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A gentle plea for chaos in the garden

About 20 years ago I read a book by Sara Stein called A Gentle Plea for Chaos and it transformed the way I think about gardening.  In her book, she describes the way nature plants.  There are no lines,… Read More

Springtime blooms for the garden (and our pollinator friends, too!)

Springtime color welcomes birds, butterflies, native bees and other pollinators! Did you know that urban pollinator gardens offer not just beauty, but also places of refuge, protection and nourishment for our airborne wildlife? These blooms, mostly from Florida… Read More

Helping Pollinators Spring Into Action

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

Carrotwood – Wild Weeds

Wild Weeds – Weed of the Month Carrotwood Cupaniopsis anacardioides Carrotwood is an evergreen tree that can reach heights above 30 feet. This unique tree has a dark outer bark but an orange inner bark, hence its common name… Read More

Spring Garden Festival & Plant Sale – April 4

Load up your wagon for the 12th annual Baker County Spring Garden Festival and enjoy a fun-filled day of shopping from local plant vendors, plus free kid’s activities, exhibits and more.  Visitors can also receive Florida-Friendly landscaping advice… Read More

Happy Birthday to…Florida!

Did you know that today, March 3, 2020, is Florida’s 175th birthday?  We know Florida is pretty special and a great way to celebrate, is to get outside and explore and appreciate all that Florida has to offer! … Read More

Golden Bamboo – Wild Weeds

Wild Weeds – Weed of the Month Golden Bamboo Phyllostachys aurea Golden bamboo is native to china and is actually a member of the grass family! Golden bamboo was originally introduced to the United States to be used… Read More

A NOT so Friendly Native Plant: Heartleaf Nettle or Fireweed

As a sixth generation Floridian, I encourage people to plant and protect native plants. Native plants are critical to our native pollinators and other wildlife. However, one winter afternoon as I strolled through my yard, I bent down… Read More