Conservators from Rosa Lowinger & Associates – Conservation of Art + Architecture are working diligently preserving and uncovering amazing details to the historic 1920 frog fountain at Pinewood Estate. Restoring efforts include removing the calcified mineral build up with scalpels, paint brushes and razor blades.
On November 25th, Rare Plant Conservation Program staff, Whitney Costner (not pictured), Thomas Burney and Jessica Brown, along with volunteer David Marentic (center), visited an area of Florida Scrub in Auburndale, FL, home to the rare, endangered, and central Florida endemic Scrub Lupine, Lupinus aridorum.
In Florida, fall is an excellent time to start a vegetable garden. Learn about the cool-season vegetables to plant in November and create your own “garden gold” by converting yard wastes to compost. Composting is easy to do and yields a manure-like, organic fertilizer/soil conditioner, which highly benefits Florida’s infertile native soils. Vegetables cannot tolerate standing water from excessive rainfall or irrigation. At the same time, vegetables need soil moisture to grow and produce. Frequency of irrigation depends upon the age of the crop and your soil type.
Make your own of creative garden arrangements and fairy gardens out of broken pots, proving that even a broken pot can be useful and beautiful. They add such a nice touch of whimsey to the yard-scape.
School gardens are living laboratories where interdisciplinary lessons come alive. Students are encouraged to become active participants in the learning process. The school garden enhances student education by providing an environment to observe, discover, experiment, nurture and learn. Goals of school gardens often include: experiential learning, inquiry and observation, reconnecting students to nature, discovering how their food and fiber is produced, as well as, promoting physical activity.