Places for South Florida Gardeners to visit
for information and entertainment

These pages are a duplication of what appears in the first edition of the book.  We have hot linked the sites so you don't have to type in all those long urls in order to surf the net.  We know that sometimes links on the internet change.  In an effort to keep your diary currant , we will post changes or additons in green.
Note those changes in your copy of  "A Garden Diary"!

Other Sources of Information 

Starting out online 

The Weather Channel

Florida Gardener

Florida Plants Online, a new do it yourself Web site created by national garden experts.  The Web site features personalized gardening tips and information based on geography, gardening courses designed for beginners as well as experienced gardeners, and much more.


The Institute for Regional Conservation (IRC )
Founded in 1984, IRC has spent the last ten years developing the Floristic Inventory of South Florida, the FISF Database Online, and their  flagship program Restoring South Florida's Native Plant Heritage. An overview of the Status of the South Florida Flora is available online, excerpted from IRC's critically acclaimed book Rare Plants of South Florida: Their History, Conservation, and Restoration.

Florida Wildflower Foundation

The University of Florida brochure featuring: Native Wildflowers of Central and South Florida  print 2 pages pdf

NatureScape Broward

...Visit Emerald Award Winner, Art Constantino's web page and learn:
"How to make a good rain barrel and more.

Making a Difference in the Environment:
12 things you can do in your yard that will reduce your footprint on the planet

The Garden Web at

Garden Net Guide to Florida Gardens
TThe social network for garden lovers.

GardenHere - The Friendliest Home Gardening Community on the Internet. We make it easy to trade plants, seeds and flowers. Forums, Auctions, Zone Lookup, Chat, Calculators, Plant Encyclopedia and much more.

FAIRS, which stands for Florida Agricultural Information Retrieval System, has been one of the Top 5 Southern Gardening links since the beginning.! - interactive collection of different types of gardening databases and information

Love of Roses  -  A great source for pictures and information on roses.

How to Start a Vegetable Garden- by Garden Guru Tim Graham

Building Your Own Urban Vegetable Garden at Home - by Carlos Trejo

How To Start A Garden (6 Steps And 30 Tips) - By Angela Ross

How to Start your own Lawn Care Business



Do you know what wildlife species are in danger of extinction in your county? The Florida Extension Service has that information and a lot more including the steps to take for creating a wildlife habitat in your backyard. 

If you ever wondered what wildflower was blooming in that vacant lot check out the photos at Florida Wildflower Showcase you'll learn to call it by name. 

If you'd like to join a garden club visit The Florida Federation of Garden Clubs at
Locate what clubs are available in your district, take virtual tours of members gardens, learn about floral design, and youth camp, apply for a scholarship and find out what shows, classes and tours are coming to your area. You can also get directions to the Nova Medicinal Garden. The garden is a great place to learn about South Florida plants with medicinal properties. You will also find links to many of the sites mentioned in this book along with links that will take you on tours of other Great Florida Gardens. 

East Everglades Orchid Society Whether you want to extend your knowledge about a specific genus or get somebody else's opinion on pesticides, visit the Orchid Culture section of this site for thorough and simple to follow instructions.

How do you pick an Easter Lily...dye eggs the natural for your house plants?  Kristine Maher shares her 30 years of Master Gardener experience and allow users to interact at Plant & Gardening Tips

Digging DEEP

Butterflies and moths of North America [New Window] has Information on species of butterflies in North America with photos, checklists, distribution maps, aids to identification, and references.
Diggin Even Deeper will show you: All the counties in Florida have lists at this site
You will find an index of Butterflies of Florida by County at

Butterflies for Broward County
Butterflies for Miami - Dade County
Butterflies for Monroe County
Butterflies for Palm Beach County
   Broward Chapter of  North American Butterfly Association featuring photos,
   suggested host plants and more:

Pollinators [New Window]
News and references about domesticated and wild bees, butterflies, moths, birds, bats and other animals that play a crucial role in the pollination of flowering plants.
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center monitoring program [New Window]
Entry to biomonitoring projects studying the status and trends of the nation's environmental resources and programs studying amphibians and birds. Links to long-term programs, resources and references, and related links.
Children's butterfly site
Information on moths and butterflies with color photos, views of life cycles, activities, resources, and Frequently Asked Questions. Links under "resources" accesses translations of site in German, Spanish, French, Italian, and Dutch.

Gardening, Garden Landscaping  - Home and garden resources including 90,000+ plant database

Richard Lyons' Nursery -

The Celebrating Wildflowers Coloring Book-the scientific and common names of Native Plants

The Florida Wildflower pages

University of Florida Herbarium (FLAS)

ISB: Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants-Maps

Florida Plants Online

United States Department of Agriculture: PLANTS National Data Base    *book owners note the link has changed

Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council

The Florida Center for Environmental Studies: 

Gardino Nursery  a nursery in South Florida that specializes in growing a wide variety of rare and unusual plants. Their site also contains lots of useful information on a variety of tropical plants (over 500 varieties) and a gardening guide. 

The Palm Shop

Aquatic Plants

Water Gardens - Shop for Koi, aquatic plants, and pond supplies at Loch Ness Water Gardens.

 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Aquatic Plant Control: 

Places to Visit

Fairchild Tropical Gardens

The Wildlife Care Center 

State Parks and Botanical Gardens

Big Pine Key 

Bahia Honda State Park 
36850 Overseas Hwy Big Pine Key, 33043 

Bonita Springs

Botanical Gardens of Bonita Springs (in development)
P.O. Box 445, Bonita Springs, 34133

Deerfield Beach

Deerfield Beach Arboretum
Located in Constitution Park, 2841 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach
954 480-4240 

Fort Lauderdale Area 

Bonnet House
900 N Birch Road, Ft. Lauderdale, 33304

Butterfly World
3600 S Sample Road, Coconut Creek, 33073 

Flamingo Gardens, Botanical Gardens and Wildlife Sanctuary
3750 S Flamingo Road, Davie, FL 33330

M.E. DePalma Park
The public garden
, located at the corner of NE 7th Avenue and NE 20th Drive in Wilton Manors, contains over 90 varieties of native wildflowers and butterfly attracting trees, shrubs and plants.

The Morikami Museum of Japanese Culture
4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, 33446-2305 

Rare Fruit & Vegetable Council of Broward County
5105 SW 208 Lane (off of Griffin Rd a few blocks east of US 27)
Southwest Ranches, FL 33332

Fort Myers
Edison-Ford Estates
Thomas A. Edison  and Henry Ford Winter Homes 
2350 McGregor Blvd, , Fort Myers,   33901
813- 334-3614

Fort Pierce Area 

Heathcote Botanical Gardens 
210 Savannah Road, Fort Pierce, 34982-3447 

McKee Botanical Gardens 
East side of South US1, Vero Beach, 


Biscayne National Park
PO BOX 1369, Homestead, 33090 

Everglades National Park
P.O. Box 279, Homestead, 33030 

Fruit and Spice Park 
24801 SW 187th Avenue, Homestead, FL 33031 

Key Largo 

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
Key Largo m.m. 102.5 
305 451-1202 

Key West 

Audubon House and Gardens
205 Whitehead Street, Key West, 33040-6522 

Bahia Honda State Park
Bahia Honda Key m.m. 37 

Dry Tortugas National Park
Fort Jefferson 305-442-7700 

Ernest Hemingway Museum 
907 Whitehead Street 305-294-1575 


Nancy Forrester's Secret Garden
1 Free School Lane 305-294-0015 

Sonny McCoy Indigenous Park 
1801 White Street 305-292-8157 

West Martello Gardens 
Atlantic Boulevard by White St. Pier 

Lignumvitae Key

Lignumvitae Key State Botanical Site
Lignumvitae Key m.m. 78.5 
305 664-4815 

Long Key

Long Key State Recreation Area
Long Key m.m. 67.5 
305 664-4815 


Florida Institute of Technology Botanical Gardens
150 W. University Boulevard, 32901-6982 

Miami Area 

Barnacle State Historic Site
3485 Main Hwy, Coconut Grove, 33133 3

"Doc" Thomas House and Environmental Center
5530 Sunset Drive, South Miami, FL 3314
305- 666-5111 * native plants

Fairchild Tropical Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road, Miami, 33156-4233 

Garden of Our Lord 
Saint James Evangelical Lutheran Church 
110 Phoenetia Avenue, Miami, 33134-3312

Gardens and Cloisters of the Monastery of Saint Bernard 
16711 W. Dixie Hway, Miami, 33160-3714 

Japanese Teahouse and Garden 
Watson Park (across MacArthur Causeway) Miami 

John C. Gifford Arboretum
University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL 33134
305- 284-5364

4013 S. Douglas Road, Miami, 33133-6840 

Merrick House and Gardens 
907 Coral Way, Coral Gables, 33134 

Miami Metrozoo 
12400 SW 152nd Street, Miami, 33177 

Monkey Jungle 
14805 SW 216th Street, Miami, 33170-2299 

Vizcaya Museum
3251 S. Miami Avenue, Miami, 33129-2831 


Caribbean Gardens
1590 Goodlette Road, Naples, 34102

Naples Botanical Garden (in development - opening fall of 2003)
4820 Bayshore Drive, Suite D, Naples, 34112


Big Cypress National Preserve
52105 Tamiami East, Ochopee, 34141 

Palm Beach Area 

Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens
 253 Barcelona Road,West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Cluett Memorial Gardens 
Bethesda by the Sea Church 
141 S. County Road, Palm Beach, 33480-6107 

Mounts Botanical Gardens
531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, 33415-1395 

Pan's Garden
386 Hibiscus, Palm Beach, FL 33480
561- 832-0731

The Society of the Four Arts
2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach, 33480-4102 

Pompano Beach 

Fern Forest Nature Center
201 Lyons Road South, Pompano Beach, 33068 


Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
811 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota, 34236

Sarasota Garden Club
1131 Blvd of the Arts, , Sarasota, 34236
 813- 955-0875

Sarasota Jungle Gardens
3701 Bayshore Road, , Sarasota, 34234
913- 385-0011

Societies and Associations

The American Hibiscus Society:

Florida Federation of Garden Clubs:

Audubon Society:

Association for Tropical Lepidoptera Home Page:

The North American Butterfly Association:

National Wildlife Federation:

Association of Florida Native Nurseries:

Florida Native Plant Society:

Other Related Environmental Sites

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service:

Pesticide Information (University of Florida, IFAS Pesticide Information Office):


Florida Environments:

Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (University of Florida, IFAS) : http://aquat1.ifas.ufl.educ/

South Florida Water Management District:

We have received several inquiries requesting where you can  purchase the "Jo Williams" hibiscus which graces the cover of the book.  It can be ordered online at  Fancy Hibiscus or call Winn Soldani at 800-432-8332

Don't go on vacation until you've checked out this site!  A Treasury of Glorious Public and Private Gardens for Garden Lovers to Visit!

My Garden Bench  is white cedar and was made by the fine Italian Craftsmen at

Jesse Durko’s Nursery
5151 SW 70th Avenue, Davie, 954-792-2297.
This fine nursery specializes in crotons, 50 varieties of bamboo, heliconias and gingers, desert plants, flowering trees and shrubs, ornamental grasses, old roses, and butterfly plants.  Jesse Durko brings them back alive on collecting trips around the world searching for new ornamentals for Florida gardens.

Trinity Churchside Gardens
24 SW 10th Street, Fort Lauderdale 954-768-0403
This garden is open weekends from 9-5 on Saturdays and 10-5 on Sundays.
This nursery features native plants, crotons, tropical fruits, and plants used in home medicine.  A great place to find the unusual.  David Mclean has been collecting plant rarities for years.  Classes, nursery and garden club lists, and a newsletter are available.

Garden Gate at Sears, north side of Sears at the corner of Federal Highway and Copans Road  in Pompano, new phone number is 954-783-GATE.  This unique nursery specializes in organic products for pest control and fertilizer.  The nursery emphasizes native plants, water gardens and supplies, butterfly gardening supplies, orchids, and garden ornaments.  Owner Donna Torrey writes for the Pompano Pelican and the nursery website is

Wonder Gardens at Sears
west side of Sears at the corner of Broward Blvd. and University Drive in Plantation, 954- 370-2872.
This full service nursery specializes in tropical fruit trees, bonsai plants, rare tropical plants, hanging baskets, vines, orchids and house plants.  Decorative items include garden furniture, metal trellis for vines, decorative garden items, soil, fertilizer and pesticides, and personal attention. Owners Roxie and Lenny will help with garden questions.

Fancy Hibiscus
1142 SW First Avenue
Pompano, 954-782-0741, 1-800 - 432-8332.
Winn Soldani is the man on hibiscus locally.  He has grown fancy hibiscus for over 25 years and his plants have graced Longwood Gardens, Fairchild Tropical Gardens, and other hotels and gardens over the world.  These plants have blooms from 7-9inches across and come in a myriad of colors and flower types ranging from singles to blooms with layers of petals.  Win ships plants around the world but local gardeners can make an appointment to see the plants.  Call Winn for an appointment and visit his website at

Natural Selections Exotics
1401 SW 1st Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, 954-523-2428.  Enid and Sam Dolan are plant collectors whose nursery is open Friday and Saturday from 10-5 and Sunday from 12-5.  They ship many plant rarities throughout the country in pots ranging from 4inches to 1 gallon.  Larger material is available at the nursery.  The nursery features 165 varieties of ginger and ginger relative, flowering shrubs and trees, aroids, bat plants, rare gardenias, rainbow gum and weeping blue ginger.  Visit their website at to see their range of plants available.

Dania Beach Watergardens and Gifts
400 South Federal Highway
Dania Beach, 954-920-0321
Hours: Tues 12:30-5, Wed-Sun 9-5
Dania Beach Watergardens and Gifts offers a complete line of water garden products including plants, pools and ponds, fountains, garden sculpture and benches, metal pergolas and trellis, and bamboo and bromelliads.
The gift shop housed in the historic 1924 Frost home offers a complete line of gift items for the gardener including bamboo screens and windchimes, interior fountains, books, artwork, and much more.  This is the most original gift shop I have visited.

This is a  sample of the sources of information you will find in
"A Garden Diary: A Guide to Gardening in South Florida


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