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A Plant With Its Own Fan Club

A Plant With Its Own Fan Club

Bromeliads are colorful tropical plants that are easy to cultivate and care for, but too often overlooked by beginning gardeners. Sally Gawler, president of the Indian River Bromeliad Society, wants to change that. So do a growing number of members who meet the second Monday of every month at the Garden Club of Indian River County to learn from horticultural experts, exchange ideas and share bromeliad success stories.

Ingrid’s Secret Garden

Ingrid’s Secret Garden

Ingrid Biesaart found the house of her dreams. Or maybe the house found her. Her priorities were clear when she started house-hunting by herself in 2007.

Make Family Fare A Family Affair

Make Family Fare A Family Affair

Many of today’s kids might be surprised to find that they like getting dirty and, with some planning, the whole family can have a fantastic time gardening. Even if you have a small area to use, you’ll still be able to squeeze in some attractive vegetable crops that should keep the kids interested.

Preparing For Stormy Weather

Preparing For Stormy Weather

Florida is a paradise with its warm weather and abundance of beaches, rivers, springs and lakes; but sometimes there’s trouble in paradise.

A Long Tradition Of Girls In The Garden

A Long Tradition Of Girls In The Garden

With its exotic vegetation and primaeval vistas, McKee Botanical Garden has inspired generations of fashion and landscape photographers.

A Tree Or Not A Tree, That Is The Question

A Tree Or Not A Tree, That Is The Question

What would the Florida landscape be without our palms? Those gracefully curved trunks and topknots of fronds are mainstays of any tropical setting.

Fungi: Not Much Fun, But, Oh, So Functional!

Fungi: Not Much Fun, But, Oh, So Functional!

Without fungi, we’d be in a heap of trouble—literally.

Growing Bromeliads Is Easy – And Fun

Growing Bromeliads Is Easy – And Fun

There are quite a few bromeliads that grow well in Vero Beach, and once in place will require very little care.

Don’t Be Fooled By Old Gardeners’ Tales

Don’t Be Fooled By Old Gardeners’ Tales

While not all garden lore has been proven invalid, many old myths are blithely passed along by today’s gardening experts.

The Legend of Mary And Rosemary

The Legend of Mary And Rosemary

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officianalis) is a winter-blooming shrub that grows well throughout Florida. That alone makes it a great choice for your garden. But like a talented actor, rosemary plays multiple roles. It brightens your drought-tolerant landscape, adds flavor to your cooking and aroma to your potpourri. Rosemary has been immortalized in song and classic literature, plus it plays a part in a charming legend of Christmas.

Sedges, Rushes and Grasses, Oh My!

Sedges, Rushes and Grasses, Oh My!

Grasses and grass-like plants abound in Florida and many are important as crops, habitat, lawns, and garden plants. The majority of these plants have wind-pollinated flowers, which means that they don’t need colorful petals, nectar or scents to attract insects. Even without these showy flower features, many grasses and grass-like plants can still make a significant and lush statement in your landscape.

Easy To Grow Winter Vegetables

Easy To Grow Winter Vegetables

We here in Florida are fortunate that we can grow cool-weather vegetables right through the winter. It’s a good feeling that when you harvest your own produce, you know how it’s been treated from seed to table.

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