May 1, 2020

Tough Plants
Gardeners at all levels of experience can appreciate a tough-as-nails plant. Maybe you are looking for a plant that you can finally keep alive. Maybe you want something easy to add to your landscape so you can devote more energy to your fussy plants. Or m...

April 29, 2020

The Overstory by Robert Powers – winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction

“The best book I’ve read in 10 years. It’s a remarkable piece of literature, and the moment it speaks to is climate change. So, for me, it’s a lodestone. It’s a mind-opening fiction, and it connect...

April 27, 2020

Spring is the perfect time to visit botanical gardens. But this year we’ll have to make virtual tours of some of the world’s most beautiful gardens.

April 24, 2020

Florida-friendly plants need little care if you put them in the right spot.

Sunny and dry – Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) will produce beautiful flowers with little-to-no care and there are hundreds of cultivars to choose from. Years ago nurseries carried dozens of...

April 15, 2020

Consider adding a fragrant tree or plant near your patio or entrance area. Recommendations from Sally Scalera.

Fragrant Native Trees 

The first set of fragrant plants are native, which attract and support our native insects. Native insects perform a variety of important...

April 1, 2020

Flowers that tolerate full summer sun include floss flower (Ageratum), amaranth, asters, vinca (or periwinkle), celosia, coleus, cosmos, dahlia, dahlberg daisy, lisianthus, blanket flower (Gaillardia pulchella), gazania, gerber daisy, kalanchoe, sunflowers, gomphrena,...

April 1, 2020

If there is a silver lining to this very surreal time of social distancing it is that our calendars are clear and we have endless discretionary time. We can be alone but not lonely. Technology enables us to be in touch with family and friends around the globe. And we h...

March 12, 2020

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 nect...

February 29, 2020

Olives, first grown in Florida centuries ago by the Spanish, are becoming an attractive commercial enterprise for citrus growers bludgeoned by deadly insect-borne greening disease.  The University of Florida is working with the Florida Olive Council to develop a low-ch...

February 21, 2020

Wrong Plant Wrong Place - Whoever orders plants for our local Home Depot is under the false impression that tulips, daffodils, and bearded iris will grow here. Last week I saw close to a hundred little containers with four tiny sprouting bulbs in each on sale for a dol...

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