2016 Annual Awards Banquet

Roadside Wildflower Corridors
for Birds, Beauty and Wildlife
with Jeff Caster and Eleanor Dietrich

Photo by Eleanor Dietrich

Narrowleaf (Swamp) Sunflower
Photo by Eleanor Dietrich

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

$10 per person

Lafayette Presbyterian Church
4220 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee
(Location and Banquet Details Below)

Dinner will be provided by Chapter Chef Tim Smith. This year’s menu features “Super Soup & Salad”.  Tickets are $10 per person. They may be purchased in advance at Native Nurseries  [ 1661 Centerville Rd, Tallahassee, FL  32308, (850) 386-8882] or Wild Birds Unlimited [2098 Thomasville Road Tallahassee, FL  32308, (850) 576-0002]. PLEASE NOTE the change of location for  Wild Birds Unlimited.

Please come and bring a friend. Non-members are welcome!

If you wish to buy your ticket at the dinner, please call Tim at (850) 933-5979 by Monday, May 18 to make your reservation.

Roadsides are the State and nation’s most visited and visible public lands and they connect long stretches of natural areas that are well suited for wildflowers, which in turn support pollinators and the caterpillars necessary for birds to raise their young.

Jeff Caster, Florida State Transportation Landscape Architect, and Eleanor Dietrich, Florida Wildflower Foundation liaison with the FDOT on behalf of the Foundation and the Panhandle Wildflower Alliance, will describe how the Florida Department of Transportation and the Florida Wildflower Foundation and the Panhandle Wildflower Alliance are working together to encourage managing roadsides for wildflowers and wildlife and how citizens can help.

Jeff Caster, Florida State Transportation Landscape Architect, has been with the Florida Department of Transportation since 1993. Jeff was born in the Garden State and is celebrating 39 years of good fortune… to live in La Florida, the land of flowers. Jeff is a lifelong conservationist and he is a Life Member of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs.

Jeff taught as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at Florida A&M University, School of Architecture, from 1997-2007 and served as 2005 President of the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and as 2010 President of the Florida Wildflower Foundation. Jeff has degrees from Purdue University, Florida A&M University, and Cornell University.

Eleanor Dietrich has been a member of the Florida Native Plant Society for over 30 years. For the past three years she has served as liaison for the Florida Wildflower Foundation with the Florida Department of Transportation on behalf of the Foundation and the Panhandle Wildflower Alliance. One of her primary responsibilities is assisting local wildflower enthusiasts with securing county wildflower resolutions and requesting wildflower areas.

Click to learn more about and join the Panhandle Wildflower Alliance.

There is also a Florida Panhandle Wildflower Alliance Facebook page where you can post and which has current wildflower information and questions.

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