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John Friel

John Friel Columnist, Marketing Manager - Emerald Coast Growers

John is a former President of the Perennial Plant Association. His current position is Marketing Manager for wholesale grower Emerald Coast Growers and the guy Dr. Allan Armitage calls “the best writer in horticulture.”

Recent Articles

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What’s New? Who Cares?
John Friel
The most nagging doubt is this: Do gardeners care that it’s new?
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What They Said
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“Where flowers bloom, so does hope.”—Lady Bird Johnson
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Everything Old Is New Again … Eventually
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The pandemic proved that people are happy to spend good money to surround themselves with beautiful living things, eager to bathe their living spaces in chlorophyll’s calming, cheering presence.
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Human. Nature.
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Here’s the human paradox: When we believe we can improve on nature, we can do really stupid things. And really splendid ones.
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Bringing Home the Bacon
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If you stick around long enough, unexpected connections keep cropping up.
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Southbound
John Friel
No one in the green industry can escape horticulture while traveling.
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The Natives Are Priceless
John Friel
I worry about our current collective attitude regarding natives and non-natives. We don’t need to choose one and spurn or denigrate the other.
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Is “Safety in Numbers” Back?
John Friel
I think we’re all rarin’ to go from virtual back to f2f, but I suspect many—me, for instance—are also still a bit nervous.
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The Edible Environment
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The idea of eating invasive species is an odd ally of foodscaping.
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It’s Been HOW Long??
John Friel
It’s every writer’s conceit that our clever ranks of kinked ink, or pixels, are a vast improvement over the purity of the empty page/screen.
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