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Cel­e­brat­ing South­west Florid­i­ans

John Si­b­ley’s love of plant­ing has deep roots. “My grand­par­ents and mother were avid gar­den­ers,” he says, “so it made quite an im­pres­sion on me.”

His life­long pas­sion has blos­somed into a ca­reer, as he’s mark­ing his thir­teenth year as owner of All Na­tive Gar­den Cen­ter, Nurs­ery, and Land­scapes in Fort My­ers. He’s also pres­i­dent of the area chapter of the Florida Na­tive Plant So­ci­ety, con­ducts work­shops with the Univer­sity of Florida Lee County Ex­ten­sion Of­fice and Bee­keep­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of South­west Florida, and will host land­scap­ing classes at the cen­ter for the first time this spring with an em­pha­sis on wa­ter- con­ser­va­tion tips.

Si­b­ley works to spread the word about the ben­e­fits of re­duc­ing grass lawns or re­plac­ing them al­to­gether with plants na­tive to South­west Florida. It’s a “triple win,” ac­cord­ing to the na­tive of Meri­den, Con­necti­cut. “Grass ne­ces­si­tates a lot of wa­ter and de­mands chem­i­cal pes­ti­cides that hurt wa­ter qual­ity,” says Si­b­ley. “Na­tive plants can at­tract wildlife, and such plants are hearty and beau­ti­ful.”

All Na­tive Gar­den Cen­ter, Nurs­ery, and Land­scapes, 239- 9399663, no­lawn. com

JOHN SI­B­LEY

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