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Firebush – A Blaze of Color

Firebush (Hamelia patens), is a wonderfully cooperative and colorful native to brighten your garden.  Gardeners love Firebush because it produces flowers consistently year around in our South Florida area.  Its bright red tubular flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies, including the zebra longwing and gulf fritillary butterflies, and birds love the berries.  With its airy appearance […]

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Marlberry: A Seminole indian resource

The marlberry (Ardisia escalloniodes) plants are native to Central and Southern Florida as well as the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. It starts out in a bush form but can reach a maximum height of about 20 feet tall. On Sanibel you will typically find its height in the 12 to 15 foot tall range […]

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Wild coffee: Native plant on the wild side

Wild coffee (Psychotria nervosa) is a native ornamental shrub that goes very well in most native landscapes. This plant is found in the higher areas of swampy or wet areas that are seasonally wet and dry. Its glossy green leaves marked with deep grooves adds a nice textured look to a green hedge or border […]

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Company Fishing Tournament

We held our company fishing tournament on Sunday, August 13th on the Sanibel Causeway. Employees got to fish in 2 divisions (with local fishing guides or on land) and prize money was given for different categories. Lunch was catered by Mission BBQ and was delicious. A good time was had by all.

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Zamia: Cardboard palm

Zamia (Zamia furfuracea) is a cycad, one of the most ancient of plant species. This particular cycad is native to parts of Mexico and Veracruz and has become a favorite in Florida. This plant grows very slowly and has leaves that radiate from a small central trunk. The zamia usually reaches a maximum height of […]

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Fakahatchee grass: Native ornamental grass

Fakahatchee Grass (Tripsacum dactyloides) also known as Gama Grass, is a native ornamental grass found in the southeastern United States. This grass has bright green narrow leaves or blades that have a serrated edge. They grow in nicely rounded clumps and typically get 5-6 feet in height in our area. There is also a dwarf […]

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Buttonwood: The tree by the sea

Buttonwood is a favorite native grown as a multi-trunk shrub or in standard tree form and comes in both a green variety (Conocarpus erectus) or a silver variety ( Conocarpus erectus var. sericeus). Sometimes referred to as ‘button mangrove’, this plant is often found growing just inland of the white mangroves, along many island beaches. […]

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Stu Velky Promoted to Manager of In The Garden

Stu Velky has been promoted to manager of In The Garden, Sanibel’s retail garden center & outdoor showroom. Velky joined In The Garden in July of 2015 as a nursery specialist. “Stu knows our garden center and our customers well,” said Lisa Walsh, owner of R.S. Walsh Landscaping and In The Garden. “Among his talents, […]

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In the Garden: The bottle palm

Aptly named for its uniquely shaped trunk, the bottle palm (Hyophorbe lagenicaulis) is relatively small but beautiful accent palm for any tropical garden. Typically ranging in height from 5 to 7 feet overall (10 foot maximum height), this palm adds a striking statement to your landscape with its graceful fronds, swollen trunk, and reddish colored […]

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Changes at In The Garden

Our garden center manager Brian Lea has decided to move back to the panhandle of Florida to be near his family. He has helped expand our customer service and the garden center in many ways. We wish him good luck in his endeavors. Our new manager, Stuart Velky has been with the garden center for […]

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