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AZH Wendy Andrew Cultivation Grant Update - Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens

October 25, 2020 3:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Honoring an accomplished person whose passion for life reflects ours.

All too often in everyday life as horticulturists we experience the philosophical mindset of people who view plants as an inferior form of life to animals and/or the inability to appreciate the unique features or aesthetics of plants. We are focused on changing this mindset.

In this regard, the Horticulture Team at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens would like to thank AZH for selecting us as a recipient of the 2020 Wendy Andrew Cultivation Grant. Despite being the “Covid-19” year, we were eager to share with the public our role in the Zoo and Garden dynamic.

Choosing and planting a Southern live Oak (Quercus virginiana) was a conscious choice among our group because of the declining oaks in that area and the majesty of the mature tree.

I personally started from seed (basically at no cost to the zoo during the pandemic) the Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum maximum) and Verbena speciosa 'Imagination' to use as colorful, bee and butterfly attracting undercover plantings!

We eagerly await a recognition sign that’s design is currently in progress and I am personally excited to see the finished result. Once the sign is installed we will send an updated photo.

A lot of time and hard work went into this project and I hope you agree that we accomplished the respect it deserves.

Thank you for this opportunity and for your support,

Robin Vancil

Horticulture Technician II Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

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