F is for “Florida Gardens Gone Wild” Book Review

Florida Gardens Gone Wild by Lucy Beebe Tobias

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 Florida 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.

On the Trail with Lucy Tobias in Ocala, Fla.

On the Trail with Lucy Tobias in Ocala, Fla.

Available in paperback and for the Kindle, 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 50 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 check out her bio!) If you’re interested in learning more about Florida’s off-the-beaten-path attractions, subscribe to Saturday 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.

This post is part of the 2012 Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Check back daily for a different letter!


Author: Solo Travel Girl Admin

Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led Solo Travel Girl, to a career path in tourism. She has worked in the tourism industry for more than 20 years including 10 years with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley and Everglades National Park. She currently lives in Southwest Florida, and maintains this travel blog with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely.

Share This Post On


  1. Learning How to Eat Florida Weeds with Green Deane | Solo Travel Girl - [...] learning more about Florida’s botanicals, check out the book (available in print and eBook) “Florida Gardens Gone Wild” by…

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.