ARTISTREE SPOTLIGHT: Joe Mantkowski

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ArtisTree Landscape Designer Joe Mantkowski grew up in Southwest Florida, helping his dad with their growing landscape business. His lifetime of working around the area’s lush landscapes inspired Joe to seek a career in the green industry, and now as a successful landscape designer, he serves many of the region’s most discerning clients and luxury builders. When meeting with clients, Joe quickly gets to the pertinent questions of color and design preferences, then moves on to the Continue Reading

FAN-SHAPED CARANDAY PALM ATTRACTS SARASOTA FANS

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Stand up and give this cold-hardy, rare palm a big hand. The crowd-pleasing Caranday palm (copernicia alba) is perfect for your Sarasota landscape.  Planted as a primary focal point or in a group, we guarantee this gorgeous specimen (which can withstand temperatures below freezing) will not only elicit big oohs and aahs from your neighbors, but also draw you outside to simply just gaze at it. Native to South America, the Caranday palm has a, gray, hardy trunk topped with fan-shaped fronds Continue Reading

CHILL OUT YOUR FLORIDA LANDSCAPE WITH ASIAN SNOW

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Looking for a versatile show-stopper that will freeze you in your tracks? Consider Asian Snow -- a rare tropical shrub boasting delicate, star-shaped blooms all year long. Also known as Snowflake, Arctic Snow and Milky Way, this little beauty is a nice breath of fresh air amidst the usual green tropical plants that Floridians are so accustomed to. Its snowy white flowers are so simple in form, yet so attractive in sheer numbers when planted near dark green foliage. You’ll also be delighted Continue Reading

BEE INFORMED: WHY YOUR SW FLORIDA LANDSCAPE NEEDS POLLINATORS

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Bees can get a bad reputation for their painful sting; however, their presence in your Southwest Florida landscape is extremely important to our eco-system. As Einstein once said, “If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live.” Well, bees are disappearing, but creating a garden that attracts bees and other pollinators can help. So, how do you attract pollinators to your landscape? ArtisTree has a few tips. •Use plants that require Continue Reading