DATE: June 26, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Michael Mills
WHAT: BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – Secret Woods Nature Center in Dania Beach is ready to launch its Summer Home Landscape Series 2014, an annual series of free lectures designed for average homeowners who are interested in adding to the beauty of their homes through landscaping. The topic for the first lecture, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 10, will be “Plants With a Purpose,” presented by Parks Naturalist II Molly Taylor.
Participants will learn ways to save money on their cooling and water bills, attract wildlife, and preserve native vegetation; they’ll also improve the appearance of their yards and neighborhoods as well as increase property values. All sessions are held in the nature center’s air-conditioned Julia Hall.
Future dates and topics are as follows:
- July 17 – “Container-Grown Edibles” – Murray Corman
- July 24 – “Fertilizers” – Michael Orfanedes, Commercial Horticulture Agent, UF-IFAS/Broward County Extension Education
- July 31 – “Urban Farming: Eating Broward” – Michael Madfis
- Aug. 7 – “Insects in the Yard: Pollinators & Pests” – Aaron J. Mullins, senior biologist with the UF-IFAS Department of Entomology & Nematology
- Aug. 14 – “Landscape Design Basics” – Kaylee Kildare
- Aug. 21 – “Orchid Basics: What They Need To Grow & Pests You Should Know” – Sandi Jones, Orchid Curator at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens and Owner of Broward Orchid Supply
- Aug. 28 – “Fungus Among Us” – Scott L. Bryan, Parks Naturalist I at Secret Woods
WHERE: Secret Woods Nature Center
Founded in February 1956 and accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies, Broward County Parks and Recreation Division manages almost 6,500 acres, encompassing nearly 50 regional parks and nature centers, neighborhood parks, and natural areas at various stages of development. Facilities include water parks, campgrounds, a target range, a stadium, a skate park, an observatory, mountain bike trails, an educational farm with stables, and a velodrome and other sports facilities. Hours and fees vary by location. For more information, visit Broward.org/Parks.
2701 W. State Rd. 84, Dania Beach 33312
WHEN: Thursdays, July 10, 17, 24, and 31, and August 7, 14, 21, and 28, 7-8:30 p.m.
WHO: For ages 12 and up.
For more information, call the nature center at 954-357-8884. Secret Woods is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #6.
Recreation. Preservation. Education.
Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations in order to participate in programs, services, and activities must contact the Special Populations Section at 954-357-8170 or TTY 954-537-2844 at least five (5) business days prior to the scheduled meeting or event.