Stewards of the Pollinators

Tallahassee Democrat August 28, 2015 By Amy von Chamier Gulf Fritillary on Echinacea. Photo by Ash von Chamier We have all heard by now that the honey bees are in trouble. Apis mellifera, the honey bee makes a great “poster child” species; there is a lot of data being collected about them, but they are …

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Gardening with Dogs

Tallahassee Democrat August 28, 2015 By Mike Fagan Moose and Molly. Photo by Mike Fagan Meet Moose and Molly, our two golden retrievers. We lost Moose two years ago, but Molly is enjoying her senior years on our back deck overlooking the garden. My wife and I have always shared our home with golden retrievers …

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Sunshine Plants for the Sunshine State

Guest Article for the Tallahassee Democrat August 21, 2015, Release for Tallahassee Democrat By Michael Barach Firebush. Photo by Michael Barach The chickens are laying hardboiled eggs. The cows are giving evaporated milk. Old Doc, who was such a good dog, is upstairs shaving himself with my best razor. I’m saying it’s hot out there …

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Water Gardeners: Use Native Plants to Create a Healthy Garden Pond

Tallahassee Democrat August 21, 2015 By Donna Legare   Garden pond at Native Nurseries using all native plants. Photo by Donna Legare A garden pond is a tranquil spot, bringing the relaxing sound of cascading water to a landscape while providing excellent habitat for wildlife. Plants are of utmost importance in creating a healthy garden …

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Renovating Overgrown Landscapes

Tallahassee Democrat August 14, 2015  By: David W. Marshall Knowledgeable nursery staff can help you select low-growing plants such as lomandra and ‘Purple Pixie’ loropetalum to replace your overgrown landscape shrubs. Photo by David W. Marshall As a landscape consultant, one of the most common complaints I hear from clients is that they have plants …

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Rainy-Day Garden Reading

Tallahassee Democrat August 14, 2015 By Becky Lyons The Garden Bookshelf. Photo by Becky Lyons It’s hard to keep a gardener out of the garden. But sometimes it’s just too wet, or hot, or cold. And sensible people know better than to be out in our frequent thunderstorms, right? So take an opportunity to stretch …

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Florida Native Plants

Tallahassee Democrat August 7, 2015 By: Kathy Kinsey Florida azalea. Photo by Kathy Kinsey.                             Florida – the Sunshine State – our home – and home to several plants that are known as “Natives” – otherwise known as the indigenous ones – …

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How well do you know your coast?

Tallahassee Democrat July 31, 2015 By Will Sheftall                 Exploring seagrass bed nurseries in St. Joe Bay. Photo by Rosalyn Kilcollins.             Maybe you’ve lived here all your life, and your knowledge of Florida’s “Capital Coast” has come about through experiences. Do you …

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Mulch – Underutilized Resource in Leon County

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Tallahassee Democrat July 31, 2015 By: Glenn Mayne and Fred Q. Vroom                       Yard Debris. Photo by Fred Q. Vroom   In Leon County, with its multi-faceted canopy of indigenous trees, there is an abundance of mulch available from November through April. This highly valuable …

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Jamaican Sorrel

Tallahassee Democrat July 31, 2015 By Trevor Hylton               Jamaican Sorrel. Photo by Trevor Hylton.   Hibiscus sabdariffa also known as Roselle and Jamaican Sorrel is not indigenous to Jamaica. In fact, it is found all around the world. It is a species of hibiscus that includes okra hollyhock …

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