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Robert Haehle

Tropical South Editor

Robert Haehle
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Gardenias not only a beautiful shrub and flower in the landscape, they smell heavenly.

Ixora has a long bloom season and is a low maintenance shrub.

Canary Island Palms make beautiful backdrops to any landscape.

This is one of my favorite roses, "Oliver."

Bob's gardening philosophy is less is more. Low-maintenance gardening is the only way to go. He doesn't have house or potted plants on his property because they represent the dreaded word "work." Topiary, bonsai, and other fussy garden projects have trouble identifying with his "let live" philosophy. Lots of plant varieties are represented in his suburban yard, but they're all on their own. One of this and one of that may not appeal to the landscape architect, but it does result in a wide variety of healthy plants with few problems. Insects and disease find individual plants harder to locate and attack than great massed plantings.

Bob received his Bachelors degree in Environmental Design from the University of Massachusetts and a Masters from University of Delaware's Longwood Program. He served as Educational Horticulturist and Director of Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland. He was an extension agent for the Universities of Maryland and Florida. For the last 15 years, Bob has been a columnist for Fort Lauderdale's Sun-Sentinel newspaper, and has written for magazines including Florida Nurseryman and Florida Gardening. He has hosted several gardening radio shows over the years and currently has a gardening radio show WIOD in Miami. Bob is co-author of Native Florida Plants and A Garden Diary and is starting a new book called Native Florida Trees. He also serves as a horticultural consultant and expert witness in "sue happy" Florida.


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