Starting in 2012 I've been writing on my new blog

After spending 8 years in Florida and writing 2 Florida gardening books, it was time to move beyond the old transplanted gardener moniker.

Since there will always be new arrivals to Florida who will wonder how the heck to garden here, I'm leaving this site up so they can learn from my adventures and avoid some newbie pitfalls, and a frank and honest, "How I learned to garden in Florida." 

Ginny Stibolt, a naturalist with a master's degree in botany, moved from Maryland to Green Cove Springs in northern Florida.  These are her adventures in gardening.  Follow along and learn with Ginny as she tackles a wide range of gardening and environmental topics from butterfly gardening, edible gardening, and  ecosystem gardening, to rain barrels and rain gardens. 

Now she's written five Florida garden books, " Sustainable Gardening for Florida" published in 2009; "Organic Methods for Vegetable Gardening in Florida" with Melissa Contreras who gardens in Miami published in 2013; " The Art of Maintaining a Florida Native Landscape" in 2015; and "A Step-by-Step Guide to a Florida Native Yard" with Marjorie Shropshire in 2018. These 4 are published by University Press of Florida. "Climate-Wise Landscaping: Practical Actions for a Sustainable Future" with Sue Reed, a landscape archetect in Massachusetts, published by New Society Press in BC, Canada.

Visit Ginny's Sustainable Gardening for Florida page on Facebook.  
Read Ginny's gardening articles
Ginny is is a contributing editor for the online plant encyclopedia:, a blogger on the Florida Native Plant Society's blog, Beautiful Native Plants blog .& her own blog Green Gardening Matters
Have a gardening question or an idea for a future column? Contact Ginny
Hear Ginny talk about some of your favorite topics—click on the links below to the Times Union's podcasts:

Ginny's Garden Log

The main purpose of this log was to expand on the gardening adventures that Ginny writes about in her Adventures of a Transplanted Gardener columns.

"Climate-Wise Landscaping: Practical Actions for a Sustainable Future" by Sue Reed and Ginny Stibolt published 2018 by New Society Press.

Go to The Climate-Wise website to order

"Step-by-Step Guide to a Florida Native Yard" by Ginny Stibolt and Marjorie Shropshire answers the question, "I have a small yard filled with extotics, how can I transform it to a more native landscape?"

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Sustainable Gardening for Florida by Ginny Stibolt

 When you purchase a copy of "Sustainable Gardening for Florida," 50% of the the royalties are sent directly to The Nature Conservancy; Florida Chapter.  This may not amount to millions of dollars, but it is symbolic of how small actions can really make a big difference.  

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Organic Methods for Vegetable Gardening in Florida: With food costs on the rise, people are turning to their own backyards for affordable and delicious produce. In this book, expert botanist, Ginny Stibolt and Master Gardener, Melissa Contreras provide simple and accessible advice for successful vegetable gardening in Florida.

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The Art of Maintaining a Florida Native Landscape by Ginny Stibolt

"The Art of Maintaining a Florida Native Landscape" answers the question, "And then what?" after people decide to add more native plants and habitat areas in their yards. Ginny guides you through the planning process so that you are happy, the birds are happy, and your HOA is happy.

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 << The Everglades, River of Grass should be required reading for anyone with any interest in Florida's history or environment.

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Posts to Ginny's Garden Log

Postings from 8/1/11 to 5/27/12: Topics on this page include: Memorial Day, timberdoodle, cover photo, tortoise, armadillo, Blog Action Day, horsemint, gardenfest, squash flowers, slow big daddiesequinox, butterflyweed, fall crops, squash vines, lawn alternative, garden calendar, poisons, cucumber volunteers.

Postings from 1/19/11 to 8/27/11: topics on this page include: leaffooted bugs, day lily4th of July, summer harvest, hyacinth beans, dinner, asters, rain barrel debate, beautiful edibles, fnps conference, winged elm, trench composting, more on crop timing, unseasonable, Australian pines, weird roots.

Postings from 9/22/10 to 1/17/11: topics on this page include: lawn reform, frost on broccoliHappy New Year!, solstice, woodcock, honored, Torreya field trip, green gifts, cool season salad, win book, Scott, empty rain barrels, JCA teensmangroves, H2O Blog Action Day, Florida friendlyprovenance, feedback.

Postings from 7/2/10 to 9/20/10: topics on this page include: wildflower symposiumgarden event roundup, butterfly farm, tree topping, grasses 2, invasives, elm roots, last event, urbfarm & vegetables, Florida's nativesCSA story, win book, hibiscus, grafted tomatoes, grass science, book status, lawn reform newsletter, cucumbers.

Postings from 4/01/10 to 6/28/10: topics on this page include: rain lily rescue, TAPPgreen awards, calla lilies, workshops, blueberries & roses, dill & caterpillarshurricane-scaping, garden professors, company gardens, vertical gardens?carrot soup, marigolds & nematodesclimate-friendly gardenerplant hunter, backyard habitats, orchid controversy, bugs, Earth Day, greens, tree-mendous, spring.  

Postings from 11/02/09 to 3/29/2010: topics on this page include:  USA Today!, turnips & news, FL natives, queen palms, composting, HGTVappearances, frigid, resolution garden, Christmas, citrus greening, Green Gators, Thanksgiving, wildflowers, groundwater, lawn film.

Postings from 5/21/09 to 10/19/09: topics on this page include: goldenrods, sago sex, lawn contest, Vero Beach, meet me at the library, lawn reform, compost, Florida-friendly law, trees & shrubs, community gardens, water, library book, bug-sprayersave water & seeds

Postings from 7/22/09 to 4/02/09: topics on this page include: tuberose, public gardens, torch me! plantsIndependence Day!, fledgling birdsrain gardening book review, too much rain, seeds, more fruit, fruit sharing, peace liliesrecipe gardens, bugs, book!, potatoes, common names, Seasonal, Earth Day, sustainable gardens.

Postings from 1/28/09 to 3/31/09: topics on this page include: 3 more rain barrels, swallow-tailed kites, pruning guidewhite house vegetable garden, St. Patrick's Day, a Day of Gardening, changeover in vegetablesnew water regs, sustainable farm, Citizen scientists? Florida blueberries, spring events, green government, money garden, Valentinestinkhorns, Brrr!habitat.

Postings from 11/5/08 to 1/27/09: topics include: turnips, longleaf pines, turf wars, Happy New Year!, answers, end of year, Christmas, wreath, winter butterfly gardens, mycorrhizae, basil harvest, magnolia Christmas tree, large rain garden, nematodes, eat the view, arboretum's opening, predator, diversity.

Postings from 9/2/08 to 11/3/08: topics include: compost, red bays, arboretum, brown lawnenvironmental gardening, grow your own foodFarmer-in-Chiefbird-friendly, fence opening, peppers, rainscaping, sustainability, edible flowers, fall gardens, viceroy, N & C footprints.

Postings from 5/3/08 to 8/25/08: topics include expanded rain garden, Fay, rain gauge, Garden Rant, butterfly haven, rain garden, mystery, US Sugar, errors, summer solstice, grow more food, back meadow, coral honeysuckle, swallowtails, microclimates, Mothers' Day5 wrens.  

Postings from 1/6/08 - 4/27/08: topics include zucchinis, blue-eyed grass, grasshoppers, bolting lettucebird-friendly, irrigation, great sunflower, pot bound, spring, woodpeckers, carrots, mothyellow mulch, warm day, JAX arboretum, NOAA's predictionsedges

Postings from 9/16/07 to 1/1/08: topics include new year salad, end of year, poinsettias, say no to poisons, Lucia Robson, palmettos, purselane, podcast links, beggarticks, peppers, hornworms.

Postings from 1/12/07 to 8/15/07: topics include jewels, podcast links, onions, first draft, wildflowers, SW trip, compost, myths web page, spring, herbs, podcasts, wedelia, yellow jackets

Postings from 8/12/06 to 1/10/07: topics include 2007 plans, Poem, Tropical Home, Mantis, Fall roundup, Purple meadowsGardenfest, Gil Nelson, Good & Evil, North, Sunflowers

Postings from 12/21/05 to 7/11/06: topics include Meadow Management, Tomatoes, Pond, Monocots, Garden Detective, Reducing lawn, Backyard Habitat, Water Hyacinths, Lawn dispute.

Postings from 7/10/05 to 12/8/05 :topics include Fall/Winter, Mulch, Basil/Pesto, Stinkhorns, Hornworms, WrensCatbriars, Scarlet Snake, Sagos, Containers.

Postings from 3/19/05 to 6/28/05: topics include Magnolias, Prickly Pears, Turtles, Botanicals, Ferns, Rain Gardens, & Rain Barrels

The Meadow page: a tour of Ginny's meadows: the flora & fauna.  Plus information on more natural meadow management.

Ginny's 5-minute podcasts recorded for the Florida Times Union. from 2006 to 2011

podcast A Poison is a Poison(10/24/11)
podcast Black Gold(9/15/11)
podcast Invasive Waterweeds(8/31/11)
podcast Organic Gardening Book(8/24/11)
podcast Garden Calendar(8/17/11)
podcast Rain Barrels(4/21/11)
podcast Edible Gardens(4/11/11)
podcast FNPS conference(4/1/11)
podcast Mistreated Trees(3/25/11)
podcast Inappropriate Plants(3/17/11)
podcast Water Science(1/27/11)
podcast Under-Appreciated Fungi (1/18/11)
podcast Ecosystem Gardening(1/13/11)
podcast Winter vegetables(12/30/10)
podcast Green gifts(12/14/10)
podcast GardenFests (10/5/10)
podcast Native Plants(9/29/10)
podcast Goldenrods(9/20/10)
podcast Topping Trees(9/10/10)
podcast Grass Science(9/2/10) 
podcast Lantanas(8/30/10)
podcast Grafted Tomatoes(8/20/10)
podcast Ways to grow vegetables(8/12/10)
podcast Florida's natives(8/5/10)
podcast Old Gardeners' Tales(7/29/10)
podcast Think About Personal Pollution(7/22/10)
podcast Rescuing Rain Lilies(7/15/10)
podcast Book status(7/8/10)
podcast Hurricane-scaping(7/1/10)
podcast Orchid Field Trip(9/14/09)
podcast Florida Friendly Law(8/8/09)
podcast Trees & Shrubs(8/31/09)
podcast Book Status(8/18/09)
podcast Longleaf Pines(3/16/09)
podcast Citizen Scientists?(3/2/09)
podcast Just-in-time Vegetable Gardening(2/16/09)
podcast Stinkhorn Follow-up(2/10/09)
podcast Animal, Vegetable, Miracle(12/29/08)
podcast End of Year Checklist(12/29/08)
podcast Winter Butterfly Habitat (12/15/08)
podcast Basil: The Royal Herb(12/8/08)
podcast Live Christmas tree(12/2/08)
podcast Compost Tea(11/3/08)
podcast Jacksonville Arboretum (10/27/08)
podcast Edible Flowers (10/20/08)
podcast Grow Your Food 10/13/08
podcast Plan for your Fall Garden 9/8/08
podcast Red-shouldered Hawk 8/25/08
podcast From Stump to Butterfly Haven 8/18/08
podcast Murphy's Law of Rain 8/12/08
podcast Win a Book! 8/04/08
podcast US Sugar Deal7/21/08
podcast Sustainable Gardening 7/14/08
podcast Stormwater 7/9/08
podcast Microclimates 6/30/08
podcast Errors in Landscaping 6/24/08
podcast Back Meadow 6/6/08
podcast Coral Honeysuckle 5/29/08
podcast The Lawn Less Mown 5/20/08
podcast Locavore 5/14/08
podcast 5 Baby Wrens 5/6/08
podcast Book Progress 3/31/08
podcast Bird-Friendly Yards 3/24/08
podcast Pot Bound Plants 3/20/08
podcast Great Sunflower Project 3/10/08
podcast Global Warming 1/17/08
podcast Don't Feed the Algae 1/17/08
podcast Cutting Edges 1/17/08
podcast NOAA's Weather Predictions 1/8/08
podcast Christmas Pickle 12/14/07

podcast Composting Leaves 12/14/07
podcast End of Year Gardening 12/14/07
podcast Poinsettias 12/5/07
podcast Pest Management 10/12/07
podcast Butterfly Gardens 10/12/07
podcast Butterflies & Moths 10/12/07
podcast Too Much Rain?? 10/12/07
podcast Container Gardening 9/15/07
podcast Horticultural Myths 8/15/07
podcast Wildflower Grants 8/15/07
podcast The Skinny on Onions 8/9/07
podcast Invasive Aliens 3/2/07
podcast Spanish Moss Tales 3/2/07
podcast Hurricane Readiness 2/14/07
podcast Tomatoes for Florida's Heat 2/14/07
podcast Myths and Traditions of Holiday Plants
 - Mistletoe
podcast Holiday Traditions - Week 2 12/14/06
podcast Holiday Traditions - Week 3 12/14/06
podcast Caring for Holiday Greens 11/27/06
podcast Fall Roundup 11/27/06
podcast Organic Gardening 9/20/06
podcast The Florida Native Plant Society 9/20/06
podcast Ragweed and Goldenrod 8/17/06
podcast Sunflowers 8/17/06
podcast Meadow Management. 7/5/06
podcast Ebony Spleenworts 7/5/06
podcast Stinkhorn Fungi 7/5/06
podcast Ginny's Yard is Certified 7/5/06
podcast Rain Barrels 6/5/06
podcast Rain Gardens 6/5/06
podcast More Diversity in Your Yard 6/5/06
podcast Less Lawn 6/5/06




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