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INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR
" The Butterfly Encounter
Lukas Nursery &
Butterfly Encounter
Oviedo, Florida
lukasnursery.com
Year founded:
The Lukas family started its agricultural endeavors on
the current property in 1912 with row crops and shifted
to ornamentals in the 1970s. The family business now
sits on approximately 33 acres with fourth-generation
leadership and a young fifth generation growing up at
the garden center.
What does your 4,000-square-foot Butterfly
Encounter, which has been a part of the
business since 2004, offer?
Its unique experience looks to bring nature back
into the lives of our children and family and spark a
passion for outside butterfly and pollinator gardening.
The Butterfly Encounter attraction has grown to be one
of the top tourist attractions in Central Florida and is
family friendly and affordable. We also serve numerous
schools for tours/field trips.
One of the biggest highlights of the experience is that
we offer an area that allows everyone to hold a butterfly
on their very own fingertip! This intimate experience
with nature is so unique and memorable for so many,
especially kids.
We even offer an annual pass for our Butterfly
Encounter so that folks that have enjoyed it so much
can come back as many times as they would like. Also, a
lot of photographers have enjoyed it as a way to create
some cool shots of nature.
attraction has grown to be one
of the top tourist attractions in
Central Florida. "
How does the Butterfly Encounter align with
the goals of the IGC as a whole?
We very much promote pollinator gardening and
engaging people to start a butterfly garden or any kind of
pollinator garden in their own backyard.
Also, hand-in-hand, we've found a newer trend. We've
experienced that Florida native plants are something the
community is really passionate about. Beginning this year,
we created a whole Florida native plant section in our
nursery; it has, by far, been our largest section of sales
growth of all of the different types of plants.
I also like to link the whole Florida-friendly landscaping
because sometimes there are plants out there that have
existed in the area for so long but aren't necessarily
the true definition of a native and are still just as
environmentally friendly.
In addition to educational opportunities and
seminars, you've been doing a fall event for
nearly 40 years. Why is this important for
the community?
People get to experience fall, and it sometimes can be
hard to experience fall in Florida when it's still 90 degrees.
We feature hay rides that tour everybody around the nursery
to see the operation from a growing side, and it's just a fun,
family-oriented event with various activities including a
pumpkin patch, face painting, corn kernel pits - activities
like that.
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Editors' Letter
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Innovator of the Year: Meet the Lawn & Garden Retailer Innovators of the Year!
Special Advertising Section
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Green Goods: Trial-Proven Produce
Product Focus: Garden Pharmacy
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