An expert horticulturist with the ability to make complex topics easy and fun. A published author who provides information on a wide variety of topics in the classroom, print and online including topics in homeowner landscape practices, commercial landscape operations and horticultural science. A self starter with the knowledge of what it takes to get the job done and the willingness to serve customers, clients, and personnel professionally to ensure a satisfactory and delighted outcome.
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Gardening has been in our family for as long as I can remember. Granny Cloud, fondly known as ‘Big Momma’ was a teacher, but when I knew her, she was a nurserywoman growing plants in the back yard and selling them for “egg money.” Big Momma could grow anything; even a broom handle stuck in the ground would grow for her. She was fond of telling tails of Florida and predicting the weather. Granny Cloud also took it on herself to “fix” my education about growing things from THAT school, the University of Florida, though she attended the University herself.
I have a Bachelors degree from the University of Florida and a Masters degree from Florida A&M University. I have worked in this industry for over thirty years as everything from a business owner, teacher, and extension agent to landscape maintenance employee, manager, writer, and recycler. Whether it was taking out the garbage, hiring employees or paying the bills, I have done it. What I love best though is sharing what I have learned. Currently, I am a work Horticulturist and Property Manager, I teach as an Adjunct Professor with Palm Beach State College, work with folks in my business as a Landscape Counselor, and do some freelance writing including a regular column for Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers.
We all are from somewhere else and wherever we are from, gardening just like living, is different from where you grew up. To be a successful gardener, you must be able to adapt to local conditions and as tough as it...
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Carol Cloud Bailey ¿ Landscape Counselor
2004 - Present
A business based on making lives easier by offering advice and consultation on effective and efficient landscape management as well as by writing and teaching for consumers and students. Top...
BallenIsles Community Association, Inc.
Florida Licensed Community Association Manager
2010 - 2014
Managed all aspects of grounds and landscape for a large gated community. Oversaw the operations of landscape contractors who maintain approximately $5 million dollars of high end landscapes. Wrote...
Martin County/University of Florida Extension Serv
CED and Extension Agent
1999 - 2004
Provided leadership, management and administration to support the County Extension unit. As CED fostered effective working relationships with clientele, county officials, community leaders, media,...