Fun To Do
- Bromeliads International, Inc.--BSI is the parent organization of all bromeliad societies and a great resource for information about these fabulous plants.
- Florida Federation of Garden Clubs.--Several local clubs are part of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs. Here are their meeting dates and contact information.
- Florida Council of Bromeliad Societies--lists all the clubs in Florida with contact info and meeting dates plus show calendars.
- Florda West Coast Bromeliad Society
Meets: First Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM
AT: Hope Presb. Church, 1698 S. Belcher, Clearwater, Fl
- Selby Gardens--a great walking tour plus greenhouse on the bay in Sarasota, also a wonderful store with occasional plant sale extravaganzas. This is also a research center focusing on rainforest ecosystems and bromeliad identification as well as orchids populations in Florida.
- University of Florida research is zeroing in on "the evil weevil" which is attacking the 23 or so species of Florida native bromeliads.
- Dennis Cathcart/Tropiflora--a great nursery for bromeliads and other tropical plants in Sarasota
- More University of Floridabromeliad research
- American Orchid Society (AOS)--the office site for orchids and orchid lovers in USA
- A calendar for orchid lovers.
- The Association of Florida Native Nurseries Planting native plants is a great way to reduce the cost of your landscape.Because this is their natural habitat, special care (fertilizer and irrigation) is kept to a minimum. This is a great site. In response to your search for a specific plant, AFNN lists all their member nurseries with that plant in stock along with contact information. If you're wondering what else is available at one of those nurseries you can scan their entire inventory. And, in person, the nurseries surpass your expectations. Every one I've visited has extremely knowledgable and helpful staff--and reasonable prices.
- Encyclopedia of Plants
- Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants
- Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council
- Florida Native Plant Society--There are several local chapters in the area. The meetings are a great source of information and comraderie and usually include a plant raffle.
- North American Butterfly Association--Florida has nearly 200 species of butterflies and butterfly gardening is increasingly popular. It's easy to attract butterflies to your yard by planting what they like, and you'll probably find that you enjoy the same flowers.
- University Press of Florida--online catalog of gardening books. M/C and VISA accepted.
- Native Plants for Home Landscapes
- Backyard Habitats and Ponds
- Beneficial Insects and Mites--So much of
what we love about Florida is water and wildlife related, it only sense to
protect both by keeping fertizer and insecticide use to a minimum,
especially when there are natural alternatives. Learn to recognize the good
- Florida's Hummingbirds
- A Guide to Selecting Existing Vegetation--more native plant information
- Helping Cavity-nesters in Florida--the
more of us who call Florida home, the harder it is for wildlife to do so.
Here are a few ways we can help those who came before us.
- Managing for Wildlife
- Native Plants that Attract Wildlife:Central Florida
- For aquatic plant information.