Visit a special garden: The St Petersberg Sunken Gardens in Florida

St Petersburg is a lovely mid-sized town on the coast of Florida, with a very special garden that’s more than a century old. It’s famous Sunken Garden is a 6 hectare oasis, originally built by a visionary plumber who purchased the land in 1903 to devote to his gardening hobby. In 1999 the city government … Continue reading “Visit a special garden: The St Petersberg Sunken Gardens in Florida”

Vegetables to plant this month – May tropical gardens in Florida

While a lot of vegetables we like to grow won’t be ready for planting until August, there are still a few delicious vegetables that can be planted right now. I’m talking about okra, snow peas, southern peas, sweet potatoes and swiss chard. If you’d like some tips on how to grow these things, just email … Continue reading “Vegetables to plant this month – May tropical gardens in Florida”

How the right layout can give your tropical garden harmony

Do you believe that it isn’t possible to have the same sense of proportion, colour and depth in a tropical garden than what you can find in cooler climates? Well think again. This is a photo of The Kampong, the historical home of botanist Douglas Fairchild. This scene is just one of many beautiful views … Continue reading “How the right layout can give your tropical garden harmony”

CSI Mango: Former police forensic tech working to catalogue 600 species of mango

Did you know that there are more than 1,000 named mango species in the world? The beautiful Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami, Florida is home to around 600 species of mango.

Mounts Botanical Garden: Palm Beach County’s oldest public garden

If you’re lucky enough to visit Florida, you need to find time to visit the Mounts Botanical Garden in Palm Beach County. With more than 2,000 tropical and subtropical plants, and more than a dozen specialised garden areas, its a jewel. One really cool specialised garden is the Garden of Well Being, which showcases plants … Continue reading “Mounts Botanical Garden: Palm Beach County’s oldest public garden”