|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 my Transplanted Gardener website, The Florida Times Union, and then 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 several years. Now I'm one of the two main bloggers for The Florida Native Plant Society blog and one of several bloggers for The Lawn Reform Coalition blog and the Native Plant & Wildlife Gardens 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.
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.
I've now also written a book on growing vegetables organically in Florida for University Press of Florida. I have a co-writer, Melissa Contreras, in Miami, because it's really different down there. It will be published in Feb. 2013. Ironically, this is the book that John wanted me to write back in 2006, but it's much better to have written it at this stage, because of all the experience I've collected in gardening and writing.
Green Gardening Matters,