Teresa Watkins is a recognized leader on environmentally-friendly landscapes. A horticulturist and environmental consultant, Watkins writes down-to-earth advice in her, “Gardening with Soul” articles. in 2001, Watkins designed landscaping for the first home in Florida to be certified as a “green home.” National business publications, green builder magazines, Internet websites, and gardening magazines quote Teresa’s articles and philosophy of gardening. Her background ranges from designing beautiful landscapes for clients, writing gardening articles for magazines, and helping homeowner associations conserve water and protect their communities’ resources with their landscaping covenants.
Over 30,000 Florida homeowners have attended Teresa’s landscaping workshops and gardening programs earning Ms. Watkins the AWWA‟s Florida Water Education Association’s 2007 Public Education Award.
Watkins hosts her award-winning call-in gardening radio show; “In Your Backyard” that streams live Tuesdays 1pm – 2pm on WLBE My790am http://my790am.com/show-pages/in-your-backyard.html.
A Fellow and past Vice President on the Board of Directors for UF/IFAS Florida Natural Resource Leadership Institute Alumni Association, Teresa was the environmental landscape consultant for the Green Builder-Vision House 2008, showcased at the 2008 International Home Builders Show and Green Builder-Vision House 2011 and ReVision House 2011 highlighting edible landscaping at the International Builders Show January 2011. Watkins was awarded Florida Natural Resource Leadership Institute’s 2011 Alumni Award for significant contributions to resolving conflict through leadership.
When not designing landscapes or digging with her hands in someone else’s backyard, you can find Teresa digging in her own garden, always on the look-out for slugs and lubber grasshoppers; creatures, that she adamantly swears do not have souls, aided in that effort by MacTavish, legendary terrier lubber hunter.