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Lucy Beebe Tobias

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Nancy Buschar, Lucy Tobias and Brenda Spalding with their garden books at the recent Sarasota Garden Club’s Gardeners Marketplace in Sarasota. Photo by Merideth Stranton


Background: Award-winning reporter, environmental writer, and photographer Lucy Beebe Tobias retired after 23 years with New York Times regional newspapers in Florida to pursue adventures in both wild and great places yearning to be discovered in Florida.

Lucy is a correspondent for the Sarasota Herald Tribune, writes for Visit Sarasota County and contributes to local, regional and national magazines.

Her first book “50 Great Walks in Florida” published by University Press of Florida in 2008, was selected to be part of their Wild Florida series. It takes you on short but significant jaunts to fascinating places all over the state. Want to know more? Invite Lucy for a fun talk and book signing to your group. The pictures are fabulous. And let’s take a walk! “50 Great Walks in Florida” is listed on UPF’s bestselling back list.

In 2011 her book “Florida Gardens Gone Wild” debuted as both a print and e book available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and her website.

In 2015 the second edition entitled “Florida Gardens Gone Wild(er)” debuted in March – with new chapters, and 23 color photographs. It even has a recipe for dirt. A must for any gardener’s library.

Lucy is both the writer and illustrator of her first children’s book “Mary Margaret Manatee: the adventures of a young Florida manatee” published in 2013.

Lucy served up videos, blogs and stories about real Florida as Authentic Florida Expert for two years at 

She continues unique travel, gardening and environment adventures at You can sign up for her Saturday Morning magazine (free) that comes in your e mail once a month – things to do around Florida. To subscribe, go to

Her stand alone e book, published December 2012 is “10 Florida Great Walks Around Gainesville and Ocala” and is available on Kindle.

She is available for book signings and energetic Powerpoint presentations about any her books or the process of getting published in the digital age.

Her motto is: “Off the couch and out the door into undiscovered Florida, and take your dog with you!”

At the end of the day, it is all about going native and embracing this amazing space called Florida.

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Lucy is a member of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association, and a volunteer with the Mote Marine Turtle Patrol plus Sunshine Corgi Rescue and a member of ABC Books 4 Children and Adults.
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