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  • Writer's pictureCynthia Brian

Gardening with the Senses, Grass Roots, Travel Packing

Digging, for most of us, means hands (or shovels) in the dirt, planting something, cultivating, or harvesting. Teresa Watkins, garden designer, radio host, author, and instructor, has spent hours and hours on a different kind of digging and all of her effort has unearthed quite a harvest. Teresa’s latest book, A Gardener’s Compendium Volume 3, Gardening with The Senses: Gardening in a Twitter World in 140 Characters or More will be discussed with Cynthia Brian as well as her other tomes.

The earth trembled. The fires raged. The stock market crashed. October has notoriously become a month when disasters great and small occur. No matter what transpires, life goes on and nature always prevails. The next two months are busy ones in the garden as we prepare our beds for a winter’s sleep.

If you haven’t traveled for awhile, you may need a refresher course on the best methods to pack. And if you are keeping your relationship fresh, you’ll find a few ideas for a loving date night.

Bio: Teresa Watkins

  • Teresa Watkins is a horticulturist, landscape designer, author, consultant, and taught the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ program for the University of Florida IFAS Extension. In the last 24 years, over 37,000 homeowners have attended Teresa’s landscaping talks, programs, and Zoom classes. Her garden programs range from the ABCs of landscaping to themed-landscapes of fairy gardens to xeriscaping. Ms. Watkins’s humor grabs her audience’s attention with easily understood landscaping principles.

  • Teresa is a veteran gardening show radio broadcaster, hosting her own garden radio show “In Your Backyard” on WLBE from 1996 through 2020. In 2020, Teresa joined Tom MacCubbin as co- host of the syndicated gardening show “Better Lawns and Gardens” on WFLA Saturday mornings from 7:00AM to 9:00AM EST. With Tom’s retirement in 2021, Teresa took over as host of the most popular weekly gardening radio show in Florida history. “Better Lawns and Gardens” can be heard on iHeart, iTunes, Amazon, and multiple podcast websites.

  • In 2008, Teresa started her own landscape design company. Her landscape designs are uniquely infused with genuine enthusiasm and expert knowledge of landscaping. Teresa takes on all sizes of design projects and installations small or large, from quaint cottage gardens to estates. Her specialty is visualizing and designing landscapes for clients that actualizes their dreams while providing for sustainability. She instills an appreciation for the environment — with her “gardening with soul” philosophy — while encouraging everyone that they can have a beautiful yet sustainable yard.

  • Teresa’s first gardening book series, “A Gardener’s Compendium: Gardening in a Twitter World in 140 Characters or More, Volume 1 – Gardening with Life, and Volume 2 – Gardening in Time and Place, Volume 3 – Gardening with the Senses” are available at bookshops, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Xulon Press, and signed copies on Teresa’s website: Facebook Instagram

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