Posts Tagged by Horticulture
|May 4, 2012||Posted by Kechia under Events, Horticulture|
Join Kechia Dean, Melissa Hunt and Fresh from Florida members, Friday, May 4 through Sunday, May 6 at the Epcot Flower and Garden Show, Orlando, FL. The festival center opens daily from 10 am to 5 pm and features seminars and presentations. HGTV, the home and garden decorating channel sponsors the festival and will present […] continue reading
|July 5, 2011||Posted by Melissa under Agriculture, Events, Farms, News|
For the third year in a row, the Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference will be held at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee. Running July 15-17, 2011, it promises to be an event full of interesting seminars, exhibits, and delicious locally-grown food. The Department is once again joining the University of Florida as […] continue reading
|March 14, 2011||Posted by admin under Agriculture, Farms, Horticulture|
Guest Post: Brian Jenkins, BrainTrack According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, in 2008 Florida had 47,500 commercial farms, using 9.25 million acres to produce a variety of food products. Florida ranked first in the nation in the value of production of a number of agricultural products, some of which include oranges, […] continue reading
|December 10, 2010||Posted by admin under Agriculture, Farms, Horticulture|
Last week, Franco and Sigrid Camacho, owners of Bavarian Christmas Tree Farm in Tallahassee presented the Cabinet members with Florida-grown Christmas Trees for their offices in the Capitol. Commissioner Bronson is promoting Florida Christmas trees because of their environmental and economical impact on the state. “Artificial trees are primarily manufactured overseas largely out of metals and plastic, so […] continue reading
|July 8, 2010||Posted by admin under Agriculture, FAPC, Farms, Horticulture, News, Produce|
The Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference returns on July 31 and August 1 at the Osceola Heritage Park on 1875 Silver Spur Lane in Kissimmee. Last year’s event was a rousing success, and the agenda for this year looks very interesting. In addition to exhibitors from the public and private sectors all with the goal […] continue reading
|November 6, 2009||Posted by admin under Agriculture, Horticulture|
Taking a look at the countryside in North Florida this fall I was reminded of a word I came across recently – anthrophia, or fear of flowers. If this describes you then driving along parts of I-10 or secondary roads in this part of the state during the fall could be a problem. The flowers along […] continue reading
|October 26, 2009||Posted by admin under Agriculture, Farms, Horticulture|
Every time I hear the word “bamboo,” I relate it to a relaxing, shaded atmosphere, usually surrounded by water. Grown in areas with abundant rainfall in hot, humid, lowland tropical environments, these 30 to 50 foot tall timber grasses are grown as collections by Florida horticulturists. Luckily our FAPC member Marc Ellenby at LNB Farms […] continue reading
Every time I hear the word “bamboo,” I relate it to a relaxing, shaded atmosphere, usually surrounded by water.
Grown in areas with abundant rainfall in hot, humid, lowland tropical environments, these 30 to 50 foot tall timber grasses are grown as collections by Florida horticulturists. Luckily our FAPC member Marc Ellenby at LNB Farms is one of them, and I had the privilege to tour his groves.
Expecting to see just green stalks all over the place, I was fascinated by the shades and varieties found. From the most desirable black and shiny Bambusa Iako or ‘Timor Black’ to the attractive green stripes on yellow–green culms of the Bambusa dolichomerithalla, bamboo is a new trend here to stay.
Marc and Kiki’s overview of their bamboo fields is that the potential uses of bamboo in Florida have yet to be realized. The plant may be used to visually screen undesirable areas on sites and provides a cooling shade canopy. It may be used in erosion control and by farmers and ranchers for wind reduction in many areas of the state. Marginal lands may be brought into cultivation, and the plants are also useful in wastewater and sludge utilization.
The Ellenbys also convey that large industrial and residential tracts are being developed in Florida rapidly, and visual sound and wind barriers will be important. The tropical appeal of bamboo will supplement palms and foliage plants in the Florida landscape.
Are you planning to design landscaping for your swimming pool area or back yard? Grow some elegant bamboo shoots along your fence or next to a waterfall fountain for that relaxing atmosphere that I always envision.
Now currently growing more than fifteen distinct bamboo species of the tropical clumping types and the development of windbreak technologies, LNB Farms is the place to find your bamboo. Contact them at (305) 345-6650 or LNBgroves@msn.com
Share with us your experiences with growing bamboo.