Robert Vincent Sims
The Garden Rebel has been on radio in Orlando for more than 34 years. As a kid he sold plants on a street corner and people felt sorry for him thinking his parents made him do it. Little did they know that the kid out by the elementary school would turn out to be one of Florida's best landscape designers and radio / television gardening personalities.
As he grew older his nursery prospered and people came from all over the world to buy exotic plants that he had collected from Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean. As a child Vince gave lectures to all the different plant societies in South Florida. He spoke at internationally famous Fairchild Tropical Gardens on a regular basis and hundreds came to hear "the kid" spout wisdom. He told them how he grew his plants with beer, soap, ammonia, and fish emulsion. He told his audiences, "All I know is that the worse my concoctions smell the better the plants grow!"
Robert Vincent Sims' mission is to help others and he does it with a sincerity that the audience instantly picks up on. His success is as rare as some of the exotic specimens in his private collection. He believes in solving problems with the safest, most efficient means possible.
If you live in Florida you probably already know Tom MacCubbin. But if you live outside the state you're probably not familiar with Florida's foremost expert on lawn and garden issues.
Tom has hosted the "Better Lawns & Gardens" radio program for more than 18 years and is heard every Saturday morning on more than 20 radio stations throughout Florida.
Tom is the author of the articles on this web site plus a horticultural column and a weekly feature for the Orlando Sentinel. He's also written 6 books including "Florida Home Grown", the "Edible Landscape", "Month by Month Gardening in Florida", co-author of the "Florida Gardener's Guide", and was a contributor to the 1997 "Sunset National Garden Book".
Over the years, Tom has hosted "Florida Home Grown" and "Indoor Gardens" on public television stations in Florida and the southeast. He also makes appearances on Bright House Network's news channel in Central Florida.
Tom's "real" job has been the Orange County Urban Horticulturist until he retired in April, 2007. He was employed by the county and the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences - a division of the University of Florida at Gainesville. He is now an Extension Agent Emeritus with a full professor equivalent at U of F. His primary assignment has been to assist Florida homeowners in the development and maintenance of home gardens, landscapes, turf and ornamentals which he continues through his many media programs.
Howard Garrett has extensive experience in landscape contracting, greenhouse growing, golf course planning and maintenance, and organic product development. Howard has devoted his life to establishing a leadership role in the natural organic marketplace. He provides advice on natural organic gardening, landscaping, pet health, pest control and natural living.ationally syndicated Organic Gardening & Living radio talk show host - Salem Radio Network.
The WPTF Weekend Gardener is an award-winning radio talk show that has been on the air for over 30 years. Mike Raley, who was a senior at N.C. State when he got his first gig at WPTF, celebrated his 40th anniversary with the station in April and is its longest-running announcer.
He wasn’t much of a gardener when he was asked to take over the station’s gardening show in 1985; his main experience was in childhood, pulling weeds for his mother. But with the new job, “I started doing a little studying,” he said, and he has soaked in a lot from the expert gardeners who have appeared on the show over the years.
Now he enjoys gardening for the exercise it provides and the pride in a home and yard well kept.
“It gives me great pleasure to be able to grow something that my neighbors enjoy, people walking by my house might enjoy, and something I can look out on every day,” he said. Plants, he’s found, “become a part of you.”
Also known as “Mr. Greenthumb”, Stan DeFreitas has experience as a urban horticulturist working for the Pinellas County Extension Service and has taught horticulture at the St. Petersburg College. “Mr. Greenthumb” has spread gardening know-how on radio, tv and newspaper columns in both the Clearwater Sun and the Tampa Tribune.
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