March 06, 2013

VivaFlorida 500 is Going WILD(flowers)

Babushka is an avid fan of the VivaFlorida 500 celebration.  For you Beautifuls who don't know what that is,  the state of Florida is commemorating 500 years of being discovered,named, and colonized by Europeans- namely, Spaniards. Looonnnggg before Jamestown and its group. Queee??  JU SO FONII!!!  Si, for real, and BB's glad it's being highlighted, but it's not just the re enactments of the original settlers, but also the originals of other categories too.  There are so many categories taken with VivaFlorida 500 that something is sure to please everyone.  For Babushka, I'm just so happy they're going wild- with wildflowers! Who'd of thunk it?  What a beautiful tie in to show the beauty that was here when Ponce de Leon landed and saw all the flowers (flores).  Bello verdad?  They've got a VivaFlorida -La Florida's Wildflowers web page, they've lined up a webinar on March 8 to " learn more about the best methods for planting your own garden with wildflower seeds supplied by the Florida Wildflower Foundation. "

Couldn't figure out how to paste a picture of their page- 
so Babushka just took a pic of it!

This is based on Xavier Cortada's visionary Flor 500 project

You remember Xavier right?  
The artist behind BB's Favorite the Museum of Florida History.

And here's a video of Xavier explaining his project commemorating the Florida quincentenial.

Que cool right??

Y si eso no fuera suficiente- and as if that wasn't enough, they're having a webinar on Friday to help us start commemorating Florida's natural beauty by growing our own wildflowers.  Here's the official wording:

 Viva Florida 500 Wildflower Project
 Viva Florida Logo

In 1513, Ponce de Leόn made landfall on new soil and called the place La Florida, meaning land of flowers, based on its beauty and vitality. The Viva Florida 500 Wildflower Project is a collaborative effort between the Florida Department of State and libraries statewide in celebration of Florida's native plants, perhaps the very same flowers which Ponce himself saw upon his arrival.

In recognition of this special and enduring piece of Florida history, the Viva Florida 500 team invites your library to join in our webinar and become a wildflower partner. During this presentation, you will learn more about the best methods for planting your own garden with wildflower seeds supplied by the FloridaWildflower Foundation. The brief overview will last about 30 minutes and allow for Q and A at its completion.

For more information, please contact Samantha Stratton, Viva Florida 500 Wildflower Coordinator, or 850.245.6537.

Division of Library and Information Services

Oh the beauty of natural flowers- 
Oh the beauty of not having to cut my lawn!!

Quee??  Y'all know Babushka never passes on a twofer. 

; )

I hope you join BB in this celebration while learning a little bit more about our bella state, it's history, and our natural beauties.

Babushka Besos a todos.  Cuidensen.

P.S.  For more information on Florida's Spanish roots the Fundacion España-Florida has wonderful posts. 

Fundación España-Florida

Bohemian Babushka
Bohemian Babushka

Groovy Spanglish speaking Grandma of 6 who loves life and all its adventures. Motivational while still keeping it real, Babushka shows how all things looked at with gratitude are good, and how to say to la vida- JU SO FONII!!!