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Reviewed by Author Anna del C. Dye. for Readers' Favorite
This is an impressive book with pictures and stories of people who change their ways and become native plant growers. Their beautiful wild gardens surround their homes and grace their communities with new life at every turn. Without being preachy or forceful, the author gives the reader a great point of view on a social problem and provides many examples of how to make your own wild sanctuaries to help resolve it.
What does “going native” mean to you? In "Florida Gardens Gone Wild" it does not mean that everything is neat and manicured but that there is seasonal exuberance, with a touch of chaos, is in. According to the author, that is exactly what Florida needs for wildlife to thrive. Many plants look beautiful in our gardens, but they don’t promote wildlife growth. In a world where humans are taking over wild lands, it is important to give something back, both for our sake and that of our children. There is only so much space for native plants to grow and so little time to make a difference because our wildlife is in trouble. Do you want to save native wildlife? Then turn any dead zones, like your manicured lawn or areas with non-native plants, into a thriving native buffet for the starving butterflies and other birds in your zone.
This is a beautifully crafted book with many possibilities for those who love gardening. It applies not only to Florida, but also to many other places if you use the examples in this book and change the plants for those on your own estate. It is well-rounded, teaching about the people growing food too. It is a well-written, easy-to-follow guide for inspiring others to give gardening a try. I recommend it to young adults and adults alike.