Environmental Guest Speakers, Raffles and Games
Largo, FL (March 10, 2023) – The public is invited to enjoy Wilcox Nursery and
Landscape’s Annual Spring Festival on Saturday, March 25 from 9 am to 4 pm. The event will be at 12501 Indian Rocks Road in Largo, Fla. and admission is free.
Visitors will find expert speakers, local vendors, and other environmental nonprofits for
an interactive celebration of spring, caterpillars, and native plants. Wilcox is again
dedicating proceeds from this year’s Spring Festival to support the West Klosterman Preserve project by hosting expert speakers, local vendors, and other environmental nonprofits to participate in an interactive celebration of spring, caterpillars, and native plants.
The day’s activities will focus on the importance of native plants, pollinators, and caterpillars and feature scavenger hunts for children and adults, other games including a weeding competition and Native or Not (a plant sorting game). Winners of these games and others will be eligible for discounts on products and services from Wilcox’s team of native plant and landscaping experts.
Several raffles will also be held throughout the day, along with a schedule of expert
speakers at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. They include Tex and Kay Carter, WK Preservation Group board president and operations director, respectively; Davis Byrkit, Wilcox general manager and native plant expert; and George Heinrich, field biologist and environmental educator with a specialty in Florida reptiles.
ABOUT THE WEST KLOSTERMAN PRESERVE AND WK PRESERVATION
WK Preservation Group (WKPG) has been fighting to protect the West Klosterman Preserve, 14 acres of natural habitat in Pinellas County, since the land became available for sale by the Pinellas County School Board in 2020. After a series of disappointing outcomes related to securing state funding in 2022, WKPG is revitalizing its fundraising campaign, starting with Wilcox’s Spring Festival. After ongoing discussions in 2022 and 2023 with Pinellas County and school board officials, WKPG board members are optimistic that, with the public’s help, they will be able to raise the $3 million required to purchase the property at 1229 W Klosterman Road in Tarpon Springs. They will announce their new fundraising strategy in April.