Florida goes wild for 500th with 500 flowers, 500 artists
11:45 PM, Mar. 22, 2012
From left to right, Florida artist Xavier Cortada, Secretary of State Ken Detzner and Jeff Caster from DOT plant Florida wildflowers outside the R.A. Gray building. The event is part of the Flor500 project's efforts to promote Florida's 500th anniversary and the state's native landscape. / PHOTOS BY GLENN BEIL/Democrat
Secretary of State Ken Detzner hosted the Florida Wildflower Foundation and Florida artist Xavier Cortada for a native wildflower planting Thursday morning. The event was part of the Flor500 effort: an art, nature and history project centered around marking the state's 500th anniversary, which will be in 2013. The flowers planted Thursday morning — and the seeds being handed out at the ceremony — are plants that would have been prominent in Florida when Europeans arrived nearly 500 years ago. The Flor500 project team plans to select a wildflower for each of the 67 counties, and 500 artists are being invited to depict 500 native wildflowers as part of the project. Students from 500 schools have also been invited to create wildflower gardens and dedicate them to one of 500 historical figures important to Florida's history. To find out more about the project and the flowers, go to www.flor500.com.
Secretary Detzner to Host Flor500 for Native Wildflower Planting
Event is part of the Flor500 project’s efforts to promote Florida’s 500th anniversary and the state’s native landscape