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  • One Hundred Roses for the South Florida Garden
    100 Roses for the South Florida Garden

    From University Press of Florida:

    Contrary to common belief, many varieties of roses can flourish in Florida's heat and humidity. A much-needed guide for both home gardeners and landscape professionals, this book equips readers with the knowledge to successfully grow this popular plant in the state's tropical climate.

    Rose connoisseur Victor Lazzari surveys the history of the rose; outlines the main classifications of roses; explains how to best cultivate the flower in the South Florida environment; and offers advice on designing thoughtful, eco-friendly, visually spectacular gardens with roses in this region. Lazzari then provides an illustrated compendium of 100 varieties of roses that work well in South Florida. Each entry contains a beautiful full-color photograph, a brief history of the rose variety, and notes on the variety's performance.

    Complete with a thorough list of local rose retailers and organizations, this book is filled with useful information that has previously been difficult for Florida residents to locate. New gardeners and dedicated rosarians alike will delight in this approachable, eye-catching resource for finding and growing roses that thrive in the southernmost part of the state.

    By Victor Lazzari. ISBN 9780813068879. Copyright 2023. 240 pages.

    Price: $24.95
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  • The Biology Behind the Plants You Love, How They Grow, and What They Need
    A Gardener's Guide to Botany
    From Cool Spring Press:
    A fascinating and in-depth exploration of the endless wonders of the plant kingdom awaits you. Join botanist Scott Zona on a captivating journey into the incredible world of plants. This book is a delightful botanical romp that introduces the science behind how and why plants form the foundation of all life on Earth. In layman's language, you'll uncover what distinguishes plants from people and how the adaptations they've developed over eons influence their appearance today, as well as how they grow and survive in a tremendous diversity of climates. Lush illustrations and full-color photography showcase some of the world's most captivating plants (along with plenty of common ones), leaving you even more enamored with plants than when you first cracked open the very first page.

    Discover the chlorophyll-infused science behind how plants:

    React to their environment to adapt and "know" when it's ideal for supporting growth
    Access water and nutrients, including through partnerships with other living organisms
    Reproduce in ingenious and astonishing ways, both with and without sex
    Disperse their genes via seeds spread by wind, water, animals, or even by the plant itself
    Protect themselves from predators with defenses like spines, waxes, and toxic compounds such as cyanide, cocaine, nicotine, quinine, and many others
    Communicate with each other - and with other living organisms both above and below the ground - through chemical messaging systems
    Whether you're an advanced gardener with acres of green to tend or a new plant parent with a single fern on a windowsill, this is a revelatory look at what makes plants tick. Join Dr. Zona on a beautiful botanical adventure.
    By Scott Zona, ISBN 978-0-7603-7445-0, copyright 2023.
    Price: $32.00
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  • Florida Native Yard
    A Step-by-Step Guide to a Florida Native Yard

    From the publisher:

      

    Join the growing wave of Florida residents replacing the high-maintenance, water-hungry, chemical-soaked lawns with vibrant native plants! Whether you're eager to reduce your carbon footprint, save precious time, slash water bills, or invite more birds and butterflies into your backyard, this beautifully illustrated guide has got your back. Ready to transform your outdoor space into a haven of sustainability and beauty? Get your copy today!

     

    University Press of Florida. 136 pp.
    Price: $21.95
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  • Adventures of a Transplanted Gardener
    Adventures of a Transplanted Gardener
    From University Press of Florida:
    Ideal for new Florida gardeners and residents venturing into gardening for the first time, this starter guide helps readers learn to cultivate plants in the state's unique natural environment. Botanist and lifelong gardener Ginny Stibolt shares insightful stories, advice, and tips from her own experience moving to Florida, where she discovered that the rules she had followed for years did not apply.

    Stibolt guides readers on how to avoid the beginner mistakes she made and dispels common misconceptions about which plants to grow and how to grow them in Florida. Introducing Florida's water features, natural areas, and native plant communities, Stibolt illustrates what a "Real Florida" landscape looks like and explains how working with this knowledge makes gardening easier and more successful. She explores practical topics such as gardening for birds and butterflies, growing food, composting, and stormwater management. Stibolt also directs readers to resources for delving deeper into these subjects based on their needs and location within the state.

    Filled with friendly, reliable, and commonsense expertise, "Adventures of a Transplanted Gardener" propels aspiring growers into cultivating plants that thrive in Florida. This book is the perfect resource for anyone interested in the challenges, rewards, and beauty of gardening in the Sunshine State.

     

    By Ginny Sitbolt, ISBN 978-0-8130-6864-0, copyright 2022.               



    Price: $24.95
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  • Square Foot Gardening
    All New Square Foot Gardening: 3rd edition
    From Cool Springs Press:
    "Square Foot Gardening", the revolutionary method developed by Mel Bartholomew, has empowered millions of home gardeners to cultivate more fresh produce in limited space and with reduced effort.

    With over 150 new photos and illustrations, this updated edition makes achieving nearly foolproof results in virtually any situation easier than ever.

    The method remains the same: build a box, fill it with Mel's Mix, and add a grid. However, along with the classic steps, you will discover some interesting and compelling new information, such as:

    Adding trellises and archways
    Substituting with new materials
    Incorporating automatic watering systems
    "Thinking outside the box" with creative configurations and shapes
    Square Foot Gardening in dense urban areas with little or no yard space

    Square Foot Gardening with kids By Mel Bartholomew, ISBN 978-0-7603-6285-3, copyright 2018.
    Price: $24.99
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  • Attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies in Tropical Florida
    Attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies in Tropical Florida

    This is an authoritative guide to the plants that support butterflies and hummingbirds in tropical Florida (Hardiness Zones 10-11). Two hundred plant species are profiled in color photos, descriptions, and detailed comments written in author Roger Hammer’s engaging style. There are also special chapters on growing and propagating host plants, as well as South Florida’s significant hummingbird and butterfly species. A delightful read in its own right and an essential guide for any gardener.

    Published by University Press of Florida

    266 pp.

    Price: $24.95
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  • Beginning Seed Saving for the Home Gardener
    Beginning Seed Saving for the Home Gardener
    From New Society Publishers:

    This book explores how seed saving is both easier than we think and essential for vibrant, independent, and bountiful gardens. Coverage includes:

    Why seed saving belongs in the home garden
    Principles of vegetative and sexual reproduction
    Easy inbreeding plants, including legumes, lettuce, tomatoes, and peppers
    Plants with a few more challenges, including squash, spinach, onions, and parsley
    Brief discussion of more difficult crops, including corn, carrots, and cabbage
    Written by a home seed saver for the home seed saver, Beginning Seed Saving for the Home Gardener is a comprehensive guide for those who want to reclaim our seed heritage, highlighting the importance of saving seeds for you, your neighbors, and, most importantly, subsequent generations.

    By Jim Ulager, ISBN 978-0-86571-926-2, copyright 2019.
    Price: $17.99
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  • Best Native Plants for Southern Gardens
    Best Native Plants for Southern Gardens
    A handbook for gardeners, homeowners, and professionals. This indispensable, authoritative publication describes and recommends high-performing native plants, guides readers on avoiding the use of invasive species in their gardens, and highlights the design of specialty and wildlife gardens. With the assistance of regional experts, the included species have been carefully selected through field visits to nurseries, private and public gardens, and arboreta. The choices are informed by personal knowledge, experiences, and discussions with landscape and gardening enthusiasts, professionals, and experts throughout the region. The inclusion of more than 600 color photos makes this publication an easy-to-use and valuable addition to any gardener's library.

    Published by University Press of Florida.
    Illus., 412 pp.
    Price: $29.95
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  • Botanical Keys to Florida's Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines
    Botanical Keys to Florida's Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines

    By Gil Nelson:

    This unique botanical key serves as a field guide for both amateurs and professionals, showcasing the leaves, flowers, fruit, and other characteristics of 968 species of trees, shrubs, and vines. The guide includes two keys: the Master Key to Major Groups of Woody Plants, leading to subsidiary keys or a plant family, and family keys that identify species within specific families. For further convenience, species within particular genera are grouped together. In addition to detailed plant descriptions, the author provides insights into the likely areas where each can be found, accompanied by a Glossary of Common Botanical Terms.
    208 pp. Pineapple Press (2011)

    Price: $19.95
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  • Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants
    Bringing Nature Home
    From Workman Publishing:

    As development and habitat destruction accelerate, there are increasing pressures on wildlife populations. In Bringing Nature Home, Douglas W. Tallamy reveals the unbreakable link between native plant species and native wildlife - native insects cannot, or will not, eat alien plants. When native plants disappear, the insects disappear, impoverishing the food source for birds and other animals.

    But there is an important and simple step we can all take to help reverse this alarming trend: everyone with access to a patch of earth can make a significant contribution toward sustaining biodiversity by simply choosing native plants. By acting on Douglas Tallamy's practical and achievable recommendations, we can all make a difference.

    By Douglas W. Tallamy, ISBN 9780881929928, 360 pages, copyright 2009.   

    This was a previous selection for the Florida Master Gardener Volunteer Book Club


    Price: $19.95
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  • Lawn Sprinkler System
    Calibrating Your Lawn Sprinkler System

    Promote a lush lawn while conserving water and reducing bills with this informative 12" x 18" poster. Learn the correct calibration techniques for your lawn sprinkler system through vivid visuals and clear instructions.

    Price: $5.00
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  • Climate Wise Landscaping
    Climate-Wise Landscaping
    By Sue Reed and Ginny Stibolt

    From the publisher:
    Drawing on decades of experience, this book is filled with simple, practical steps that anyone can take to enhance the beauty of their landscape or garden while contributing to the protection of the planet and its diverse species. Topics covered include:

    Actively reducing our carbon footprint through appropriate landscaping and gardening
    Improving air and water quality
    Enhancing physical comfort during hotter seasons
    Supporting birds, butterflies, pollinators, and other wildlife
    Ideal for homeowners, gardeners, and landscape professionals committed to being part of the solution to climate change.

    New Society Publishers, 308 pp
    ISBN 978-0-86571-888-3

    Original price: $29.99
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  • Compost Book for a New Generation
    Composting for a New Generation
    From Cool Springs Press:
    Whether you garden on a small city lot or a large country property, this book covers everything you need to know to make great compost quickly.

    Composting is not just about reducing food and yard waste; it's also about improving the health of your soil and the productivity of your garden. Compost is full of nutrients and beneficial microbes that help plants thrive, but store-bought compost is expensive and often comes packaged in non-recyclable plastic bags. Instead of running to the store to purchase compost, learn how to make your own rich, earthy compost and watch your garden thrive!

    "Composting for a New Generation" explains the complex science behind effective and efficient composting in layman's terms and includes detailed information on tried-and-true composting methods along with new, innovative techniques. From traditional bin composting (including step-by-step instructions for building your own bin) and vermicomposting to keyhole gardens and trench composting, you'll close the cover with all the knowledge needed to be an expert composter today. Plus, you'll learn how to use all that "home-cooked" compost successfully. This is the most complete book to date on organic composting.

    By Michelle Balz, photography by Anna Stockton, ISBN 9781591866923, 192 pages.

    This was a previous selection for the Florida Master Gardener Volunteer Book Club.
    Price: $22.99
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  • Hydroponic Gardens
    DIY Hydroponic Gardens

    No soil? No sunlight? No problem. A hydroponic growing system gives you the power to grow plants anywhere. Simply suspend your essential nutrients in a water-based solution and circulate them to the plant roots in a contained network of vessels and tubes. Sound easy? In a way, it is. But it also requires plenty of solid information to succeed, which is why you need this book.

    With practical information aimed at home do-it-yourselfers, author Tyler Baras (Farmer Tyler to his fans) shows exactly how to build, plant, and maintain over a dozen unique hydroponic systems, some costing just a few dollars to make. Farmer Tyler shows you, with detailed step-by-step photos, precisely how to create these systems and how to plant and maintain them. All the information you need to get started with your home hydroponic system is included:

    Recipes for nutrient solutions
    Light and ventilation sources
    Comprehensive equipment guide
    Growing and maintenance instructions
    12+ hydroponic system builds
    Complete crop selection charts


    By UF alum Tyler Baras, ISBN 978-0-7603-5759-0, 192 pp, copyright 2018.

    Price: $26.99
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  • Eat the Weeds A Forager's Guide to Identifying and Harvesting 274 Wild Foods
    Eat the Weeds

    From Adventure Publications:

    Eat healthy, save money, and enjoy edible wild plants!

    Foraging is a treasure hunt. It's seasonal, sufficient, varied, and provides plenty of nutrients. It yields the satisfaction born of food independence and competence. There's no packaging, no labeling, no advertising, and no genetic tinkering involved. But which plants should you eat - and when should you eat them?

    Whether you're a beginning forager or someone with plenty of experience, let "Green Deane" Jordan guide you. Eat the Weeds helps you to find, identify, and harvest 274 wild foods. Its invaluable information appeals to everyone from gardeners and nature-lovers to raw food enthusiasts, vegans, and survivalists.

    Inside you'll find:

    • 274 wild edibles and recommended methods for preparing them
    • Nutritional data - a nutrition table for nearly every featured plant
    • Plant profiles with key identification tips and fascinating information

     

    Price: $24.95
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  • Florida Ferns
    Ferns of Florida

    From Pineapple Press:

    At least 163 kinds of ferns have been recorded in Florida. From northern species whose southern ranges extend into the rolling uplands of the state's northern tier to tropical treasures that spill over the state's southern tip, Florida is without parallel in fern diversity and number. No other like-sized region of the continental United States can boast such an expanded assortment.

    Color plates feature more than 200 images, some of which include rare species never before illustrated in color. Clearly written detailed descriptions, along with helpful identification tips and a selection of botanical keys—all of which are based on field observations—help readers identify plants in the wild. Also included are notes on each species' growth form and habitat, as well as general remarks about its botanical and common names, unique characteristics, garden use, and history in Florida.

    Other important features of the book include a complete glossary, a section on the fern life cycle and structure, a history of fern study in Florida, a discussion of some of the state's best natural ferneries, and an extensive bibliography.

    By Gil Nelson, ISBN: 9781561641970, copyright 2000

     

    Price: $19.95
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  • Florida Fruit and Vegetable Gardening
    Florida Fruit and Vegetable Gardening
    Plant, Grow, and Harvest the Best Edibles

    From Quarto Publishing Group:
    With abundant sunshine and a year-round growing season, Florida boasts ideal conditions for gardening, but it comes with unique challenges. Author Robert Bowden, Executive Director of the Leu Gardens in Orlando, shares his expertise in this updated guide. Exploring Florida's three distinct growing climates, Bowden offers insights on timing, crucial for gardening success. The book features over 25 fruits, berries, and 35 vegetables with colorful images, growing tips, and location-specific recommendations. Whether you're a seasoned Floridian gardener or a newcomer, this guide provides valuable information. The updated edition addresses recent plant varieties and the impact of citrus greening disease on Florida's orange groves.

     

    By Robert Bowden, ISBN 978-1-59186-905-4, copyright 2015



    Price: $26.99
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  • Florida Gardener's Handbook 2nd edition
    Florida Gardener's Handbook 2nd edition
    All You Need to Know to Plan, Plant, & Maintain a Florida Garden
    Tom MacCubbin and Georgia B. Tasker, with Robert Bowden and Joe Lamp'l

    From Cool Springs Press:
    In this revised and updated 2nd edition, gardeners in the Sunshine State are handed all the know-how they'll need to grow a lush, productive garden.

    The environmentally sound growing info for both edible and ornamental plants found here is your green thumb map to success. With profiles of more than 200 plants proven to thrive in Florida's unique climate, including shrubs, trees, perennials, annuals, vegetables, fruits, tropical plants, lawn grasses, and more, you'll be able to select the best plants to create a beautiful landscape or a high-yielding edible garden. Helpful charts highlight sun and shade requirements and offer clear and concise plant variety information. Month-by-month care and cultivation guides are offered for each plant group, guiding your journey - even if you're a first-time Florida gardener.

    Authors Tom MacCubbin and Georgia B. Tasker, along with pro gardeners Robert Bowden and Joe Lamp'l, address the many challenges of Florida gardening, including a changing climate and saltwater gardening information. The how-to methods for planting, pruning, watering, fertilizing, and much more are rich with information essential to Floridians. This comprehensive and extensive guide is the best resource for growing in the Sunshine State. Whether you live in Nassau County, the Florida Keys, or somewhere in between, this book has you covered.

    Published by Cool Springs Press, ISBN 9780760370537, copyright 2021


    Price: $26.99
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  • Florida Wildflowers and Butterflies
    Florida Wildflowers and Butterflies

    Enhance your butterfly garden with this comprehensive brochure. Discover 48 exquisite butterfly species and 52 native wildflowers and plants renowned for attracting butterflies or serving as host plants for larvae. Gain valuable insights on designing a vibrant butterfly garden.

    Compact size: 4.5” x 7.5”, unfolds to an expansive 18.5” x 7.5”.




    Price: $0.55
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  • Florida Wildflowers in Their Natural Communities
    Florida Wildflowers: A Comprehensive Guide
    Florida Wildflowers: A Comprehensive Guide is a new edition of Florida Wildflowers in their Natural Communities, vastly expanded with wetlands coverage and updated with new taxonomy. This is a different kind of field guide, one that categorizes Florida wildflowers not just by their color or family group, but by the natural habitats in which they're found. Over 500 color photos and detailed descriptions outline the major terrestrial communities of Florida and the wildflowers unique to each. It also includes a guide to identifying wildflowers, a list of places to visit, a glossary, references, and indexes of people and places, species and families. Whether you're a gardener, a naturalist, or just a visitor interested in Florida's ecology, you'll find this guide indispensable.

    A publication of the University Press of Florida. 584 pp.
    Price: $35.00
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