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‘I have learned a lot about Florida plants’

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NANCY GALIDA, AVON PARK

Q: Describe your garden.

Answer: I have a small patio area facing the golf course with plants in pots and in hanging baskets. I also have plants on shelves that I made using two old ladders with boards between the rungs.

Q: How long have you been gardening?

Answer: Off and on for about 45 years, mostly in-ground plants and rock gardens. Now because of limited space I do mostly pots, which I have come to love.

Q: From whom (or what) have you learned the most about gardening?

Answer: I have learned a lot about Florida plants. Having lived in Denver and Lancaster, Pa., I knew very little about them. I enjoy reading newspaper gardening articles and magazines that feature beautiful yards.

Q: What are your go-to plants?

Answer: My go-to plants are ferns, geraniums and begonias.

Q: What was your biggest gardening mistake?

Answer: Planting flowers in the shade when they required full sun (and vice versa).

Q: What are some challenges you face?

Answer: Covering everything when we have a freeze, and buying plants that can tolerate cold weather.

Q: What is your best piece of advice for fellow gardeners?

Answer: Research your plants and study other gardens similar to your space.

Have you ever been so proud of your garden that you wished you had some way to show it off? We’re looking for readers’ photos and growing tips for our “How Does Your Garden Grow?” feature in Baylife. It doesn’t matter if you have a small container garden or a long-established landscape; we want to hear about it. Just answer the questions above and email them along with a couple of jpgs of your garden to Baylife@tampatrib.com. Or mail your answers and photos to Baylife, The Tampa Tribune, 202 S. Parker St., Tampa, FL 33606. Please include a phone number and/or email (not for publication).

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