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How does your garden grow?

By SHANNON BREEN, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published July 19, 2002

Lake Worth landscape architect and nursery owner Pamela Crawford grew a proverbial green thumb while growing up in Mississippi.

Today at Inkwood Books, Crawford shares gardening tips, demonstrates landscape design and autographs her popular new book, Easy Gardens for South Florida, beginning at 3 p.m.

Crawford's book followed 10 years of testing what plants best weather the torrid heat and torrential rains of South Florida.

After returning to horticulture school in her mid-30s, Crawford did hands-on research with 2,500 different plants and concluded that only 200 fare well in Florida's tropical climate.

"The book is about what's really easy. Not a lot of time spent in the garden, but what makes it look good," says Crawford, now 52.

Her recommendations for Florida gardens: Angel Wing Begonias and Golden Shrimp Plants, which she says bloom all year in shade.

She owns a small nursery in Lake Worth, and is working on her second book, Best Garden Color for Florida, due out in January.

In addition to her book signing at Inkwood Books, Crawford appears Saturday at 11 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 11802 N Dale Mabry Highway. Call 962-6446.

For questions about the Inkwood appearance, call 253-2638.

Crawford will also appear on WTVT-Ch. 13's live midday talk segment, Your Turn, today at 12:30 p.m.

Her book is available at some local bookstores or can be ordered from


TOM WHITELEY: An authentic college football coach of 13 years takes pride that he has never inspired a professional player. The Coach, as he is known, has brought his loony antics to the comedy circuit for more than 12 years. He has played in some of the top comedy clubs across the nation, and television credits include Comedy at Club 54. 8 and 10:30 p.m. today and Saturday (tickets $12-$14); 8:30 p.m. Sunday (tickets $8); Side Splitters, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway. Call 960-1197.

AFTER MAGRITTE: The Alley Cat Players stage Tom Stoppard's surrealist farce, followed by an original work titled After After Magritte, a montage made from the words of famous surrealist poets and artists -- among them, Andre Breton and Salvador Dali. Through July 28. 8 p.m. today, Saturday and Monday; 5 p.m. Sunday. Silver Meteor Gallery, 2213 E Sixth Ave., Ybor City; $7 adults, $5 students with ID. Call 231-8478.


BUCKLER'S CRAFT FAIR: Crafty people who aren't dodging accusations of insider trading really do exist, so move over, Martha. Crafts makers from across the nation display and sell handcrafted original items, including furniture, toys, homemade fudge, home decor, garden items and folk art. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Pinellas Expo Center, 10601 N U.S. Highway 19, Pinellas Park; free. For show or exhibitor information, call (386) 860-0092, ext. 10.

CHARITY BACHELOR AUCTION: Bachelors strut their stuff on the runway for charity -- among them, Patrick Emory of WFTS-Ch. 28 and Todd Fortner, cover model of Hillsborough County Firefighter's Hottest Heroes Calendar. Twenty-two other local bachelors will be auctioned off, too, a benefit for the Avon Breast Cancer Society. 6 p.m.; Twilight, 1507 Seventh Ave., Ybor City; $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Call 690-4850.

HALCYON: One of Tampa's fervently followed local bands, Halcyon plays meaty, acoustic-based pop rock with strong harmonies, insightful lyrics and a spiritual nod to the Indigo Girls. Once a full band, Halcyon now consists of founders Debbie Hunseder and Stephanie Callahan plus percussionist Alvon Griffin. 8 p.m.; Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road; $8. Call 287-8844.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY ART AUCTION: Bob Hite, of WFLA-Ch. 8, is the guest auctioneer at the Unsinkable Krewe of Molly Brown Foundation's art auction. Festivities include wine tasting, gourmet foods and entertainment by Tampa Bay artist Jim Beckwirth. Auction proceeds benefit the Creative Arts Grant Program and Creative Kids Foundation. 7 to 11 p.m.; Gold Dragon Gallery, 3508 S Manhattan Ave; $30. Call 832-2755.

MEXICANISMO: Dr. Ferdie Pacheco is a pharmacist, doctor, boxing analyst, novelist, screenwriter and painter. He was also boxing legend Muhammed Ali's personal doctor for 15 years. What an underachiever! A Tampa native, Pacheco has celebrated his Ybor City childhood with paintings and books. He'll host an opening reception 6 to 8:30 p.m. for his one-man exhibit, which features about 25 of his paintings, including Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and The Mexican Revolution. The exhibit lasts until Sept. 16, Mexican Independence Day. Viva La Frida, 5901 N Florida Ave.; free admission. Call 231-9199 or visit HERMITAGE VILLAGE SKIRMISH: The 19th annual Skirmish Civil War features a re-enactment with 100 Union and Confederate troops in a 21-acre park. African-American storytelling with Oscar Robinson. Exhibit of original letters from two Union Army brothers. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N., Largo; free admission and parking. Call (727) 582-2123.

ARENA FOOTBALL: GEORGIA FORCE AT TAMPA BAY STORM. 7:30 p.m.; Ice Palace; $10.25-$100.25. Call 287-8844.

21 -- SUNDAY

BOOM SHANKA: Six-piece band from the other bay area, San Francisco, with an infectious brand of funk 'n' roll, blending rock, funk and R&B. 5 p.m.; Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road; $5. Call 287-8844.

22 -- MONDAY

BOOK SIGNING: Col. David H. Hackworth discusses his new book, Steel My Soldiers' Hearts. In the book, he recounts experiences leading a battalion into combat in the Mekong Delta. He also co-authored the Vietnam Primer -- The Fighting Man's Bible for Guerrilla Warfare in Vietnam, which was published by the Pentagon, and Hazardous Duty, a bestseller. 7:30 p.m.; Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 11802 N Dale Mabry Highway; free. Call 962-6446.


BASEBALL: SARASOTA RED SOX AT TAMPA YANKEES. 7 p.m.; Legend's Field; $3-$5. Call 287-8844.

LOCUST: Often devouring vegetation and crops, locusts (of the family Acrididae) migrate in immense swarms. That morsel of entomology may not have much to do with the heavy metal band coming to the Orpheum -- but Locust band members do, on occasion, fashion buggy glasses and costumes. 9 p.m.; Orpheum, 1902 14th St., Ybor City; $10. Call 287-8844.

VOODOO GLOW SKULLS: Crank up the speed, throw in some pocket protectors and a little Espanol and you've got the Voodoo Glow Skulls, California's reigning champs of nerdcore. Just imagine Revenge of the Nerds, but starring skate punks with brass. 7:30 p.m.; State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg; $9.99. Call 287-8844.

POLYCHROME THE RAINBOW PRINCESS: "Color your world with books" is the message Donna Cutting tries to convey to youth. Cutting takes you away like Calgon. She fills the show with music, dance, improvisation and imagination, while searching for a rainbow. Audience members get roles in the show. 10 a.m.; Library at Rey Park Recreation Center, 2301 N Howard Ave.; free. Call 273-3674.

WINE TASTING: Swirl, Taste and Savor, an informal wine tasting at Fleming's. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; 4322 W Boy Scout Blvd.; $35. For reservations, call 874-9463.


ALL: Anyone not glued to a TV set watching Big Brother 3 may want to check out All, a southern California punk band. 7:30 p.m.; State Theatre, 687 Central Ave.; $9.99. (727) 895-3045.


VITALLY INTERESTED VOLUNTEERS OF THE FLORIDA ORCHESTRA. VIVO gathers for fun and musical entertainment, including the Valerie Gillespie Quartet. Complimentary appetizers, cash bar. VIVO events support the Florida Orchestra and area music education programs. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Tampa Museum of Art, 600 N Ashley Drive; donations welcome. Call 839-3800, ext. 2525.


  • OZZFEST 2002: July 26, West Palm Beach, Mars Music Amphitheatre.
  • SYSTEM OF A DOWN: July 27, USF Sun Dome.
  • BAD COMPANY: July 28, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • BLONDIE: August 6, House of Blues, Orlando.
  • BILLY RAY CYRUS: Aug. 17, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • THE MALE INTELLECT: AN OXYMORON: Aug. 20, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • EMINEM: Aug. 31, Ice Palace.
  • CHER AND CYNDI LAUPER: Sept. 2, Ice Palace.
  • ELTON JOHN AND BILLY JOEL: Sept. 13, Ice Palace.
  • MARC ANTHONY: Sept. 17, Ice Palace.
  • OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN: Sept. 21, Ruth Eckerd Hall.

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