Tag: Native

Where Have All The Flowers Gone?

Florida – The Land of Flowers Ponce de Leon named Florida in 1512. “La Florida,” he called this land, Spanish for flowery, covered with flowers, or abounding in flowers. Yet our landscapes of today are mostly green masses… Read More

Florida-Friendly Plants- Oakleaf Hydrangea

When looking for a tough, versatile native shrub for Northeast Florida, it’s hard to beat the Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia).  Growing in full sun or shade, this shrub is fairly drought tolerant but prefers a rich, moist soil. … Read More

Restoring Florida’s Coast: From the Perspective of a Student

Guest post by Anna Babione In the beginning of the year, Mr. Ahrens introduced the idea of growing our own plants from seed to replace the invasive species on Florida’s beautiful coast. At first, I was not sure… Read More

500 Native Coastal Plants Replace Invasive Vegetation

On Monday, May 21st, a group of Hernando County Master Gardeners and community volunteers assisted UF/IFAS Hernando County Extension Agents, Brittany Hall-Scharf and Bill Lester, with removing invasive vegetation from coastal county parks. With shovels and rakes in… Read More

What’s So Bad About Invasive Plants?

As my colleague Lara pointed out on February 15th, this week is National Invasive Species Awareness Week. We’ll be teaching many classes (schedule at link above) around Pinellas County to help you learn about invasive plants. So why are invasive… Read More