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Published Work

This regal tree looks like it burst into flames,” Miami Herald, July 20, 2017.

Weed’s tale: the beguiling marsh pennywort,” Miami Herald, July 6, 2017.

Yes, you can have a summer vegetable garden in Miami,” Miami Herald, May 24, 2017.

Grow a beautiful medicinal garden with aloes,” Miami Herald, April 14, 2017.

Spring is the season to prune trees,” Miami Herald, March 31, 2017.

These spiders aren’t creepy, they’re beautiful,” Miami Herald, March 2, 2017.

Freaks of the plant world” Miami Herald,February 17, 2017.

Life in a pot,” Miami Herald, January 27, 2017.

It’s hard to find, but yes Miami, mistletoe grows here,” Miami Herald, December 16, 2016.

Going native in the garden? Try these plants,” Miami Herald, November 25, 2016.

For Halloween, the creepy side of plants,” Miami Herald, October 21, 2016.

Try growing these rare Florida natives in your garden,” Miami Herald, September 23, 2016.

Wood so dense it doesn’t float,” Miami Herald, August 19, 2016.

Roadside Weeds: Sow ’em, don’t mow ’em,Miami Herald, August 7, 2016.

Seminole Pumpkin: the veggie that can stand the heat,” Miami Herald, June 18, 2016.

Demise of the Banana—Again,” The Tropical Garden, Spring, 2016.

Fruits of Eden, The Tropical Garden, Book Review, Spring, 2016.

The Amazing Azolla Fern,” The Tropical Garden, Spring, 2016.

Inexpensive garden fun with hypertufa pots,” Miami Herald, May 13, 2016.

Spring Garden Task: To repot or not,” Miami Herald, April 23, 2016.

Using nature to heal mind and body,Miami Herald, March 24, 2016.

A shamrock for St. Patrick’s Day: What is it, exactly?,” Miami Herald, March 10, 2016.

Oriental fruit fly: the Redland invasion,” The Tropical Garden, Winter, 2016.

The strange life of the strangler fig,” The Tropical Garden, Winter, 2016.

Nurture your budding botanist,” The Tropical Garden, Winter, 2016.

How to make a green valentine,” Miami Herald, January 28, 2016.

Plants provide chocolate for all the senses,” Miami Herald, January 14, 2016.

Cranberry hibiscus: an edible ornamental with fall appeal,” Miami Herald, December 9, 2015.

Geologic History of Florida: Major Events That Formed the Sunshine State,” The Tropical Garden, Book Review, Fall, 2015.

Container Gardening: Make your own hypertufa pots,” The Tropical Garden, Fall, 2015.

Written in Stone: Plant fossils are a trip back in time,” The Tropical Garden, Fall, 2015.

The prolific, terrific rain lily,” Miami Herald, November 13, 2015.

Avoiding the irritations of gardening,”Miami Herald, November 7, 2015.

Integrated Pest Management: Putting bugs to work for us,” The Tropical Garden, Summer, 2015.

Begonias: Beyond the windowsill houseplant,” The Tropical Garden, Summer, 2015.

Maintaining garden tools,” Miami Herald, October 23, 2015.

It’s fall—let’s grow some herbs!,” Miami Herald, October 14, 2015.

Cucumbers fit for a dollhouse,” Miami Herald, September 25, 2015.

Slime molds are no garden threat,” Miami Herald, July 30, 2015.

The reviled roach has a role in the garden,” Miami Herald, July 24, 2015.

What’s that weed? Edible purslane,” Miami Herald, July 3, 2015.

Geiger trees are tough but versatile,” Miami Herald, June 20, 2015.

Tree snags are a home for wildlife,” Miami Herald, May 23, 2015.

Possums in the yard,” Miami Herald, May 7, 2015.

An appreciation of the live oak,” Miami Herald, April 11, 2015.

Cherry blossom festivals: an American tradition that almost wasn’t,” Miami Herald, April 3, 2015.

Citrus Greening Threat Goes Beyond Oranges,” The Tropical Garden, Spring, 2015.

The Frugal Gardener,” The Tropical Garden, Spring, 2015.

The Pawpaw: David Fairchild’s Forgotten American Fruit,” The Tropical Garden, Spring, 2015.

Growing annatto,” Miami Herald, March 28, 2015.

The humble gumbo limbo,” Miami Herald, January 17, 2015.

What to do with holiday rescue plants,” Miami Herald, January 3, 2015.

The Emerald Ash Borer: A South Florida Threat?,” The Tropical Garden, Winter, 2015.

A Greater Appreciation for Fungi,” The Tropical Garden, Winter, 2015.

The Million Orchid Project,” Horticulture, January-February, 2015.

Butterflies Capture a Community,” Public Garden: the Journal of the American Public Gardens Association, Vol. 29, No. 1, 2014.

A world without monarch butterflies?,” Miami Herald, December 4, 2014.

Wings: Essays on Invertebrate Conservation,” Photo, Xerces Society, Fall 2014.

Leavin’ the Lichen Alone,” The Tropical Garden, Fall, 2014.

A Beautiful Deformity: Fasciation in the Plant Kingdom,” The Tropical Garden, Fall, 2014.

Celebrating Early American Naturalists: The Bartrams,” The Tropical Garden, Fall, 2014.

Get to know your friendly neighborhood lizard,” Miami Herald, November 6, 2014.

Native plants make good hedges — Usually,” Miami Herald, October 26, 2014.

Leave that lichen alone,” Miami Herald, October 10, 2014.

The honeybees in the house had to be evicted — humanely,” Miami Herald, August 30, 2014.

Beating the bugs: marauding mosquitoes,” Miami Herald, August 23, 2014.

Living Where Others Dare Not: Plants of the Desert,” The Tropical Garden, Summer, 2014.

Dragon fruit surprisingly easy to grow,” Miami Herald, July 26, 2014.

Going exotic in summer vegetable garden,” Miami Herald, July 12, 2014.

How to improve soil texture,” Miami Herald, June 21, 2014.

“Saving Florida’s Native Orchids,” Orchids, June 2014, Volume 83 Number 6.

Water features create wildlife hotspots,” Miami Herald, May 31, 2014.

How to help our beleaguered bees,” Miami Herald, May 10, 2014.

Forget flowers — scented foliage lasts all year,” Miami Herald, May 3, 2014.

Mosquito Mayhem,” The Tropical Garden, Spring, 2014.

In the Footsteps of Plant Explorer Frank Meyer,” The Tropical Garden, Spring, 2014.

Native plants can be the solution for difficult garden location,” Miami Herald, April 5, 2014.

Botanic misnomers: the name conundrum,Miami Herald, March 15, 2014.

Selective Color Layer,” Landscape Photography Magazine, Issue 37, March 2014.

Beggar’s needle: an underappreciated Florida wildflower,” Miami Herald, March 10, 2014.

Some vanishing native orchids are being resurrected in labs,” Miami Herald, February 22, 2014.

Learning to love leaf litter,” Miami Herald, February 15, 2014.

Growing your own chocolate,” Miami Herald, February 18, 2014.

The Rugose Spiraling Whitefly, New Bug on the Block,” The Tropical Garden, Winter, 2014.

Saving Florida’s Wild Native Orchids,” The Tropical Garden, Winter, 2014.

Better Garden Photography: The Basics,” The Tropical Garden, Winter, 2014.

The Surprisingly Complex History of Everyone’s Favorite Treat: Chocolate,” The Tropical Garden, Winter, 2014.

Wild ‘Everglades’ tomato is ideal for South Florida gardens,” Miami Herald, January 12, 2014.

“Bath:Shower :: Journey:Commute”Anomalous Issue #10.

“Ah the Fecundity!,” Anomalous Issue #10.

Caring for holiday gift plants,” Miami Herald, December 28, 2013.

This beguiling but invasive plant can kill,” Miami Herald, December 14, 2013.

Beware the invasive pongam tree,” Miami Herald, November 30, 2013.

Redberry stopper is a trouble-free native for small spaces,Miami Herald, October 27, 2013.

Snakes in the garden,Miami Herald, October 20, 2013.

From extinction to your yard: A most unusual palm,Miami Herald, September 29, 2013.

Ready, set, grow: Start and edible garden now,Miami Herald, September 15, 2013.

All My Hurts My Garden Spade Can Heal, The Tropical Garden, Fall, 2013.

A small tree for tough landscapes: Joewood,Miami Herald, August 25, 2013.

Let us praise the fauna of the compost pile,” Miami Herald, August 18, 2013.

Tree ferns bring tropical Australia to your garden,Miami Herald, July 28, 2013.

A stinky family moves In,” Miami Herald, July 20, 2013.

Choose an ornamental for more than just good looks,” Miami Herald, June 22, 2013.

Painting a Butterfly Haven into Reality,” The Tropical Garden, Summer, 2013.

Prune Carefully — or Not at All — for Strong, Healthy Trees,” The Tropical Garden, Summer, 2013.

Twisted Rails: A Bering Sea Storm Halts America’s Intercontinental Railroad,” Journal of the West, 51.1 Winter 2012.

La Nación, Costa Rica al Natural, June 2012.

Sun Halo image, USAToday, Weather Section.

Miami Herald, (Photo) June 20, 2011

Help a Wild Animal in Distress,” Tropical Audubon Society, Spring 2011.

Nome Sweet Nome,” Northwest Travel Magazine, December 2010.

Glow-in-the-Dark Photograms,” Photojojo.com, October 2010.

Panoramas: For More than Just Landscapes,” Shutterbug Magazine How To Guide, Summer 2010.

Ice-Age Beasts,” Lonely Planet Magazine, December 2009.

Discover Seven Ways to Create Sepia Images in Photoshop,” Digital-Photography-School.com, April 2009.

Enrich Black without Affecting Overall Contrast,” Digital-Photography-School.com, March 2009.

RAW Creativity: An exploration of Adobe’s Camera RAW (ACR) plug-in software,” Digital-Photography-School.com, February 2009.

How to Create Black & White Images from a Single RGB Channel,” Digital-Photography-School.com, January 2009.

“My Blue Heaven,” Orlando Leisure Magazine, July-August 2001.

“Exotica!: Time for Tiki Tunes,” Orlando Leisure Magazine, July-August 2000.

“The Bloody Mary,” Orlando Leisure Magazine, May-June 2000.

Leonard Bloomfield,” Guide to the History of the Phonetic Sciences in the United States, UC Berkeley, August 1999.

The Low Front Vowel /æ/ in the English of New York City,” American Speech, 73.3, Fall 1998.

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