Comments include “I dug your class. I learned so much from your goofy memory tricks!” and more. It’s my pleasure to spend time with people eager to learn more about the craft and business of plants. Thank you for listening and learning.
I thought my library of about 200 plant books was enough. Then my friend Cullen Walker (owner of Work a Holics Landscape Management, Naples) suggested I get this one. “Landscape Plants For South Florida” edited by Dr. George K. Rogers. It’s an excellent addition because:
1. It has 500 pages, almost every one with color photographs.
2. These are south Florida plants. Granted, they are from S.E. Florida but I have seen most of these in S.W. Florida. If I get excited about a new plant I read about I don’t have to go to Fiji to see one.
3. It is well written. Dr. Rogers explains how to pronounce the scientific names of thousands of plants, tells where the names come from, then suggests landscape uses.
Just when I thought the internet was going to replace books comes a valuable, tangible resource.
P.S. I love the smell of fresh ink.
We just concluded our Fall 2013 class with a “mock final” exam. 30 students worked through open-book, closed-book, and plant identification tests. This preparation will enable them to take the actual three hour, on line, final exams.
I look forward to hearing about 30 new Florida Nursery Grower Landscape Association (FNGLA) Certified Horticulture Professionals.