McKee Botanical Garden: a Florida Treasure

McKee Botanical Garden, one of Florida’s often overlooked public garden spaces, is found along US-1 in Vero Beach. It may be easy to miss this gem if you don’t know its history or its charm. Developers Arthur McKee and Waldo Sexton planned to grow citrus on the 80-acre tropical hammock when they purchased it in…

Fungus Follows Rainy Days in the Garden

Florida’s rainy season is just starting. That means being watchful of potential fungus and bacterial infections in the garden. Heavy rain amounts may cut down on your irrigation bill, but they also can cause a lot of issues, and wash away mulch and soil. A few rainy days in a row may combine with our…

Growing Plumeria Obsession

Growing plumeria, also known as the Frangipani or Hawaiian Lei Flower, is easy throughout Central and South Florida. The fragrant, exotic tree favors hot, humid, tropical environments, and is easy to propagate from cuttings. Plumeria bursts forth with dozens of highly fragrant blooms from spring through fall before going dormant for the winter months. It…

The Victory Garden

Victory Gardens became popular in the 1940s during World War II. Millions of American families planted fruit and vegetable gardens in their backyards to feed America, and the impact was that more than 40 percent of all the fresh fruits and vegetables consumed in the United States were grown in these amazing independent gardens. It…

Selby Botanical Gardens

The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a relative newcomer to the public gardens scene. The Selby Gardens was founded in 1973 when Mrs. Selby left her home and surrounding gardens for the public to enjoy. We spotted the garden’s sign while looking for antique shops. I love to visit public gardens, and I am fascinated…

Lubber Grasshoppers

Eastern Lubber Grasshopper Adult.

They’re back! The Southeastern Lubber Grasshoppers are devouring Florida in 2021. This isn’t a total surprise. These grasshoppers rise up annually beginning in mid-March, almost from the ground, and devour the fresh foliage of Spring. Left unrestrained, lubber grasshoppers can seemingly eat the leaves of a shrub almost overnight. Identifying Lubber Grasshoppers The Southeastern Lubber…