Open Gardens, August 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Neem Tree Farms, 602 Ronele Drive, Brandon, 33511

First, let me promote my business for one paragraph! The greenhouse looks stunning with trees of all sizes available now. Neem sprouts aren’t quite big enough to ship but you can buy them on Saturday and take them home carefully to transplant. Plus we still have a few neem seeds if you’d rather try to start from scratch.

Now for the fun stuff – plant swaps! I now own plants I love, even though I’d never heard of them before. It’s an amazing way to get new plants and meet new friends at the same time.

And this time we have beautifully composted horse manure and a giant pile of really nice mulch from Independent Tree Service. You’ll need to bring something to carry it home in if you want some though! (Actually, a bucket and a small trowel are good things to have just for the other plants on the list.)


  • Aloe pups
  • Holy basil (kapoor)
  • Regular basil
  • Headache plant
  • Thornless optunia cactus

Limited quantities in pots

  • Apricot Datura
  • Coral porterweed
  • Firespike
  • Rain lilies
  • Sanseveria (mother-in-law tongue)
  • Rangoon creeper

You dig:

  • Rangoon creeper (limited quantities)
  • Everglade tomato (also limited quantities)
  • Yesterday-today-and tomorrow (also limited)
  • Lemongrass
  • Caribbean-red papaya
  • Ever-bearing mulberries
  • Candlestick senna
  • False roselle, thousands and thousands ready to transplant!
  • Mexican cilantro – not really cilantro but tastes similar and handles the heat without flinching)
  • Scorpion tail
  • Native porterweed (ground cover)
  • Cleradendron (pagoda or bleeding heart)
  • Native palmettos
  • Naturalized periwinkles (aka vinca)
  • Wild pineapple (very prickly, bring protective clothing,…/)


  • Walking iris
  • Orchid cactus
  • Coral porterweed
  • Cuban oregano
  • Firebush
  • Rangoon creeper
  • Bush morning glory
  • Cuban buttercup (tunera)
  • Firespike
  • Native ruella
  • Sweet almond
  • Old-fashioned red pentas
  • Golden dewdrop

Sprouted bulbs:

  • Crinium lilies