We are the Gardeners of Southwest Florida, an informal group of avid gardeners based around Naples and Fort Myers. Current membership totals almost 400 gardening families. We meet on weekends in club members' gardens, discussing a different gardening topic each time, presented by an expert in that subject. The number who attend these events has ranged from ten to 53 members and visitors. We all learn about the particular problems of gardening in this sub-tropical environment, exchange our excess plants for free, and trade information and advice.

The club is led by experienced gardeners Peter Kacalanos and Suzanne Cherney. Many members of the group focus on planting a variety of wildlife-attracting species of flowers, shrubs, vines and trees, ideally those native to Florida.

At our meetings we've discussed growing flowers, vegetables, fruits, cactus, succulents, bromeliads, orchids, native plants, tropical plants, and trees. Other topics included organic gardening, water gardening, butterfly gardening, wildlife gardening, landscaping, composting, fertilizing, indoor plants, invasive plants, pest management, horticulture, permaculture, and hurricane-resistant trees.

Do you have a gardening business that would be of interest to our members? You can schedule an informative presentation at one of our future meetings to share your knowledge, and let our members know about your company. Your firm can also offer discounts to the members, as a dozen other businesses do, and be listed in the web site's Sponsors section on the left side of each page.

Everyone is welcome to join Gardeners of Southwest Florida. You can instantly sign up with no obligation on the club's informative web site at http://meetup.com/FloridaGardeners. (It won't take long, did it?) The club is free, the meetings are free, the refreshments are free, the advice is free, and your gardening pleasure will increase as you share creative ideas and good conversation with other avid gardeners in our area.

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