One choice: monarch butterfly on scarlet milkweed.
Win a Gardening Book!!
by Ginny Stibolt
If you've been following my adventures as a transplanted
gardener in Florida you probably know that I've been writing a book
called Sustainable Gardening for Florida. This has been a
great project. I've learned so much and now I'm almost ready to
send to the publisher after more than two years of work, major editing,
and several rewrites. My contract was for 300 manuscript pages and
up to 40 black and white images to
be placed within the text. My friend John Markowski, an architect,
professor, artist, and gardener did the line drawings to illustrate
various projects and situations described in the text. I have
John's drawings in hand and they look great, so we're closer to
University Press of
Florida has a board that gives the final approval for each book after
corrections have been made. The board surprised me and my editor
at their May meeting by approving a budget for eight pages of color photos that will be
ganged in the center of the book. The problem is that I have been
working on this project for more than two years now and I haven't had
enough time to think about which photos to use. This is where you come in.
choice: Balcony garden in St. Augustine.
My friend Susan Harris at the Garden Rant blog agreed to
post my contest and I've posted more than 50 photos on my website for
you to consider. Out of all the folks who comment on Garden Rant with their
choices for their top ten photos and a cover photo, I'll put the names
in a virtual hat and choose two people to win the book when it's
published next year.
First consider the topic covered in the book. Here
are the chapter titles: 1. Introduction to Sustainability. 2. Gardening
Strategies. 3.Compost and Mulch. 4. Smaller, More Sustainable Lawns. 5.
Habitats and Meadows. 6. Trees and Shrubs. 7. Container Gardens.
8. Edible Gardens. 9. Integrated Pest Management. 10. Water
and Irrigation. 11. Harvesting Rainwater. 12. Rain Gardens,
Bioswales, and Bog Gardens. 13. Waterfront Gardening: Dealing with
Salt, Sand, Muck, and Erosion. 14. Preparing for Disasters:
Hurricanes and Fires.
Another choice: Creating
habitat encourages bug-eaters such as this cute toad. >>
Go to GardenRant.com.
This link goes right to my topic there. On this page there's a
link to my photos.
Carefully consider all the photos. We're looking for
photos that will sell the concept of sustainable gardening in Florida. When
most people pick up the book, they'll look at the back cover and then
open to the color photos in the center. I think many folks will
purchase the book based on whether the photos are compelling or not.
So please help me out and go to the Garden Rant blog today and
make your choices. The contest is over on August 15th. Thanks
Ginny Stibolt would like to hear from readers who have suggestions
and questions. After all, there are more than a few transplanted
gardeners here in northeast Florida trying to figure out what works
and what doesn't in planting zone 8/9. She's in the process of writing
a book, "Sustainable Gardening for Florida," to be published
by University Press of Florida. You may contact her or read extra
details on her articles and other information posted on her website:
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