VISIT Pan’s Garden

A half-acre gem showcasing the beauty of Florida’s native tropical plants nestled in the heart of downtown Palm Beach. Established in 1994 by the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, Pan’s Garden takes its name from the bronze statue of Pan of Rohallion that graces the garden’s entrance pool. The one-half acre garden features over 300 species of native trees, shrubs, grasses and wild flowers, many of which are endangered. These are incorporated into upland and wetland areas designed to display their naturally occurring relationships to one another. Each year cultivars of native species are planted in seasonal floral display areas to highlight possible choices for residential landscaping. P

FLORIDA FRIENDLY FERTILIZING

Magnesium deficiency (mid-canopy) & potassium deficiency (lower canopy) on a Canary Island date palm. T.K. Broschat, UF/IFAS Fertilize: palms and ornamental shrubs. See: Palm Nutrition and Fertilization: and Landscape Fertilization: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_landscape_fertilization Fairchild garden Palm Expert on Smart Palm fertilization http://www.virtualherbarium.org/GardenViews/SmartPalmFertilizing.html FLORIDA FRIENDLY FERTILIZING - Prevent Pollution and Maximize Plant Health Fertilize Appropriately – Excellent Pdf with information clearly presented: https://ffl.ifas.ufl.edu/handbook/Fertilize_Appropriately.pdf How to read a fertilizer bag and choose the appropriate fertilizer: htt

Tropical and subtropical fruits:

A few of the more than 500 varieties of Mango cultivars Tropical Fruit for the Home Landscape – IFAS/UFL Pine Island Nursery Tropical Fruit Viewer - Enhance pollination of fruits during spring flowering by allowing a selection of nearby weeds to grow to provide a nectar source for bees, wasps, and flies. Add variety and interest to the landscape and table with exotic fruits. This is a great time of year to plant fruit trees. The Brevard Rare Fruit Club will have its annual sale in April and nurseries are full of a variety of healthy young trees. Basic Mango Tree Care 1 Choose a healthy tree: A two-gallon container is a good size. A small tree will establish quicker and grow better roots to r

DISCOVER A Lost Painting Collection of Florida Wildflowers

A prickly pear by Minna Fernald. Kristen Grace/Florida Museum of Natural History Not long ago botanist Mark Whitten was rummaging through large pull-out drawers in the UF Herbarium searching for tracing paper. But what he found was a long-forgotten trove of 320 Florida wildflower paintings by Minna Fernald. Born in 1860, the Winter Park retiree, wife of a zoologist, presented the beautifully executed watercolors to the university in 1942. Many of the unique Florida plants Fernald documented no longer grow in the wild. Whitten says his impression is that “what Minna Fernald saw was a much more wild and interesting Florida than what it is now.” The paintings capture the plants’ rich colors an

In the Garden - what to do

What to Do Shrubs and trees: Prune when new growth begins after the end of the dormant season. To guard next season's blooms, begin pruning after the last flowers fade but before the new buds set. See Pruning Landscape Trees and Shrubs Mulch: Add mulch to minimize weeds and conserve moisture during dry weather. See Landscape Mulches Lawns: Fertilize lawns this month if not done in February. See Lawn Fertilizer and Identify damaging insects and spot treat early to prevent widespread damage. See Turfgrass Pest Insects Pests: Monitor landscape plants for insects, especially for the presence of aphids on tender new growth. Insects become more active during warm weather. See Landscape Pest Manage

In the Garden - what to plant

Irises by Van Gogh, 1889 – J. Paul Getty Museum What to Plant Trees and Shrubs: Most varieties. Consider planting a small tree to replace trees lost in the storms of the past several years; perhaps, a flowering accent tree. Sally Scalera suggests Annuals / Bedding Plants: Replace declining winter annuals with colorful heat-tolerant annuals, such as crossandra, gazania, salvia, melampodium, and zinnia that will last into fall. See Annuals Bulbs: Plant gladiola corms 6 inches apart and 4 inches deep; stake as they grow. Plant caladium for a showy tropical display all summer. See Bulbs for Florida Herbs: In addition to their culinary value, many herbs are ornamental and attract butterflies to

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