Vote on Green Palmetto Award Nominee Gayle Edwards

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on: April 12, 2009, 10:08:41 PM
Gayle Edwards

The Coccoloba Chapter nominates Gayle Edwards for the Green Palmetto award for Education and Outreach.
Gayle, a member of the Coccoloba Chapter for the last decade, has indefatigably conducted research and demonstration landscapes for butterfly gardening at schools and parks throughout the region.  Her crusade to educate Southwest Florida new residents about EPPC pest plant species and native landscape alternatives has recruited many new members to the FNPS.  As an IFAS-extension-service volunteer she has kept the FNPS message in their face and influenced their programs to be more natural systems friendly.

The Coccoloba Chapter nominates Gayle Edwards for the Green Palmetto award for Education and Outreach. 10 years ago Gayle joined Coccoloba and simultaneously took the Master Gardener training in Lee County. She then set about creating what has become the beautiful and renowned butterfly garden at the main entrance to the Extension Service. Gayle soon learned that the public was being duped by unscrupulous nurseries willing to sell invasive exotics claiming they were native. As she would say "that brought me off the floor." She joined FLEPPC and began to do talks to groups about invasive exotics. She began the now popular annual Butterfly Conference held at Extension and the Butterfly Patrol where volunteers reported the quantity and species they observed in their butterfly gardens. Gayle has inspired hundreds of people through her determined efforts, from teachers to home owner associations to garden clubs. Most importantly, Gayle has motivated an enthusiasm for natives and sustainable landscaping among the staff of the Extension Service that was minimal at best prior to her arrival.

Karina Veaudry