2015-10-21 Bethanny Lahey

Bethanny Lahey  , Senior Horticulturist at Gaylord Palms

The title of Bethanny’s talk was ‘I’m from the north, what can I grow in Central Florida?’

She gave a fascinating talk on what will grow and how to keep the plants and shrubs looking their best. .Anyone who has toured the atrium at Gaylord palms will have seen the variety of Bethanny’s skills throughout the seasons


These are some extracts from her hand-out.


Plants to consider and their seasons – hot season May to October  cool season November to April

Peonies – January to March

Zinnias – October to April

Snapdragons – November to March

Dahlias – January to April

Clematis – all year round plant, flowers January to May

Hydrangea – year round plant , variety dependent flower – choose specific variety

Hosta – November to April

Sunflowers – February to May

Stephanotis – year round plant  January to May flower

Gloriosa Lily – year round plant March to July flower

Lavender – January to May

Gomphera – May to September

Dianthus – September to January

Hydrid delphinium – September to April , variety dependent

Lizianthus – November to February

Gerbera – October to July

Callas – October to July

Celosia – October to July


Florida color – year round plants

Antheriums, Orchids – phalaenopsis, cymbidium, ground orchids

Ti plants

Bird of paradise


Ginger – white, red, pink and new BLUE




Plants from talk



Hydrangea paniculata

Fortuniana rose

Butterfly bush



Gaylord showcase calendar
January – February – begonia showcase
5 weeks before Easter –  spring bulbs
Easter – June  – kalanchoe
June – August – Caladiums
October – November – Mums and pumpkins
November – December – Poinsettias
Tool table from her talk
Felco pruners, Oasis floral foam, alum, Epsom salts, Aluminium foil, Pokon leaf shine, Soil moist, Willow bark, Flex seal, Osmacote, Coffee grounds, Oasis cold glue

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