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PORT ST. LUCIE -- The Friends of the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens invite gardening enthusiast's to the third "Lecture Series @ The Gardens" event of 2014 as "Native Alternatives for Invasive Ornamentals in Florida," on Wednesday, April 2, from 7- 9 p.m.
Speaking on the topic will be Dr. Sandra Wilson, Professor of Environmental Horticulture at the University of Florida/IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center near Fort Pierce.
The lecture will inform attendees about common invasive ornamental plants, and offer alternative Florida native plants for use in landscapes.
Dr. Wilson has 26 years of experience in teaching and research. A national award-winning educator and research scientist, her research is widely published in prestigious scientific journals. Her research focuses on characterizing the invasive potential of ornamental plants and propagation and evaluation of native plants.
Dr. Wilson instructs courses on native Florida landscaping, plant propagation and identification. Course attendees learn in two botanical gardens situated on site at the University of Florida site, the Indian River Research and Education Center.
In addition to a number of interactive online innovations, Dr. Wilson created a web application called FloraGator, which matches plant identifiers to plant family, and specific plant information.
She has a Master of Science in Horticulture from the University of Delaware and Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from Clemson University
The event will be held in the main building at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Garden located at 2410 S.E. Westmoreland Blvd., Port St. Lucie.
The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information call (772) 343-8666.