Coastal and Tropical South

December, 2009
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Holiday Lights in the Gardens
Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo (Pinewood Cultural Park, Pinellas County) is all lit up and waiting for you to visit before January 3, 2010. More than 425,000 colorful lights create a glittering blanket across the plants and landscape features of the Gardens. If you've never seen such a show, you've missed a fine way to see the garden's glory at night. For more information, visit http://www.flbg.org. All of our precious botanic gardens need your help in these tough times. Visit the one nearest you and volunteer your time, give memberships as gifts, and if they'll be needing plants for a sale, grow some.

Favorite or New Plant

Adam's Needle
Native to our regions, this yucca is much maligned by some. But it will grow almost anywhere, has no pests, and makes a bold statement in every season. A 4-foot-tall clump of dagger-shaped leaves lays its lower parts on the ground and some of its leaves are more upright than others. After a few years a flower spike up to 15 feet tall springs up, makes fruit, then falls over and dies. On the ground below, others have already begun growing and the cycle continues. Neatnik gardeners just don't like its looks or habits, dig it up and give it away. Surprise! A few months later another one arises. Ten years ago, I found one poking its nose out of the soil behind the outdoor air conditioning unit, wedged in the corner between the utility and the house. So far I have a line of eight in the back garden, each dug up from that same spot!

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