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7960716076?profile=originalJoewood is a slow-growing shrub with inedible green fruit.

BELOW: Jacquemontia is a native vine with stunning blue blooms.

Both plants are salt-tolerant, making them ideal for our neighborhoods.

Photos by Jerry Lower and Susan Lerner

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7960709881?profile=originalJason McCobb, his wife, Denia, and daughter, Reese, in a sunflower field on their farm.

7960710653?profile=originalBlooming nasturtiums in the raised bed gardens at the Farmer’s Table in Boca Raton are not only pretty but edible.

Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

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7960693454?profile=originalA father and son take in the peacefulness of the Cypress Swamp.

Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

7960692867?profile=originalBaton Rouge, a lichen, grows where the air quality is good.

7960693475?profile=originalSpider lilies are among the varied flora in the national refuge.

7960693492?profile=originalPurple beautyberry off

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Secret Gardens: Cultivating young minds

Math, science, art

and other skills grow as students

tend garden at Delray school.

7960698896?profile=originalAdrian Burke (left) and Zane Lingmerth stretch string to delineate 1-foot garden spaces

at Plumosa School of the Arts in Delray Beach. The kids learn that all they ne

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7960679088?profile=originalSwiss chard can come in many colorful varieties.

7960679280?profile=originalMichael Page says that tending the vegetable garden at Mounts Botanical Garden is a relaxing task.

7960678880?profile=originalChinese cooking staple bok choy.

7960679464?profile=originalAmethyst bush beans will turn green when cooked.

Photos by Jerry Lowe

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7960642052?profile=originalInformal Japanese gardens from the 9th to 12th centuries featured lakes and islands

and were intended to be viewed from a boat. At the Morikami, lush trees and shrubs

have been selectively pruned to create the impression you’ve been transplanted to a

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7960644895?profile=originalThe dune in Delray Beach has a mixture of native species that help trap blowing sand

and control erosion. It is more than shoulder high in many places.

7960645474?profile=originalHorizontal coco plum has adapted to the dune and lines the sidewalk in many places.

7960645295?profile=originalDune sunflower

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7960630677?profile=originalCustomers shop in the store off U.S. 441 west of Boynton Beach. The new location

in downtown Delray Beach will have the same square footage but a different aisle configuration.

7960631254?profile=originalU-pick strawberries are ripening now.

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7960622072?profile=originalCandy Evans waters her plot at Cason Community Garden. She and a friend got the garden started

in 2008 with 20 gardeners and 2,500 square feet; now there are 40 participants

and 5,000 square feet of thriving vegetable gardens.

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7960608861?profile=originalResurrection fern growing on an oak tree thrives in the humid air.

7960608099?profile=originalA family enjoys a walk on one of the trails.

INSET BELOW: Beauty berry lives up to its name.

Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Deborah S. Hartz-Seeley

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7960606855?profile=originalA bleeding heart blooms along the path of the butterfly garden.

7960607076?profile=originalGarden accessories have been repurposed,

such as this fountain surrounded by bromeliads.

7960607254?profile=originalStar fruit are ready for picking.

Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

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7960564456?profile=originalA frangipani bloom at the Mounts Nursery.

7960564289?profile=originalExtracta green sage.

7960565055?profile=originalTom Hewitt (left) speaks to customers at the Mounts Nursery.

Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Deborah S. Hartz-Seeley

    Anyone who visits Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm

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The Palm Beach Rare Fruit Council Tropical Fruit Tree and Plant Sale at the South Florida Fair Agriplex

in West Palm Beach features hard to find plants, fruit samples, speakers and expert advice

all in a 51,000-square-foot exhibit space.

Photos prov

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