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Broward County Native Orchid Project

Article by UF/IFAS Extension Broward County Urban Horticulture Agent Lorna Bravo Reintroducing Native Orchids to South Florida The UF/IFAS Extension Broward County Florida-Friendly Landscaping program has joined forces with The Fort Lauderdale Orchid Society to help reintroduce native… Read More

Gardening During the Pandemic: Finding a Refuge

Gardens have been associated with healing since ancient times, and people have long turned to gardens as places of refuge.  During these current days of health, economic and other concerns, the need for healing and refuge is paramount. … Read More

Lantana – Wild Weeds

Wild Weeds – Weed of the Month Lantana Lantana camara Lantana is a tricky plant in natural areas. There is a Florida native lantana, L. depressa, but unfortunately it is now considered endangered. Majority of lantana found in natural… Read More

Elderberry – Wild Weeds

Wild Weeds – Weed of the Month Elderberry Sambucus nigra (subsp.) canadensis Elderberry is a Florida native tree/shrub that is often found in wet, open spaces. From spring to fall Elderberry can be distinguished by its large, flat… Read More

Tips for Success! – Planting a shrub (the right way)

Are you getting ready to plant new shrubs in your landscape? Before you buy another plant or dig another hole, watch this quick step-by-step video tutorial. I’ve included tips about plant selection, hole sizing, mulching & more. Get… Read More

Blue Calamintha Bee

  Who hasn’t heard about the rediscovery of the rare blue calamintha bee in Florida, most likely thought to be extinct? It would surprise me if you hadn’t heard because this little blue ball of wonder has generated… Read More

Dandelion – Wild Weeds

Wild Weeds – Weed of the Month Dandelion Pyrrhopappus carolinianus This Florida native is a common plant found in natural areas, yards, cultivated gardens…pretty much everywhere! The dandelion is the only food source for a small bee (Hemihalicus… Read More

A gentle plea for chaos in the garden

About 20 years ago I read a book by Sara Stein called Noah’s Garden and it transformed the way I think about gardening.  In her book, she describes the way nature plants.  There are no lines, or sharp… 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