The December 2 meeting will be held in the 36'x60' screened enclosure in the club leaders' half-acre garden in Naples. This event is designed to provide novice gardeners with all the basic information they'll need to garden in the semi-tropical environment we have in southwest Florida. Experienced gardeners will attend to answer beginners' questions and provide additional practical advice.
A wide assortment of topics will be addressed, to cover the broad range of interests we gardeners enjoy. We'll discuss which flowering shrubs and trees are best for attracting native Florida butterflies, birds and other wildlife to our gardens. Experts will explain which palms and other trees have proven to be the most resistant to Florida hurricanes. Conversations about basic landscape designing can inspire club members to remake their gardens to look more natural, or more formal, whichever they prefer.
The meeting hosts will show how raised flower beds can make gardening more comfortable for seniors, and how container gardening can beautifully display attractive plants. You'll see how large plastic storage boxes and tubs can be sunk into the ground to easily create small ponds for growing lotus, papyrus and other exotic aquatics. The hosts' mini-orchard includes tropical fruit trees producing papayas, grapefruits, oranges, tangerines, tangelos, key limes, Meyer lemons, mangoes, avocados, bananas, star fruits, and pineapples. Some of these fruits will be included in the snacks and drinks served at each club meeting.
You'll learn how to build a compost bin which in time will convert garden trash into rich garden loam for your plants, how to recognize and control garden pests without endangering the environment, how to use the proper fertilizers to increase the growth and flowering of each kind of plant, and get tips on raising orchids, bromeliads, cactus, succulents, bog plants, and others requiring specific conditions.
Other topics likely to come up include replacing lawns with a wide variety of alternative ground-covers that are much better for the ecology; creating new plants from old by air-layering, ground-layering, and giving cuttings a good start with rooting hormone in a boggy planting bed; choosing native Florida plants and removing invasive plants; and any other subjects under the sun that members tend to bring up during meetings.
To let the hosts know whether you can or can't attend this get-together, just click either Yes or No on the web site's RSVP link. Visitors are always welcome at these free events, so invite any interested friends and neighbors to come along. Please indicate the number of visitors you're inviting when you RSVP. We expect this meeting to be as informative and successful as each of the previous get-togethers held here. We're looking forward to seeing you on December 2.