Events & Announcements
Tuesday, December 10, 2019, Elsie Quirk Library Meeting – “Monitoring and Mapping Red Tide” – Dr. Kate Hubbard
The Family Garden Club of Englewood will hold the third meeting of their 2019-2020 season on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. The meeting will be held in the second-floor conference room at the Elsie Quirk Library starting at 10:00am. Our speaker will be Kate Hubbard who will talk about “Monitoring and Mapping Red Tide.”
Kate has a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the University of Washington and is a Research Scientist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Her research interests include Molecular ecology, harmful algal bloom dynamics, diversity and evolution of marine phytoplankton. Her research on toxic algae incorporates traditional and molecular ecology and taxonomy to consider the varied abiotic and biotic mechanisms that influence the biodiversity, distribution, toxicity and evolution of these organisms in the marine environment.
A coffee social will follow this meeting and you will have the opportunity to meet other attendees and club members. Please feel free to joins us. Everyone is welcome. When you attend our meetings you will get to meet our members and have the opportunity to ask them gardening questions related to Southwest Florida gardening. Please check our website at www.fgcefl.com for more details on this event and other scheduled club activities.
As always, membership is not required to attend but membership does have some benefits that you may enjoy. As a member, you will be kept up to date on all of the events planned. You may also be part of the selection activity and planning of the events that we have. This includes the suggestion for speakers and field trips that are arranged. You may also attend the business meetings and be part of the process that chooses and votes on community projects that we participate in. Our membership ranges from the very inexperienced gardener, who has just moved to Florida, to the experienced long-time resident. You will also find that there is something for everyone at the meetings. Join today and start mastering gardening in Southwest Florida. Many more benefits of membership may be found on our website at www.fgcefl.com. We look forward to having you as a member of the Family Garden Club.
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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