Everyday problems, solved.

Teresa Watkins is a recognized leader on water conservation principles in 'environmentally-friendly' landscapes., Watkins teaches educational and motivating workshops to Florida homeowners on creating and maintaining 'Florida-friendly' yards that are attractive and almost carefree with 'earth-smart' practices. Over 24,000 Central Florida homeowners have attended Teresa’s landscaping programs in the last nine years earning Ms. Watkins the Florida Water Education Association’s 2007 Public Education Award.

Teresa Watkins’s professional background ranges from working with individual clients, private nurseries, commercial retail garden centers, and homeowner associations. She assists city, county, public and private water suppliers on Florida-friendly water conservation and stormwater pollution education efforts for homeowners. Watkins advises builders and developers on landscape best management practices in new communities. Teresa, a horticulture expert, also provides down to earth advice in her ‘Gardening with Soul’ articles. National business
publications, green builder magazines, Internet websites, and gardening magazines quote Teresa’s articles and philosophy of 'ecologically-aware' gardening.

An award-winning radio and TV host, Teresa Watkins designed the landscaping of the 'first energy and environmentally efficient' DREAM home in the state of Florida to be certified as a 'green home' by the Florida
Build Green Coalition. Watkins hosts a weekly call-in radio show; 'In Your Backyard' on WLBE 790 AM, Leesburg, Florida showcasing environmental issues and landscaping advice across the state.

Teresa has received numerous Gold, Silver and Bronze UF/IFAS IMAGE, “Institute Marketing Awards for Gaining
Excellence” awards for her Central Florida Yards & Neighborhoods environmental and gardening website, brochures, and radio show. A Class VII Fellow and Vice President on the Board of Directors for UF/IFAS Florida
Natural Resource Leadership Institute Alumni Association, Teresa was environmental landscaping consultant for the Green Builder - Vision House 2008, which was showcased at the 2008 International Home Builders Show in Orlando, Florida. Teresa serves on the USGBC-LEED Technical Advisory Group.

When not putting her hands in someone else’s backyard, you can find Teresa digging in her own garden, looking for slugs and lubber grasshoppers ~ creatures, that she adamantly swears do not have souls ~ aided in that effort by Nipper, and MacTavish, legendary Scottish terrier lubber hunters.

“Finding your garden theme is as easy as seeing what brings a smile to your face.”~ Teresa Watkins

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Your Dream Garden
Do you ever fantasize about having a dream garden? Have you ever visited a garden, sighed thinking to your self: “I would love to have this garden in my own backyard” but you don’t have a clue as to where to begin?

Get Out of Here, You're Bugging Me
In the summer, our thoughts turn to flowers, green grass, and the joy of being outdoors. It seems that all of Mother Nature thinks that way, too!

Gardening With Soul: Build a Community of Love
Community gardens reflect love and concern and can serve a variety of functions. Cooperative gardens can provide food resources for charities and urban dwellers a chance to farm. Community gardens can educate elementary and high school students that ‘vegetables do not come from plastic bags’ in the freezer section of grocery stores.

Declare Your Independence From Yard Work
With the summer holiday season in full swing, comes a time for parties, get-togethers with friends and family, picnics and barbecues...

Plant Posture
Taking family photographs - you always want them to look just right, everyone in the right place, looking forward and smiling, picture perfect... Do you do this in your garden? Do you stand back and see if each plant or flower is straight and looking forward?

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