Please visit the Beaches Museum on Saturday April 10th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM for the annual Springing the Blooms Festival. Springing the Blooms takes place throughout the museum’s Pablo Historical Park and features horticultural exhibits, family-friendly activities, educational talks, and live children’s music on the historic porch of Foreman’s House.
10:00 a.m .: JoAnne Krestul presents Vertical Gardening 101, which explains how vertical gardening is the most sustainable way to grow your own products from the comfort of your home. “I love learning about food … especially fruits and vegetables and the incredible positive effects they have on helping our bodies prevent inflammation and disease in the best possible way. Growing our own food has become my perfect fit and a passion too! I will always love the ease and variety that vertical gardening offers. Kale anyone ?! “
11:00 Stephen Klem, Jacksonville City Park Naturalist based at Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, will speak about “Life in the Sand Dunes”. The sand dunes along our coast are a breathtaking, but often overlooked, sight on our beaches. Discuss with naturalist Stephen Klem the plants and animals that live in this fragile ecosystem and why it is important for us to protect and preserve it.
12:00 Evie Pankok, Master gardener, will inspire us to make a good first impression with sustainable landscaping in our courtyards. Working with the City of Jacksonville and the University of Florida, Evie teaches homeowners how to be “green” and create more sustainable landscapes by applying the nine principles of the Florida-Friendly Landscaping ™ program.
Exhibits in the Pablo History Park:
· Life cycle of the butterfly – Activities and demonstrations about the life cycle of the butterfly. Photo booth and goodie bags for children.
· Everything you should know about sea turtles – Exhibition of the turtles that nest on Florida beaches and how you can help them. The hosts are our own Ponte Vedra Sea Turtle Patrol and the Beaches Sea Turtle Patrol.
Rockaway Sustainable Landscape Solutions- Information about landscaping and installation, landscaping, irrigation, lighting services, or commercial horticultural management services.