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Return to a tropical paradise: Another visit to Rege Malone's garden and nursery

  • Feb 8, 2014 · 12:00 PM
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Many of the 47 gardeners who attended the club's recent excursion here have asked for a return visit, so our host Rege Malone has generously invited us back for another tour of this veritable Garden of Eden. Our events usually last only two hours, but there are so many beautiful plants and animals to see here that we'll be enjoying the place from 12 noon to 3 PM.

We'll all meet on the patio beside the large koi pond. Rege will lead groups of about 15 members at a time on informative guided tours of the extensive property, so that everyone in each group can hear his explanations of what we're seeing. The tours will include visits to areas our members didn't see last time. The first 45-minute tour will start around noon, the second at about 12:45, and so on.

Those who would prefer to explore the grounds on their own will be given a handout for a self-guided tour. They can use it to go through the garden, the nursery, the barn with farm animals, and the menagerie with other creatures. Signs will be placed throughout the property so we'll all know where we are.

Rege and his partner Al will have someone in the nursery to assist us and answer questions about each plant. Someone in the barn will introduce the farm animals to us, including all the babies born since our last visit. A few of them, along with some new plants, are listed near the bottom of this page. Note that your own pets should be left at home when you visit here, lest they disturb the animals on this property.

At 2 PM everyone should gather on the patio beside the pond. That's when Rege will give us an informative program about soil-less potting mixes, plant propagation, and how to make a "patio rooting greenhouse" using recycled plastic bins or just clear plastic bags. If time and interest allow, he'll also demonstrate the technique of air-layering to create a rooted stem without cutting it off its parent plant. Rege is a Master Gardener, and helps teach such techniques in Collier County's courses for new Master Gardeners.

Our host should know how many people plan to attend this event. You can indicate on line whether you can or can't come by clicking either Yes or No at the RSVP link near the top right corner of the screen. If your plans later change, just return to this page to revise your answer. You can always invite friends to come along to these free events. Please include the number you're inviting when you submit your RSVP.

As usual, members will bring their favorite foods and drinks to share with others during the snack-and-chat portions of our get-togethers. And those who bring their excess garden plants for the plant-exchange table can take home for their own gardens whichever other plants they like. Generous gardeners always share their extra bounty with other members of the club.

Note that parking is no longer limited on Rege's property. As on our earlier visit there, the farm animals will all be moved to their pens for this event, so we can park our cars in the open field at the back end of the property. That doesn't preclude sharing rides to this event if you enjoy carpooling with other club members. Offers and requests for sharing rides are always listed on the web site's Carpooling page, accessed by clicking this green link. 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.

Among the new and unusual tropical plants we'll be seeing during the tours are an orange-flowered Medanilla (a third variety), and a new dwarf Taiwan sugar palm (Arenga engleri). We might see in bloom the yellow geiger tree, white powder puff, lover's tree, yellow desert cassia, orange-flowered persekia cactus, and white fragrant dombeya. The herald's trumpet (Beaumontia grandiflora), New Guinea trumpet (Tecomanthe dendrofila), Panama queen (Aphelandra sinclairiana) and others are loaded with buds, and should be in their glory by showtime.

All these varieties, and hundreds of others potted up in the nursery, can be bought for your own garden. Rege generously offers all registered members of our club a 10% discount on all purchases--not only during this event, but always. Details are on the section of our web site which lists the discounts and other perquisites offered to our members by nine local nurseries and other organizations. Click this green link to reach the Perks section. The link is also in the left-hand column on every page of the web site.

The liveliest features we admired on the club's previous visit to Rege and Al's were the many domestic and wild animals on the property. These include horses, donkeys, goats, chickens, turkeys, ducks, white and colorful peacocks and peahens, parrots, macaws, cockatoos, and deer. The latest additions are the eight babies born since our previous visit. Among them are Nubian goats born on December 30 and January 3, including quadruplets from supermom Waverly. Bring your camera to take closeup photos of the animals and magnificent blooms, then post your best shots on the club's web site to make those who couldn't attend really jealous.

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  • Ruth

    Rege,
    I'm new to the group but thoroughly enjoyed seeing your plants, animals & hearing your knowledge. I'd love to learn to have my own little edible paradise. But I also need to learn to do it as inexpensively as possible. For years I thought it would be so cool to be able to grow my own food & have something edible year round to eat from my yard. I have a few challenges. I don't have a green thumb. And I haven't met people that share my same interests in growing their own food.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Ruth

    1 · February 15, 2014

    • Suzanne and P.

      Dozens of members in this garden club grow their own fruits and vegetables, Ruth. They're always willing to offer advice to newcomers, so ask them questions and benefit from their experience.

      February 15, 2014

  • Claire M.

    I've already said the visit was a great event to me. My neighbor came by just as the final items were being ordered. She is planning to re landscape and wants to come with her friend who is "into" gardens so they can also select some items. If it is ok, I will make arrangements when it is convenient for all. We need more "Rege" in Port Royal protecting the environment while continuing to beautify!

    1 · February 12, 2014

  • Linda C.

    rege, did you see my question about the name of the shrub with the blue aster-like flowers? Linda

    February 11, 2014

  • Jan

    A special "thank You" to Rege Malone for sharing a very informative day!!! A paradise you just have to see to believe and appreciate!!!

    1 · February 11, 2014

  • diane s.

    We will not be able to get there before 1 PM but look forward to it. Thanks Diane +1

    1 · February 6, 2014

    • Missi

      Next time I'll lug around a cooler of water bottles for you!

      1 · February 11, 2014

  • Missi

    HOORAY!!!! Thanks Rege & Al! You guys ROCK!!

    January 12, 2014

    • Missi

      NO WAY! Did I really?? Too cool :D Thank you! Always great to see you! I love learning from you & laughing! Always a joy.

      1 · February 11, 2014

  • Linda C.

    Got a question. At the beginning of the tour, Rege took us to a newly planted area. One shrub had blue aster-like flowers. What was its name? It sounded like Forma or Phorma. I wanted to research it. Thanks!

    1 · February 10, 2014

  • Claire M.

    Thank you for a wonderful day! I bought a number of plants for my little garden. Now, if only I could remember all their names. My notes are hysterical! I've been trying to search my three plant books without much success. Had a nice morning today wandering my yard and thinking about where I want to plant some of my new " friends" and remembering our great visit. I'm exhausted and I haven't started planting. Can hardly wait until tomorrow for planting.

    1 · February 10, 2014

  • Matt

    Very nice and great to return to his garden to enjoy his animals and plants. His expertise is very much appreciated.

    1 · February 9, 2014

  • Jerry R.

    A litle piece of paradise

    1 · February 8, 2014

  • Claire M.

    Would like to go every week!

    1 · February 8, 2014

  • Catherine S.

    Great!

    1 · February 8, 2014

  • Lisa O.

    I was mesmerized entering this property. Absolutely beautiful is all I can say. I thoroughly enjoyed this meet up. Thank you so much Regie for sharing this with us.

    1 · February 8, 2014

  • diane s.

    interesting place to visit. Enjoyed it

    1 · February 8, 2014

  • Lorie M.

    So sorry I can't make it....it looks fantastic

    February 7, 2014

    • Suzanne and P.

      Maybe if we all beg, Lorie, Rege might consider inviting the club back for a third visit in a few months.

      February 7, 2014

  • Rachel S

    I already have another commitment. Want to do this next time its offered.

    February 7, 2014

    • Suzanne and P.

      We're sorry we won't meet you this time, Rachel, but we look forward to seeing you at future club events.

      February 7, 2014

  • Fred R.

    I have company from Belize who came to see my garden and we have an appointment at another bromeliad garden in Ft Myers at 10AM plus a later lunch. So I doubt that we'll be back in time but who knows. I still want to visit with Rege.

    1 · February 7, 2014

  • Margaret & Karl K.

    So sorry we will not be able to be there to see those "Gardens of Eden". M and K

    February 7, 2014

  • Leah R.

    Rege, I will happy to help out in anyway.

    February 6, 2014

  • regina w.

    Found out about this group at the MG Lecture series in Naples. I have commitents in Feb, but look forward to future meetups. Looks very cool!

    1 · February 6, 2014

  • Mary G.

    Sorry to miss this. I have a prior commitment.

    February 2, 2014

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