Joys of Nature and the
I have progressed from designing and enjoying fragrant gardens to natural perfumery.
As a natural perfumer, I host a group on Yahoo with over 2200 members Yahoo Natural Perfumery group
A commercial website has grown out of that group, where natural perfume is the theme,
both educationally and market-wise. Natural Perfumery is where artisan, botanical perfumers are found.
My perfumery website is Anya's Garden of Natural Perfumes
Started community gardens in 1977, advisor to new community gardens
What is a Certified Florida Yard, aka a "Florida Friendly Yard" and why is it something to be proud of?
I removed every blade of grass in my backyard when I moved in 10 years ago. I allow the leaves from my heritage oaks to remain on the ground and supplement them with purchased mulch (leaving yard 'waste' onsite is a factor that will get your points in the FYN rating system :-)
On Monday, July 7, 2003, FYN Agent Laura Vazquez toured my yard and gave it a passing grade of 61.5. To become certified you only need 36, so I'm confident I'm doing my part for the environment. I hope you will too. To read more about the Florida Friendly yard program, and perhaps to call and get your yard certified, visit: http://miami-dade.ifas.ufl.edu/programs/fyn.htm or call 305-248-3311 x 245 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
My garden was later awarded the Golden Oak award, the highest one given by the Florida Friendly Yard program
Take your time and peruse this entire page, which is loaded with information,
but here are some quick links to some other pages of mine:
here to see pictures of my garden designs
the Zone 10 columnist for Organic Gardening
magazine for years.
Angel Trumpets sweetly scent the night air outside my front door.
What sort of garden
are a summery cottage garden! Lots of colorful flowers happily grow and
Symphytum officinale, Comfrey, subdued growing in the tropics. In colder climates its seeds would have propagated all over the garden, as it is quite invasive. Here in Miami is sits quietly, for five years now. It should be used sparingly in the tropics, as the PAs associated with liver damage may be greater here due to lack of cold season.
Rosemary frolics along my front path, often flowering three times a year.
This plant is the subject of many newsgroup posts beause of the confusion between them because they share a common name. I believe these are the first-ever
side-by-side webpage photos of the two. Enjoy.
Dracena fragrans, the Fragrant Corn Plant with fragrant flower
Nothing is better than homegrown pineapple- super sweet!
Please note: all of the citrus were destroyed by the Florida Citrus Police constitution-busting teams.
See links above (under the Kumquat photo) for links to read more about this.
I just can't stand to remove the names of the destroyed trees from this page, as I planted them and tended them for years, and they deserve a memorial.
ATEMOYA Annona cherimola x squamosa
and SPICES I
GROW IN MY GARDEN
Information Resources for South Florida Gardeners
Cooperative Extension Offices
These folks can help you with xeriscaping, plant ID, insect and disease problems. A great resource.
USDA experts will answer your questions. They also have pamphlets and reference material for the public.
Click here for the Miami -Dade IFAS homepage Dade 305-248-3311
Palm Beach 561-233-1700
24801 SW 187th Ave.in the Redlands has classes 305-247-5727 Fruit and Spice Park
has classes and special plant sales in Miami Fairchild Tropical Garden
The complete text of this book on tropical fruits is available online Julia Morton's "Fruits of Warm Climates"
Miami, Florida -- monthly meetings Rare Fruit and Vegetable Council
One of the best selections of topical and fragrant plants on the 'net. Very informative site, lots of photos Top Tropicals mailorder
lots of info and links Floridaplants.com
One of the greatest sources of info on plants, worldwideBetrock's HORTWORLD Plant Info Services
Research that disease or insect injuring your South Florida plant Ft. Laud IFAS Ag research
Miami's last agricultural lands Redlands Organic Farming
Coral Gables Farmers Market
very comprehensive Santols Tropical Fruit Page for Zone 10
California Rare Fruit Growers, Inc.
I've used RainDrip irrigation for years, both at my home and on projects. Rain Drip Irrigation
My undergraduate degree is in Economic Botany, closely linked to ethnobotany Ethnobotanical leaflets
New York Botanic Garden Official Website for the Society for Economic Botany
CIEER - Center for Int'l Ethnomedicinal and Education Research
Great informative catalog, great seeds from around the world Shepherd's Garden Seeds
Lots of various jasmines and plants from India with photos. Mail order company. Bhatia Nursery in New York
Organic Gardening Forum
I've ordered hundreds of rare plants from them, very reliable Logee's Greenhouses
Pepper Joe -- a source for hot and/or rare pepper seeds Pepper Joe's
The Herb Society of America
The leading organization in American for herb medicine research Herbalgram - The American Botanical Council
Great catalog, haven't ordered from them yet, but heard good things. Live plants, seeds, some dried stuff Richters Herbs
I've been ordering stuff from this company for years -- very reliable. Dried herbs, vitamins, etc. PENN HERB
Henriette is the keeper of the Medicinal and Culinary Herb FAQs - great info and links Henriette's Herbal Homepage
Good source of info and links for herbal businesses HerbNET
The Herb Research Foundation is a great resource Herb Research Foundation
This well-respected herbalist's site is comprehensive, has many piictures and drawings of herbs Michael Moore