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Treasure Coast Natives is a blog about flora (and occasionally fauna) found in Palm Beach and Martin Counties. These counties lie on the East coast of Florida and are north of Miami. Martin County is part of what is referred to as the “Treasure Coast” due to the number of ships of Spanish galleons wrecked off the coast during the 17th and 18th centuries.

Palm Beach and Martin Counties have a vast number of conservation areas which contain almost 1300 non-cultivated plant species. Of this number, 950 are native.  Almost every week George, John, and Billy visit an area and search for interesting species.

George is George Rogers. He received his Ph.D. in botany from the University of Michigan and did postdoctoral work at Harvard. He serves as chairman of the Horticulture Department at Palm Beach State College and is a practicing plant taxonomist who contributes occasionally to the Generic Flora of the Southeastern United States.

John is John Bradford. He is an avid naturalist, amateur taxonomist, and photographer.

Billy is Billy Cunningham. He is a third generation Floridian who remembers these counties when the habitat was in a little more pristine condition. He provides historical perspective to our trips.

We hope that the stories and images are interesting and that you will subscribe to receive our latest plant fact blog.

 

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7 responses to “About

  1. Steve Woodmansee

    August 26, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Love it! Steve W.

     
  2. Lynn Austin

    February 14, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    would like for you to add my to your email list

     
    • John Bradford

      February 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      Just enter your email address in the box entitled “e-mail subscription” which is located on the right side of the blog and you will be signed up.

       
  3. SmallHouseBigGarden

    August 7, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    just wanted to recommend a blog to you. Have you stumbled across anthropogen.com?

    I’ve been following this knowledgable young man for 3 yrs now and have learned as much from him as I have from you guys…and that’s saying something! In his own words, he describes his content this way: “I derived the word Anthropogen (www.anthropogen.com), the title of this website, from the adjective Anthropogenic, meaning… of, relating to, or resulting from the influence of human beings on nature – examples being, Anthropogenic pollutants, or, Anthropogenic landscapes”
    Fascinating blog..and extremely well written!

     
  4. Richard Brownscombe

    February 2, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    This blog is one of the best things going: so pleasant and fascinating to read, see, and learn. Thank you for the hours in office that were not much fun, when you wanted to be out. You love it; I love it.

     
  5. Hal

    August 19, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    EXCELLENT source of info, thanks very much…I’m a nature tour guide at Weedon Island in St. Pete…in my retirement, I’ve returned to the childhood fun of learning about the bugs and bees and wiggly things…and wildflowers. Lots of good stuff here. I especially enjoy finding ‘hooks’ that help me tell a story about a plant, rather than just identify it. Something simple, like the meaning of “Bidens”, as in Bidens alba. Or actually tasting the salt laying on a White Mangrove leaf. Cool. Thanks for your work, and I know it is work, putting it all together to present.

     
  6. Nancy Bowling

    May 15, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Thank you for this great blog! I’m sharing it with many friends. And thanks for keeping it upbeat. So easy to get weighted down with the destruction of FL.

     

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