Gil Nelson has spent many years exploring, teaching, and writing about Florida's natural communities. He is a research associate in botany at the Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium at Florida State University and is a Beadle Fellow at Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy. He is the author Trees of Florida, Ferns of Florida,and Botanical Keys to Florida’s Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines.
Florida in Poetry
Jane Anderson Jones and Maurice O’Sullivan, Editors
A collection of poems from some of the earliest Europeans to encounter La Florida to contemporary poets who write of the beauty and degradation of the place. Includes Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, Elizabeth Bishop, James Merrill, and Richard Wilbur.
A Land Remembered
What could be a better gift than A Land Remembered by Patrick Smith? It’s every Floridian’s favorite book. Winner of the Florida Historical Society’s prize for Most Outstanding Florida Historical Novel, it is the story of three generations of the MacIveys, a Florida family who battle the hardships of the frontier to rise from dirt-poor Cracker life to the wealth and standing of real estate tycoons. It is available in hardback and paperback, and in a two-volume kids’ version that has become a staple in Florida schools.
Everglades River of Grass
Marjory Stoneman Douglas
The classic book of the Everglades. Before 1947, when Marjory Stoneman Douglas named it a “river of grass,” the area was considered a worthless swamp. She brought the world’s attention to the need to preserve the Everglades ecosystem.
“Recommended to all readers concerned with the great relations of man to nature.” — Marjory Kinnan Rawlings.
The newly updated sixth edition reflects the most recent changes in family law in Florida. It offers an overview of the divorce process and introduces the basic vocabulary and legal concepts associated with divorce, including property division and child custody. Written in laymen’s terms.
History, Young Readers
The early 1500s were an exciting time for men who dared to explore the unknown. Juan Ponce de Leon has his own place in history with his discovery of Florida. This biography captures the excitement of finding a “new world.”
Orlando was once an open frontier where cattle were herded to market, fortunes were made and lost, and citrus was king. Its history is studded with tales of restless spirits who can’t seem to let bygones be bygones.
This guide along the Great Florida Seminole Trail leads you from north to south to sites that are intriguing to visit today.