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Florida Gardens Gone Wild by Lucy Beebe Tobias

Florida is full of fabulous flora and one of my favorite people, Lucy Beebe Tobias, has penned the book opens in a new windowFlorida Gardens Gone Wild celebrating the Sunshine State’s botanicals. It’s part travel guidebook for those looking to discover Florida botanical gardens, part resource guide for those living in Florida and needing some guidance in setting up their own garden, and part anthology as Lucy shares personal essays and reflections.

I’ve been a Florida resident for about 15 years, explored quite a bit of the Sunshine State and even worked for the state tourism office, yet after reading Florida Gardens Gone Wild, I learned about botanical gardens I was unaware of, which means I have some summer road trips planned.

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On the Trail with Lucy Tobias in Ocala, Fla.

Available in paperback and for the opens in a new windowKindle, images pop in the electronic version and it’s especially useful for the “Digging It” section. Located at the end of most chapters, this section has links and resources for additional information. Reading this on my iPad then clicking a link to learn more was pretty groovy. (OK, I realize this is how technology is these days but I still have to say that functionality is very nifty.)

About Lucy Beebe Tobias

Lucy is retired a columnist and reporter for the New York Times Regional Group, author of opens in a new window50 Great Walks in Florida, served as VISIT FLORIDA’s Authentic Florida Expert and is always up for an adventure. (She was once a commercial fisherman! Be sure to opens in a new windowcheck out her bio!) If you’re interested in learning more about Florida’s off-the-beaten-path attractions, subscribe to opens in a new windowSaturday Mornings Magazine, her free monthly e-magazine delivered the first Saturday of the month.

Florida Gardens Gone Wild, by Lucy Beebe Tobias
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: CE Tobias Company (August 25, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 098377031X
ISBN-13: 978-0983770312

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of Florida Gardens Gone Wild and although I’m friends with the author, this is my authentic opinion of the book.

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Author: Solo Travel Girl Admin

Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, SoloTravelGirl.com with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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