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.