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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

Blue Calamintha Bee

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  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

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

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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

Happy Birthday to…Florida!

Coreopsis in bloom

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

Muhly grass is a showstopper this time of year

Muhly grass

Have you seen this blooming ornamental grass in landscapes around central Florida? This fall showstopper is Muhly grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris), an easy-to-grow native grass. Muhly grass is clumping and is showy in the fall.  It looks attractive in… Read More

A few tips on including flowers with wildlife value in your yard

Bee on Rosinweed

Creating a maintaining a landscape that attracts desirable wildlife, such as bees, butterflies, and birds, is easy to do.  Follow these simple tips to get started! 1. Start small – and have a bit of a plan. Gardens evolve… Read More

Illinois pondweed: A native aquatic plant we love to hate

Sunset over Lake May in Winter Haven, FL.

Illinois pondweed (Potmagoeton illinoensis) is a Florida native aquatic plant that provides valuable aquatic habitat and forage for wildlife. Additionally, pondweed can act as a pioneer species in recovering lake ecosystems, increasing dissolved oxygen levels and helping anchor… Read More

Earth Day Celebration Suggestions: Consider Long-Term Impact of Celebration

Photo of churning waters by Bora Burri on Unsplash, https://unsplash.com/photos/Hk91ys8MI0I

Earth Day, held annually on April 22nd, creates a surge of interest in living “green” or in an environmentally friendly way. Below, I’ve shared some Earth Day celebration suggestions which help our local environment in the long-term. Stormwater Management for… Read More