Garden club member Isabel Way has invited all members to attend this big annual two-day garden show. You can visit it on Saturday, October 26, or on Sunday instead; details are in a separate listing.
Here's the University of Florida IFAS Extension's description of the Yard and Garden Show:
Come to the SW Florida Yard and Garden Show this October! The SW FL Yard and Garden show will not only offer a variety of vendors, local and from around the state, that will bring you a wide range of incredible plants, but will also have some remarkable invited guest speakers (horticulture experts) and gardening demos from our very knowledgeable Master Gardeners both days throughout the day.
The 2013 Yard and Garden Show will be held on Saturday, October 26 from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. and Sunday, October 27th from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at the University of Florida IFAS Extension Collier County Office at 14700 Immokalee Road, ten miles west of I-75 and adjacent to the county fairgrounds.
Entrance admission, payable in cash while parking, is $3.00 for adults; children 12 and under are free. But hold on to your tickets, as you might be the winner of one of our hourly door prizes courtesy of our vendors. All proceeds are used to support the Master Gardeners’ education programs.
This year’s show features more than 30 vendors offering an extraordinary collection of plants and other garden related items. You'll find bromeliads, orchids, palms, tropical shrubs and trees, a variety of ground covers, fruit trees, succulents, herbs and vegetables, fragrant tropical and colorful native and non-native plants that attract birds (even hummingbirds) and butterflies, heliconias and gingers. You also won’t want to miss the large selection of garden décor items and other garden accessories including pottery and old cypress wood to mount your plants. Don’t worry if you buy more plants than you are able to carry as the extension 4-H youth will have wagons to assist you with your purchases.
The Collier County Extension 4-H youth will also have plenty of food and beverages available for sell throughout the weekend. All profits help support the youth education programs.
Naples Botanical Garden, the Collier County Community Garden Initiative, Collier Soil and Water Conservation District, the Florida Native Plant Society and the University of Florida Citrus Research & Education Center will have displays and educational materials for the public.
Whether you are a new gardener in need of sensible advice, or a seasoned pro, you’ll find the Master Gardener plant clinic, our featured seminars and hands-on demonstrations filled with valuable education and entertainment! The Master Gardeners Plant Clinic will be open throughout the show to provide plant care tips, and disease/pest diagnostics for your new purchases and your existing landscape. Please make sure you bring your plant/pest samples on a sealed bag.
Take a little extra time to tour the beautiful Horticultural Learning Center gardens and fruit orchard, exhibiting the wonderful variety of plants performing well here in southwest Florida. Our gardens are brimming with ideas that will get your garden projects blossoming. No matter your style or needs, you’ll find inspiration for shade gardens, butterfly gardens, edible gardening, and more.
This year, the Collier County Extension Master Gardeners will offer hands-on demonstration at their booth located adjacent to the building.
Saturday's Master Gardener Free Demonstrations
12:00 PM: Growing Bromeliads, by Tony Donzello, Master Gardener
2:00 PM: Repotting Orchids, by Kris Morton, Master Gardener
Free Talks by Educational Speakers in the Multi-Purpose Room
10:00 AM: Palm Seed Germination, by Jimmy Dorsey
11:00 AM: Growing citrus in the home landscape, by Dr. Bob Rouse, UF/IFAS Citrus Specialist
1:00 PM: Tropical Fruit Trees, by Billy Hopkins, Hopkins Nursery
3:00 PM: Pruning Practices, by Dr. Doug Caldwell, UF/IFAS Extension
Garden club leaders Peter and Suzanne normally distribute name tags and membership cards to members attending the club's meetings. But members can arrive at and leave this big garden show at any time during its eight hours, so getting together is impractical. Members can still recognize one another on the grounds from previous meetings they attended, or from their profile photos, and can choose to tour the show together. To let other members know on line if you will or won't attend, please do click either Yes or No at the RSVP link near the upper right corner of the screen. If you indicate you'll be there, we'll be looking for you at the show.