Florida's fresh(est) and wild(est) backyard garden book digs up the dirt on native plants, herbs, wildlife, water gardening, rain barrels, road trips, festivals, community gardens and more. Whether you are container gardening on the patio or have ample room, this book will wet your appetite and fertilize your imagination for garden adventures.
|Publisher:||CE Tobias Company|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.31(d)|
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Reviewed by Author Anna del C. Dye. for Readers Favorite This is an impressive book with pictures and stories of people who change their ways and become native plant growers. Their beautiful wild gardens surround their homes and grace their communities with new life at every turn. Without being preachy or forceful, the author gives the reader a great point of view on a social problem and provides many examples of how to make your own wild sanctuaries to help resolve it. What does “going native” mean to you? In "Florida Gardens Gone Wild" it does not mean that everything is neat and manicured but that there is seasonal exuberance, with a touch of chaos, is in. According to the author, that is exactly what Florida needs for wildlife to thrive. Many plants look beautiful in our gardens, but they don’t promote wildlife growth. In a world where humans are taking over wild lands, it is important to give something back, both for our sake and that of our children. There is only so much space for native plants to grow and so little time to make a difference because our wildlife is in trouble. Do you want to save native wildlife? Then turn any dead zones, like your manicured lawn or areas with non-native plants, into a thriving native buffet for the starving butterflies and other birds in your zone. This is a beautifully crafted book with many possibilities for those who love gardening. It applies not only to Florida, but also to many other places if you use the examples in this book and change the plants for those on your own estate. It is well-rounded, teaching about the people growing food too. It is a well-written, easy-to-follow guide for inspiring others to give gardening a try. I recommend it to young adults and adults alike.
When it comes to plants and gardening I had always ascribed to the theory of "benign neglect" - but in experiencing Lucy Beebe Tobias' "FL Gardens Gone Wild" first hand, I discovered that it is so much more than just digging in the dirt...it is about connecting...with yourself, with the earth, with the environment, with each other's passions and talents - to learn, to escape, to grow (literally and figuratively) - to be a part of something greater than oneself. For in the end it is far more than just discovering the richness and abundance of the Florida garden - it's about discovering and embracing the essence of community, cultivating the reality that we are all truly better together. Lucy takes her personal journey of discovery and in her generous sharing, she makes it ours.
Florida Gardens Gone Wild combines delightful storytelling with history, practical application and travel suggestions - all woven together for the reader to enjoy. Whether you're an avid gardener, a beginning gardener or one who enjoys visiting beautiful places and enjoying nature, Lucy's book will appeal to you. Lucy takes you on a journey across the state of Florida, introducing you to some of its fascinating people, places and natural beauty. All that, and you get great ideas and tips on how you can surround yourself with natural beauty in your very own garden!