A starter guide to cultivating plants that flourish in Florida
“Gardening in Florida is not like gardening elsewhere. This is a book that will surely prove useful to every other gardener ‘transplanted’ to Florida from somewhere else—and the rest of us that are still catching on despite years here in the Sunshine State.”—Craig N. Huegel, author of The Nature of Plants: An Introduction to How Plants Work
“Offers guidance for growing fruits and vegetables, selecting native plants, and encouraging wildlife using sustainable gardening practices that seek to protect Florida’s neighborhoods and natural areas.”—Nicole Pinson, urban horticulture agent and master gardener coordinator, UF/IFAS Hillsborough County Extension
Ideal for gardeners new to Florida as well as residents who want to try their hands at gardening for the first time, this starter guide helps readers learn to grow plants in the state’s unique natural environment. Botanist and life-long gardener Ginny Stibolt shares helpful stories, advice, and tips from her own experience moving to Florida, where she discovered that the rules of thumb she had used for years did not apply.
Stibolt tells readers what they can do to avoid the beginner mistakes she made and dispels common misconceptions about what plants to grow and how to grow them in Florida. Introducing Florida’s water features, natural areas, and native plant communities, Stibolt shows what a “Real Florida” landscape looks like and explains how working with this knowledge makes gardening easier and more successful. She explores useful topics including gardening for birds and butterflies, growing food, composting, and stormwater management. Stibolt also points to resources for digging deeper into these and related subjects based on the reader’s needs and location within the state.
Full of friendly, reliable, and commonsense expertise, Adventures of a Transplanted Gardener sets aspiring growers on the fast track to cultivating plants that flourish in Florida. This book is the perfect resource for anyone interested in the challenges, rewards, and beauty of gardening in the Sunshine State.
Ginny Stibolt, a freelance writer, botanist, and experienced gardener, is the author of Sustainable Gardening for Florida and The Art of Maintaining a Florida Native Landscape and coauthor of A Step-by-Step Guide to a Florida Native Yard and Organic Methods for Vegetable Gardening in Florida.
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