- The Home Depot Garden Club
Gardens come alive when butterflies visit. They’re fun to watch, and they’re fascinating for kids, who can learn how butterflies transform from eggs to caterpillars, and from pupas to adults. A raised Butterfly Island Bed will attract these winged guests to your property. Keep a camera and garden journal handy to observe them, or just sit back and enjoy the colorful show.
When you’re choosing plants for your butterfly garden, remember that butterflies prefer large clusters of small, tube-shaped flowers, as well as an array of different colors.
- Lowe's Garden Club Select
Spanning a 15-year career in film and television production, and advertising, Josh Dasal's successes include: an Emmy and Silver Telly award-winning PBS short; an HDFest-winning Discovery Channel documentary; five prizes at the 2012 48 Hour Film Project; motion picture and TV concepts for Sony Screen Gems and Wes Craven; and corporate promotions for clients like IBM, Johnson & Johnson, and Lowe's. His work has been shown on every continent but Antarctica.
As an instructor, he has taught film production, theory, and screenwriting at the Duke Center for Documentary Studies and Missouri State University.
Josh is a Masters Degree graduate of the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with a surly, daredevil cat and an art curator wife much smarter than he is.
- Mounts Botanical Gardens
Welcome to Mounts Botanical Garden, Palm Beach County’s oldest and largest public garden.
Mounts’ gardens and programs provide the best horticultural and botanical information available related to South Florida’s unique plants and environment.
Mounts displays tropical and subtropical plants from around the world, including plants native to Florida, exotic trees, tropical fruit, herbs, citrus, palms and more. As a component of the Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service, and through its affiliation with the University of Florida, Mounts is the place to connect with Extension Horticulturists, Master Gardeners, the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program, and professional horticultural advisors, as well as a place of great beauty to enjoy year round.
- Master Gardener Volunteer Monthly Educational Meetings
We provide answers. Whether you need to know how to design a more energy-efficient house, care for native plant life, or develop a youth leadership program, Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service/UF-IFAS has the answers.
As the local branch of the University of Florida, the Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service office has access to the latest research and technology on more than 2,000 subjects of interest. The University's expertise is available to small business owners, farmers, builders, home owners, parents, children, and the general public.
We provide education:
To improve the quality of human life.
To protect and sustain natural resources and environmental systems.
To help our food, fiber, and agricultural industries of Florida stay competitive.
We are part of both the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) and Palm Beach County Government. We help apply the benefits of research and university expertise to solve your problems and concerns. As part of a publicly funded educational network, we link the expertise and resources of federal, state, and local partners.
Your Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service/UF-IFAS is dedicated to serving the educational and research needs of area residents. In addition, volunteers devote countless hours to Extension programs. The agency is assisted by Advisory Committees that provide guidance in determining future program needs and developing long-range plans.
Through the combined efforts of UF and Palm Beach County faculty and staff, volunteers, and Advisory Committees, your Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service/UF-IFAS strives to remain responsive to the needs of area residents and visitors, taking a leadership role in disseminating the latest technological information.
Your Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service/UF-IFAS is:
The University of Florida and Palm Beach County helping people, business leaders, and government officials address issues and needs through education and research.
Very few hobbies are as peaceful and rewarding as gardening. Gardening enthusiasts view it as a creative outlet in which they color their backyard in lush vegetation and bright flowers. Growing dazzling flowers, foliage, fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs can be accomplished in suburban backyards, large acres of farmland, or even the limited space of urban apartments. How you decorate your garden, backyard and home exterior is only limited to your imagination.
Garden.com is your source for garden supplies, garden tools and garden furniture. We are proud to offer over 25,000 lawn, garden, and outdoor décor items to adorn your backyard. Your garden and how you choose to enhance it are reflections of your taste and personality.
Beautiful gardens take a lot of work, all year round. Equip yourself with all the necessary gardening supplies for a bountiful vegetable harvest or a dazzling and bright flower garden. Garden supplies like compost bins and outdoor thermometers help you better manage the daily activities involved with appropriate plant care.
Your garden or backyard is the perfect location to sit back and relax. This requires comfortable yet stylish outdoor garden furniture. Garden.com has various types of outdoor lawn furniture available to fit any outdoor living environment regardless of size and shape. Choose from garden benches and Adirondack chairs to chaise loungers and ottomans.
Garden ornaments and garden decor accessories transform your garden by adding the final touches to an already stunning and beautiful floral environment. Garden decorations can be functional, such as outdoor clocks, and others can be ornamental, like garden arches. Outdoor ornaments, like a garden trellis or a garden obelisk, complete and compliment the overall design, look, and feel of your home.
There is nothing quite like watching your seedlings become beautiful, healthy plants. Get outside and enjoy the warm sunshine as you eagerly wait for your flowers, plants and vegetables to bloom and grow.
- Free Edible Gardens Workshop
Growing and preparing your own vegetables and fruits can help stretch your food dollar and be a rewarding and healthy experience. Adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet can help reduce the risk of diseases, and gardening gives you an opportunity to exercise outdoors.
Learn all about growing and preparing heart-healthy vegetables and fruits at a free workshop offered by the Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension. The workshop will include presentations on gardening vegetables and their nutritional value as well as a demonstration on how to prepare them. Participants will also be able to taste the prepared dishes. Presenters will be Ada Medina-Solórzano, Extension Agent Nutrition and Food Safety and Dr. Christian F. Miller, PhD Plant Pathologist, a vegetable and fruit crop expert.
- Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services supports and promotes Florida agriculture, protects the environment, safeguards consumers, and ensures the safety and wholesomeness of food. Our programs and activities are so varied and extensive, they touch the life of just about every Floridian.
Here are some of the many ways we are working for you:
We protect Florida’s livestock, honey bees and crop plants from pests and diseases.
We promote Florida’s 300 agricultural commodities across America and around the world.
We help farmers implement best management practices to conserve water and prevent water pollution.
We assist businesses and residents in the safe and proper use of pesticides.
We manage over a million acres of state forest land for multiple uses, including timber, wildlife habitat and recreation.
We fight wildfires to protect lives and property.
Through regulation and mediation, we safeguard consumers from unlawful and deceptive business practices.
We’re the state’s clearinghouse for consumer concerns. Our call center analysts answer questions, provide information and help resolve complaints.
We assist Florida’s schools in serving more than a million healthful meals each day, providing our students with the sustenance they need to succeed.
We inspect grocery stores and convenience stores for cleanliness and safety.
As Florida’s lead agency for food safety, we analyze more than 15,000 food samples each year. Our scientists test for toxins, allergens, chemical contaminants, pesticide residues, food additives and fraudulent formulations.
- US Department Of Agricultural
USDA Mission Areas
Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services
Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services works to harness the Nation's agricultural abundance to end hunger and improve health in the United States. Its agencies administer federal domestic nutrition assistance programs and the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, which links scientific research to the nutrition needs of consumers through science-based dietary guidance, nutrition policy coordination, and nutrition education.
Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP)
CNPP works to improve the health and well-being of Americans by developing and promoting dietary guidance that links scientific research to the nutrition needs of consumers.
Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)
FNS increases food security and reduces hunger in partnership with cooperating organizations by providing children and low-income people access to food, a healthy diet, and nutrition education in a manner that supports American agriculture and inspires public confidence.
- The People's Garden
WHAT IS THE PEOPLE'S GARDEN INITIATIVE?
Secretary Vilsack began the People's Garden Initiative - named in honor of President Lincoln's description of USDA as the "People's Department" - in 2009 as an effort to challenge employees to create gardens at USDA facilities. It has since grown into a collaborative effort of over 700 local and national organizations all working together to establish community and school gardens across the country. The simple act of planting a garden can help unite neighborhoods in a common effort and inspire locally-led solutions to challenges facing our country - from hunger to the environment.
HOW DID IT START?
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack declared the grounds surrounding USDA Headquarters in Washington, DC the first People's Garden on February 12, 2009 in honor of Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday.
WHAT IS THE HISTORY BEHIND THE NAME?
When President Lincoln founded USDA in 1862, he called it The People's Department. USDA continues to honor his vision for a Department that serves the American people every day and in every way through The People's Garden Initiative.
WHAT IS A PEOPLE'S GARDEN?
People's Gardens vary in size and type, but all are required to have three components in common. They must benefit the community, in some cases by creating recreational spaces and in others by providing a harvest for a local food bank or shelter. They must be collaborative - that is, the garden must be created and maintained by a partnership of local individuals, groups, or organizations. And third, they should incorporate sustainable practices. The gardens might use compost or mulch made by participants. They might contain native plants or encourage beneficial insects. They also might exemplify water conservation, for instance, capturing rain in a barrel to water the garden. Gardens located at private residences are not eligible to become People's Gardens. You can declare an existing garden as a People's Garden as long as it incorporates the three components.
WHERE ARE PEOPLE'S GARDENS LOCATED?
People's Gardens have expanded to all 50 states, three U.S. territories and eight foreign countries. They are located at faith-based centers, on federal leased or owned property, at schools and other places within the community. Search the People's Gardens Interactive Map to find out where our gardens are located.
HOW CAN PRODUCE BE USED THAT IS HARVESTED FROM A PEOPLE'S GARDEN?
All produce grown at a People's Garden on USDA owned or leased property is donated to help those in need. We invite our partners to join us in sharing your harvest with neighborhood food pantries, kitchens and shelters - which helps improve access to healthy, affordable food at a local level.
HOW CAN I FIND A LOCAL FOOD PANTRY?
Ample Harvest, a partner of The People's Garden Initiative, diminishes hunger in America by helping people share their excess garden produce with neighborhood food pantries. Have garden surplus you want to donate? Find a food pantry near you at Ample HarvestThis is an external link or third-party site outside of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website..
IF I DONATE PRODUCE AND SOMEONE GETS SICK AM I LIABLE?
Donations of food and grocery items to non-profits to feed needy individuals are covered by the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act (Public Law 104-210). Unless there is gross negligence or misconduct on behalf of the donor, individuals and groups are not liable.
- Florida Gardening Calendar
The Gardening Calendar gives Florida gardeners a monthly guide for what to plant and do in their gardens and includes links to useful gardening websites, all based on University of Florida research and expertise.
Three different editions of the calendar provide specific tips for each of Florida’s climate zones--North, Central, and South.
Which region does your county fall in? Find out by viewing the gardening region map!
- Solutions For Your Life-University Of South Florida
Homeowner Urban Horticulture Program
The Homeowner Urban Horticulture Program offers educational workshops on home and community gardening, as well as expertise in proper cultural practices, pest and disease management, water issues, environmental landscape management, and volunteer development. The program is closely linked to the Master Gardener and Florida Yards & Neighborhoods programs.
- Florida Organic Gardening
I come from a family (and culture) of gardeners. I was born in Cuba, but I've lived in the United States since I was 3 and started gardening at the age of four. I grew both vegetables and ornamentals. All my gardening was done organically—by default. I didn't know there was any other way, I just knew we couldn't buy bug sprays, fertilizer, etc.
My wife and I own a small farm in Redland. We grow over 30 types of tropical and temperate fruit, row-crops, herbs, microgreens, and ornamentals. We're certified organic, of course, and blessed (or cursed!) with a 12-month growing season, so there's always something to grow or harvest.
Other than the farm, I'm kept busy lecturing about and promoting organic gardening all around South Florida. I also teach organic horticulture at Miami-Dade Community College (the Kendall campus). Many people proclaim that you can't be organic in the tropics. But my wife and I like to think that we, along with other local organic growers, as well as Organic Gardening magazine, are partially responsible for the change in attitude towards "organic in the jungle".
- South Florida Gardening Tips
Whether you're a...
new resident of Florida and "everything here is so different!"
native or long-term resident who wants a "refresher course" or better results than you're getting now
snowbird looking for ways to keep your yard and gardens thriving, even when you're not always here
...this section covers all the basics you need to know.
- South Florida Plant Guide
South Florida Landscape Plants
...beautiful, exotic, and easy to grow!
Once you get to know Florida Landscape Plants, growing them is easy!
If you live in the southern half of Florida - from (approximately) Tampa to Melbourne and southward - this guide's for YOU!
Ti plant, croton, palm and ferns
Newbies -Discover new-to-you plants and how to grow them in sandy soil and blazing sun
Snowbirds - Find easy-going plants that can thrive with only part-time care
Natives & Long-Time Residents - Learn more about plants you have and "window-shop" for new ones
- Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Growing vegetables in South Florida is a little different than doing so in the rest of the country. Our summer acts as our winter—usually zapping most flowering plants and vegetables, which can’t handle our intense heat and humidity. And in the winter, cold air and frosts can make their way down south and put a chill in our tender plants. Growing wonderful edible gardens here requires a special understanding of our climate, and a few tips will make your edible gardening easier and more productive:
Your garden plan: Consider the space you have available. For most landscaping areas dwarf or semi-dwarf trees will work better with the other trees and shrubs you’ll be incorporating.