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Learn how to enhance your garden with a water lily pond, stream or waterfall

  • Aug 16, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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On Saturday morning, August 16, we'll be returning to Frany Alvarez's ten-acre garden to admire all the fish ponds, streams and waterfalls she's created there. On our previous visit, 21 club members learned the techniques she used to build the first six ponds and short streams and waterfalls. Now we'll see the new 120-foot-long stream and the new ten-foot-tall waterfall, as well as additional new water features and other projects.

Living alone with apparently inexhaustible energy, Frany does all this work herself. She'll give us full details about her unique pond-building techniques, inspiring many gardeners to ponder about becoming ponders themselves. After her water garden class, we'll all get a guided tour around the extensive grounds to admire the many other features of this lovely and whimsical garden.

We'll see a new flower bed planted with lots of roses, day lilies, hostas and sage; a new landscape featuring a small waterfall in front of the house; various tropical and fruit trees planted along the 120-foot stream, an orchard on the east side of the house with many other fruit trees; and additional roses planted along a wall. She's planting nothing in her vegetable garden this year, letting the soil there rest as it does every seven years.

An accomplished carpenter, Frany also created a new fence on the eastern side of the property (primarily to give plants there some needed shade), additional picket fences on the western side and in front of her yard, improvements to the gazebo she had built in the back, and a combination car port and shelter for her horses. She soon will tear out her deck to rebuild it on multiple levels, half of which will be roofed over.

To see 54 captioned photos of the garden as it was on the club's first visit there last autumn, click this green link to Frany's garden. And to see all the new features she's created since then, sign up to attend this event by scrolling up to the RSVP link near the top right corner of the screen. Visitors are always welcome at these free events, so you can invite interested friends to come along. If you do, please include the number when you submit your RSVP.

As usual, members will bring their excess plants for the free plant-exchange table, and take home other plants for their own gardens. And generous members will contribute their favorite snacks and drinks to share with others. Come along to meet some of the new members who recently joined the club. We've grown now to have 325 families as registered members. Wow.

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  • Jon

    After all these great comments I am so sorry I couldnt attend. Next time I will make arrangments for my kids sooner. Can I see some pics somewhere?

    1 · August 17, 2014

    • Suzanne and P.

      As reliable as ever, Jon, Matt posted the 20 photos he took at this event into the web site's Photos section. You'll find them at http://meetup.com/Flo...­. Matt is one of our most valuable members.

      August 17, 2014

    • Jon

      I hope your feeling better Missi, and thanks Suzanne & Peter for the link.

      1 · August 17, 2014

  • CHopper

    Franny has an amazing place. I love what she has done with the place. Peaceful and abundant! It's obvious she loves what she does. Thanks for allowing us into your Shangri-La Franny!

    2 · August 16, 2014

    • Jayne and Bill H.

      Frany, is it possible for our small Garden Club to come tour your place? We do Field Trips the 2nd Wednesday of every month.

      1 · August 17, 2014

    • frany

      of course. Just let me know when you would like to come on down. And I will try to fit you in.

      1 · August 17, 2014

  • Marc

    Awesome host and garden. Learned a lot!

    1 · August 16, 2014

    • Marc

      I have scotch bonnet and bird pepper which are like Tabasco peppers. I can leave them by my gate if you want them. Email me at calusapalmsnursery.com

      1 · August 17, 2014

    • Jayne and Bill H.

      Hi Chopper. Just wanted to let you know my grandmother always said one should not plant peppers and tomatoes together. I'm sure others may know more about this.

      1 · August 17, 2014

  • Bonnie Breedlove H.

    Your place is looking great!

    2 · August 16, 2014

    • frany

      can't wait to see your place (veggie,fruit trees, doggies) When will you host a get together there? you are very knowldegable when it comes to organics! It would be an asset to see your home and talk with you!

      2 · August 17, 2014

  • Leah R.

    Really enjoyed it!

    2 · August 16, 2014

    • frany

      Nice to see you!

      1 · August 17, 2014

  • Linda

    Very nice group. Thanks for a great morning :)

    2 · August 16, 2014

    • frany

      I sent you an email but... Gilbert H. wild in Tennessee, also proven winners ( great prices through amazon) and homestead Fl. there are many vendors there so they compete for your business. And the prices are dirt cheap!

      2 · August 17, 2014

  • Anne H.

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful property. Very enjoyable!

    3 · August 16, 2014

    • frany

      Loved having you!

      1 · August 17, 2014

  • Tammy

    Frany, thanks so much! Was awesome & had a great time!

    1 · August 16, 2014

    • frany

      welcome to the club Tammy! It was great fun having you. Hope to get to know you better on our other expeditions. don't be a stranger.

      2 · August 17, 2014

  • Howard and Joyce W.

    As usual, Frany was excited and entertaining. Her garden was in tiptop shape with a diverse selection of plants. Her ingenuity in turning castoffs into useful garden components is amazing and resourceful.

    3 · August 17, 2014

    • frany

      thank you Howard and Joyce. Howard I would like to talk to you some more on bees. As you are definately and expert on this subject. I believe hands on is much better than book learning (even though it is a great foundation). so maybe we can sit a spell and chat :O)

      1 · August 17, 2014

  • frany

    very cool

    1 · August 16, 2014

  • frany

    alright folks. You're in a for a treat. This year I have had a copious amount of painted buntings, indigo buntings and gold finches feeding on my bird feeders. As always you will see humming birds,blue jays, cardinals and red tailed hawks. If he allows you will even get to see my 2 fox squirrels with their young.

    4 · August 12, 2014

    • frany

      thanx Peter. wish you and Suzanne could be here. Hope she's up and about and we get to see you both home safe !

      2 · August 12, 2014

    • Suzanne and P.

      Suzanne's recovery from her major surgery is going well, Frany, and she'll soon be her active self again. We'll be back in Naples in early September, and look forward to attending most of the club's events.

      August 13, 2014

  • frany

    Also, there is plenty of parking. When you enter the property you can go straight towards the house and park there. Or veere to the right and there is a long trail of pine needles where you can park also.

    1 · August 12, 2014

  • Jean P.

    Sounds amazing!!! I have to work Saturday so I can't make it. :(

    1 · August 10, 2014

    • Suzanne and P.

      You'll be missed at this event, Jean, but we look forward to seeing you again at the other events on the club's schedule.

      August 10, 2014

  • Claire MacMillan plus 1

    Sorry to be missing this. I'd really like to learn how to create a water effect. Everyone in the group is so knowledgable. I learn something at each meeting.

    1 · July 25, 2014

    • frany

      Claire you are more than welcome to my home anytime from 7-11. just come on by I am always in the yard.

      1 · July 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So wish I could attend this one, but already have plans. We have a pond that has been neglected by previous owner and would like to learn how to get it in shape again.

    1 · July 30, 2014

    • frany

      I am available in the mornings 7-11 anytime. I love going to see ponds so it would be my pleasure.

      1 · July 31, 2014

    • frany

      except Sundays :O)

      1 · July 31, 2014

  • Missi

    Thanks for planning another meetup Frany! I missed your last one!

    3 · July 24, 2014

    • frany

      I was sooo happy to see your name on the yes list! can't wait to chat with you.

      1 · July 24, 2014

  • frany

    hi all! Lots of changes have resulted since our last shin-dig. Looking forward to having you all over. Come with questions, smiles and a hardy appetite.

    1 · July 24, 2014

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