Skip to main content

Tag: MGVblog

Master Gardener Volunteers on… the all-too-troublesome allamanda

Allamanda cathartica. [CREDIT: pixabay.com, Dezalb]

By Dianne Beaver Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member With large, bright-yellow flowers and vibrant-green leaves, Allamanda cathartica seems like the perfect plant to brighten up your patio or front garden area. It is a… Read More

Master Gardener Volunteers on… lantana, the beauty that IS a beast

Lantana camara blossom in an indoor trough. {CREDIT: pxhere.com]

By Karen Clark Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member Lantana checks off all the boxes that make a plant popular. Colorful? Check. Drought tolerance? Check. Handles sandy, salty “soil”? Check. Holds up to direct sunlight?… Read More

Master Gardener Volunteers on… wicked wedelia

Yellow, wedelia flowers bloom, en masse, in a lush field. [CREDIT: Pixabay.com]

By Rita Dadzis Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member Oh, wedelia. Why do you? Wedelia is a beautiful plant, with a thick mat of green leaves and pretty, bright-yellow, daisy-like flowers that bloom year-round. It’s… Read More

Master Gardener Volunteers on… pothos: mild-mannered or monster?

Pothos, also known as devil's ivy, grows rampant in a Florida oak tree. [CREDIT: Ann Madden]

By Ann Madden Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member Oh, that tropical look. Many homeowners want it, and often turn to the eye-catching pothos to create it. In doing so, they may unwittingly unleash a… Read More

Master Gardener Volunteers on… sansevieria: invasive, nuisance, or reliable addition to the garden?

A row of sansevieria adorn a 50-foot contemporary wall planter. [CREDIT: Karen Pariser]

By Karen Pariser Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member Remember your grandma’s impossible-to-kill parlor plant, the “mother-in-law’s tongue”? You might know it as “snake plant” or “viper’s bowstring” or even “African spear plant.” However you… Read More

Master Gardener Volunteers on… Mexican petunias

An assortment of petunias: "Purple showers," Mexican petunia (Ruellia simplex), and wild petunia (Ruellia caroliniensis)

By Renee Stevens Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member Mexican petunia (Ruellia simplex, syn. Ruellia brittoniana) has a lot going for it. This native of Mexico, the Caribbean and South America is a colorful blue-to-purple… Read More

Master Gardener Volunteers on… invasive plants

Invasive air potato vines crowd out native Florida plant species. [CREDIT: UF/IFAS]

By Jill Halman Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member Florida. What a wonderful place to live. Beaches, sunshine, water. And an amazing array of beautiful, colorful plants that can thrive here, including orchids, bromeliads, flowering… Read More

Master Gardener Volunteers on… composting

Compost bin. [CREDIT: Tyler Jones, UF/IFAS]

By Gail Hendrickson Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member I like to cook and I like to eat a lot of fresh, locally grown vegetables. Consequently, I became a Community Supported Agricultural (CSA) farm subscriber… Read More

Master Gardener Volunteers on… fetterbush and other native plants

Fetterbush in bloom, at South Venice Lemon Bay Preserve in February. [CREDIT: Susan Hutson]

By Susan Hutson Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ principles help us achieve beautiful, health lawns and landscapes that help to protect our natural resources rather than drain or otherwise damage them. And… Read More

Master Gardener Volunteers on… turf dormancy in winter

ground-level shot of mown turf grass in front of a Florida home

By Judith Kendall Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member When I recently moved into a new neighborhood, I remember my first time scouting out the newly acquired landscaping around the home. What kind of turf… Read More