Celebrate National Garden Week In Florida
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
(Please click on red links & note magenta)
For updated global info & data on COVID-19, please click HERE.
For updated global data & graphs on COVID-19, please click HERE.
For COVID-19 cases and death counts in USA by state, please click HERE.
For COVID-19 cases in Florida via Florida COVID Action, please click HERE.
For COVID-19 cases in Florida, via Florida state government, please click HERE.
From June 6-12, 2021, the NGC (National Garden Club or gardenclub.org) across the country is celebrating National Garden Week. This week is an opportunity to encourage pride in your community, interest new members, and with other groups to be part of those efforts. Below, are some ideas suggested by garden club.org, in italics, below:
- Plan an educational program and/or workshop at your local library, public garden or garden center.
- Sponsor a hands-on “How Do You Select Flowers/Shrubs for Your Garden” workshop at an area nursery.
- Plan a garden tour. This is a great time to share your knowledge of growing while sharing ideas.
- Beautify a manageable blighted area or enhance an existing garden. This would be a good opportunity to work with other groups.
- Plan an activity with a youth group or school students.
- Place a plant or flower arrangement at public facilities, along with one of the beautiful National Garden Week posters.
Florida was first named by explorer Ponce de Leon in 1513. The name “Florida” comes from the Spanish word “florido,” meaning “full of flowers,” or “flowery.” Florida may be #26 in size of all states of USA, but #3 in biodiversity. So, every square foot converted into wild life sanctuary may have huge impact on wild life and conservation efforts.
Florida has over 3,600 native plant species, making it one of the most biologically rich areas in the USA. Unfortunately, due to wide spread development, 528 Florida native plant species are either in danger or threatened and another 8 are listed as being commercially exploited. Consider rescuing or using Florida native plants and flowers in Florida residence, for that would help to eliminate the need of pesticides, insecticides, as well as reducing your water bill by as much as 30%.
Here, at Windermere Sun, we’d like to celebrate this National Garden Week by sharing some amazing flower gardens, fruits and vegetable gardens, and tips about gardening in Florida, below:
Gardening in Florida is great… BUT what type of Florida Garden will you add to your landscape? In this video, the Wild Floridian will cover the Florida Gardening tips you need whether you are a beginner to Florida Gardening or an expert gardener who is new to Florida, in the video published on June 26, 2020, “BEST TYPES OF GARDENS | Gardening in Florida“, below:
Join Steve Barnes as he meets with Anne Yasalonis from the UF/IFAS Polk County Extension for a converstion on Florida Friendly Landscaping. Anne walks you through their demonstration garden as she identifies the right plants to use in the right place, in the video published on July 3, 2012, “Science Quest: Florida Friendly Landscaping“, below:
In the video published on May 8, 2020, “FLORIDA NATIVE PLANTS“, below:
What is a butterfly garden? Why should you make a butterfly garden? AND what are the mistakes that beginners make in their butterfly gardens? Creating a butterfly garden can be fun and easy when you know the basics of butterfly gardening! In the video published on Feb 19, 2021, “AVOID THESE 4 MISTAKES | Butterfly Garden Basics“, below:
In this series, we will be covering the butterfly garden basics. I’ll take you through how to attract butterflies, plants that attract butterflies, flowers that attract butterflies, how to make a butterfly garden at home, nectar plants, host plants and native butterfly garden. Come join me in my butterfly garden in Florida as we start our journey into butterfly gardening! In the video published on Feb 26, 2021, “How to MAKE A BUTTERFLY GARDEN | Butterfly Garden Basics“, below:
This video shows you the native plants unique to Florida that make great landscape plants in your yard. If you want to increase the amount of pleasure you get from your landscape, try these tips to add not only unique beauty to your yard, but LIFE to your landscape. Experience the thrill of seeing what birds, butterflies and animals your plants will attract to your yard and watch them thrive in your yard habitat, in the video published on July 9, 2018, “Unique Landscapes Using Florida Native Plants: Wildlife Matters (Full 1/2 hr TV Pgm)“, below:
Pete Kanaris’s 10 top plants for a food garden in subtropical climates – Florida gardening, in the video published on Aug 24, 2020, “10 Top Plants for a Food Garden in Subtropical Climates – Florida Gardening“, below:
There’s a secret to Florida gardening success. Today I reveal how you can garden in Florida and grow a 1000 lbs of food with very little work. Growing your own vegetables in Florida is a lot easier when you pick the right species and I’ll help you do just that. The book Totally Crazy Easy Florida Gardening is affordable and changes everything, in the video published on Feb 29, 2016, “The secret to Florida gardening no one is telling you“, below:
In the video published on Sep 28, 2016, “Top 5 Florida Heat Loving Veggies“, below:
This set of only 12 tropical plants can create that lush tropical garden that you dream of. They are basic tropical plants that are mostly readily available (at least in tropical countries) and also super easy to care for! Carefully curated, they are in all sizes and heights to give you that layered and jungle feel that the tropical garden landscaping demands, in the video published on Jan 1, 2021, “Top 12 Must Have (&Easy!) Plants for a lush Tropical Garden“, below:
If you live in South Florida, it is nice to be able to grow whatever tropical plants you choose…and to let them get as big as they want. Years ago in Miami, I collected exotic and rare tropical plants and always wanted to have enough property to collect as many as I wanted. Take this casual walk around my yard with me and see what I have growing, in the video published on Sep 16, 2018, “My Tropical Yard in Jupiter, FL: Palms, Ferns & Elephant Ears“, below:
In the video published on Feb 26, 2021, “BEST PLANTS FOR A SOUTH FLORIDA GARDEN: A Landscape Architect’s guide to plant zones 9b, 10a, 10b, 11“, below:
In the video published on Apr 23, 2021, “Florida Garden Tour/Palm Beach Garden in the Spring Zone 10“, below:
In the video published on Oct 9, 2020, “Florida Zone 9-10 Backyard Garden Tour 4K – Food Forest & Permaculture Yard Duck Pond Fruit Trees“, below:
In light of the climate change, it is a very good idea to try to eat locally grown food or grow local, to help reduce carbon emission and slow down the climate change.
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
More about the community at www.WindermereSun.com
~Let’s Help One Another~
Please also get into the habit of checking at these sites below for more on solar energy topics: