Biophilia in bloom


E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center hosts monthly events for the public. This month, it’s all about the benefits of gardens. Adults and children alike can learn about edible plants, the benefits of beekeeping, how to make a rain barrel and more.

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 11:07 AM.

As the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.” Since there’s been plenty of rain recently, it’s time to celebrate spring at E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center .

The first Saturday of every month, the Biophilia Center opens its doors to the public with a day full of themed events. This month, the theme is “Biophilia in Bloom.”

“We thought after the weather we’ve been having it would be nice to see some flowers and talk about gardening,” said Lauren Bray, environmental coordinator and public programs director.

Organizations and businesses within the community have stepped up to include demonstrations such as, floral arranging, beekeeping, worm bin composting and how to make a rain barrel. Local experts such as MaryAnn Friedman of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Grant and Calvin Chester of Greenthumb Calboys will be facilitating lectures. The events promote sustainability and environmental awareness, which perfectly ties in with Biophilia’s mission to educate fourth and seventh grade students about the importance of biodiversity and to encourage conservation, preservation and restoration.

“The information you learn from these demonstrations can be used at home, from what types of flowers attract butterflies to the benefits of worm composting,” Bray said. “We’ll have lectures geared to both adults and children, although I’ve found that adults will still learn something new from the kid’s activities.”

Even food plays into the event with a lecture on edible gardens and a farm to table demonstration from Roux 30A.

“They will be doing a farm to table cooking demo with Biophilia herbs, fresh eggs, and veggies,” said Bray. “People will be able to learn how healthy and easy eating can be coming straight from your garden.”

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