A new attendance record was created when 53 garden club members attended our free day at The Butterfly Estates. We admired hundreds of butterflies flying all around us in the glass conservatory created by the Florida Native Butterfly Society.
We are the Gardeners of Southwest Florida, an informal group of avid gardeners based around Naples and Fort Myers. Membership and everything else is free in this group; all expenses are paid by leaders Peter Kacalanos and Suzanne Cherney. Current membership totals over 900 gardening families. We usually meet on most weekends in club members' gardens or local nurseries, discussing a different gardening topic each time, presented by an expert in that subject. The number who attend these events has ranged from ten to 81 members and visitors. We all learn about the particular problems of gardening in this sub-tropical environment, exchange our excess plants for free, share light foods and drinks during the snack-and-chat period, and trade gardening information and advice.
The club is led by experienced gardeners Peter Kacalanos and Suzanne Cherney. Many members focus on planting a variety of wildlife-attracting species of flowers, shrubs, vines and trees, ideally those native to Florida. At our meetings we've discussed growing flowers, vegetables, fruits, cactus, succulents, bromeliads, orchids, bonsai, native plants, tropical plants, flowering shrubs and trees. Other topics included organic gardening, water gardening, vertical gardening, butterfly gardening, wildlife gardening, landscaping, composting, fertilizing, pruning, indoor plants, invasive plants, pest management, horticulture, permaculture, and hurricane-resistant trees.
Do you have a gardening business that would be of interest to our members? You can schedule an informative presentation at one of our future meetings to share your knowledge, and let our members know about your company. Your firm can also offer discounts to the members, as 18 other businesses do. You'll be listed for free in our web site's Our Sponsors section on the left side of each page of the extensive site, with a direct link to your firm's web site.
Everyone is welcome to join Gardeners of Southwest Florida. You can instantly sign up with no obligation on the club's informative web site at http://meetup.com/FloridaGardeners. (It won't take long, did it?) The membership is free, the garden classes are free, the refreshments are free, the advice is free, and your gardening pleasure will increase as you share creative ideas and good conversation with other avid gardeners in our area.