Joyce Starr is a freelance writer with over ten years of experience writing fact-based articles for numerous publications and private clients. She is working on two books - one about landscaping with tropical plants and a fictional paranormal period piece. She has covered a variety of subjects during her freelance career, but her expertise lies in the fields of all things to do with horticulture and gardening, travel and outdoor recreation and food. Joyce shares her passion about her subjects through her writing, taking the mystery out of complex topics.
Joyce has been a small-business owner for 25 years, owning and operating A&J Starr Services LLC, a landscape & design and consulting business. She formerly owned and operated a lawn maintenance company and garden center. She held a professional gardener’s certificate and earned certificates in landscape design and xeriscaping. Her gardening articles appear in numerous publications and on private client sites such as the San Francisco Gate Chronicle Home Guides, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Gardening Guides, 1-800-Flowers and Grow Seed.
A lifelong gardener, Joyce has many years of hands-in-the-dirt experience pertaining to propagation, pest and disease-control, organics, planting and growing a vast variety of plant types and designing landscapes. She specializes in tropical plants, salt- and drought-tolerant gardens, herbs and native plants. Living on the Florida coast, Joyce knows how to garden in difficult environments that are salty, sunny, hot and devoid of water.
When she is not inside sharing her gardening passion through her writing, you can find her wandering through and working in her jungle of a landscape where she has created a native plant sanctuary for wildlife. Her desire is to share her knowledge and experience, showing everyone there is an inner peace working in the garden watching your work spring to life.
Travel and Outdoor Recreation
Joyce loves to travel and enjoys writing about her experiences and locations she has only dreamed about visiting. An avid outdoor enthusiast, she has visited or camped in every state and national park throughout Florida and Georgia. She is now marking off visits and stays in North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Alabama. Her outdoor experience also includes salt and freshwater fishing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking and whitewater rafting.
Articles about her travel experiences have appeared in publications and sites such as Campstake, Trails, Trails Travel, Banner Knives and Livestrong Travel. She was a ghostwriter for a U.K. publisher contributing work to travel book designed for British travelers visiting the Orlando, Florida, area. Her contribution covered the topics of accommodations and outdoor recreational sites. Every chance Joyce has to get away from work and home finds her planning and enjoying a new traveling adventure.
Food and Cooking
Hailing from a long line of wonderful cooks, Joyce has spent her life whipping up something good to eat in the kitchen. Her specialties revolve around creative and passed down recipes of all things Southern, baked goods and comfort foods. You will never go hungry when visiting her house. Although, she reads cookbooks like novels and has them lining a shelf; she uses them to come up with her own versions of dishes. Even when she is camping outdoors, you can bet you will always get something special to eat and not standard campground foods, though she also makes a mean hamburger.
Joyce has experience working in restaurants, which include everything from fish camp food to fine-dining. Her recipes and food articles covering a variety of topics, including how to cook game meats, appear on numerous sites.