45-minute-long nature trail walks through the tropical hardwood hammock at 10:30 and 11 a.m., as well as two half-hour butterfly garden tours at 10:30 and 11 a.m. All are limited to 15 participants each, on a first-come, first-served, basis.
For more information or for accessibility needs, call Elena Muratori at 305-676-3786. More information is at floridastateparks.org.
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