Gardening with Florida Native Plants

Where is IFASBOOKS this weekend?

This Saturday, March 4, 2023, the IFAS Extension Bookstore will be at the UF/IFAS Extension Orange County Garden Festival and Plant Sale in Orlando.

The festival is a free, family-friendly event from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will feature, in addition to the bright demeanors of your favorite bookstore’s employees, more than 40 plant, art, and craft vendors, a full slate of education sessions, workshops, and demonstrations, crafts and a treasure hunt for the kids, food trucks, and more! The theme for this year is Flower Power—The Power of Native Flowers, and with rhymes like that, you know it will be a good time.

The detailed 2023 Garden Festival flyer

More Resources from the Bookstore

In keeping with the theme of native flowers, here are some publications in stock at the bookstore just waiting for you to order them!

Florida Gardener’s Handbook 2nd edition 

SP 481

All You Need to Know to Plan, Plant, & Maintain a Florida Garden
Tom MacCubbin and Georgia B. Tasker, with Robert Bowden and Joe Lamp’l

From Cool Springs Press:
In this revised and updated 2nd edition, gardeners in the Sunshine State are handed all the know-how they’ll need to grow a lush, productive garden.

The environmentally sound growing info for both edible and ornamental plants found here is your green thumb map to success. With profiles of more than 200 plants proven to thrive in Florida’s unique climate, including shrubs, trees, perennials, annuals, vegetables, fruits, tropical plants, lawn grasses, and more, you’ll be able to select the best plants to create a beautiful landscape or a high-yielding edible garden. Helpful charts highlight sun and shade requirements and offer clear and concise plant variety information. Month-by-month care and cultivation guides are offered for each plant group, guiding your journey—even if you’re a first-time Florida gardener.


Native Plants for Florida Gardens 

SP 603

Stacey Matrazzo and Nancy Bissett

From Pineapple Press:

Florida is home to an exciting palette of native plants that evolved to thrive in its wide range of climate regions. This book profiles 100 wildflowers, shrubs, vines, and trees that can transform typical Florida landscapes. Striking color photography showcases species and flowering characteristics. With the guidance and expertise of the Florida Wildflower Foundation, anyone can create lovely, low-maintenance gardens that will tolerate Florida’s roughest conditions, resist diseases, and support biodiversity.


Native Plant Gardening for Birds, Bees & Butterflies 

SP 610

Jaret C. Daniels

From Adventure Publications:

The presence of birds, bees, and butterflies suggests a healthy, earth-friendly place. Turn your yard into a perfect habitat that attracts pollinators and helps them thrive. Learn how to landscape and create pollinator gardens with widely available perennials that are easy to care for and provide great benefits for wildlife.


Plant This – Not That 

SP 619

Tina McIntyre, Rachel Gutner, Sandra Wilson, and Morgan Pinkerton

Plant This – Not That is an identification guide written by UF/IFAS Extension horticulture agents to help people find safe alternatives to invasive ornamental plants, including trees, shrubs, vines, and groundcovers.

Twenty-two full-color entries feature an invasive plant that is commonly found for sale, including its description, distribution and range, and ecological threat. Each of these bad actors is paired with a list of beautiful non-invasive alternatives to plant instead.

The guide also features an introduction to invasive plants, a list of resources and a detailed bibliography for further study.


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Posted: March 2, 2023

Tags: Master Gardener Volunteer, Native Plants, Plant Sale, UF/IFAS Extension Bookstore, UF/IFAS Extension Orange County

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