Our Mission: To preserve and protect the animals, plants, and natural communities, and the land and water on which they depend in Indian River County through education, advocacy, and public awareness.
Florida Native Landscaping Events with Ginny Stibolt
October 15 & 16, 2018
October 15, 2018 - Meeting at the Vero Beach Community Center, 2266 14th Avenue starting at 7PM - Free - The pubic is invited to attend - No RSVP required
"Climate-Wise Landscaping: Practical Actions for a Sustainable Future" by Ginny Stibolt, a botanist and garden writer in Florida and Sue Reed, a Massachusetts landscape architect, with a foreword by Doug Tallamy. Published by New Society Press in BC. $29.99 This book takes an optimistic approach with hundreds of actions that people can take now to accomplish at least one of 3 objectives: 1) help the landscape survive climate change, 2) help wildlife survive climate change, 3) help to mitigate climate change. Even though this book is not specifically for Florida, this 40-minute presentation on topics from the book will be targeted to actions most important for Floridians.
October 16, 2018 - Attend a 3-hour workshop given by Ginny Stibolt at Audubon House, 195 9th Street SE (Oslo Road), Vero Beach starting at 9AM - Space is limited -

"A Step-by-Step Guide to a Florida Native Yard," by Ginny Stibolt and Marjorie Shropshire, an artist and a native plant enthusiast, was published by University Press of Florida in 2018. $21.95. This book answers the question, "I have a small yard filled with exotic plants. How do I transform it to an easy to care for native landscape?" 20% of the royalties will be paid directly to Florida Native Plant Society

Nativizing a typical Florida yard
Based on topics from this book, the agenda would be a 90-minute presentation, 40-minute hands-on workshop in creating plans for landscapes, and a 20-minute tour of the native plants that are for sale or a walk in a native area near the venue OR an open Q & A on using natives in the landscape.


Ginny Stibolt began her professional life as a teacher and over the years has taught math, science, business, and computer courses at levels from 7th grade through college. She is a life-long gardener with a Master of Science degree in Botany from the University of Maryland. Since moving to Florida in 2004, she has written 4 peer-reviewed books on Florida gardening all published by University Press of Florida. She has also coauthored "Climate-Wise Landscaping" published by New Society Press in 2018. In addition, she has written hundreds of gardening and nature articles for various publications. She speaks regularly to environmental and gardening groups. Her website is www.GreenGardeningMatters.com.