You may know Ginny Stibolt is a frequent commenter here and as author of Adventures of a Transplanted Gardener. The title refers to her status as an emigre to Florida and one of the many gardeners there having to practically learn to garden all over again.
What you might not know is that Ginny’s been hired by the University Press of Florida to write the definitive guide to environmentally responsible gardening for the state: Sustainable Gardening for Florida. After two years of research and writing – and the exhaustive vetting required for any government publication – it was just about finished when the budget guys decided they COULD afford to include 8 pages of color photos in the middle of the book, but which to choose?
That’s where we come in. Help Ginny and her publishers pick the photos that’ll grab potential readers’ attention and maybe illustrate something in the text. A selection of possible photos is here on her website and your job is to choose your top choices (up to 10) AND nominate the cover photo. Post your choices in a comment here, through August 15. Just so you’ll know what subjects the photos may be illustrating, the chapter titles of the book are:
1. Introduction to
Sustainability. 2. Gardening Strategies. 3.Compost and Mulch. 4. Smaller, More
Sustainable Lawns. 5. Habitats and Meadows. 6. Trees and Shrubs. 7. Container
Gardens. 8. Edible Gardens. 9. Integrated Pest Management. 10. Water and
Irrigation. 11. Harvesting Rainwater. 12. Rain Gardens, Bioswales, and Bog
Gardens. 13. Waterfront Gardening: Dealing with Salt, Sand, Muck, and Erosion. 14. Preparing for Disasters: Hurricanes and Fires.
Ginny will put all the respondents’
names in a hat and choose 2 to receive the book as soon as
it comes out next
year. She tells me that much of the book is useful for gardeners anywhere, even outside of Florida, and that, of course, the winners could give
the book to a Floridian and "Doesn’t
everyone know someone in Florida??"
Photo right – my online acquaintance with Ginny turned real-world last week when she visited me and my garden.