Events & Announcements
Saturday, November 23, 2019, Scholarship Garden Plant Sale
Our next 2019 scholarship plant sale will be held on Saturday, November 23 at Paul’s garden located at 1852 Whispering Pines Circle in Englewood. The sale hours are from 8:30am to 1:00pm. This street is located off of Englewood Road (highway 776) just next to the Lemon Bay Plaza (with the Big Lots store) and across from Englewood Isles. Signs will be on the road indicating where to turn.
Our master gardener, Jim Chandler, will take inventory over the next few days and we will have more details on the type of plants that will be available.
We also have a limited supply of Bridal Veil Plumeria, propagated and grown as most of our plants, in members’ back yards. The value of locally grown plants is that they do not experience the shock of moving from a greenhouse to the conditions of an outdoor environment. Some of the above varieties will be on a limited basis, so come early.
At the sale, if you have questions, please ask one of our knowledgeable members who will surely have the answer. All plants are locally grown with most started in the back yards of our members.
All proceeds from the sale will go to the Lemon Bay High School Scholarship Fund. This May we awarded two $2,000.00 scholarships at the awards ceremony. At the past eleven awards ceremonies the club has donated $23,000 by way of your purchases and generosity. This will be the last plant sale in 2019. Please check our website for the future dates.
Family Garden Club of Englewood 2019-2020 Lecture Series – Red Tide
An exciting series of lectures and speakers is being developed by our VP, Bruce Minsley, for our 2019-2020 speaker series. This season the topics will focus on red tide from a multi-dimensional perspective.
Our own John Halverson presented the opening talk on Tuesday, October 8, 2019. He presented an overview on conservation as it relates to the red tide issue.
The following speakers and dates have been scheduled:
November 12, 2019 – Betty Staugler, Charlotte County extension agent for the Florida Sea Grant, will talk on “Charlotte Harbor and Lemon Bay Water Quality Issues”
December 10, 2019 – Kate Hubbard, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation, will talk on “Monitoring and Mapping Red Tide”
January 21, 2020 – Heather Nedley, Public Affairs Manager at Mosaic Phosphate Mining, will talk on “4R Nutrient Stewardship and Its Impacts on the Environment.” This will be an RSVP luncheon meeting and no regular meeting will be held. The cost will be determined soon.
February 11, 2020 – Don Rainey, University of Florida, will talk on “Urban Land Management Practices and Their Impact on Red Tide”
March 10, 20102 – Dr Cindy Heil, Director at Mote Marine Laboratory, will talk on “Red Tide Mitigation”
April 14, 2020 – Phil Sled, South Florida Land Management District, will talk on “Flood/Controlled Water Releases and Their Impact on Red Tide”
As the meeting dates approach more details will be posted on our website. You will also receive emails about the meetings, and other upcoming events, if you are on our mailing list. If you are not on our mail list and would like to be you may sign up using our Contact Us page.
We look forward to a very informative and exciting speaker program for our 2019-2020 season.
Plant Propagation Work Sessions Are Ongoing
The plant propagation committee resumed the plant propagation work sessions for the coming year. We meet weekly on Tuesday mornings (except for the scheduled monthly club meetings). We meet at 8:30am at Paul’s yard. If you need directions send an e-mail through the contact page. If you are interested in learning about plants and propagation in this area of Florida this is a fantatsic opportunity. Please feel free to joins us. Membership is not required.
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