Open to the Public
Invasive exotic plants cost Florida taxpayers millions of dollars annually in efforts to eradicate them from national, state, county and regional parks and preserves, and most of them invade Florida’s natural areas from landscape plants where seeds get dispersed by wind, birds, mammals, or even ocean currents. To help curb this invasion, homeowners, landscapers, and municipalities should be aware of which species are invasive, and either remove them from landscapes, or do not plant them in the first place. This program will feature many of the invasive plants found in
cultivation, and what can be used to replace them.
Roger Hammer is a professional naturalist and survivalist instructor for the Discovery Channel’s reality TV show Naked and Afraid. He was the manager of the 120-acre Castellow Hammock Nature Center for the Miami-Dade County Parks Department for 30 years. He received the first Marjory Stoneman Douglas Award presented by the Florida Native Plant Society in 1982, Tropical Audubon Society honored him with the Charles Brookfield Medal in 1996, in 2003 he received the Green Palmetto Award in Education from the Florida Native Plant Society, and they also honored him in 2019 with the prestigious Mentor Award. He has given keynote speeches at Florida Native Plant Society state conferences and the 2008 World Orchid Conference in Miami. In 2012 he received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Florida International University. He is the author of Everglades Wildflowers, Florida Keys Wildflowers, Central Florida Wildflowers, Complete Guide to Florida Wildflowers, Attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies in Tropical Florida, Exploring Everglades National Park, and Paddling Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. He lives in Homestead with his wife, Michelle.
A reception in Pan’s Garden will follow the lecture.