Visit a Butterfly Rainforest in Gainesville

April 18, 2009 by Rick

Where Science Takes Flight ..... In the words from the center.... Come face-to-face with exotic, vibrant butterflies fluttering atop a lush tropical canvas of foliage and flowers as you experience the Butterfly Rainforest, the Florida Museum of Natural History's newest permanent exhibit. The screened vivarium houses subtropical and tropical plants and trees to support 55 to 65 different species and hundreds of free-flying butterflies. Guests can stroll through the Butterfly Rainforest on a winding path and relax to the sounds of cascading waterfalls year-round.



Monarch and Queens nectaring on Scarlet Milkweed


Gulf Fritillary nectaring on Purple Coneflower


Zebra Swallowtail nectaring on Blue Salvia


Sulphur nectaring on a Blue Salvia

Fill your garden with butterfly attracting Florida Friendly perennials available at your local Florida Home Depot. These photos are from my garden south of Tampa. "If you build it they will come."

Why we created a Florida Friendly Plant blog

January 22, 2009 by Rick

For the last 30 years we’ve gained quite a bit of experience and have learned some design principles from working with the plants we grow. We’ll add tips and ideas here in the blog to supplement the plant facts in our web site database. The placement of plants offers many possibilities for gardening enjoyment. We hope you find something interesting here and come back from time to time to see how we’re doing. We want to be a ‘good news’ source of information without a lot of advertising. Gardening and decorating are good for you and hopefully you’ll find something here to complement your lifestyle. We’ll share posts and links to ideas that inform you about successful gardening, using colors in a pleasing way and getting the most from your efforts. It’s our hope that the plants we grow and the information we share will add lasting beauty and value to your home.

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