On Sunday, December 15, the club will be visiting the beautiful garden and licensed nursery of new member Rege Malone in Naples. He'll give us an informative presentation about the many rare and exotic tropical plants and flowering trees we can grow in this environment. It's always a pleasure to have a garden that's distinctive and unlike our neighbors' gardens.
Rege and his partner Al Sanchez will lead us on an extensive guided tour of their lushly planted garden, where we can examine these unusual plants up close. You can get a preview of some of the flowers we'll be seeing by checking out the photo album on our web site titled Rege Malone's garden. As with most of the photos in all the albums in the site's Photos pages, clicking on each photo can enlarge it to full-screen size. Incidentally, our host is not only a Master Gardener, but also teaches the Master Gardener courses for Collier County. He'll be able to answer all our gardening questions.
Peacocks and horses and goats--oh, my! As we stroll through the grounds we'll meet a whole menagerie of animals who have found a good home in the garden. They include adopted quarter horses, mustangs, Nubian goats, miniature donkeys (with two babies just one month old), chickens, other farm animals, white peacocks and peahens, and many koi swimming in the garden pond. NOTE: Because of all the wildlife here, dogs and other animals are not admitted onto the property, so your pets should be left at home.
In the nursery we'll also see a wide variety of unusual tropical plants and trees. You can buy the ones you'd like to add to your own garden. These are rare and exotic species you would never find at Home Depot, Lowe's, or other big-box stores. Rege has generously offered members of our club a 10% discount off their regular prices. The plants will be sold by club member Leah Ray and other friends of Rege and Al. You can see lists of the plants on the nursery's web site at http://RegeMaloneHorticulturist.com.
The member discount applies not only during this event; you can get it whenever you purchase plants here in the future. This is just one of the nurseries and other businesses that offer our members 10% or 20% discounts and other perquisites ("perks") on presentation of their membership cards. You'll see a complete list of them in our web site's Perks section. The Perks link is in the left-hand column on every page of the site.
As usual at each of our meetings, members who bring their excess plants to display on the free plant-exchange table can take home for their own gardens whichever other plants they like. Members also traditionally bring along their favorite foods and drinks to share with others during the friendly snack-and-chat portion of each meeting. That's how many members have become close friends in what has become essentially an extended family of local gardeners.
Rege has proposed a plant-identification contest for this event. The first person who can identify the plants in any of the four photos below will win during the meeting a free plant chosen by Rege. That means four plants will be won by four members. If you recognize one of the plants, send both the common name and the scientific name by email today to [masked].
To let our host know on line if you can or can't attend this meeting, just scroll up to the top right corner of the screen and click either Yes or No on the link marked RSVP. (If your plans change, you can always come back to this page to revise your reply.) Visitors are always welcome at these free events, so you can invite interested friends and neighbors to come along. If you do, please indicate the number when you submit your RSVP.
Parking is limited on Rege's property, so carpooling with other club members is recommended. Offers and requests for sharing rides to our events are always listed on the web site's Carpooling page. Riding in the company of other gardeners helps to bond members together, and provides a great opportunity to discuss gardening problems and solutions during the ride.
We look forward to meeting at this event many of the new members who recently joined the club. Come along and meet them as well.