Bok Tower Gardens needs volunteers to help plant 4,500 native ground cover plants on 34 acres of fallow citrus land. The property is being restored to its natural longleaf pine and turkey oak habitat. The project will start on Aug. 4 and continue until Aug. 10. Volunteers can register to participate in making history through this restoration project at www.boktowergardens.org/restoration-project/. All volunteers must bring gardening gloves, kneepads and sunscreen, and wear sturdy closed-toe shoes. Drinking water will be provided. Families and groups are welcome, but an adult must accompany children.
In 2007, 156 acres of restoration lands were acquired by Bok Tower Gardens with funds from the Florida Communities Trust. Restoration work was started with the removal of exotic plant species and planting longleaf pines and wiregrass. Bok Tower Gardens has now received additional grant funding from the Florida Wildflower Foundation to plant a more diverse variety of native ground cover vegetation on a portion of the 34-acre parcel.
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