Environmental

Florida Wildlife Gardening 101

Posted October 20, 2021 | By ale_bellot

Digital Education Programming Presented by the
Center for Health & Wellbeing

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A garden for wildlife doesn’t have to be a jungle of unkempt plant life. It can and should be a quiet refuge for you, birds and animals. Studies show that owners with wildlife gardens not only spend more time outside, but that the overall increased oxygen-producing vegetation, the color of active wildlife gardens, and tree coverage have beneficial effects on both people and the ecosystem.

Learn more about the benefits of a Florida wildlife garden and how to start your own garden by watching horticulturalist and Fleet Farming Manager Caroline Chomanics in this program intended for Florida growers to learn the basics of ecological gardening. Chomanics shares tips for Florida Native Landscaping, wildlife corridors, how to attract wildlife to your yard, and animal-friendly garden design.

This program is presented by Caroline Chomanics and is hosted by the Winter Park Health Foundation.

About the Program Presenter

Caroline Chomanics is a passionate horticulturalist in the Central Florida community having earned her degree in Landscape and Horticulture Technology from Valencia College and has earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainable Urbanism from Rollins College. She developed her horticultural skills while living for four years at a Historic Botanical Garden called the Nehrling Gardens in Gotha, Florida. Since 2015, Caroline has been program manager for Fleet Farming, an urban agriculture program that transforms lawns into farms. She also acts as chief administrative officer to IDEAS For Us which develops, funds, and scales environmental action projects in the focus areas of energy, water, food, waste, and ecology. When she is not farming, she is honored to be the gardening teacher at Inspiring Minds Day School, teaching children about the wonders of the natural world.