Friends of the Enchanted Forest
444 Columbia Blvd., Titusville Florida 32780
Enchanted Forest Nature Sanctuary
May 9, 2007
Enchanted Forest Sanctuary Receives Landscape Award
Titusville, Fla. - The staff of the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary Management and Education Center (EFS) is proud to announce that their gardens have been awarded the 2007 Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) First Place Landscape Award for a Wildflower and Butterfly Garden. The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary is managed by the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Program and is located on State Road 405 in Titusville. EFS is a 428-acre Sanctuary with over four miles of hiking trails. The EFS Management and Education Center provides interpretive educational exhibits, two 25-person capacity classrooms, a large screen porch, a reference library, a gift shop, restrooms, a picnic area, an outdoor amphitheater and EEL Program office space.
Staff and volunteers have worked diligently over the past four years to plant and maintain gardens in the disturbed habitats that surround the Management and Education Center. The Friends of the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary, Inc. is a non-profit organization that assists with preserving, protecting, maintaining and enhancing the Enchanted Forest as a unique natural Sanctuary. The EFS Friends' group has also played an important role in making the gardens a reality. Plants that are native to Florida are planted throughout the gardens. Native plants require little water or fertilizer and attract various native species of animals, including butterflies and their larvae (caterpillars). The EFS Deadheaders volunteer group, named for their role in plucking the dead heads off of flowers to promote growth, works throughout the year to plant and maintain the gardens. The butterfly gardens include a man-made pond with aquatic species of plants and animals. Various aspects of the gardens were planted with grant funds received from Keep Brevard Beautiful.
The Florida Native Plant Society was organized in 1980 to promote the preservation, conservation and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida, primarily through education. FNPS has two local chapters in Brevard County. Shari Blissett Clark, EEL Program Land Management Technician, and Suzanne Meyer, Deadheader and Friends of the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary member, traveled to Gainesville in April to receive the award at the FNPS annual conference. The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm seven days per week. All EFS native plant gardens are universally accessible for visitors of all ability levels to enjoy. A native plant brochure is also available for visitors to learn about the various plant species that are located throughout the gardens.
For more information, contact Judy Gregoire, EEL Program North Region Land Manager at (321) 264-5185.