OSPREY, FL (September 9, 2015) Are you a seasoned gardener looking for inspiration or a Florida newbie needing the basics? All gardeners will enjoy “Florida Gardens Gone Wild(er)” on Thursday, October 1, 10:00am to 11:30am at Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast. Lucy Beebe Tobias, author of Florida Gardens Gone Wild(er), will share practical advice on native plants, rain barrel herbs, water gardening, community gardens and much more. This interactive workshop will engage you in several small projects that you can take home. She will be joined by David Pouso, Environmental Specialist with Sarasota County, who will share his expertise regarding the County’s Rain Barrel Program. Handouts will be provided and Tobias’ books will be available for purchase. The program will be held in the Welcome Center, Bay Preserve, 400 Palmetto Avenue in Osprey. Call (941) 918-2100 to reserve.
Lucy Beebe Tobias is a former award-winning newspaper reporter for the New York Times Regional Group and a travel journalist, photographer and illustrator. For two years she served as the Authentic Florida expert for VISIT FLORIDA. She is the author/photographer of the best-selling book 50 Great Walks in Florida and the down-and-dirty Florida Gardens Gone Wild(er), the second edition of her Florida gardening book that debuted in 2015. Learn more at www.LucyTobias.com.
David Pouso is an Environmental Specialist III with Sarasota County’s Environmental Protection Division. A graduate of the University of Florida with a Master’s Degree in Science, he has more than 14 years’ experience in regulating water quality and resource protection, and is known as the program champion for the County’s rain barrel program for residents. Learn more about this program at www.scgov.net.
Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast saves land, forever, preserving those special natural lands that make our region extraordinary. Working with landowners, businesses, and government, they protect the character and natural integrity of the bays, beaches, barrier islands and their watersheds on Florida’s Gulf Coast. A nationally accredited land trust, the Foundation purchases natural areas, holds land preservation agreements and educates for responsible land and water stewardship in Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee Counties. Learn more at www.conservationfoundation.com