Q: How long have you been gardening?
A: The jungle planting began 20 years ago to avoid seeing our neighbors' huge swimming pool cage and to have complete privacy.
Q: What or who have you learned the most from as a gardener?
A: The gardening was by trial and error. I experimented with a variety of shrubs, plants and trees because of full sun and shade requirements in portions of the garden.
Q: What are your go-to plants?
A: For the most part, the garden became successful with rafus palms, bamboo, fiques and cast irons. It's satisfying to observe how surprised people are when they see this unique garden with an otherwise traditional front yard of zoysia grass and gold mounds.
Q: What was your biggest gardening mistake?
A: Not fertilizing enough. The garden requires light fertilizing four or five times a year.
Q: What are some challenges you face in your garden?
A: Keeping the garden artfully trimmed and shaped.
Q: What is your best piece of advice for fellow gardeners?
A: Buy plants that can tolerate cold, drought or flooding because of Florida's weather.