Adventures of a Transplanted Gardener
Winter Solstice Poem
Two weeks before solstice and all through the beds,
No partridges sitting in my prickly pears,
I thought I'd done all of my shopping, but
My friend, just retired, has new gardening plans,
Then there's the old lady who lives down the road,
I'll offer some slips from my favorite weeds,
I wish you a great Christmas season and,
River of Grass by Marjory Stoneman Douglas is the classic book every Floridian should read. The beginning of this 50-year old book where she describes the Everglades' natural history is some of the most beautiful prose ever written about the natural world. The end of the book is a sad and bitter story dealing with man's attempted destruction of this unique environment. The 50-year edition includes an update on the state of The Everglades co-written by Douglas when she was 98 years old.
Florida's Best Native Landscape Plants by Gil Nelson was written in conjunction with The Association of Florida Native Nurseries. This unique book is not an armchair guide, but a thoroughly useful compendium for anyone who wishes to increase his or her use of native plants in the landscape.
Florida's Native Plant Society: There are 37 chapters (Including the Ixia Chapter here in Jacksonville) and this organization is an active group of knowledgeable and interesting people who wish to learn and do more. Join us: www.fnps.org.
Ginny Stibolt is a life-long gardener, a botanist, a naturalist, and a garden writer. You may contact her or read more of her articles posted on her website: www.greengardeningmatters.com.
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