Guided tour of garden & nursery, with plant raffle & plant exchange

Our meeting on April 7 will feature an informative presentation by professional horticulturist Marc Gingras, the owner of Calusa Palms Nursery in Naples. We'll learn all about the climate needs of the tropical and sub-tropical fruits and vegetables that we can grow here in southwest Florida. Marc, a member of our garden group, will also recommend ten palm trees that are better choices for our gardens than the standard Queen palms and Washington palms.

We'll also get a guided tour of Marc's home garden, which features tropical hammock natives (many of which attract butterflies), and of his commercial nursery. To get a preview of the nursery, check out its web site at http://CalusaPalmsNursery.com. Note that this is one of the nurseries that offer our members a 10% discount on all purchases, so this would be a good time to pick up some plants at bargain prices. If you have any questions, you can call Marc at [masked].

Two special tables will be set up at this meeting to provide more plants for the gardens of those who attend: Bring along any extra potted plants, cuttings or seeds that you don't need, and place them on the Exchange Table. Then pick up whichever potted plants, cuttings or seeds on the table that you can use for your own garden. We have an exchange like this at all our meetings.

For the free Plant Raffle table, members may bring along one or more unusual, rare, high-quality, or otherwise distinctive plants. Those who do will be given a numbered raffle ticket for each plant they bring. When the first raffle number is called at random, the holder can choose whichever plant on the table he or she wants. The holder of the second number called can choose from the remaining plants, and so on until all these striking plants are gone to bring beauty to new home gardens.

As usual at these meetings, light drinks and snacks will accompany all discussions. Members can always bring more refreshments to share with others, helping to bond gardening friendships.

To let us know if you can or can't attend the April 7 meeting, please click on the web site's RSVP link to answer either Yes or No. Visitors are always welcome at these free events, so you can invite interested neighbors to attend. Please indicate the number of guests you're inviting when you RSVP. We look forward to seeing you at this informative event.

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  • Marc

    Congrats to Doris Miller who won the $30.00 gift certificate from the drawing of those that entered at the meeting.

    April 17, 2013

    • Suzanne and Peter

      And a big thanks to Marc, who contributed that gift certificate. He also organized the drawing that fairly distributed so many plants to the members, including even the members who hadn't participated. We look forward to having him give our group another tour of his nursery next year.

      April 17, 2013

  • Marc

    It was great seeing all of you that could attend. Thank you for all those that contributed to the exchange tables. It is great to make our landscapes more diverse and unique. These meetings held at different members' gardens are a great tool to see what works in this region.

    1 · April 8, 2013

  • Suzanne and Peter

    With 33 members and guests attending, this meeting was our largest yet. (As some snowbird members fly back north to their other homes, we expect the next few events to be a bit smaller.) Calusa Palms Nursery owner Marc Gingras started the meeting off with a very informative tour through acres of his trees and shrubs. He answered everyone's questions about each plant, pointing out which varieties grow best in our sub-tropical environment.

    Our meeting was held in the large tiki hut. Members who contributed to the plant-exchange table were given numbered tickets, and a lottery drawing decided in what order those members could choose from the dozens of plants available. Everyone could take home any remaining plants, so quite a few gardens will soon be enhanced with those additions.

    At the end of the meeting, many took advantage of the nursery's special sale of hundreds of plants, receiving an additional 10% off the sale prices because of their membership in our club. A good meeting!

    2 · April 7, 2013

    • Suzanne and Peter

      And thank YOU, Missi, for generously bringing so many plants for the plant-exchange table. This was your first meeting with us. I sense you're going to be a very valuable member.

      1 · April 7, 2013

    • Missi

      I'm always happy to share! I'd rather my plant cuttings go to good homes rather than my compost pile! :)

      1 · April 8, 2013

  • Fred Rump

    Nice garden but expected a meet and greet.

    1 · April 7, 2013

    • Missi

      Yes, a meet & greet would have been nice! Good idea. Then again, I was 15 minutes late & might have missed it anyhow :(

      April 7, 2013

    • Suzanne and Peter

      The host of each meeting makes all the decisions about activities to take place at his or her event. When we next host a meeting in our own garden, we'll start with a meet-and-greet session. Thanks for the suggestion, Fred.

      1 · April 7, 2013

  • Lisa Ohlert

    We had a great time going through Marc's property. We also came home with quite a few of the plants he has for sale. I am so happy to have found this group here in Naples and love meeting new members.

    2 · April 7, 2013

  • Fred Rump

    Some of us have met previously as descendants of Dave's Garden and before Facebook. We also know each other from the Tropical Delights FB pages where we show our various acquisitions and garden pictures.

    1 · April 7, 2013

  • Debbie Lopez

    VERY INFORMATIVE MEETING

    April 7, 2013

  • Missi

    Bringing along Mum :)

    April 6, 2013

    • Etelka Kovacs

      Missi this is E.T. do u remember me?are u also with this garden group?how are u? nice to see u.

      April 7, 2013

    • Missi

      Hi E.T. This was my first meet up. Where you there today?

      April 7, 2013

  • Missi

    Beautiful! Love those exotic sabal palms!

    April 7, 2013

  • Missi

    What a beautiful property! My mum & I were late & only caught the back side of the tour but we really enjoyed it! I especially loved the "exotic" sabal palms! I'd love some of those for my yard!

    1 · April 7, 2013

  • Fred Rump

    I did this twice already. The garden was wonderful.

    April 7, 2013

  • Colleen

    So wanted to be there! But in real estate and need to make hay while the sun shines!

    April 7, 2013

  • Alisande Cunningham

    Does anyone want to carpool from mid Naples on 41 near Rooms to Go and Ohio Ave? Please contact me, I have a big van.

    April 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Everyone, did someone say that a bridge was out on White St.? If so, what is the best way to get to the nursery?

      April 6, 2013

    • Suzanne and Peter

      Nursery owner Marc Gingras posted a note about the bridge detour below, George. You can also find directions directly under the nursery's address, above.

      April 6, 2013

  • Alisande Cunningham

    I have to go North sooner than expected. Catch you next year. Thanks for organizing Suzanne and Peter.

    April 6, 2013

  • Sandra

    Sorry, I can't make it tomorrow

    April 6, 2013

  • doris miller

    Look forward to this meeting, hope they sale fruit trees.

    April 1, 2013

    • Marc

      Hello Doris I do not sell fruit trees. Hopkins Nursery are growers of their own material and have an extensive selection.

      April 2, 2013

  • Jean Paskalides

    My husband George will also attend this event.

    April 1, 2013

  • Deborah Silver

    Sorry Alen and I will not be available to meet with the group. See you next time!

    April 1, 2013

  • Marc

    I look forward to meeting you all on Sunday. If possible please carpool to the meetup as parking will be limited with this size of a group. Reminder that the bridge is out on White Blvd so use the detour from Golden Gate Blvd. There is a new light at Golden Gate Blvd and 23rd, just head south.

    April 1, 2013

  • Fred Rump

    Will be at Tropiflora but will get back to this by Sunday afternoon.

    March 28, 2013

  • Missi

    This will be my first meeting for this group. Excited to meet everyone and share plants! Marc has awesome plants so the tour will be great. looking forward to seeing philos growing in trees :) Might bring guests. Will update that when I have a ciybt.

    March 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    bringing my wife Ann.

    March 17, 2013

  • Margaret & Karl Klingforth

    Margaret and I are looking forward to attending..

    March 17, 2013

  • Lisa Ohlert

    Joe and I will be attending. We love planting new things in our vast garden.

    March 16, 2013

  • Deborah Silver

    Alen and I are looking forward

    January 26, 2013

  • Carol Francis

    I'll bring plants, too!

    October 31, 2012

  • Suzanne and Peter

    Other gardening experts are invited to make informative presentations at future meetings, to share their knowledge about specific garden plants or gardening techniques. Just contact us for help in selecting an ideal time and place for your event, and we'll post all the details in our meeting schedule on this web site.

    October 28, 2012

  • Suzanne and Peter

    We're eager to tour Marc's garden and nursery to learn more about gardening with tropicals, and to exchange plants with other club members. We hope everyone will bring along interested friends and neighbors to this free and informative event.

    October 28, 2012

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