Events & Announcements
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Annual Luncheon Meeting at the Manasota Beach Club – Heather Nedley from Mosaic Phosphate Mining
The Family Garden Club of Englewood will hold their annual luncheon meeting on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. The luncheon meeting will be held at the Manasota Beach Club, which is located at 7660 Manasota Beach Road on Manasota Key. There will be a meet and greet at noon followed by a buffet luncheon at 12:30pm. This is an RSVP event and reservations must be made by January 7, 2020. Cost is $28 per person. Included is a buffet lunch and beverage (tea, coffee or lemonade) with tax and gratuity included. Alcoholic beverages are not available to be served as the club is a bottle club. However, guests can bring their own bottle.
Our speaker will be Heather Nedley, Public Affairs Manager at Mosaic Phosphate Mining. Heather will talk on the “4R Nutrient Stewardship and Its Impacts on the Environment.” The 4R Research Fund was established by the fertilizer industry to help establish sustainability indicators and environmental impact data for implementation of 4R nutrient stewardship across North America. It provides needed resource support with a focus on measuring and documenting the economic, social and environmental impacts of 4R nutrient stewardship. This effort will help expand the 4Rs beyond being solely an industry effort and towards becoming a viable strategy embraced by other important stakeholders to address cropping system productivity and concerns for nutrient losses into the environment. Further information on 4R Nutrient Stewardship can be found on www.nutrientstewardship.org.
Reservations will be required for this luncheon meeting and must be made by January 7, 2020. The reservation form was mailed to members. If you did not receive the form, or you are not a member and wish to attend, you may download it from the website. Please complete the form and send it to Jim, or bring it to the December meeting, with payment. This is also a great opportunity to pay your 2020 membership dues. Add the amount to the form and send a check with the total payment. Download the Reservation Form.
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 Scholarship Garden Plant Sale – Saturday, February 15, 2020
Our first scholarship plant sale in 2020 will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020 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 first plant sale in 2020. Please check our website for the future dates.
Suncoast Tropical Fruit and Vegetable Club – Fruit Tree Sale – Saturday, March 14, 2020
SAVE THE DATE – Saturday March 14, 2020
The Suncoast Tropical Fruit and Vegetable Club, a not-for-profit organization under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, will hold its Spring Garden Festival/Tropical Fruit Tree Sale Saturday March 16, 2019 at the Nokomis Community Center, 234 Nippino Trail E, Nokomis from 9am – 2pm. Inside, air-conditioned, and free parking. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.growables.org/clubs/suncoast.html
More details to follow soon.
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 club meets on the second Tuesday of the month from October through May. At these meeting we have lectures provided by invited speakers. The exception is the May meeting which is the club’s annual picnic meeting. See the Calendar Page for a list of these meetings.
The remaining Tuesday mornings throughout the year we have our plant propagation meetings. 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 with speakers. At the propagation 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 fantastic opportunity. Please feel free to joins us. Membership is not required.
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