PLANT DOCTORS SCHEDULE:
Saturday, April 24, 2021
10am-12:00pm – Robbie Roberson,
12pm-2:00pm - Teresa Watkins
2:00pm-4:00pm – Bob Hotaling
Moh Leng Kok-Yokomi
Sunday, April 25, 2021
10:am-12:00pm – Deborah Green
12:00pm – 2:00pm – Tom and Joni MacCubbin
The Plant Doctors
The Apopka Art and Foliage Festival is happy to welcome our Plant Doctors once again. “The Plant Doctors” are experts in their fields, willing and ready to advise you on how to improve the health of your foliage or how to keep those brand-new plants looking vibrant. Take a look at our website (apopkaartandfoliagefestival.org) for days and times of each Plant Doctor.
Ms. Green, a native Floridian, earned her PhD in the field of Entomology from the University of California, Berkeley. She worked in Puerto Rico for three years and then returned to Gainesville, Florida, her home town, for three additional years before settling in Central Florida. She taught Biology and Environmental Sciences at several universities and retired from Valencia College in 2014. Deborah currently serves as the President of the Orange Audubon Society. We welcome Deborah as a first time Plant Doctor and appreciate her service as a member of the Apopka Woman’s Club.
Mr. Hotaling is a long time Master Gardener. He is a frequent speaker for various groups and is the Horticultural Chairperson for two garden clubs. He is a frequent guest on Tom MacCubbin’s, “Better Lawns and Gardens” radio show. His top area of expertise is vegetable gardening and soil building. Visit Mr. Hotaling with your questions and he can certainly help you out.
Moh Leng Kok-Yokomi
Moh, a PhD in Agriculture Entomology from the University of California, Davis, has researched and taught classes in the entomology field. She retired in 2016 from the University of Florida, Mid-Florida Research and Education Center in Apopka, where she conducted research on agricultural pest problems in ornamental and vegetable crops. Moh has given our festival her expertise for several years and we welcome her back. Let Moh give insight to making your garden its best.
Mr. MacCubbin is the author of six books about Florida gardening and landscaping. He has been honored by the Florida Nurseryman and Growers Association as the Best Horticultural Writer. He has hosted the “Better Lawns and Gardens” radio show for over 18 years and The American Horticulture Society recognized Tom as the National Teacher of the Year. In March of 2007, Tom was promoted to the distinguished position of Extension Agent Emeritus with the University of Florida upon his retirement after 36 years of service. Come ask Tom your questions and he will give you the information you need, just as he does in his articles with the Orlando Sentinel.
Joani has been a gardener since childhood helping maintain the family nursery in Maine for a number of years. When moving to Florida she continued her interests working in her own landscape and helping others. She helped husband Tom write several Florida books and has been a co-host of Better Lawns and Gardens, a Saturday radio program for over 25 years. Joani helps produce the Better Lawns & Gardens Web page with a feature "Joani's Corner." She is very active in her craft room with garden art and has been a contributor to "Kids in the Garden" projects for the Orlando Sentinel’s former gardening section. Her favorite plant is an orchid of any type, but she appreciates most plants with color.
Mr. Roberson has been a part of the foliage industry for more than 40 years. He has been involved in foliage sales, horticultural banking, and has been a foliage business owner. In the mid 1980’s he was the Foliage Chairman of the Apopka Art and Foliage Festival. He also played a pivotal role in the creation of the UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center (MREC) in Apopka. Robbie was recently honored by being inducted into the 2020 Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame. We are so pleased to have access to Robbie’s depth of knowledge and experience. Come chat with Robbie and get some great advice!
We are very happy to welcome Theresa as a Plant Doctor for the first time. Ms. Watkins, a landscape designer, horticulturist, garden author, and consultant, designed the landscape for the first certified "green home" in Florida in 2001. Watkins co-hosts the weekly syndicated Better Lawns and Gardens with Tom MacCubbin on 24 Florida radio stations, iHeart, iTunes, and Amazon. Teresa’s first gardening book series, A Gardener’s Compendium: Gardening in a Twitter World in 140 Characters or More, has two published volumes. A third volume will be published in early 2021. Come welcome Theresa to our beautiful festival and bring your horticultural and landscape design questions.