My Native Plants class took a trip to Jupiter Inlet, near the lighthouse, to see more plants that grow in the Florida Scrub.
We came across this gopher turtle, which is on the endangered species list primarily due to loss of habitat. He let us take his picture, then scurried away. The gopher tortoise belongs to a group of land tortoises that originated in North America 60 million years ago, making it one of the oldest living species.
We saw lots of sable palms, the Florida state tree.
This area is all sandy, even though it is a ways away from the beach. The love vine covers up everything. Behind it is blue saw palmetto and more sable palms.
I'm a Master Gardener, have a small organic vegetable garden in Maine, grown vegetables in containers in Florida, and also grow lots of flowers.
I enjoy good food, cooking what I've grown in my garden or with ingredients I can buy locally.
I'm happiest when I'm in the water, on the water, or just looking at the water. I also love being in a garden.
I have a golden retriever named 'Emily', also known as 'The Monster'. She loves to play ball, go swimming, and has lots of people friends.
We spend summers on the Belgrade Lakes in Maine and the rest of the year in South Florida where I'm in the process of creating a tropical garden.
I love garden clubs, and am currently the 1st Vice President of the Wellington, FL Garden Club, the webmaster and newsletter editor, co-president of a garden club in my community, and Horticulture Chairperson of the Waterville, Maine Community Garden Club.
I also teach fun, hands-on gardening courses at Palm Beach State College.