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 painting.in 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, atSamantha.Stratton@dos.myflorida.com 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!!!

37 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great springtime activity with the kids. We love to garden so we will definitely be planting new flowers. I may have to try sunflowers again this year. I will call it Flor de Babushka

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    1. You calling BB a wildflower? heje You'd be sooo right! ; ) Thank you Maria. BB2U

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  2. Sadly I don't have anywhere to plant (the drawbacks of living in a super small apartment in the city), but this sounds fun!

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

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    1. Container gardening in pots would work well- and since they're wild it should take too much caring after. Gracias for the comment. BB2U

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  3. I think it's great to plant your own wild flowers and garden. Nice that Florida has a organization for ths

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    1. Actually, it's the first I've ever heard of it, and so glad they're doing it. Thanks for dancing w/me. BB2U

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  4. Que divertido debe ser! Nos cuentas que tal te lo pasaste :)

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    1. Como era un webinar lo pase muy rico tomando café y notas. ; ) BB2U

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    1. That reminds me- I better plant soon, because the cool weather's not gonna last much longer. Gracias for the comment and the reminder. BB2U

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  6. Ojala y estuviera en esa área para poder disfrutar de todo eso :)

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    1. Tal vez no de la Florida, pero debe haber "wildflowers" en todo lados no? BB2U

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  7. Interesante! Justo mañana empiezo a plantar mi front yard en Florida!So proud to be Floridian!

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    1. ESO! How wonderful to plant native wildflowers and celebrate our great state.Gracias y BB2U

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  8. Me parece una axcelente actividad. ¡Me encantan las flores!

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    1. Son preciosas- y tambien tu visita. Gracias por bailar conmigo. BB2U

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  9. I would love to be in the area to attend something like this.

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    1. It's online- so if you want me to forward the copy to you leet me know. BB2U

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  10. I want to go!! CAn you take me? :D

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    1. Would you like the webinar transcript too mujer? I'm sure CA has beautiful wildflowers too; the planting should be the same. BB2U

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  11. This is so cool, love it! I really like that they are highlighting the Hispanic history of La Florida with flowers!! AWESOME! And I'm on board with planting wildflowers and forgetting about cutting my weeds, digo lawn. I'm in.

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    1. Preciosa Paula I'll be sending you the webinar link- 'cause we're soooo there! ; ) BB2U

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  12. Super interesting BB! I would love to attend sometime!

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  13. That is so neat! I love history!! That's primarily what the Hubs and I watch is the History or Discovery Channel. Now if only I was that into it in high school. ;)

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    1. Highschool? What's that? ; ) Thanks for dancing w/me again; BB2U.

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  14. Me encantaria tener un jardín! Espero que lo disfrutes muchísimo. Después nos cuentas.

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  15. I love it! Thanks for the information Dear BB! I love the gardens!Enjoy!!!


    Namaste! ॐ
    http://mamaholistica.com

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    1. I can sooo see you amongst flores bella mujer. Gracias for your comment y BB2U.

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  16. Lady Bird Johnson did wonders for wildflower education in the state of Texas. Native wildflowers have since been the norm along highways there. I'm waiting for my Mexican poppies to bloom but my desert marigolds seem to bloom year around. Can't wait to see your garden!

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    1. Didn't know that about Lady Bird! With the beauty of wildflowers there is no surprise an artist like you would have them- hope mine turn out as nice as yours!! BB2u

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  17. I did not know about this and I live in Florida, I want more info! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. There's so much going on for VivaFlorida 500 Jennifer!! Visit their site- you'll be happy you did. Thanks for the dance and BB2U

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  18. Que buen reconocimiento, me encanta. Gracias por la info BB.
    Un abrazo ^_^

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