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  1. Times gardening columnist Greg Charles, a.k.a. 'Dr. Hort,' dies at 59


    ST. PETERSBURG — Greg Charles never seemed to stop thinking about plants. In this peninsular, southernmost state proud of its native species, he taught everyday gardeners, students and professional landscapers with professorial zeal. …

    Leslie Waters holds a photo of her and her late husband, Greg Charles, next to a loquat tree at their home Wednesday. The tree grew from seeds they brought back from a trip to Paris.
  2. Ask Dr. Hort: Cold kills foxtails; hibiscus can weep again


    NOTE; TIMES HAS PERMISSION TO DISTRIBUTE ----------- By GREG CHARLES Times Correspondent Ask Dr. Hort: Answers to your gardening questions Cold hurt foxtail palms …

    Weeping hibiscus, Hibiscus schizopetalus
  3. Too much water likely to blame for corn plant's yellowing


    Need help? …

    Walter viburnum
  4. Yard man can help with a gardening or plant problem


    Do you have a spot in your yard where it seems nothing will grow — or at least nothing you've tried? Or maybe you just moved into a new house and have a lot of things growing, but don't know what they are, or how to care for them.  …

  5. A Florida gardenia nursery uses expert grafting and the AquaMat irrigation system with excellent results


    CLEARWATER Most of the fragrant white gardenias for sale at family-owned garden centers throughout Florida owe their being to one man, an 87-year-old with a sparkle in his eye and a wizard's touch. …

    Carroll identifies the spot where a gardenia was grafted onto the thunbergia.
  6. Plumeria brings fragrance, beauty to the garden


    Ugly sticks, shorter than a ruler, lay on a co-worker's desk a few years ago. "Would you like one?" she asked. For what, I wondered, staring at them. She handed one to me. "Stick it in a pot with soil, do nothing for two weeks, then water." …

  7. Looking for a tree trimmer? Get a pro


    It was early on a Sunday morning when the young, scruffy fellow knocked on Greg Charles' front door. Spotting lots of trees in the St. Petersburg yard, he came calling with a chain saw and a story about how all those big trees needed cutting. …

    Jesse Woods, owner of Savannas Nursery in St. Petersburg, studied at PTEC.
  8. Meet the colorful, tropical hibiscus family at Tropical Hibiscus Show


    like us, plants belong to extended families — they even have first and last names as we do. Sometimes they will have a third name that indicates a connection somewhat like a cousin, aunt or uncle. …

  9. Neighborhood news briefs from art to regattas


    St. Pete High Project Art: A few St. Petersburg High School IB students will present the Art Exhibition for Poverty from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the school's library, 2501 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. The show will feature artwork from the Dalí Museum and St. Pete High students. Music and refreshments will be on hand. Entry costs $1, and some artwork can be purchased for $5. For more information, email Peter Lynch at or Raza Zaidi at …

  10. Plant strategically to enjoy homegrown fruit year-round


    One of the great joys of gardening in Florida is that you can actually enjoy the fruits of your labor — as in oranges, mangoes, bananas and lemons. You can even grow heat-tolerant blueberries, apples, peaches and plums that taste similar to fruits grown in northern climates. …

    Greg Charles