Nursery volunteers from Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock will have information booths where visitors can learn the importance of native plants, how to propagate and care for native plants, and how to plant butterfly gardens. Native plants, raised by the nursery volunteers, will be given away for planting at Keys' residences.
By giving residents native plants, this event aims to increase awareness regarding the importance of growing natives in the delicate environment of Key Largo and the Florida Keys. This year, the event will feature the importance of insects in Keys gardens. In addition to the park booths, other booth exhibits will include the Izaak Walton League, Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, Monroe County Extension Service, Florida Keys Mosquito Control, Reef Environmental Education Foundation, and the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail.
Activities for children will be available, including a special nature walk for children who are accompanied by an adult at 10:30 a.m.
At 9:30 a.m., Michelle Leonard-Mularz, Environmental Horticultural Agent the UF/IFAS Monroe County Extension Service, will address participants at the Visitor Center & Aquarium auditorium. Her one-hour talk is entitled: "Good, Bad, and Harmless: The Insects in Your Garden." 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 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., as well as two butterfly garden tours at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Nature walks are limited to 15 participants each, on a first-come, first-served, basis.