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Sustainable Gardening for Florida
by Ginny Stibolt 

The resources page

Each chapter lists resources for additional information.  Since many of these references are online, and because new information may become available, Ginny has provided this online reference for easy access and to keep her readers up-to-date.  In the book most of the online resources are to the homepage of the site so when the site is reorganized you'll still have access to the information and not land on a "page not found" page, but on this page more specific links will be included.  Links to the books are also included here for your convenience.

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Chapter 1: Sustainable Florida

Web Sites
Seven Generations Ahead is a nonprofit organization based on the Iroquois Seventh Generation Law on sustainability:
The Florida Natural Areas Inventory is a comprehensive database of the biological resources of Florida:
The University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) has agricultural extension offices in 67 Florida counties. These host the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods program, which offers detailed information and plant lists for Florida: The nine principles as described on this site are the basis for the Florida Friendly law, SB2080, which states that no organization can force you to grow plants that are not "Florida-Friendly."
The Common Ground Alliance started an 811 "call before you dig" number in order to avoid hitting utility lines:
Northwest Florida Water Management District:
South Florida Water Management District:
Southwest Florida Water Management District:
Florida's Department of Environmental Protection provides an overview of the five water management districts and has many other programs and useful information:  
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Web site has information relating to regulations and environmentally friendly practices:
Brower, Michael, and Warren Leon. The Consumer's Guide to Effective Environmental Choices: Practical Advice from The Union of Concerned Scientists. New York: Three Rivers, 1999.
Willey, Zach, and Bill Chameides, eds. Harnessing Farms and Forests in the Low-Carbon Economy: How to Create, Measure, and Verify Greenhouse Gas Offsets. Durham, N.C.: Environmental Defense, Duke University, 2007. (Available online at Look under "products.")

Chapter 2: Gardening Strategies, Mother Nature's Way

Web Sites
The Florida Native Plant Society has chapters throughout the state. This organization is a good source of information on Florida's native plants:
The Institute for Regional Conservation's zip code tool can help you find native plants for a South Florida locale:
Use the Association of Florida Native Nurseries' Web site to locate a nursery near you that sells native plants:
The Center for Plant Conservation provides ideas for increasing our native plants and promotes codes of conduct for the gardening public:
The Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Web site lists ergonomic tools:
The United States EPA Web site has information relating to regulations and environmentally friendly practices:
Kaufman, Sylvan Ramsey, and Wallace Kaufman. Invasive Plants: A Guide to Identification and the Impacts and Control of Common North American Species. Mechanicsburg, Pa.: Stackpole Books, 2007.

Chapter 3: Compost and Mulch

Web Sites
The University of Florida's IFAS extension offers the Living Green Web site, with many composting and mulching resources. See
The Compost Guide is a commercial operation and its Web site features information and supplies for composting:
The United States EPA Web site has information on the many environmental benefits of composting, including erosion control:  . 
Washington State extension agent Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott's Web site has articles on compost tea and more:
Lowenfels, Jeff, and Wayne Lewis. Teaming with Microbes: A Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web. Portland, Ore.: Timber Press. 2006.
Stewart, Amy. The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms. Chapel Hill, N.C.: Algonquin Books. 2005.

Chapter 4: Smaller, More Sustainable Lawns

Web Sites
My article The Science of Southern Grasses, Including Turf provides an update on minimal maintenance recommendations for southern lawns. 
The University of Florida's IFAS extension offers online information on mole crickets : and links to other lawn pest resources:
For information and sources on environmentally friendly turf, visit
For lots of great ideas with photos and resources for replacing lawns, reducing lawns, and more sustainable care for remaining lawns go to:
If you long for a pesticide-free lawn, this website has all the information you need:
The United States EPA has information on sustainable lawn care.  A 19-page (downloadable pdf) booklet: and their page on lawn and garden care issues: 
Connecticut's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) documents its tests using compost with grass to reduce erosion along roadsides: 
Evelyn Hadden's  Less Lawn Web site shows you lots of ways to shrink your lawn and create environmentally friendly landscapes:
Cornell's Waste Management Institute documents the effect of compost on fields and compacted soils:
MacCubbin, Tom. The Perfect Florida Lawn: Attaining and Maintaining the Lawn You Want. Nashville: Cool Springs Press, 2004.
Trenholm, Laurie E., and J. Bryan Unruh, eds. The Florida Lawn Handbook: Best Management Practices for Your Home Lawn in Florida. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2005.

Chapter 5: Habitats and Meadows

Web Sites
The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has been spearheading backyard and schoolyard habitat certification programs since 1973. See  and (Note: There is a fee, a year's membership in  NWF.)
The Wildlife Habitat Council helps large landowners manage their unused lands in an ecologically sensitive manner for the benefit of wildlife and the environment. It also has projects for backyard conservation:: It also has projects for backyard conservation:
The United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resource Conservation Service Web site has information on backyard habitats and conservation:
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission Web site lists and describes native plants by region:
The Cornell Ornithology Lab's Web site provides detailed information on birds and their diets: .
The University of Florida's wildlife extension (administered through IFAS and the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation) offers several master naturalist courses and opportunities for backyard wildlife habitat certification:
Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Web site has information on changing schoolyards into wildlife sanctuaries: .
The Audubon Society's Web site provides descriptions, plans, guidelines, and kids activities for creating and maintaining bird-friendly backyards:,, and
The Florida Wildflowers Growers Cooperative has information about growing wildflowers in Florida:
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has information on permits for altering wetlands and advice on maintaining and creating living shorelines: and advice on maintaining and creating living shorelines:
The Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council maintains lists of plants that are invasive in Florida:
NOAA's habitat Web site has detailed information on living shorelines and other wetlands and coastal restoration projects and resources: .
Langeland, K. A., and K. Craddock Burks, eds. Identification and Biology of Non-Native Plants in Florida's Natural Areas. Gainesville: University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, 1998. (Available to download at
Miller, James H. Nonnative Invasive Plants of Southern Forests: A Field Guide for Identification and Control. Ashville, N.C.: USDA Forest Service, 2004. (Available without charge from Southern Research Station, P.O. Box 2680, Ashville, N.C. 28802.)
National Audubon Society. National Audubon Society's Field Guide to Florida. New York: Knopf, 1998. 
Schaefer, Joseph M., and George Tanner. Landscaping for Florida's Wildlife: Re-creating Native Ecosystems in Your Yard. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1998.
Walton, Dan, and Laurel Schiller. Natural Florida Landscaping. Sarasota, Fla.: Pineapple Press, 2007.
Daniels, Jaret. Your Florida Guide to Butterfly Gardening: A Guide for the Deep South. Gainesville: University Press of Florida/IFAS, 2000.

Chapter 6:Trees and Shrubs

Web Sites
Use the International Society of Arboriculture's Web site to search for a certified arborist near you:
The Web site for the Association of Florida Native Nurseries provides general information on native plants and has a locator for member nurseries near you:
University of Florida horticulture professor Ed Gilman maintains the Landscape Plants Web site, with detailed information on tree establishment with irrigation details, pruning and other care of woody plants: See especially all of the sections on tree establishment , including on amount and frequency of irrigation after planting
Enviroscaping to Conserve Energy: Trees for South Florida: 
Gilman, Edward F. Illustrated Guide to Pruning. 2nd ed. Albany, N.Y.: Delmar, 2002. 
Gilman, Edward F., and Robert J. Black. Your Florida Guide to Shrubs: Selection, Establishment, and Maintenance. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1999.
Haehle, Robert G. Native Florida Plants: Low Maintenance Landscaping and Gardening. Rev. ed. Lanham, Md.: Taylor Trade, 2004. 
Nelson, Gil, and David Chiappini. Florida's Best Native Landscape Plants: 200 Readily Available Species for Homeowners and Professionals. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2003.
Osorio, Rufina. A Gardener's Guide to Florida's Native Plants. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2001.

Chapter 7: Container Gardening

Web Sites
Smart Pots is a source for fabric pots:
Planet Natural is a source for coconut coir and other supplies:
Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott's Web site has more information about gravel in pots, moisture pellets, and other gardening myths:
Greer, Jennifer. Container Gardening (Southern Living Gardening Guide). Birmingham, Ala.: Oxmoor House, 1999.
Chalker-Scott, Linda. The Informed Gardener. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2008 and The Informed Gardener Blooms Again. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2010.

Chapter 8: Edible Gardens

Web Sites
The University of Florida's IFAS extension offers Fruitscapes, a Web site on landscaping with fruit trees:
The IFAS extension's Solutions for Your Life site is loaded with information and resources for all types of crops:
The Sustainable Table, a nonprofit organization, educates people on sustainable food supplies and eating habits:
Visit the nonprofit Seed Saver's Exchange for information, book suggestions, and heirloom seed varieties:
Bartholomew, Mel. Square Foot Gardening. Emmaus, Pa.: Rodale, 1981. (The associated Web site has updated information:
Marinelli, Janet, ed. Kitchen Gardens. Brooklyn, N.Y.: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1998.
Pollan, Michael. In Defense of Food. New York: Penguin, 2008.
Smith, Edward. The Vegetable Garden Bible. Pownal, Vt.: Storey, 2000.
Stephens, James M. Vegetable Gardening in Florida. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1999. 
Kingsolver, Barbara, et al. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. New York: HarperCollins, 2007.

Chapter 9: Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Web Sites
The University of Florida's IFAS extension offers two Web sites on IPM: and
The National Science Foundation offers an IPM Web site:
The Southern IPM Center is maintained by the University of North Carolina:
Visit IFAS's Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants for help identifying and controlling non-native invasive plants:
The Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council maintains a list of plants that are invasive in Florida:
Clemson University's extension service Web site has an extensive collection of pest control articles:
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission provides information on wild hogs and other Florida animals that might become nuisances: and other Florida animals that might on occasion become nuisances:

Chapter 10: Water and Irrigation

Web Sites
Each of the five water management districts has its own regulations, but they've combined resources to put together an 80-page booklet, Waterwise Florida Landscapes (2006):
   Northwest Florida Water Management District:
   South Florida Water Management District:
   Southwest Florida Water Management District:
   St. Johns River Water Management District:
   Suwannee River Water Management District:
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection offers information on drought and help for dealing with it:
University of Florida's Extension Service provides detailed irrigation information and recommendations:
Florida's DEP hosts an informative site on the state's extraordinary springs:
For irrigation system articles, installation directions, and products, visit the Urban Farmer Store online:
The University of Central Florida's Stormwater Management Academy provides detailed information on handling stormwater:
Christopher, Thomas. Water-Wise Gardening, America's Backyard Revolution. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994.

Chapter 11: Harvesting Rainwater

Web Sites
The University of Florida's IFAS provides many rain barrel resources, as well as announcements of local rain barrel workshops:
Southwest Florida Water Management District outlines water conservation programs and provides specific instructions for building and installing rain barrels: conservation and provides specific instructions for building and installing a rain barrel:
For rain barrel parts and kits, visit Aquabarrel online:
The Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center in Millersville, Maryland, has good information on how it sells rain barrels to support its programs:
The online Rain Barrel Guide provides good information on installing and using rain barrels and provides links to other green gardening sites:
I have written several articles with even more details on building rain barrels:

12. Rain Gardens, Bioswales, and Bog Gardens

Web Sites
The Web site for W.A.T.E.R. (Watershed Activities to Encourage Restoration) describes simple, low-cost projects for communities and organizations:
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden has information and regional plant lists for rain gardens:
The Low Impact Development Center has a wealth of information and ideas for managing stormwater including dozens of online, detailed instructions and rain garden designs for sun and shade in the form of a downloadable 32-page booklet: and
The Web site for the City of Portland, Oregon offers extensive information on rain gardens, including design guidelines. Search for "rain garden" to find case studies of rain gardens at schools and parks:
The Center for Watershed Protection has guidelines for rain garden designs--and detailed information on urban stormwater management.  Search "rain garden" for publications on residential stewardship. They also have experts available to help design commercial and municipal rain gardens and other systems for handling stormwater:
The West Michigan Environmental Action Council hosts a handsome and informative rain garden Web site, Rain Gardens of West Michigan:
The University of Central Florida's Stormwater Academy has action items for better handling of stormwater:
The City of Toronto, Canada, provides detailed plans for "greening" parking lots in urban settings, including bioretention areas:
Dunnet, Nigel and Andy Cayden. Rain Gardens: Managing Water Sustainably in the Garden and Designed Landscape. Portland, Ore.: Timber Press, 2007.
Kraus, Helen, and Anne Spafford. Rain Gardening in the South: Ecologically Designed Gardens for Drought, Deluge and Everything in Between. Hillsborough, N. Car.: Eno Publishers, 2009.

Chapter 13: Waterfront Gardening: Dealing with Salt, Sand, Muck, and Erosion

Web Sites
Florida's DEP offers zip code-specific information on proper disposal procedures for household hazardous waste:
Hillsborough County has an adopt-a-pond program, where residents can sign up to take care of one of the area stormwater retention ponds:
Select Florida on U.S. Geological Survey's Water Resources Web site provides to see detailed information about water resources and their management by for our state:
NOAA's habitat Web site has detailed information on living shorelines and other wetlands restoration issues:
The State of Maryland offers shoreline conservation information useful to gardeners around the country. Maryland's Department of Natural Resources offers a brochure for homeowners on living shorelines that includes links to other coastal management information:
The Maryland Coastal Program Web site provides an FAQ on living shorelines:
Chesapeake Bay Foundation offers a variety of resources on waterfront management:
Florida's DEP, with the cooperation of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Department of Community Affairs, Florida's water management districts, the University of Florida, and private industry partners has produced a 68-page booklet, Best Management Practices for Protection of Water Resources in Florida, June 2002. (Available online:
Harrison, Marie. Gardening in the Coastal South. Sarasota, Fla.: Pineapple Press, 2003.
Sullivan, Barbara. Garden Perennials for the Coastal South. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002. 
Tobe, John D., coordinating ed. Florida's Wetland Plants: An Identification Manual. Gainesville: University of Florida, IFAS, and Florida DEP, 1998.

Chapter 14: Preparing the Landscape for Disasters

Web Sites 
Florida's Division of Forestry provides information on forest management and wildfire prevention and suppression:
The University of Florida's IFAS extension offers excellent information on pre- and post-storm tree care, along with the comparative wind resistance of different tree species:
Universal Fire Shield sells fire retardant products and has a distribution center in Lakeland:  
The Florida Division of Emergency Management offers guidelines for storm proofing your property and for coping with Florida wildfires: and for coping with Florida wildfires:
The Web site of the Tree Care Industry Association (TIA), formerly the National Association of Arborists, provides comprehensive information on tree care and tree safety:
For wildfire mitigation contacts and information on fire prevention in Florida, visit the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs' Wildland Fire Web site:
Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA). Wildfire Mitigation in Florida: Land Use Planning Strategies and Best Development Practices. Tallahassee, Fla.: Florida DCA, Division of Community Planning Publications, 2004. (This and other documents are available for download under publications at


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