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 http://www.weather.com

Florida Gardener http://www.floridagardener.com/

Florida Plants Online http://www.floridaplants.com/

www.Learn2grow.com, 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.

Hortworld http://www.hortworld.com

The Institute for Regional Conservation (IRC ) http://regionalconservation.org/
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
http://www.floridawildflowerfoundation.org

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

NatureScape Broward http://www.broward.org/naturescape/

MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE ENVIRONMENT - GOING GREEN (video)
....M.E. DePalma talks about - 12 things you can do in your yard that will reduce the size of your footprint on the planet. View the12 step list and download a pdf file that will teach you how learn how to  MAKE YOUR OWN RAIN BARREL  (pdf)

The Garden Web at http://www.gardenweb.com/

Garden Net Guide to Florida Gardens http://gardennet.com/GardenGuideBook/fl.idc
 
Gardening :An online resource for lovers of gardening

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.! http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/

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

Gardening for Beginners - The Ultimate Guide - by Barbara Herring http://www.the10thcircle.com/gardening-for-beginners/

How to Start a Vegetable Garden
- by Garden Guru Tim Graham http://yardandgardenguru.com/vegetable-gardening-for-beginners/










SITES THAT WILL ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS

Do you know what wildlife species are in danger of extinction in your county? The Florida Extension Service http://www.wec.ufl.edu/Extension/ 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 http://www.flwildflowers.com/and 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 http://www.ffgc.org
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 way...care 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] http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org 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 http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/map?x=279&y=189&_fc=1

Butterflies for Broward County http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/map?dc=1899&_dcc=1&si=10
Butterflies for Miami - Dade County
http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/map?dc=1900&_dcc=1&si=10
Butterflies for Monroe County
http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/map?dc=1901&_dcc=1&si=10
Butterflies for Palm Beach County
http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/map?dc=1894&_dcc=1&si=10
   Broward Chapter of  North American Butterfly Association featuring photos,
   suggested host plants and more: http://browardbutterflies.org/index.htm

 
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 [New Window]
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.

Plants
Gardening, Garden Landscaping  - Home and garden resources including 90,000+ plant database http://www.flora.net.au

Richard Lyons' Nursery - http://www.rarefloweringtrees.com

The Celebrating Wildflowers Coloring Book-the scientific and common names of Native Plants http://www.aqd.nps.gov/npci/color/index.htm

The Florida Wildflower pages http://www.flwildflowers.com

University of Florida Herbarium (FLAS) http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/natsci/herbarium

ISB: Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants-Maps http://www.usf.edu/~isb/projects/atlas/dic-bc.html










Florida Plants Online http://www.floridaplants.com/homepage.html

United States Department of Agriculture: PLANTS National Data Base
http://plants.usda.gov/    *book owners note the link has changed

Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council http://www.fleppc.org

The Florida Center for Environmental Studies: 
http://www.ces.fau.edu/ 

Gardino Nursery www.rareflora.com  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. 

Palms
The Palm Shop http://www.thepalmshop.com/palmlinks.html

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:
http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/conops/apc/apc_page.html 


Places to Visit

Fairchild Tropical Gardens http://www.ftg.org

The Wildlife Care Center http://www.wildcare.org 

State Parks and Botanical Gardens

Big Pine Key 

Bahia Honda State Park 
36850 Overseas Hwy Big Pine Key, 33043 
305-872-2353

Bonita Springs

Botanical Gardens of Bonita Springs (in development)
http://www.botanicalgardens.org
P.O. Box 445, Bonita Springs, 34133
941-947-4839

Deerfield Beach

Deerfield Beach Arboretum http://www.treezoo.com/
Located in Constitution Park, 2841 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach
954 480-4240 

Fort Lauderdale Area 

Bonnet House http://www.bonnethouse.org
900 N Birch Road, Ft. Lauderdale, 33304
954-563-5393 

Butterfly World http://www.butterflyworld.com
3600 S Sample Road, Coconut Creek, 33073 
305-977-4400 

Flamingo Gardens, Botanical Gardens and Wildlife Sanctuary
3750 S Flamingo Road, Davie, FL 33330
954-473-2955
http://www.flamingogardens.org

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. 
http://medepalmapark.com/

The Morikami Museum of Japanese Culture 
http://www.icsi.com/ics/morikami/
4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, 33446-2305 
407-495-0233

Rare Fruit & Vegetable Council of Broward County
http://www.rfvcbroward.org/
5105 SW 208 Lane (off of Griffin Rd a few blocks east of US 27)
Southwest Ranches, FL 33332
954-252-9216










Fort Myers
Edison-Ford Estates   http://edison-ford-estate.com/
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 
407-464-4672 

McKee Botanical Gardens 
East side of South US1, Vero Beach, 
407-234-1949 

Homestead 

Biscayne National Park http://www.nps.gov/bisc/
PO BOX 1369, Homestead, 33090 
305-230-1100 

Everglades National Park http://www.nps.gov/ever/
P.O. Box 279, Homestead, 33030 
305-247-6211 

Fruit and Spice Park 
24801 SW 187th Avenue, Homestead, FL 33031 
305-247-5727 

Key Largo 

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
http://thefloridakeys.com/parks/pennekamp.htm
Key Largo m.m. 102.5 
305 451-1202 

Key West 

Audubon House and Gardens http://www.audubonhouse.com
205 Whitehead Street, Key West, 33040-6522 
305-294-2116 

Bahia Honda State Park 
http://thefloridakeys.com/parks/ bahia.htm
Bahia Honda Key m.m. 37 
305-872-2353 

Dry Tortugas National Park http://www.nps.gov/drto/
Fort Jefferson 305-442-7700 

Ernest Hemingway Museum 
907 Whitehead Street 305-294-1575 











Nancy Forrester's Secret Garden 
http://www.xnet.com/~graphics/secret/index.html
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 
305-294-3210 

Lignumvitae Key

Lignumvitae Key State Botanical Site 
http://thefloridakeys.com/parks/lignum.htm
Lignumvitae Key m.m. 78.5 
305 664-4815 

Long Key

Long Key State Recreation Area 
http://thefloridakeys.com/parks/long.htm
Long Key m.m. 67.5 
305 664-4815 

Melbourne 

Florida Institute of Technology Botanical Gardens 
150 W. University Boulevard, 32901-6982 
407-768-8000 

Miami Area 

Barnacle State Historic Site 
http://miami.info-access.com/barnacle.htm
3485 Main Hwy, Coconut Grove, 33133 3
05-448-9445 

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

Fairchild Tropical Garden http://www.ftg.org
10901 Old Cutler Road, Miami, 33156-4233 
305-667-1651 

Garden of Our Lord 
Saint James Evangelical Lutheran Church 
110 Phoenetia Avenue, Miami, 33134-3312
305-443-0014 

Gardens and Cloisters of the Monastery of Saint Bernard 
16711 W. Dixie Hway, Miami, 33160-3714 
305-945-1461 











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

John C. Gifford Arboretum http://fig.cox.miami.edu/Arboretum/gifford.html
University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL 33134
305- 284-5364

Kampong http://www.ntbg.org
4013 S. Douglas Road, Miami, 33133-6840 
305-442-7169 

Merrick House and Gardens 
907 Coral Way, Coral Gables, 33134 
305-460-5361 

Miami Metrozoo 
12400 SW 152nd Street, Miami, 33177 
305-251-0400 

Monkey Jungle 
14805 SW 216th Street, Miami, 33170-2299 
305-235-1611 

Vizcaya Museum 
http://www.artcom.com/museums/nv/sz/33129.htm
3251 S. Miami Avenue, Miami, 33129-2831 
305-250-9133 

Naples

Caribbean Gardens
1590 Goodlette Road, Naples, 34102  http://www.caribbeangardens.com
941-262-5409 

Naples Botanical Garden (in development - opening fall of 2003) http://www.naplesbotanicalgarden.org
4820 Bayshore Drive, Suite D, Naples, 34112
941-643-7275
 

Ochopee 

Big Cypress National Preserve http://www.nps.gov/bicy/
52105 Tamiami East, Ochopee, 34141 
941-695-4111 

Palm Beach Area 

Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens
 253 Barcelona Road,West Palm Beach, FL 33401
561-832-5328

Cluett Memorial Gardens 
Bethesda by the Sea Church 
141 S. County Road, Palm Beach, 33480-6107 
561-655-4554 

Mounts Botanical Gardens http://www.mounts.org
531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, 33415-1395 
561-233-1749 

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

The Society of the Four Arts http://pbol.com/4arts/main.html
2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach, 33480-4102 
561-655-2776 

Pompano Beach 

Fern Forest Nature Center 
http://www.co.broward.fl.us/pri01400.htm
201 Lyons Road South, Pompano Beach, 33068 
954-970-0150 

Sarasota

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens http://www.selby.org/
811 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota, 34236
941-366-5731

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: http://www.trop-hibiscus.com

Florida Federation of Garden Clubs: http://www.ffgc.org

Audubon Society: http://www.audubon.org

Association for Tropical Lepidoptera Home Page: http://www.troplep.org/atl.htm

The North American Butterfly Association: http://www.naba.org

National Wildlife Federation: http://www.nwf.org

Association of Florida Native Nurseries: http://www.members.aol.com/afnn

Florida Native Plant Society: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fnps/fnps.htm

Other Related Environmental Sites

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service: http://www.aphis.usda.gov

Pesticide Information (University of Florida, IFAS Pesticide Information Office):  http://fshn.ifas.ufl.edu/links.htm

EPA: http://www.epa.gov

Florida Environments: http://www.enviroworld.com

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

South Florida Water Management District: 
http://www.sfwmd.gov

Additions:
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!
ILoveGardens.com  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 http://www.tidewaterworkshop.com/







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 www.donnasgardengate.com
 

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 www.fancyhibicus.com
 

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 www.NSExotics.com to see their range of plants available.
 

Dania Beach Watergardens and Gifts  www.dbwatergardens.com
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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