About Central Florida Gardener

Welcome and thank you for visiting Central Florida Gardener. Florida is a unique state in which to garden. It can be frustrating but also rewarding for gardeners who persevere. This blog was created as a resource for Florida gardeners, both new and experienced, in search of information specifically for Florida gardens.

You are invited to participate by leaving your comments, suggestions, tips and recommendations relevant to Florida gardening - don't be shy! Thank you for dropping by to learn more about gardening in the Sunshine state. I look forward to hearing from you! Susan

Florida Gardening Magazine Articles

It is my pleasure to provide lists of Florida-Friendly Internet Resources for publication in Florida Gardening magazine. For your convenience here's my lists along with links to relevant web sites, societies, public gardens, nurseries and blogs.

Dec/Jan 2012 Issue

Floridata is an online photographic plant encyclopedia created for Florida gardeners by Jack Scheper 10 years ago. Along with 10 gardening friends/contributors he maintains a database of 730 plus Plant Profiles/Lists from annuals to vines, and everything in between. Great resource!

Save our Cypress
Discover other options for mulch and find out how you can help this organization save old coastal wetland cypress forests.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Selby Gardens has an outstanding display of tropical and exotic plants on 12 acres in Sarasota. Online you can enjoy their photo slideshow, browse through their articles library, plant care guides and don't miss their "how to" video library.

Rose Petals Nursery
Having trouble growing roses in Florida? Try antique and old garden varieties grown by Art & Cydney Wade in their Gainesville nursery. All roses - only $9. A great price for a "living antique".

The Rainforest Garden
Steve...who loves tropicals plants...is creating his own rainforest in Jacksonville. His upbeat personality comes through in each post, and blends nicely with photos of his tropical gems.

Tales from the Butterfly Garden: Lepidoptera Curious
Kristin Gilpin and Jill Staake are keepers of the Bio Works Butterfly Garden at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Tampa. This blog is filled with information on...of course...butterflies. It's a blend of beautiful photos and educational tidbits of butterfly wisdom. A must-read for butterfly gardening enthusiasts.

Jun/Jul 2011 Issue

Garden Web - Florida Garden Forum
A community of avid gardeners who post questions and answers related to Florida gardening. Forums include: tropicals, plant/seed exchange, southern gardening and gulf coast gardening.

The Florida Native Plant Society
Gardening with "natives" is on the rise. Lots of good information for gardeners looking to incorporate more of these plants into their garden - articles, landscape suggestions, plant lists, discussion forums, local chapters and lists of nurseries.

Historic Bok Sanctuary
Located in  Lake Wales, Bok Sanctuary is a National Historic Landmark. Enjoy photos of their shade and sun-loving gardens, and learn more about their plant preservation efforts.

Tropiflora - Sarasota
Dennis & Linda Cathcart have traveled  the world in search of bromeliad, tillandsia and orchid varieties. Great place for finding some unusual plants. A great time to visit this nursery is during their Fall Festival in October.

Garden in Paradise
Kimberly is not only a gardener but a clever wordsmith. She gardens along with Lola (her parrot) on Florida's Treasure Coast. You'll enjoy viewing the beautiful photos of her tropical plants, and reader her entertaining and creative posts on everything from good garden karma to hurricane shoes.

Florida's Native Orchids
Prem who lives in central Florida is a fabulous photographer who features Florida's native orchids, including the elusive Ghost orchid, on his blog.

Fall 2010 Issue
Learn more about Florida-Friendly landscaping through their interactive yard feature. Download the Florida Yard & Neighborhoods' Handbook, find the right plant for the right location in their plant database.
Newsletter, seed bank, photo gallery, links to local cycad societies and information on the Asian cycad scale.
Located in Largo, a display of Florida native plants and exotic tropicals are featured in both formal and natural garden settings.
Rick and Dave Brown are revolutionizing the perennial plant selection in Florida. The are always field testing new varieties, of which the most successful can be found in local nurseries. Their list of "top" Florida friendly plants is excellent for finding the right plant for the right place.
A native of Cuba, Rusty who now lives and gardens year round in Miami is creating a tropical oasis in his small urban backyard. Lots of great ideas for a small garden.
Co-writers Penny Carnathan and Kim Franke-Folstad of the Tampa Tribune keep readers posted on the latest "garden happenings" with their humorous posts.

Feb/Mar 2010 Issue
Articles, yard maintenance calendar, and links to more resources relating to Florida gardening. Find your local extension office from their directory for a list of workshops for a list of workshops, volunteer opportunities, current events and e-mail addresses.
Yes, you can grow roses in Florida. Tons of tips from the experts, including lists of easy care roses and their favorites. A directory of consulting rosarians is available for those who want more personalized assistance.
Located in Vero Beach, McKee Botanical Gardens is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is an historic Florida landmark. Children will love their "Dinosaur Invasion" from October through March.
Jeff and Linda Johnson have been growing and selling daylilies for over 10 years in their Brooksville garden. Extra low prices are offered to daylily clubs on select cultivars for annual plant sales. Worth a visit during peak bloom times.
Meems who gardens in the Tampa Bay area is a master at creating beautiful shade and sun-loving gardens. After viewing her spectacular photos, I think you'll agree that she's never met a plant she didn't like and couldn't find a place for in her garden. Sound familiar?
Tom MacCubbin, retired Orange County Extension Agent, continues to mentor gardeners with his vast knowledge and experience in the Florida garden.


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