Home garden tour in the Melbourne area
Oct 15 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

A trip to the following home garden tour in the Melbourne area. 


Please come join us for the 13th Annual Landscaping with Florida Natives Tour to observe and explore wonderful native plant landscapes at a variety of locations. This year there are six homes, one large commercial space, one public space, and one Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands site available for you to tour and learn about Florida native plants. The tour is a fabulous look at what homeowners and public spaces have done using native plants in different situations. 


Native plants are important to preserve our wildlife, pollinators and local heritage as well as requiring much less maintenance, water, and fertilizer, which benefits our local environment and the Indian River Lagoon. Please come see how easy it is to use native plants and help make a difference in your yard! 


Conradina is the local chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. Please check out our website at https://conradina.fnpschapters.org 


Purchase tickets on Eventbrite at 2022 Landscaping with Florida Natives Tour Tickets, Sat, Oct 15, 2022 at 9:00 AM | Eventbrite and we will email you the brochure and plant lists within 24-48 hours 



We will leave from the side of the Heritage Hall at 9:00 and carpool over to Melbourne. After visiting the locations we will find a place for lunch before returning. You will order your own ticket from the website listed above.  

Jazz and Blues @ Leu Gardens
Oct 15 @ 6:15 pm – 10:00 pm

As an extra. Not really an official garden club field trip.  

The annual Jazz n’ Blues concert at Leu Gardens is being held Saturday October 15th. We have had a number of people go to this fun evening in the past. Sue and I are attending and if anyone else is interested in joining us please let me know. Tickets and info are on the Leu Gardens website. The evening consists of three separate groups playing jazz or blues music in different garden venues from around 7-9:30 pm. You sit in lawn chairs or blankets and eat/drink the night away. Usually very bug free.  

Florida Friendly Landscaping @ Heritage Hall
Oct 18 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Topic: Florida Friendly Landscaping and specialized information from the standpoint of the Massey Lawn Care head scientist.  

Speaker: Dr. Eric Brown 

    Eric A. Brown, Ph.D., is Director of Agronomy and Quality Assurance Manager for Massey Services, responsible for technical training. He earned his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Florida’s Soil and Water Science Department, specializing in soil and plant relationships and environmental stewardship 

Stephen Pategas Garden and Meade Garden tour
Nov 7 @ 8:30 am – 2:00 pm

A 9:30 tour of landscape designer Stephen Pategasgardens before a trip to nearby Meade Garden if we have time. He has lectured to our group in the past and, along with his wife, run Hortus Oasis landscape design company. He says that this time of the year and this time of the morning should allow great photography of the gardens. There is no cost to this trip! We will leave Heritage Hall at 8:30 to arrive at their place for the 9:30 tour. Lunch will follow if enough people wish to stay.  

Urban Forests @ Heritage Hall
Nov 16 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

     Forests are not only in our rural areas. Urban areas also have  large number of trees and they have different stresses placed upon them compared to their rural brothers.  What are some of these stresses and how are urban trees cared for differently than rural trees? Why do we need a tree canopy and what are the benefits? 

Speaker: Chris Kincaid  

    Chris is the Urban Forester of Osceola County. He has a strong background in natural resource management, urban forestry, parks and trails, recreation facilities construction and emergency management. He is a researcher with a graduate degree focused on Forest Resources & Conservation from the University of Florida.  

DeLeon State Park
Nov 18 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

A well received trip in the past is revisited!  We will drive to DeLeon State Park and have breakfast at their “make your own” breakfast place before taking a boat tour of the St. John’s river.  The Sugar Mill is currently being taken over by new concessionaires and reservations/details are not available at this time. I will let you know more as I find out more myself. I am trying to get a bird expert from the Audobon Society to come along as a birding expert on the boat cruise!  

(The old concessionaire has no idea if the pancakes and boat rides are to continue past September 11, 2022. This was current information as of 9/6/22) 

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