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Category: Horticulture

The 2020 Peanut Butter Challenge

children eating peanut butter and snacks at a table,

Spread the Word… Peanut Butter Fights Hunger! By Yvonne Florian and Christine Kelly-Begazo Join the 2020 UF/IFAS Extension Peanut Butter Challenge, October 1st – November 25th, 2020.  Challenge your friends, family, civic groups, and 4-H clubs to gather and… Read More

Herbs in the Winter Garden

Potted basil varieties for sale

Herbs are a tasty way to add some zing and zip to your meals.  Most herbs are high in nutrients and phytochemicals which add health benefits as well as flavor to foods. Leafy herbs should be added to… Read More

Announcing! New Virtual Plant Clinic with Indian River County Master Gardeners

cicada

The recent virus concerns have many of the usual county services offices closed to walk in traffic.  However, this does NOT mean these services are not available.  Some are available through the drive in window.  Others will require… Read More

View of Pollinators

Duranta shrub flowers

Outside my office window is a large bush dappled in diminutive dangling white flowers.  And butterflies!  This Duranta ‘Alba’, or “Golden-Dew-Drop”, is so distracting that I find myself frequently glancing at the antics of its beautiful insect visitors. … Read More

Beautiful Bromeliads and Mischievous Mosquitoes

blooming burgundy bromeliad in the morning sun

In January, 2016, I moved back to Florida from another southern state.  It was great to see familiar plants and to be able to go to the beach again.I love the dizzying varieties of beautiful bromeliads, but could… Read More

Growing Bananas in Florida

"Rajapuri" banana blossom, photo by Yvonne Florian

There are hundreds of varieties of Bananas, Musa spp,  available for the  Florida home gardener.  The one we are most familiar with from childhood is the typical grocery store variety, ‘Cavendish‘.  However, this was not the first commercial… Read More

Hibiscus and Some Relatives

bright red Hibiscus flower

The Malvaceae family Most all Floridians are familiar with the large tropical evergreen Hibiscus, Rosa sinenis.  It is bright and sunny and totally tropical looking with gorgeous flowers that bloom nearly year round.  Vero Beach, in particular, is… Read More

Orchids: Beauty and Easy-Care

close up of orchid blooms

A half-day field trip to Orchid Jungle down in South Florida put orchids on my list of ‘MUST HAVE’ plants.  The scents and beauty of the blooms took my breath away.  There was even an orchid which smelled… Read More

Helping Pollinators Spring Into Action

a bee visiting a flower

If you are anything like me, you might already have a few plants that provide for pollinators.  Last year, when I started to renovate my landscape, I knew I wanted to plant various spaces to welcome pollinators and… Read More

Great Time to Begin a Garden

woman working in a vegetable garden

Call it what you want: Backyard Garden, Victory 2020 Garden, Stress-fighter Garden, Pizza Garden, My Secret Garden.  It will still mean that along with all the great benefits it will also entail daily work, sweat, and scouting for… Read More