• Let's all attend the free grand opening of the Golden Gate Community Garden
    Everyone's invited to this big grand opening, where the 1,500 members of our Gardeners of Southwest Florida group can meet many other local gardeners. At this educational event, we can learn how to grow our own food from Master Gardeners, and watch hands-on demonstrations showing the special techniques for gardening in south Florida's semi-tropical environment. The free program is being offered by UF/IFAS Extension in Collier County, Collier County Parks & Recreation, the Blue Zones Project, and the Family Nutrition Program. We'll meet the organizations' staffs, as well as our gardening neighbors living in the towns around Naples. Both new and experienced gardeners can learn how to acquire and use the raised beds in this new community garden. The event's schedule includes the garden kickoff from 9:00 to 9:30, classes in gardening in southwest Florida from 9:30 to 10:30, hands-on gardening demonstrations from 10:30 to 11:00, and a question-and-answer period from 11:00 to 11:30. Food tastings and recipes are also available. To let your gardening group friends know whether you will or won't attend this grand opening, scroll up the screen to the two blue RSVP panels near the upper right corner. Click the panel with a check mark to show you'll attend, or the panel with an X mark to show you won't. You can enter and leave this event whenever you like throughout the morning. Most of our group's free classes don't take place in public gardens. Instead they're held in the homes and gardens of group members living in the towns around Naples and Fort Myers. You can host a group visit to your own place, with the help of group leaders Peter Kacalanos and Suzanne Cherney. For your event, you can set your ideal date, starting and ending times, the number of members permitted to attend, and the main topic(s) to be discussed. Members might be very interested in seeing your garden, and learning about your favorite plants and gardening techniques. If you're considering hosting such an event some day, please contact the group's leaders at [masked] for their help. Thank you.

    Golden Gate Community Center

    4701 Golden Gate Parkway · Naples, FL

  • Another free gardening workshop: Florida-friendly landscaping for homeowners
    This free workshop is sponsored by the University of Florida's IFAS Collier County Extension Office, with the help of the Master Gardener Florida Yards and Neighborhoods (FYN) Advisers. You'll gain recommendations for transforming your yard into a healthy, award-winning Florida-Friendly Landscape. Whether your garden is measured in square feet or in acres, applying the university's landscaping tips can enable you and your property to enjoy the natural south Florida environment we call home. Is your turf maintenance tiring, or terrific? Is plant care costing you dearly, or worth every penny? Is your yard hard or easy on your eyes, your health, your wallet? Attend this workshop to learn some powerful principles for healthy landscapes. Instructor Isabel Way will entertain and inform you, and provide take-home materials you can use. If you have any questions, contact the UF/IFAS Collier County Extension at (239)[masked] or e-mail Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Coordinator Isabel Way at [masked] or the Collier County Extension Master Gardeners at [masked] Because this class isn't being conducted as usual in a group member's garden, it won't include our traditional snack-and-chat period, nor our free plant-exchange table. But after the workshop you can stroll through the museum to learn lots about Collier County. This event will be worth attending because of all the information we can glean for improving our gardening techniques. The workshop is free, but you MUST first register on line to reserve your place by clicking this link to the EVENTBRITE website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/florida-friendly-landscapingtm-for-homeowners-workshop-2018-registration-47920069217?janus_fv=exp_eb_85363_auto_generated_tagging%3DA There's no need to bring your printed reservation to be admitted; just give your name at the door. To let your gardening group friends know whether you will or won't attend this workshop, scroll up the screen to the two blue RSVP panels near the upper right corner. Click the panel with a check mark to show you'll attend, or the panel with an X mark to show you won't. Most of our group's free classes are held in the homes and gardens of group members living in the towns around Naples and Fort Myers. You can host a group visit to your own place, with the help of group leaders Peter Kacalanos and Suzanne Cherney. For your event, you can set your ideal date, starting and ending times, the number of members permitted to attend, and the main topic(s) to be discussed. Members could be very interested in seeing your garden, and learning about your favorite plants and gardening techniques. Please send these details to the group's leaders at [masked] for their help. Thank you.

    Collier County Museum

    3331 Tamiami Trail East · Naples, FL

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  • Learn how to create beautiful fishponds, streams and waterfalls in your garden
    Many members have requested a repeat of this popular class on water gardening, given in the beautiful and quirky ten-acre garden created by club member Frances Alvarez. Frany built all the structures herself, including gazebos, decks, bridges, pathways, and a curving yellow-brick road leading to a charming fairy-tale cottage hidden in the woods. Everywhere you look you'll see hundreds of tiny and funny surprises tucked in among the many flowering shrubs festooning the garden. But the main attraction here is the wide variety and sizes of ponds, streams and waterfalls Frany created throughout her property. Their beauty is enhanced with blooming water lilies and other aquatic plants, and growing schools of goldfish and koi. Like many of us, Frany had to make many repairs to her garden after last year's hurricane. (Irma visited our members' properties without being invited, which we consider rather rude.) The improvements have made the garden even more attractive that before. Those members who've previously been here will have many new features to admire. During both the sit-down discussions and the guided tours of the garden, Frany will explain how she dug out the depressions for the ponds and streams, and used the soils and rocks from there to build up the cliffs to create the waterfalls. She lined all the water features with waterproofing black EPDM rubber sheeting, and hid the sheeting with foliage to make everything look as if it were designed by nature. We'll all learn how easily we can adapt Frany's techniques to create beautiful water features in our own gardens. As usual during our gardening classes, generous members can bring along some foods and drinks to share with others during the event's traditional snack-and-chat session, which helps bond the members into one supportive family of local gardeners. And many members also bring along their excess plants for the free plant-exchange table, and take home other plants for their own gardens. To let Frany (and your friends in the group) know whether you will or won't attend this class, click on one of the blue RSVP links near the upper right corner of the screen. The check mark means you'll attend; the X mark means you wont. You can invite your spouse and friends to come along. When you do, be sure to add to your RSVP the number of guest you're bringing, by clicking +1 or +2, etc. Note that Meetup's program considers each membership to represent just one individual, even if its title is something like "John and Mary Smith." So if your spouse is coming with you, be sure to add a +1 so that we can know many people to expect. Members who register after the attendance limit is reached will automatically be placed on the Waiting List, to take the place of any who drop out. If you register and then realize you can't attend, you MUST immediately revise your RSVP by clicking the X mark to show you won't come. Otherwise you'll keep some member on the Waiting List from attending, which is rude and unacceptable, and could result in your group membership being canceled. Members who joined the group using both their first and last names get a Gardeners of Southwest Florida membership card, which they keep. They can get discounts of 10% or 15% when they show their membership card (printed with their full name) at the 18 garden centers and nurseries that sponsor our group. The group's website at https://meetup.com/FloridaGardeners/sponsors shows the list of sponsors and their discount offers. All members attending an event get name tags (printed with just their first name and their town) to wear during the event to encourage socializing with other attendees. Unlike the membership cards, the name tags must be returned before leaving. Only one membership card and only one name tag gets printed for each member, so don't lose yours. Now that all these technical details are finished, you can just register to attend this class and meet some of the other friendly gardeners in our area.

    Frances Alvarez's garden in Naples

    3780 16th Avenue NE · Naples, FL

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  • Re-designing a garden damaged by Hurricane Irma into a park of flowers and foods
    Longtime garden group member Bonnie Hawkins has spent four years redesigning her garden with the aim of eventually creating her own park, which we can tour and admire during this informative gardening class. The orchard in her own garden was inspired by the one in the Naples Botanical Garden, where she volunteers her expertise. Bonnie raises a variety of exotic tropical fruits, which many of us can grow after she teaches us how. At this particular class we'll learn how to grow dragon fruit, also called pitaya. She'll discuss their proper planting, watering, fertilizing, training and trimming. The plant is an unusual climbing cactus, whose flowers bloom overnight and usually wilt by morning. They can be pollinated naturally only by night-flying bats and moths, but we'll learn how, why and when to pollinate the flowers by hand. The fruit is mildly sweet, tastes like a kiwi, is low in calories, and is slightly crunchy because of the tiny seeds. At this event we'll also get a guided tour of Bonnie's extensive garden. The property was bought as a foreclosure, and originally was very wooded. It now has pathways with benches for resting while gardening, and viewing the work that's been put into it. We'll also see two breeds of chickens being bred here, plus tropical and sub-tropical fruit trees, heliconias shipped from Hawaii, cordylines, a rainbow cassia and rare flowering trees. The trees replaced the many that were destroyed by last year's major hurricane. But some of those old trees were given a new life by Bonnie's old friend (a 75-year-old friend, to be exact) Walt Schultz. He fashioned their wood to create very attractive pens, displayed at this class. Each of these hand-made pens is available at this event for $20, which is less than half the price charged for Walt's pens at the Naples Botanical Garden. The photo above shows some of the many raised beds that Bonnie recently constructed after Irma's uninvited visit. Bonnie's original wooden beds were replaced with these rock beds when the garden was redesigned. Other photos below show garden group members among the old wooden beds at a previous class, a variety of Walt's pens from Bonnie's recycled trees, her dragon fruit vines blooming at night, the inside of a dragon fruit, some chickens in her breeding stock, the chicken coop they call home, and more views of the garden to admire. Bonnie has specified "Please DO NOT attend if you don't like big dogs, because they'll be present. And the gate must be kept closed." Because of the dogs, only adults should attend this event. As usual at most of our gardening classes, generous members can bring along some light foods and drinks to share with others during the traditional snack-and-chat period. And everyone can bring their excess plants or garden produce for the free plant-exchange table, and take home others for their own gardens. To let Bonnie (and your garden group friends) know whether you will or won't attend this class, scroll up to the two blue RSVP panels near the upper right corner of the screen. Click either the check mark to show you'll attend, or the X mark to show that you won't. If you invite your partner or friends to come along, be sure to add a +1 or +2 to your RSVP to show how many of your guests will attend. Anyone registering after the attendance limit is reached will automatically be placed (in the order of registration) on the Waiting List. If you or your guests change your plan to attend, you MUST revise your RSVP immediately by clicking the X mark so that waiting members can take your place at the class. Don't wait until the last day to do so. Members who don't show up when expected will be marked "no-shows" in our records and on their garden group profile, because they kept waiting members from attending. If this discourtesy is repeated, their group membership will be canceled. Members should always continue to consider the welfare of others in this supportive group of gardening friends. Be nice.

    Bonnie Hawkins's garden in Naples

    3869 19th Avene SW · Naples, FL

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  • Learn how solar panels on your roof can cut your home and garden's energy costs
    Clifford Mitchem is the independent energy advisor in CREW (Clean Renewable Energy Worldwide), and is determined to have 10,000 roofs in southwest Florida installed with solar panels. He'll give the members of our garden group this educational presentation in the large screened-in patio (safe from mosquitos) in the Naples garden of group leaders Peter and Suzanne. As night falls, the evening program will include an explanatory slide show projected onto Clifford's screen, showing pictures of solar system components. We'll learn all about how solar energy works, the advantages of solar, the politics of solar, the cost of solar installations, and how to get a free solar assessment for your own property. Our instructor regularly visits Tallahassee to lobby legislators, asking them to focus on the renewable future of Florida. He continues to work with environmental groups and solar supporters to bring about our renewable future. Clifford leads a solar initiative to help Florida truly live up to its reputation as the Sunshine State. The benefits of solar energy (instead of using coal or oil or gas to generate electric power) include improving the planet's environment, saving home owners the increasing expense of electricity, and greatly increasing the market value of our homes. Converting to solar will certainly help us and our children in the long run. Group members interested in the possibilities can take home informative literature about installing a solar system on their own property. This event starts at suppertime, so generous members can bring along some foods and drinks for everyone to share. (Suzanne will offer her popular fruit breads, baked with whichever fruits are currently ripe in the garden, plus candied orange peels and other tasty treats.) Conversations over these communal meals help bond members into a welcoming family of local friendly gardeners. Members can also bring their excess plants to the free plant-exchange table, and take home other plants for their own gardens. To let the hosts and your fellow group members know whether you will or won't attend this class, click on either the check mark (if attending) or the X mark (if not attending) on one of the two blue RSVP panels near the upper right corner of the screen. If you're bringing along your spouse or a friend, add a +1 to your RSVP so that we'll know how many people to expect. Anyone registering to attend after the maximum limit is reached will automatically be placed on the Waiting List, to take the place of any earlier responder who drops out. Be sure to write your name (and have your guests write their names) on the sign-in sheet when you arrive. If you register to attend and then change your mind, you MUST immediately revise your RSVP in sufficient time before the party to show you're not coming. Members who don't show up when expected (which would unfairly keep those on the Waiting List from attending) will be marked as "no-shows" in our records and on their profiles on the group's website, and will jeopardize their continued membership in the group. And if that discourtesy is ever repeated by those no-show members, their membership will instantly be canceled. Members in this group are always expected to be considerate of others. Let's keep it that way.

    Peter and Suzanne's 36' x 60' screened-in garden patio

    115 Plantation Circle · Naples, FL

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  • Tour three beautiful gardens on Marco Island, led by three experienced gardeners
    Most of our 137 previous events were held in the garden of a different group member each time, so that we could admire a wide range of garden landscape designs. For this event we can tour THREE different gardens to see the beauty created by very talented designers. The tours can help us determine the ideal plants to add to our own gardens. We'll gather first in the lovely garden of Lynn and Vivian Patterson-Stiles, where we can meet and socialize with the other attendees during the garden group's traditional snack-and-chat period. We'll discuss with experts the fine points of gardening in this semi-tropical part of the world, as we examine the flowering plants while we watch each Monarch butterfly flutter by. This garden is officially a Monarch Way Station. Lynn and Vivian have also installed a mini-reef under their dock, which cleans 36,000 gallons of water a day and attracts many varieties of fish. Our environment is of major concern. Members can then choose to visit the other two gardens, one within walking distance, and the other a short drive away, by following the maps we'll be given. (Carpooling is encouraged.) Guided tours of those gardens will be led by their owners. Donna Kay is a Master Gardener, and Sue Oldershaw is a past president of the Calusa Garden Club. All three gardens are certified wildlife habitats, with a Florida-friendly designation. As usual at these events, generous members can bring along some foods and drinks to share with others, which is a great way to make new gardening friends. Members can also bring their excess plants to the free plant-exchange table, and take home other plants for their own gardens. To show the three hosts (and your garden group friends) whether you will or won't attend this event, click on one of the blue RSVP panels near the upper right corner of the screen. The check mark will show that you'll attend; the X will show that you won't. Anyone registering after the attendance limit is reached will automatically be placed on the Waiting List, to take the place of any earlier responder who drops out. If you're bringing along a friend or your spouse, add a +1 to your RSVP so that we'll know how many people to expect. Note that the Meetup program considers each membership to be for a single individual. So even if your membership is titled something like "John and Mary Smith," you must still add +1 to your RSVP to show that you're coming with your partner. And if you register to attend and later realize that you can't, you MUST immediately revise your RSVP to show that you're not coming. Otherwise, you'll be keeping someone on the Waiting List from attending, a rude discourtesy that will not be tolerated, and which would jeopardize your continued membership. Gardeners should always show respect for one another. Let's keep it that way. We look forward to meeting some of the new members who have recently joined the group. Membership now totals over 1,500 gardeners living in towns around Naples and Fort Myers. Wow.

    Lynn and Vivian's garden

    420 Edgewater Court · Marco Island, fl

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  • Guided tour of a Florida native plant garden in North Fort Myers, led by experts
    This educational tour will teach us how to beautify our gardens by landscaping with native Florida plants instead of introduced species. Garden group member Carolyn Moore has been restoring her property for decades, removing the invasive exotic plants to increase the variety of natural habitat for native wildlife, while recreating its original beauty. Almost three acres of her property were developed in a rustic Japanese design with a wide variety of native Florida plants. The garden won the top prize in the 2012 Florida State Native Plant Society competition in Residential Native Landscape Design. The remaining "natural" acres have been cleared of exotics and contain slash pines, saw palmettos, native under-story, grasses, weeds and numerous wildflowers. Joining Carolyn to guide the tour will be the esteemed native plant expert and author Dick Workman, co-founder of the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS). In the late 1980s he visited the ranch, planted a group of red maples at a pond's edge, and coached Carolyn about planting Florida natives and removing exotic overgrowth from the ranch. At this event we'll examine a copy of his book, "Growing Native." Note that this event is being held on May 6, which this year is the annual International Permaculture Day. Group members might want to bring along a notebook to record some of the valuable information imparted by the guides. Carolyn recommends bringing comfortable walking shoes, a sun hat and glasses, your sustainable water bottle, and a lawn chair to supplement the available seating. Organic insect repellent will be provided if needed. Those who bring a camera or cell phone can photograph the naturally lovely landscaping as inspiration to beautify their own gardens with native plants. After the event they can post their photos and their tour reviews on the group's website. As at most of our gardening classes, generous members can be counted on to contribute some light foods and soft drinks to share with others during the friendly snack-and-chat session. At this event it's scheduled to take place at the end of the garden tour. At that time members can also examine the free plant-exchange table. That's where those members who bring their excess plants can take home other plants to add to their own gardens. In that way our group has become equivalent to being one big friendly family of helpful gardeners. Members might also enjoy taking home some of the dozens of magnets on display to decorate their refrigerators or file cabinets. Group co-leader Peter Kacalanos created 20 different magnets, each with an amusing or inspirational quotation about gardening. As with everything else in this group, they're all free. To let Carolyn and your garden group friends know whether you will or won't attend this event, scroll up to the upper right corner of the screen to register your intent at the blue RSVP panel. If you're inviting your partner or one or more guests to come along on the tour, be sure to add +1 or +2, etc., when you submit your RSVP in order to keep an accurate count of those who will attend. Anyone registering after the attendance limit is reached will automatically be placed on the Waiting List, to take the place of earlier responders who might drop out. If you register to attend and then change your mind, you MUST revise your RSVP on the blue panel from Yes to No in sufficient time before the event. Members who don't show up when expected (which would keep those on the Waiting List from attending) will jeopardize their continued membership in the group. And if that discourtesy is ever repeated at a future class, their membership will instantly be canceled. Members in this group are always expected to be considerate of others. Let's all keep it that way.

    Carolyn Moore's End of Road Ranch

    20550 Nalle Road · North Fort Myers, fl

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  • Learn what Charles Darwin discovered about orchids and carnivorous plants
    • What we'll do: Experienced English gardener and biologist Sheila Poole has been researching the history of botanist Charles Darwin and his extensive studies of British and tropical orchids, and many other plants. While she's visiting gardening group leaders Peter Kacalanos and Suzanne Cherney in Naples, she's offered to share her findings about the famous scientist. The event will take place in the spacious (36' x 60') mosquito-proofed screened enclosure within the leaders' garden. When driving to the class, cars can be parked on the gravel island in front of the house, or along the street without blocking any neighbor's driveway. Sheila's discussion will include a timeline of Darwin's scientific travels, his move to his home for 40 years, Down House, his subsequent botanical researches, his extensive work on orchids and carnivorous plants, and some thoughts on the origin of species. She'll offer a reading list of publications for further information, and details about visiting the historic Down House. We'll learn about how certain orchids attract pollinators (including the seductive bee orchid, show in the photo above), and what else went on in the stately Down House (in the photos below). The screened enclosure where the event will take place includes two large water lily ponds teeming with flowering lotus, giant papyrus, other aquatic plants, and hundreds of goldfish and other fish. The half-acre garden is planted with a grove of productive fruit trees, a raised pineapple plantation, a large mound of cactus and succulents, a small dense banana jungle, dozens of bromeliads in various hues, orchid plants growing in hanging baskets and on the large live oak tree, and many native Florida flowering shrubs in bloom. Peter can give a guided tour of the small garden for anyone interested. • What to bring: Members who bring their excess plants for the free plant-exchange table can take home other plants for their own gardens. Generous members also bring some light foods and soft drinks to share with everyone during the class. Suzanne always contributes her popular fruit breads (baked with whichever fruits are currently ripe in the garden), candied orange peels and other tasty treats. We've found that this snack-and-chat activity helps members make new warm friendships with other friendly gardeners in their local neighborhoods. • Important to know: Peter and Suzanne's patio has seating for only 40 members and visitors, so that's the maximum number permitted to register to attend this event. Anyone registering after that limit is reached will automatically be placed on the Waiting List, to take the place of any earlier responders who drop out. (Young children are welcome, and aren't counted in the limit.) To indicate whether you will or won't attend this class, click on the RSVP panel near the upper right corner of the screen, and choose either Yes or No. Visitors are always welcome at our events, so you can invite your partner and your friends to come along. If you do, be sure to note the number of your guests who will attend by adding to your RSVP a +1 or +2, etc. If your or their attendance plans change, you MUST revise your RSVP from Yes to No, so that others on the Waiting List can take your place. Any members who don't show up as expected will be marked as "no-shows" in our attendance records and in their group profiles on the website, which will jeopardize their membership if this discourtesy is ever repeated. We trust that all gardeners will be considerate of others registering to attend the group's events. We look forward to meeting in this class some of the new members who recently joined our growing group.

    Peter and Suzanne's 36' x 60' screened-in garden patio

    115 Plantation Circle · Naples, FL

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  • Learn how snowbird gardeners can summer over their plants while they're away
    • What we'll do: Many members of our gardening group are away during the summer, because they go to their other homes up north. Some of these snowbirds rely on their neighbors to watch over their gardens while they're gone; other snowbirds don't and just hope for the best. In either case, members are often disappointed on their return to their Florida homes, because their plants might have suffered from too much or too little watering or many other problems. At this seminar, we'll learn the best ways to prepare plants for our absence to maximize their survival despite our neglect. The class will be taught by Jerry Meola, the owner of the Orchids Amore nursery, in the main greenhouse of his Pelican Coast Farms. There we'll be surrounded by hundreds of orchids in many species hanging in pots and baskets. Dozens of these plants will be in glorious bloom, in a riot of colors. After the class we can buy any of the plants and accessories in this greenhouse or elsewhere on the property, benefiting from the 15% discount offered to registered members of our group. Jerry can answer all our questions about summering over our plants, and especially about orchids. His informative Orchids Amore website at http://orchidsamore.com includes an ever-growing photo gallery of over 3,200 varieties of orchids identified by name. At this seminar we'll also be discussing which varieties should be planted in soil or a range of potting mixes, and which others require nothing around their roots. Many can simply be mounted on the branches of trees or attached to walls, or have their roots contained in (or overflowing out of) slotted wooden boxes. We'll talk about clay vs. plastic pots, organic vs. chemical fertilizers, various pesticides, trimming roots, dividing plants, light requirements, and any other orchid-cultivation topics that members bring up. Most orchids growing in south Florida's semi-tropical environment need very little care, yet provide great beauty in our homes and gardens. The photo above shows one of the Dendrombium speciosum that Jerry and his wife Sharon have grown for years. This is what it looked like two years ago, when it was the grand champion at the Fairchild Orchid Show. It has as many flowers on the back side of the plant as are shown in the photo, totaling about 5,000 flowers. The plant was about five feet wide, but now is well over six feet wide and growing out through the sides of the basket, so it might have even more blossoms this year. The photos below show many other orchids you might want to add to your own garden. • What to bring: Note that ONLY 25 people can attend this event. Those who register later will be placed on the Waiting List. No seating is available in the greenhouse, so those who prefer to be seated are advised to bring along some folding chairs. You might also want to bring along a bottle of water to drink or a snack to eat during the seminar. Garden group members who don't know how to identify or divide or pot or revive an orchid they already have can bring the plant to these classes for professional help. • Important to know: To let Jerry (and your friends in our group) know whether you will or won't attend this event, register by clicking on the blue RSVP panel near the upper right corner of the screen, and select either Yes or No. If you're inviting any friends to come along, be sure to add in your RSVP the number of friends (as a +1, +2, etc.) who will be coming. And if your attendance plans change, you MUST revise your RSVP from Yes to No so that those on the Waiting List can take your place. Be kind. Thank you.

    Orchids Amore, Pelican Coast Farms

    4360 Orange River Loop Road · Fort Myers, FL

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  • Learn how to create a splendid garden full of flowers, even from scratch
    • What we'll do: Because most gardens of our group members suffered major or minor damage when Hurricane Irma came for her unwelcome visit, we can all use some tips on how to beautify our property again. The member-host of this garden class, Jackie Belcher, will give us a guided tour of her grounds to show how she's successfully re-landscaped her garden with magnificent flowering shrubs and vines, which should serve as an inspiration for our own gardens. We'll also see the areas that still need work, which can benefit from the advice of the Master Gardeners and professional landscapers who are members of our group. Jackie has various themes in the different areas of her property. The front of the garden is Asian, with tons of beach pebbles beautifully enhancing the ground. Behind a free-standing espalier of Confedorate Jamine, a slate walkway is being installed, which will probably be finished in time for this event. The walkway area has some shade, so it's planted with Red Button Ginger, Selloum, Dracaena, a cluster of Bromeliads growing up on a large root, and a pot of Anthuriums with a trailing Begonia. Because Jackie's yard is mostly in full sun, she's used orange Bird of Paradise and lots of African Iris, with Asiatic Jasmine as a ground cover. The side of the home is more of an English garden with plenty of sun, complete with a traditional pergola. Porter Vine, small Roses, Blue Daze, Yesterday-Today-and-Tomorrow, a dwarf Tibouchina (which has grown into a tree, because nothing stays dwarf in Florida), some Queens Wreath on the Bougainvillea, Plumbago, some Mexican Heather, Crown of Thorns and huge hanging Spider plants. Eventually Jackie will install a path there as well. The back yard beyond the pool deck has lots of sun, but needs some design help. The deck has some trellises with Orchids, hanging pots and a variety of succulents. The photo above is of a giant Bougainvillea on the fence, with Heliconia and variegated Ginger under it. A big Hibiscus in the outside corner has been there forever, and will certainly stay. Some Roses line a non-defined garden area along the back of the fence, which also can use some advice from knowledgeable members. • What to bring: Attendees can bring to our events a pad or laptop for taking notes, and a cell phone or camera for taking photos (which can be posted on this page after returning home from the class). Our more generous members contribute some light foods and soft drinks for others to share during the traditional snack-and-chat period. That's a great way to make helpful new gardening friends. Members who bring their excess plants to the free plant-exchange table can take home other plants for their own gardens. • Important to know: To let Jackie know whether you will or won't attend this class, scroll up to near the upper right corner of the screen to indicate your decision. You can also bring along some gardening friends, who might later decide to join the group (for free) themselves. To do so, add the number of your guests who will attend with you when you submit your RSVP. Note that only 30 people can register to attend. After that limit is reached, later responders will be placed on the Waiting List. If you or your guests change your attendance plans, you MUST revise your RSVP to show that you won't be there. Otherwise you'll be keeping the people on the Waiting List from taking your place. Please be considerate of your fellow garden group members. Thank you.

    Jackie Belcher's garden

    2234 Pinewoods Circle · Naples, fl

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