About Lynette L. Walther

I am the author of three non-fiction books, the most recent being “Florida Gardening on the Go,” published in the spring of 2010 by University Press of Florida. I currently write regular garden columns for the “Palatka (FL) Daily News” and VillageSoup group newspapers (Camden, Augusta, Bar Harbor, ME) newspapers, the five Gage Publications regional Florida Magazines (www.gagepub.com)”DeLand,” “Halifax,” “Volusia,” “New Smyrna” and “Flagler,” am contributing garden editor of “Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors” magazine (http://maineboats.com/lynette-walther) and am a frequent contributor to “Florida Gardening” magazine.

In addition I have written feature and side-feature stories for “Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors,” “SAIL,” “Sailing,” “Yachting,” “Florida Wildlife” and “Cruising World” magazines.

Among the awards I have received are the Garden Writers Association’s Silver Award of Achievement, the National Garden Bureau’s Exemplary Journalism Award and the Florida Magazine Association’s Silver Award of Writing Excellence. I am a member of the Garden Writers Association.

16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gardeningonthego
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 17:11:41

    Lynette L. Walther: Author of “Florida Gardening on the Go,” from University Press of Florida, “The Art of Catching and Cooking Shrimp” “The Art of Catching and Cooking Crabs” co-author Brooklyn Botanic Gardens “Gourmet Vegetables” Garden writer and photographer for magazines and newspapers. Contributing garden editor “Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors” magazine, online garden column: (http://maineboats.com/lynette-walther) and Gage Publications’ five regional Florida magazines.
    Artist: Seaglass “Arti-facts” available at Small Wonder Gallery, Camden Maine http://www.smallwondergallery.com/artists/walther.html) or at Simple Gestures, St. Augustine Florida (White Street)
    Retired St. Johns River State College instructor (journalism/graphic design), editorial coordinator for state environmental agency, section editor/reporter NYTRENG paper


  2. Liz Stanley
    Apr 28, 2011 @ 14:56:20

    Lynette – Thanks for the great lawn article in the April 20 edition of the Herald Gazette. Glad that you’re spreading the idea of sustainable lawn care in the mid-coast.

    Did your article also include a box about natural Easter egg dye? If so, we had a great time making pretty colors with onion skins, cranberry and blueberry juice last weekend!

    Liz Stanley, UMaine Extension


    • gardeningonthego
      Apr 28, 2011 @ 17:03:03

      Liz Stanley: Oh my I am indeed committed to sustainable lawns. After all, we have a resident ground hog to think of!

      And yes, the Easter egg sidebar was mine too. Glad you enjoyed it, and hope you had a colorful and happy Easter.


  3. John O. Nettles
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 15:13:32

    I grew up in the south end of Putnam County, we had a plant called a Japonica, huge flower, the bush resembled a Camellia. Where might I find one of these bushes?


    • gardeningonthego
      Aug 29, 2012 @ 16:55:56

      John: Can you give me more information about the plant, how big were the leaves, leaf shape, leaf color, size of bush, flower color, shape, bloom time, fragrance, etc.? The term Japonica is often used in botanical names denoting that the plant originated in Japan, sort of like saying it is Japanese. There are a lot of plants with this term attached to them. Do you know if it had any other name?


  4. Lynette Massey
    Sep 08, 2012 @ 15:58:46

    I want to plant Mallotonia gnaphalodes – Sea Lavender- on our dunes in florida. Do you know where I can buy it? Thank You. Lynette Massey


    • gardeningonthego
      Sep 08, 2012 @ 23:46:54

      Wow, that’s a good question. For starters I suspect it isn’t the easiest of plants to get established, given its limited range. I Googled it – a lot of different ways — and never found a native nursery that supplies it. HOWEVER, I did find the name and address and number of the Association of Florida Native Plant Nurseries P.0. Box 1045 San Antonio, Florida 33576-1045 (904) 588-3687. Start with that association and perhaps someone there can steer you in the right direction. Good luck, and let me know how it goes!


  5. Julie Foley
    Aug 11, 2013 @ 19:02:38

    Where do you have info on fall vegetable planting in south Florida ?


    • gardeningonthego
      Aug 11, 2013 @ 19:22:30

      Julie: If you refer to my book, “Florida Gardening on the Go” there is a yearly calendar section at the back that addresses times to plant, etc. Hope that answers your question.


  6. gloria young
    Feb 14, 2014 @ 16:06:14

    I just read the article on echinacea, it was so exciting. This coming year I plan to do just flowers , as My soil test came back with bad news… too much LEAD.


    • gardeningonthego
      Feb 15, 2014 @ 01:36:41

      You can start cone flowers (echinacea) from seed! Be sure to follow instructions on the seed package and for best results, start your seeds in flats with a commercial seed-starting mix. When the little plants develop their first true leaves, separate the seedlings and plant them in six packs in a good potting soil. It is important to NOT use soil from the garden to start seeds, as it often contains pathogens which can attack the seedlings. One good source is Renee’s Garden Seeds (http://www.reneesgarden.com). Often independent garden centers will have them for sale as well. You did not mention where you are located, as echinacea does best in colder locations with a good winter dormancy period.


  7. gloria young
    Feb 15, 2014 @ 01:42:51

    Thanks for the cone flower info. I live in midcoast Maine, close to the ocean. I am very interested in Permaculture, but now that I have a lead problem, in my garden I think I can’t plant food. Don’t know if I have the energy to start again, as my garden soil has been carefully maintained without any chemicas for the past 20 years. , HA,


    • gloria young
      Feb 15, 2014 @ 02:44:41

      I live in Midcoast Maine, Searsport.


      • gardeningonthego
        Feb 15, 2014 @ 13:46:06

        Gloria, you are a perfect candidate for container gardening! Boxes or pots which you fill with commercial potting soil and your homemade compost. Small enough for anyone to manage and you control the growing medium.

  8. gloria young
    Feb 15, 2014 @ 13:57:07

    Of course… thank you, container gardens… make sense, I’m also an elder but was feeling overwhelmed with a big garden. BTW, I looked into Renne’s seeds and found some very interesting seeds and information. The present a very exciting world wide involvement in positive environment teaching and learning. Thank You.


  9. gardeningonthego
    Feb 15, 2014 @ 14:05:27

    Good luck to you Gloria with your gardening endeavors. There’s nothing like having something growing to make every day special, something to look forward to. AND to experience that wonderful sense of accomplishment that only a garden can deliver. You don’t need fancy containers. Even a rusty old galvanized tub (the rust giving it plenty of drainage) will do. Keep me informed.


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