by Amanda Rose Newton Many of us became plant parents during the pandemic. The forced indoor time made us long to bring greenery in. Fast forward to a year later and nurseries and garden centers still can't handle the demand for popular, rare, and … [Read more...] about Houseplants Gone Wild! Ten Plants Better Off Indoors
by Amanda Rose Newton Ethnobotany is the study of the interaction between plants and people including food, medicine, religion, shelter. Plants add rich value to culture and can provide insight into survival, healing, and preservation. The … [Read more...] about Indigenous Wisdom: What Florida’s Plants Teach Us
by Amanda Rose Newton The beginning of August means back to school for students of all ages and regardless of whether it's back to campus or learning in the home office, the garden provides a wealth of wisdom. The benefits of school gardening … [Read more...] about Growing Minds: The Garden’s Role in Education
by Amanda Rose Newton The first week of August is National Farmer’s Market Week, which gives everyone at Rockledge Gardens an opportunity to brag about the wonderful vendors who help keep healthy-eating an obtainable and achievable goal for … [Read more...] about National Farmer’s Market Week: Cultivating Community
by Amanda Rose Newton One of the joys of living in Florida is being one of the areas (and sometimes the only) in the US where you can grow many of the exotic fruits from the grocery store in your own backyard. Guavas, bananas, papayas, and … [Read more...] about Oh My Guava! MORE Tropical Fruit to Add to Your Florida Landscape.
by Amanda Rose Newton Due to its unique star shape, Carambola has become more commonplace in the grocery store in recent years. When cut, the pinwheel-esque slices look beautiful in fruit salads, on skewers, and as the perfect garnish for your … [Read more...] about Crazy for Carambola! Make Star fruit the Star of Your Florida Landscape
by Amanda Rose Newton All month long we are celebrating tropical fruits that we are fortunate enough to be able to grow here in Brevard county. Last week, we touched on mangoes and this week is all about avocados! Despite their prominent … [Read more...] about Advocating For the Avocado! Why You need This Fruit in Your Life.
by Amanda Rose Newton While citrus may be the first fruit one thinks of when they think Florida (it IS on our license plate), mangoes have been grown in our state for just as long, with a few of the unique cultivars originating right in our own … [Read more...] about The Magic of Mangoes
by Amanda Rose Newton The official summer season kicks off with Memorial day, with the opening of pools everywhere that isn’t blessed with Florida’s subtropical climate year-round. Patriotic Gardening June brings us Flag Day and warm days … [Read more...] about Patriotic Plants: Dress Your Landscape For the Occasion
by Amanda Rose Newton Not all of us are blessed with having the perfect setting for growing plants. Whether you are returning back to the office (finally), stuck with a balcony for a yard, or are encased in shade or never-ending sun, the right … [Read more...] about Take the Garden Anywhere: The Best Plants for Hanging Baskets