Coastal and Tropical South
FOG: Florida Organic Growers
Yes, it's Florida-centric, but this organization inspires other states in our region. FOG, or Florida Organic Growers, promotes efforts of large and small farmers to grow organic and sustainable food in a challenging climate. Using a combination of education and outreach, FOG offers transition programs for traditional farmers and offers donors the chance to support sustainable public gardens through their "Garden Gift" program. The site has plenty of information about events, including their annual tour happening this weekend at Crescent Moon Farm at Sopchoppy within the Apalachicola National Forest. It may not be too late to register. And if you want to know where to find a Farmer's Market in Florida, the site has a link to a helpful directory. For more information, visit Florida Organic Growers
Favorite or New Plant
Pink Trumpet Tree
A spectacular tree that should be better known in the Tropics region, pink trumpet tree is a member of the Bignonia family. Its relatives include crossvine and catalp, but it resembles neither to me. It is a big shrub or small tree that can become a huge tree like the one at Leu Gardens (Orlando). Pink trumpet blooms in March before the new leaves emerg, and its effect is a 3-D, pink blast of trumpets. They are 3 inches long and held in clusters at the end of each branch. Not a picky plant, this one will grow on the Southern Coasts but is damaged by frost. In the tropics, it will grow almost anywhere there is good drainage.