On April 21 the Garden Club of Jacksonville spent a fun Earth Day in James Weldon Johnson Park, showcasing how our programs promote eco-friendly initiatives and resiliency. Over 50 visitors stopped by our table and could sample a fun Budding Gardeners activity by making a paper wind sock. If they couldn’t stay long, they could take the craft home with them!

We also had the wonderful chance to meet and connect with other nonprofits from around Jacksonville.

The theme of the Garden Club of Jacksonville’s table was increasing wind speeds in the Jacksonville area and how to protect your garden during heavy winds. Check out some guidelines and facts below:

Jacksonville has an Extreme Wind Factor® risk based on the projected likelihood and speed of hurricane, tornado, or severe storm winds. The average maximum wind speeds in Jacksonville are higher now than they were 30 years ago, and 82 percent of homes in Jacksonville have at least some risk.

  • Plant a living windbreak
  • Erect a woven artificial windbreak
  • Think carefully about where you plant
  • Give tall plants additional support
  • Tidy your garden before winds arrive
  • Cover small plants with cloches

Information provided by Risk Factor, created by First Street Foundation

Special thanks to JEA for sponsoring this event.