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About Tom MacCubbin

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Who in the world is Tom MacCubbin?

Well, if you live in Florida you probably already know.  But if you're live outside the state you're probably not familiar with Florida's foremost expert on lawn and garden issues.

Tom has hosted the "Better Lawns & Gardens" radio program for more than 18 years and is heard every Saturday morning on more than 20 radio stations throughout Florida.

Tom is the author of the articles on this web site plus  a horticultural column and a weekly feature for the Orlando Sentinel. He's also written 6 books including "Florida Home Grown", the "Edible Landscape", "Month by Month Gardening in Florida", co-author of the "Florida Gardener's Guide", and was a contributor to the 1997 "Sunset National Garden Book".

Over the years, Tom has hosted "Florida Home Grown" and "Indoor Gardens" on public television stations in Florida and the southeast. He also makes appearances on Bright House Network's news channel in Central Florida.

Tom's "real" job has been the Orange County Urban Horticulturist until he retired in April, 2007.  He was employed by the county and the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences - a division of the University of Florida at Gainesville. He is now an Extension Agent Emeritus with a full professor equivalent at U of F. His primary assignment has been to assist Florida homeowners in the development and maintenance of home gardens, landscapes, turf and ornamentals which he continues through his many media programs.

Tom is running out of wall space where he hangs his awards. Here's the short list:

Year Organization Award
1979 Florida Nurserymen and Growers Association Best Garden Editor (state)
1980 National Association of County Agricultural Agents Outstanding Young Agent Award
1983 Florida Nurserymen and Growers Association Best Horticultural Writer
1985 National Association of County Agricultural Agents Personal Column and Feature Story
1985 American Nurseryman's Association Garden Communications Award
1987 Florida Nurserymen and Growers Association Best Horticultural Writer
1987 National Association of County Agricultural Agents Distinguished Service Award
1997 Epsilon Sigma Phi Extension Honorary Distinguished Service Award
1998 National Association of County Agricultural Agents Best Radio Program -"Better Lawns & Gardens"
2000 National Association of County Agricultural Agents Best Radio Program in the Southeast -"Better Lawns & Gardens"
2001 National Council of State Garden Clubs, Inc. Award of Excellence for work as a county horticulture agent and for effective involvement with media programming
2007 American Horticultural Society Teacher of the Year Award

Last, but certainly not least, we must mention the woman behind the man. If you're a listener to "Better Lawns & Gardens" you may be familiar with the voice in the background from Tom's wife Joani.  Joani has served as co-producer and call screener of the radio show for several years.  We're not exactly sure, but we suspect that Joani does the majority of the gardening around the MacCubbin household. 

Joani has "her own little corner in the garden".  Visit Joani's Corner.

- Jim Poling, Webmaster - "BetterLawns.com"