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8733417274?profile=RESIZE_710xOne of the easy ways to access the Ocean Ridge Natural Area is by boat. The floating docks also provide walkers easy access to a water view.
 Photo by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

 

By Deborah S. Hartz-Seeley

At the intimate Ocean Ridge Natural Area,

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Mutual Attraction by Karen Coleman shows a ruby-throated hummingbird feeding on a coral honeysuckle.

 

By Deborah S. Hartz-Seeley

Both nature enthusiasts and art lovers will find plenty to enjoy at the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach through A

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8507548655?profile=RESIZE_710xThe fist-sized bloom of the Hot Princess lives up to its name. Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

 

By Deborah S. Hartz-Seeley

Many give or receive roses only on Valentine’s Day. But for Debbie Coolidge, they are an everyday affair. “I like going

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By Deborah S. Hartz-Seeley

When you think of a tree, chances are you envision a trunk with some foliage at the top that might shade your yard, become a home to birds and other wildlife, or provide your family with such sweet treats as mangoes or sta

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7960787655?profile=original7960787867?profile=originalABOVE: Dena Balka in the kitchen at the Infusions Café. RIGHT: Red stem kale is a hearty green thriving in the garden. Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Deborah S. Hartz-Seeley

The Secret Garden is a small raised vegetable garden at the

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7960786065?profile=originalABOVE: An orange-barred sulphur butterfly drinks nectar from a firebush. BELOW: Strangler figs line the path of the Ashley Trail. Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

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By Deborah S. Hartz-Seeley

It’s easy to find the Ashley Trail from the parking l

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7960770454?profile=originalABOVE: Peter Lasman harvests a ripe eggplant. BELOW: Robin Silverman shows off chives and a strawberry she picked. 2017 photos by Deborah S. Hartz-Seeley/The Coastal Star

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By Deborah S. Hartz-Seeley

Peter Lasman, 62, has watched the garden more than

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7960767693?profile=originalABOVE: The boardwalk at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is family friendly and provides an easy way to get close to nature. BELOW LEFT: This red-shouldered hawk looks for a late afternoon meal. 2017 Photos by Jerry Lower/T

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7960768670?profile=originalABOVE: Silver saw palmetto and a single thatch palm define the sidewalk area in front of the Lake Worth studio of Debra Yates and her son Benjamin Burle. BELOW: Staghorn ferns and a large mirror adorn the back patio. Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal

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7960759494?profile=originalABOVE: A nonslip aluminum walkway lets visitors feel as if they are walking on water. BELOW: Crinum americanum (with white flowers) is also called swamp lily. In the background is a red-leafed Crinum ‘Menehune.’  Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Sta

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7960754060?profile=originalAlthough the parking lot and paths of the Lantana Nature Preserve are covered in palm fronds and leaf litter, the trees and shrubs appear to have taken Hurricane Irma’s abuse in stride. Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Deborah S. Hartz-Seel

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7960673100?profile=originalLooking up through a stand of blue bamboo.

Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

7960673498?profile=originalBlack bamboo

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7960674265?profile=originalSeabreeze bamboo

By Deborah S. Hartz-Seeley

    Anyone who understands the exotic appeal of bamboo will want to visit the Trop

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