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Plant Fest 2008

Plant Fest 2008 is happening this year.
Two parts, one for the FW and another for the Marine.

If you are interested in seeing these plants in the natural states, have lots of fun in the process, get wet, come away with a very different perspective about aquatic plants, you should try and come on down.

It's not that expensive(getting to Florida is the only part that cost$).
Some pics from the past:



This could be you nabbing some Red Ludwigia:


Mermaid weed:



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http://www.barrreport.com/plantfest/...ed=1#post24791

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I cant wait! How about the Crypts? Any way to collect any Tom?
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I cant wait! How about the Crypts? Any way to collect any Tom?
Sure, if you like Cell block "H" and/or a fine and police escort

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Hey Tom,

What's the expected grand total of the trip? Might be interested...
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Sure, if you like Cell block "H" and/or a fine and police escort

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Hey Tom,

What's the expected grand total of the trip? Might be interested...
Well, the cost of flight to Tampa/Orlando etc.
2-3 night stay at the motels, depends if you take another person or pair up to share a room.
Food cost for the time involved(varies based on each person's habits).
Transportation from Tampa, to Gainesville, rentals typically are 30-60$ per day, so I figure 150$ total there.
Canoe rentals run 16$ per person per trip(Santa Fe river and the Rainbow river)
Tube rentals: 5-10$
Park entry: 5$ and 4$
75$ per 3 day event.
Snorkel gear: 20-40$ Walmart

Marine part:
22$ per night, dorm style room, community Kitchen(so we can fix our own food etc and BBQ etc). Boat rental: split at about 150$ per load(up to 8 folks per boat) so 30$ ought to cover boating fees, they take us each place we want.

The Marine part is likely a bit cheaper and as much fun if not more so.

Not much really, just like you rented a car and took off to a park for 2-3 days.
By splitting cost with other folks for rooms and food, things go down a fair amount.

Some want to take driftwood back etc, some drive all the way etc.
Some folks can pair up and drive around with me etc also.
I'll try and make space for anyone that comes and shows up etc.


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I KNEW there was someone who put on an annual trip like this through FL; just haven't been able to find info!

If I can make it I"m in!





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why cant you take the crypts if they are invasive?

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there are crypts in Florida?


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why cant you take the crypts if they are invasive?
No plant on the invasive list is allowed to be harvested (in any state as far as I know). The reason is that they don't want them spread to other waters.

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there are crypts in Florida?
There is an area in the Rainbow River that has some. They have been working to rid them from this area for years now. A local volunteer group pulls them up at certain times of the year.

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OMG this is wonderful!! I've never been happier to be a Floridian than I am right now! And it looks like it will coincide with my birthday weekend, so I know what gift I will be giving myself this year! YIPPIE!!!

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I wonder if there are permits that could be had for collecting. I have a permit from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection that states I can import, transport, possess and collect. But it says for Non-Prohibited
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This could be you nabbing some Red Ludwigia:
This made me fall over laughing for some reason....literally side splitting (what can I say, I'm easily entertained).

Hope I can make it...I need to make a trip to Florida anyway. And I really want to be "that guy" grabbing the red ludwigia in the promo for PlantFest 2009.
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I wonder if there are permits that could be had for collecting. I have a permit from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection that states I can import, transport, possess and collect. But it says for Non-Prohibited

I bet you could do it with that permit...usually park rangers are pretty nice

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I am soooooooo jealous -you have no idea. Hubby might not like me going on vacaion with out him. of course who needs a husband anyway.LOL

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