Ginny Stibolt, a naturalist
with a master's degree in plant taxonomy, moved from Maryland to
Green Cove Springs in northeast Florida in 2004 and has now written
100 articles, recorded more than 100 podcasts, and has written two
Florida gardening books. "Sustainable
Gardening for Florida," was published in 2009. She wrote
"Organic Methods for Growing Vegetables in Florida" with
Melissa Contreras who lives in Miami and it will be published in
Feb. 2013. Both books are published by University Press of Florida.
Read Ginny's transplanted gardener
articles and listen to her podcasts. Ginny also blogs for the
Florida Native Plant Society,
Native Plants & Wildlife
Gardens, and for The Lawn Reform
So now, after learning so much about Florida gardening,
Ginny has moved beyond her "Transplanted Gardener" moniker
and has started a new blog GreenGardeningMatters.com
and will be posting new articles articles on edbile gardening, environmental
issues, and sustainable landscaping here on Floridata on her Green
Gardening Matters page.
Ginny's Gardening Articles
(The date is when originally published.)
Ecosystem Gardening: Blog Action Day on Food(10/16/11)
Dotted Horsemint: An Appreciation(10/11/11)
What??! Native Plants Not Pretty?(10/7/11)
One Native Plant = Three Habitat Benefits(10/4/11)
Shoreline Habitat in the Intracoastal Waterway(9/19/11)
The St. John's-worts: Under-rated Landscape Plants(9/2/11)
Sunshine Mimosa, a lawn Alternative for Florida
A Poison is a Poison is a Poison(8/4/11)
Cheer for the Predators in Ecosystem Gardening(7/4/11)
A Review: The Trees of Florida 2nd ed. by Gil Nelson(6/27/11)
Wide Row Planting and Trench Composting
in the Vegetable Garden(3/21/11)
Florida Native Plant Society's
A Less than Ideal Potted Tree? Even Natives Can Have Problems(3/18/11)
Unseasonable Offerings by Bonnie Plants(3/3/11) Why do stores
sell the wrong plants? Ginny's guest rant on gardenrant.com.
Disney Wilderness Preserve: A Nature conservancy Property(2/24/11)
Australian Pines: One of Florida's Least Wanted(2/13/11)
Pokeweed: a Bird-friendly Native(2/4/11)
St. Augustine Grass: Native or Not?(1/19/11)
Can the Birds Count on You?(12/24/10) We count birds, but...
Removing Invasives in Mandarin: a team effort(10/26/10)
Florida's Marvelous Mangroves(10/22/10)
Water Science for Gardeners(10/15/10)
We All Live in a Watershed(10/15/10)
Gardenfests not popular? I Beg to differ(9/16/10)
Invasive vs. Aggressive(8/22/10)
A tour of an Urb Farm in Jacksonville(8/13/10)
Lots of innovative ideas in use at this urban garden.
Appreciation of Scarlet Hibiscus(7/23/11)
Science Behind Southern Grasses, Including Turf(7/12/10) Don't
follow Yankee advice when managing a southern lawn.
Roadside Rain Lilies(6/28/10) A road-widening project would
have buried a nice population of rain lilies.
The Calla Lilies are Blooming Again(6/11/10)
Tulips don't work well in Florida, but many wonderful bulbs thrive
Hurricane-scaping(5/19/10) Ideas that
you can use to reduce storm damage to your properties.
A Native Herb amongst the Mediterraneans(4/23/10)
Signs of Spring in Northestern Florida,
Finally!(4/5/10) Check out Ginny's spring herb garden and more.
Queen Palms Don't Rule in Florida(2/27/10)
These palms are widely sold, but why?
Frigid Florida: What's a Gardener to
Green Gators: There's More to University of
Florida Gators than Just Football...(12/2/09)
The (Almost) Ghost Orchids of
Clay County(10/6/09) Read how residents saved orchids from their
Introducing the Lawn Reform Coalition(9/14/09)
Trees & Shrubs: the "Bones"
of Your Landscape(8/31/09) Learn the best practices in woody
Public (Garden) Education(7/14/09)
Gardeners can learn lessons from public gardens, parks, zoos, etc.
Rain gardening in the South: a
Review(6/23/09) With all the rain we've had this year, this
book is appropriate reading.
Give Peace (Lilies) a Chance(6/7/09)
Peace lilies, those popular house & office plants have a secret
A Plant by Any Common Name...(5/6/09)
Why do we need those hard-to-pronounce scientific names anyway?
Three More Rain Barrels(3/31/09)
Ginny now has seven rain barrels, but these last three are elevated!
Florida Blueberries(2/23/09) Blueberries
for Florida are different than those famous Jersey berries.
Longleaf Pines(1/20/09) Longleaf
pines are important trees for habitat. Read about Ginny's introduction
to them in her yard.
Grow more veggies in 2009: Kids can help(1/1/09)
Read for some ideas how to have a more bountiful year.
Recycled Christmas Wreath(12/18/08) Using
greens from the wild areas in her yard, Ginny reused last year's
The Royal Herb: Sweet Basil(12/8/08) Ginny's
basil is a staple in her herb garden.
Red Bays are Dying(10/29/08) A sad story
of how a beetle in shipping crates brought into Georgia in 2002
is killing these trees.
Invite Birds to Your Yard(10/6/08)
Some guidelines to a bird-friendly yard and habitat.
Edible Flowers(9/12/08) See how
Ginny has used edible flowers over the years.
Rain Garden Expansion(8/25/08) See
how Ginny expanded a rain garden and installed a blind drain under
Win a Gardening Book!(7/31/08) A photo
From Stump to Butterfly Haven(7/8/08) This
transformation created great habitat.
Tale of Two Parsleys(6/11/08) The best
laid gardens still surprise us, sometimes.
Planning for Microclimates(5/14/08)
Read this article to see the various ways Ginny has planned for
The Lawn Less Mown(4/26/08) Ginny found
treasures in her lawn after a winter of no mowing.
A New Bed... and Standing Stormwater(4/4/08)
Ginny expanded her veggie bed, but ran into a problem with standing
Rain Barrels Revisited(3/19/08) Everything
you wanted to know about rain barrels.
Pot Bound!(2/28/08) Ever end up with
pot bound plants?
Sweet Treat Carrots(2/2/08) Ginny's carrots
live up to their name: Burpee's Sweet Treat.
Follow the Yellow Mulch Road(1/21/08)
Tree trimmings is the most sustainable mulch.
Cutting Edges(1/6/08) Ginny makes
an annual tour around her lawn to keep the grass from escaping.
Poinsettias are NOT Poisonous(11/27/07)
Ginny busts this myth and covers more about this popular holiday
Just Say No to Poisons(11/7/07) Ginny's
rant on a business opportunity to install an automatic misting system.
Palmettos in the Landscape(10/30/07)
Nothing says tropical like a palm or palmetto--get the skinny on
No Need to Beg for Beggarticks(10/4/07)
All the rain this fall in northeast Florida has encouraged Ginny's
weeds, but one is also a butterfly magnet.
Jewels of Summer(8/15/07) In this hot,
fairly dry summer, Ginny's zinnias have shown like jewels in her
The Skinny on Onions(7/28/07) When Ginny
planted her onion sets last fall, there was alot she didn't know.
How did her onions grow?
Learn about Bartrams Ixia and other wildflowers.
the Vernal Equinox(3/21/07) Gardeners are happy on the first
day of spring.
A Scented Garden(3/4/07)--Herbs
have been in cultivation for 5000 years. Ginny's Rosemary has grown
a lot in just two years.
Gardening To Do List—2007(1/10/07)--Killing
off aliens and other exciting items on Ginny's list for the year.
Winter Solstice Poem(12/14/06)--A
bit of holiday fluff.
Fall Roundup in the Landscape(11/20/06)--See what's worked and
what hasn't in Ginny's gardens.
Pulsating Purple in the Fall Meadow(11/3/06)--The
color purple provided by an assortment of berries is appreciated
by birds and humans alike.
An Interview with Gil Nelson, Noted Nature
Author and Photographer(9/28/06)--Ginny's interview with Gil
There's Gold in Our Meadows (9/18/06)--After
a long dry summer Ginny's GOLDenrod shines in her meadows, but don't
blame it for your allergies. A more likely culprit is Ambrosia!
Sensational Sunflowers (8/8/06)--Ginny
has been experiementing with various types of sunflowers and provides
some background info. How did these North American natives become
Russia's national flower?
Managing a Natural Meadow (7/11/06)--After
two years of not mowing in several areas of Ginny's lot, how does
her meadow grow?
Tomatoes are for Summer (6/19/06)--Ginny's
growing three types of tomatoes this summer. Ginny compares her
experience so far with Burpee's sales hype.
Pond Pleasures(5/30/06)--A natural pond graces
Ginny's front yard. It's a continuing sources of pleasure, but there's
some upkeep required to keep it in balance.
Hidden Ginger Lilies and Other Intriguing
Monocots(4/29/06)--Ginny found some unusual pink flowers in
her garden and it's taken her a while to figure out what they are.
Spring Garden Dectective (4/13/06)--Ah,
springtime in the garden, but what's a weed and what is not.
Creating Backyard Habitat (3/9/06)--Celebrate
Earth Day and National Wildlife week in April and get your backyard
Composting for Your Garden (1/30/06)--Every
gardener needs to compost for better soil: whether you have sandy
soil or clay soil, compost is the answer. Plus it's the right thing
A Gardener's Resolutions for 2006
(1/4/06)--Ginny has a gardening to-do list for 2006. What are your
Seasonal Notes: Preparing Christmas
greens and other winter house & garden ideas (12/8/05)--
Wait! Before you bring in boughs of holly, magnolia, or other greens
for your mantle or a cut Christmas tree, prepare for a longer lasting
Reducing the Lawn in your Landscape (10/22/05)
-- Less lawn in your landscape saves money, saves time, and helps
Florida Natives for your Landscape
(9/28/05) -- presents a case for using natives in your garden to
increase regional diversity.
Instant Landscaping? (8/24/05) -- It's
accomplished in 2 days, but is it the best choice for your landscape?
Vicious, Vigorous, and Vibrant Vines
(8/9/05) -- a look at some of north Florida's most typical vines.
Troublesome Spot? Convert to Containers
(7/11/05) -- some ideas for container gardens.
Ooh la la, French drains (6/23/05)
-- working around French drains in your gardens.
Homesick for a Real Mid-Atlantic
Spring (5/13/05) -- Spring in northern Florida pales in comparison
to the Mid-Atlantic's season.
I Covet My Neighbors' Ebony Spleenworts!
(4/25/05) -- a look at some common ferns in northern Florida.
Rain Lilies for My Rain Gardens (4/6/05)
-- Rain gardens are designed to handle stormwater runoff from gutters,
French drains, driveways and other impervious surfaces.
Rain Barrels (3/18/05) -- Rain barrels
capture rain water from downspouts and provide a source of untreated
water for your plants.
Pee-yew! Those Smelly Stinkhorn Fungi
(1/20/05) -- It's great to find surprises in your garden, but not
these obnoxious winter fungi.
Myths and legends of Mistletoe and
Magnolias (12/11/04) & Holly,
Ivy, Poinsettias and more… (12/21/04) -- Winter festoons of
plants in our houses pre-dates Christianity. These two articles
examine the myths, stories, and traditions of holidays & plants.
My Magnificent but Messy Magnolias (11/15/04)
-- The grand Southern Magnolias (Magnolia grandiflora) seem
to typify southern elegance for most people, but there's a problem...
Hey! My Sago's not a Palm. (10/23/04) --
While sagos look like short palm trees, they're Cycads.
What's Been Eating My
Bushy Seedboxes? (9/28/04) -- Bushy Seed Boxes (Ludwigia spp.)
volunteer on Ginny's property, but she noticed that the leaves had