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Post Irma Rare Plant Rescue

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In the aftermath of a hurricane, we typically think of flooding, destruction, and humanitarian disasters. Most of us don’t think about rare plants. . . most of us, that is. After Hurricane Irma, Highlands Hammock State Park invited Bok Tower Gardens to rescue epiphytic ferns and orchids from fallen trees in the park before cleanup crews incinerated the debris.

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Scrub Plums Transplanted to Conservation Beds

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On June 19th, Mike Ball and Phil Gonsiska conducted an endangered plant rescue at a site slated for development near Clermont. The site was a ten-acre, slightly overgrown scrub remnant. Penny Cople, of Breedlove, Dennis, and Associates, Inc., showed them to several scrub plums (Prunus geniculata).

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Natural Ways to Repel Mosquitos this Summer

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Spending time outside is always great, especially if it’s relaxing with friends and family. However, what’s not so great is the annoying bugs that fly around, especially mosquitos! Not only do they make obnoxious noises, but they can also ruin a great evening by making you all itchy. Here are some great plants you can add to your backyard to help repel mosquitos!

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St. Lucie County Seeks Volunteers to Help with Endangered Species

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St. Lucie County is seeking volunteers to assist in the removal of exotic and overgrown vegetation at the county’s Lakela’s Mint Preserve to protect the endemic Lakela’s Mint population on Saturday, June 3 and Saturday, June 17 from 8 to 11 a.m.

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Science Class tastings blossom at Kathleen Elementary

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Kathleen Elementary’s garden began as an idea by Danielle Emmons, Science Coach, to extend the classroom beyond the walls of the building. She wanted to integrate experiential learning opportunities for the 4th grade Science classes.

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Four Best Buds

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Jane Henderson, Lynn Hamel, JoRene Nevitt and Carol Livezey had not met before joining our volunteer family; however, through their volunteer efforts a wonderful friendship has been cultivated. Edward Bok was a huge proponent of volunteerism and he described in his autobiography the idea of service to others as the “third period” in his vision for a successful life. It is with great joy we share Jane, Lynn, JoRene and Carol’s own words describing how volunteering at Bok Tower Gardens can be a transformative experience.

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