New Book Helps Answer “What is That Tree?” On Your Next Outing
October 17, 2018
Walking through Southwest Florida’s neighborhoods, you probably come across a lot of flowering and fruiting trees. Unlike the trees in the Edison Ford gardens, most of your neighbors’ trees aren’t labeled, so how do you identify them? The University of Florida IFAS Extension office has published a new guide, “Trees: South Florida & The Keys,” a full-color, photographic field guide made for the layman with 180 trees described and pictured.
It’s small enough to carry with you on a walk or stash in your glove box. Each description includes notes on the plant’s natural history, cultural or commercial use. Bring it on your next visit to Edison Ford, because more than 100 of the trees described in the book are found in our gardens, making this the perfect companion on a stroll through our 19 acres. If you prefer to identify plants via a dichotomous key, the book has one as well as a glossary and sketches of leaf shapes.
The book is available in the Edison Ford Museum Store and the Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops. All book purchases made at the Museum Store include a map of over 70 plant locations on the Edison Ford grounds, so you can create your own tour of the gardens anytime you want! Don’t forget, Edison Ford members receive 10% off their gift and garden shop purchases.