The Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology recently named Alachua County environmental horticulture agent Wendy Wilber statewide coordinator for the UF/IFAS Master Gardener Program.
As is the wont of master gardeners, last week Ms. Wilber was a featured speaker at Disney EPCOT’s International Flower and Garden Festival. To audiences throughout the day, she instructed on plant propagation - demonstrating several resourceful and inexpensive methods for multiplying plants.
|Wendy Wilber demonstrates how to divide a mondo grass bunch|
“People want to learn how to share plants. It’s a great way to keep a special plant growing,” Ms. Wilber said. “Propagation is a topic that gardeners want to know about. It’s a little bit more of an advanced topic, but it’s a good skill for them to have.”
|Using color in the landscape at the International Flower and Garden Festival|
“Florida is at an interesting time right now,
and master gardeners are uniquely poised
to bring good Florida-Friendly landscaping
information to the public.”
The International Flower and Garden Festival is an annual Disney EPCOT event showcasing landscaping practices for beautification and sustainability. This year features Illuminated Gardens, a butterfly area and over a dozen Disney-themed topiaries scattered throughout.
|Yes, you can be colorful and Florida-Friendly|
|One of more than a dozen Disney-themed topiaries (image by Michael Dukes)|
|Edibles are a great addition to any Florida garden|