The club took a field trip to DeLeon State Park and took a nice pontoon boat trip and we had a naturalist pointing out the local fauna. After whetting our appetites we headed to the Sugar Mill for a make your own pancakes lunch that filled everyone up. After that we drove to Blue Springs State Park and saw 188 manatees that were in the spring run to avoid the cold water in the rivers. The previous day over 770 manatees were seen in the spring Click on the HEADING above to see a gallery of photos from the trip.
Events & Happenings
Featured speakers at the January monthly meeting were Hannah Wooten and six year old Brady, who gave a presentation about hydroponic gardening. The topic was fascinating and everyone was charmed by the delightful Brady who has been growing hydroponic lettuce and basil since he was 3 years old. Click on the heading to see photos of the meeting.
Save the date – Orange County Extension Garden Festival and Plant Sale will be held on March 4. Click on the heading of this post for MOREinformation and a link to the Orange County Extension website.
Back on October 14, twelve garden club members pulled themselves out of bed early and worked on both the Memorial Garden and the butterfly garden(at the library). They pulled out old plants, weeded and planted 30-35 new plants to make the garden look better now that the hot and rainy summer is over. The Memorial Garden looks quite nice and is ready for the annual Foundation Memorial Service in early November after we place a few more plants. Click the page title to see the photos.
Fascinating talk by Chris Kincaid about trees within Osceola County. It certainly showed us all how important it is to have and to look after trees of all shapes and sizes. For more pruning advice we were advised to go to https:// hort.ifas.ufl.edu/woody/instructional-videos.shtml to see how to do the job correctly. https://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/woody/instructional-videos.shtml
Mark your calendars for the 28th Annual Mount Dora Plant and Garden Fair Saturday & Sunday, November 12th & 13th in beautiful Donnelly Park in the heart of historic, downtown Mount Dora. Some of Florida’s finest growers will be on hand with their best native and exotic plants that will work perfectly with your next garden project. Join us for two days of outdoor shopping and a downtown full of restaurants, cafes, galleries, boutiques and more… www.MountDoraPlantandGardenFair.com Sponsored by: Lake County – Real Florida Real Closeand Visit Mount Dora
Want to take a field trip on your own? You might want to visit the Festival of Fine Arts & Flowers at the Orlando Museum Art.
At our March 16 membership meeting Cherrief Jackson, with Clarke Environmental Mosquito Control, gave a timely lecture about controlling mosquitos here in Celebration. Florida is a good breeding ground for these insects and it takes a multi-prong attack to keep them under control so we can go out and enjoy the great outdoors. We need to be so very careful not to damage the natural resources around us and Clarke Control is working hard to keep both us and the environment protected. Cherrief gave a fabulous lecture, and we all left the meeting with a better understanding of how mosquitoes are controlled in Celebration and what we can do to take charge on own properties. For anyone who would like …
On Thursday, January 27 the club had 15 people travel to Leu Gardens for a look at the vegetable and pollinator gardens. Director Robert Bowden gave us a two hour tour of their gardens and we learned about veggie gardening in Central Florida. He discussed soil preparation and amendments, fertilization, watering, timing and varieties to use. Then he talked about the various butterflies they try to attract and the plants they use to feed both the adult and larval stages of a butterflies life. Afterwards some of us went to lunch at a nearby restaurant