Events & Announcements
Tuesday, April 9, 2019, Family Garden Club Meeting at Elsie Quirk – “Using Hibiscus In The Garden”
On Tuesday, April 9, 2019 the Family Garden Club of Englewood will hold the eighth meeting of the 2018-2019 Season at the Elsie Quirk Library located at 100 W. Dearborn Street. The meeting will start at 10:00 am and the topic will be “Using Hibiscus in the Garden.” Our speaker will be David Wallen, President of the Punta Gorda Hibiscus Society. David will introduce us to the various hibiscus species that grow the best in a Florida garden. During the discussion he will cover the planting, care, and trimming of these plants in our Southwest Florida climate.
David retired from the Philadelphia Electric Company in 1995 and moved to Punta Gorda in 2004. His wife enjoyed growing orchids, so one day they went to an orchid society lecture and were told the orchid society meets the second Tuesday of the month. When they attended the meeting the next month, they found themselves at the hibiscus society meeting and there they fell in love with hibiscus! They now enjoy both orchids and hibiscus.
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 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 2018-2019 Lecture Series – Florida Favorites
Our Vice-president, Bruce Minsley, has been actively working on our 2018-2019 Lecture Series schedule. The theme for the lecture series is Florida Favorites. The following topics and speakers have been selected to date. Additional details for the lectures will be posted as they are developed.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at Elsie Quirk Library at 10:00am – “Using Orchids in the Garden” by Mickey Carnell owner of Blue Pagoda Orchids
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at Elsie Quirk Library at 10:00am – “Using Ferns in the Garden” by Karen Stewart
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at Elsie Quirk Library at 10:00am – “Using Succulents in the Garden” by Ray Lemieux
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 around 10:00am – “Plant Propagation” by Val Ollinger. This talk is scheduled by popular request and will be held at Val’s home in North Port, a three acre “standard Florida lot” converted to a lush Jungle. Bring your own lawn chair for the talk. More details will follow.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at noon – Annual Luncheon Meeting at the Manasota Beach Club. There will be a buffet luncheon followed by a talk from Barbara DeYulio, President of the Bocilla Islands Conservancy. Reservations will be required. More information will follow.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 10:00am – “Using Bromeliads in the Garden” by Michael’s assistant, David. This talk will be at Michael’s Bromeliads and will require reservations since we are limited to 25 people and reservations will be required. More details will follow.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Elsie Quirk Library at 10:00am – “Using Bamboo in the Garden” by Debbie Slone, owner of the Pottery Express and Bamboo Farm in Punta Gorda.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at Elsie Quirk Library at 10:00am – “Using Hibiscus in the Garden” by a member of the Punta Gorda Hibiscus Society.
Tuesday, May 14, 2018 at Lemon Bay Park at 11:00am – Annual end of season picnic – No speaker scheduled but there will be an activity.
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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