Speaker Series | Maria Quirico | 12-16-2023
Maria Quirico, the University of Florida/IFAS Monroe County Extension Environmental Horticulture Agent will be the featured speaker at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden on Saturday, December 16th. The event will begin at 1:00 pm in the Garden’s Toppino Nature Chapel. The talk title will be “Exploring Florida Keys Natives: Unraveling the Importance of Indigenous Flora”.
Maria actively promotes the principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ and offers the community essential education, guidance, and resources concerning horticultural and environmental topics. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Masters degree in Horticultural Science.
Exploring Florida Keys Natives: Unraveling the Importance of Indigenous Flora” delves into the rich biodiversity of native plant species in the Florida Keys, highlighting their ecologically significant adaptations to the unique environment. The discussion emphasizes the role of these plants in supporting local wildlife and ecosystems while addressing contemporary conservation challenges. By exploring the cultural and traditional uses of native flora and promoting community engagement, the talk aims to foster awareness and inspire conservation efforts to safeguard the invaluable native plant species of the Florida Keys.
The Garden is located at 5210 College Road on Stock Island, Key West. Admission is free for members and $10 for non-members. The event will also be recorded and available after this date on the Garden’s website. For more information call 305-296-1504.