|Ginny Stibolt, green gardener, with a|
Figuring that I was not the only transplanted gardener, I opened my botany texts, bought some Florida-based books, joined the Florida Native Plant Society, and began to research Florida gardening. I started writing a more or less monthly column sharing our successes and failures, which were posted online in The Florida Times Union, and are now on http://www.floridata.com, an online plant encyclopedia. Many of the columns have been picked up by other organizations such as Master Gardener newsletters and I was the garden writer for Vero Beach Magazine for 5 years. I've written posts on a regular basis for several blogs over the years. (Many of my posts are linked on the Green Resources page on this blog.)
|Removing the lawn; some parts have been removed like|
this by expanding the mulched areas, while several
large areas of former lawnare now meadows or even
young wooded areas.
What's left of the lawn is a freedom lawn.
I am an active member of the Florida Native Plant Society and urge you to join a local chapter, attend their educational meetings, go on their guided field trips to some of the local sections of "The Real Florida," and participate in their outreach events. If you attend the annual conference, look me up, because I'll probably be there to continue my learning process about my adopted home state.
So how did I start writing books?In March 2006, after hearing John Byram, editor and chief of University Press of Florida, talk about how The Press was always looking for topics related to Florida, I asked if he'd be interested in republishing a collection of my Transplanted Gardener columns. He declined, but asked if I'd write a book on organic gardening in Florida instead. I agreed, but after more research on the topics involved in Florida gardening, my formal book proposal was for "sustainable" gardening instead of organic gardening because it is a larger topic with wider appeal.
The book was released in September 2009 and you may order it from University Press of FL, Amazon, or your local bookstore.
50% of royalties from the sales of this book is paid directly to the Florida Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.
Unlike most vegetable books, the crops are arranged by family so gardeners can do a better job of crop rotations by plant family to thwart some of the pest problems and renew the soil ecology between growing seasons. You my purchase it from University Press of FL, Amazon, or from your local bookstore.
The Florida Native Plant Society. You my purchase it from University Press of FL, Amazon, or from your local bookstore.
20% of the royalties will be paid directly to FNPS. You may order it from University Press of Florida or Amazon.
I wrote "Climate-Wise Landscaping: Practical Actions for a Sustainable Future" with Sue Reed a Massachusetts landscape architect. Dr. Doug Tallamy wrote an excellent foreword. Published by New Society Press in BC, Canada. This book takes an optimistic approach with hundreds of actions that people can take now to accomplish at least one of 3 objectives: 1) help the landscape survive climate change, 2) help wildlife survive climate change, 3) help to mitigate climate change. Even though this book is not specifically for Florida, these actions may be more important for Floridians than those on higher ground.
There are more book projects in the works, so stay tuned...
Green Gardening Matters,