Calendar Of Events
Following on from our first meeting, our first trip of the year will be to the main farm and warehouse of Classic Caladiums in Avon Park. This will be a great opportunity to see how caladiums are raised and bred. The farm is about 30 miles east of Bradenton. We will car pool at Heritage hall as usual, more details about timings etc will follow.
Numbers are limited so please contact Tricia if you want to join the trip.
Shari Blissett-Clark, President of Florida Bat Conservancy will give an illustrated talk on bats – Florida’s bats are the primary predators of night-flying insects consuming millions of bugs each night. Pesticide-free, cost-free insect control – a big win for everyone.
With Halloween approaching we thought this was an ideal time to schedule this talk into our program. The program will explain the relationship between bats and our gardens, props, handouts and educational brochures and live Florida bats!
Join us for a buggy ride through Disney’s Wilderness Preserve
The tour takes 1.5 hours and the cost is $10 per person, numbers are limited so please e-mail Brad or Tricia if you wish to join the group.
We will car pool from Heritage Hall and the tour starts at the Preserve at 10am. Everyone should bring hats, sunglasses, binoculars, sunscreen, bugspray. Cold drinking water will be provided, please bring your own refillable water bottle.
Eleanor Forste will take us on a walking tour of a Preserve area east of St Cloud, Lake Lizzie. Garden Club has enjoyed many walking tours with Eleanor over the years, she is a fascinating and engaging speaker, full of information about Florida and its flora and fauna!
Details of timings etc will follow. Leave from Heritage Hall as usual.
Come and watch a master flora designer create five floral arrangements for the Holiday season! Margaret Kirkpatrick is a Master NGC Accredited Flower Show Judge, FFGC Floral Design instructor and enjoys presenting Floral Design programs and teaching her love of floral design. She is currently serving as FFGC Chairman of Epcot Flower Show at Walt Disney World’s Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. She is a member of Creative Floral Arrangers of the Americas and has served on its Board of Directors as Flower Chairman for over 12 years.
Margaret will create five designs for us, from small table ones to large ones for an entry table. Come and see a Master of Floral Artistry!
This is a fun game show like program that gets everyone participating while also educating about how to love smart!
Don has spoken to Garden Club in the past and is an entertaining and very informative speaker. He is a naturalist, environmental communicator and president of Noah’s Notes, a non-profit environmental organization with a mission to save nature.
So you have an orchid which you received as a gift but it is looking a little sad. Come to our February meeting and learn about how you can rescue your ailing plant! Priscilla is an expert in orchid care, she was head of the study group at the Greater Orlando Orchid Society and now runs Orchid Nanny. This is a local business selling various orchids and plants. She grows different orchid species, hybrids, mericlones, potted mounted and barerooted.
Come along to our meeting so you can rescue that poor plant!
Priscilla will be bringing some Orchids to sell