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