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The gallery of Florida Wildflowers I have pictured here are only a small sample of the thousands of wildflowers in Florida. Our state got its name from the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon in 1513 who named Florida “La Florida” because of it’s beautiful colors and landscape.
Florida has 20 million people now ( 3rd most populous state) who call this peninsula home and we almost double in population during the winter with tourists. I think our state officials could improve the looks of our interstate highway system such as I-75 and I-95 by planting large beds of wildflowers along these roads. I’m disappointed by having to look at large billboards and some other unsightly things while I’m traveling through Florida. One of the best display of wildflowers I have seen was along a highway was in North Carolina.
I would like to mention one of our former first ladies, Lady Bird Johnson, wife of President Lyndon Johnson and actress Helen Hayes who were concerned about the loss of natural landscapes and wildflowers throughout the U.S. and so they started a foundation in 1982 to preserve wildflowers. Their foundation also educates the public about the variety of plants and flowers that exist, their biological richness and and their benefit to the environment. Visit Lady Bird Johnsons’ website wildflower.org to get more information about her foundation. To register your garden that has natural pollinator plants, go to the Million Pollinator Gardens website and it will be listed in a national database.