Events & Announcements
Update on Family Garden Club Activities – As of March 24, 2020
To members of the Family Garden Club – A Word from the Club President
These are certainly strange times but hopefully we are all going to be OK.
Ten of us had a good outing to ECHO Farms in Fort Meyers. Very interesting.
As you know, our library lectures (and the associated “formal” business meetings) are cancelled and the way things look I don’t think the picnic will happen. The park is probably closed and even if we have it at a member’s house it would not be a good idea.
We will not have any more plant sales until things clear up.
There are scholarship packets of LBHS students being held at the high school’s front desk for us but I have not gone over to pick them up – and, of course, nobody knows how the actual scholarship night/graduation will be handled.
I just checked the plants at our propagation area at Jarvi’s. They are fine. The plants don’t realize that they are being neglected. The plants in zones 1 and 2 are fine and in zone 3 I raised the watering time from 45 to 60 minutes.
If members/gardeners wish to come to the Tuesday propagation meetings, I ask that you do so only if you feel comfortable doing so, are feeling healthy, and maintain socially recommended distances. We usually bring our own cutters. Other tools have not been touched in over a week, so they are fine. You don’t even have to work, you can just come to socialize – at a proper distance.
The good news is that if you stay home and work on your own gardens, they will look even more spectacular and there will be even more plants to donate to our plant sales – whenever they restart.
Stay healthy whether here in Florida or at your other home.
THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED – Tuesday, April 14, 2020 – Family Garden Club Meeting at Elsie Quirk Library – “History of Water Management in South Florida” – Phil Flood
THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED
On Tuesday, April 14, 2020 the Family Garden Club of Englewood will hold the seventh meeting of the 2019-2020 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 “History of Water Management in South Florida.” Our speaker will be Phil Flood, the Regional Representative of the South Florida Water Management District’s Ft. Myers Service Center.
Phil will talk about how we’ve altered the landscape and mismanaged our water resources. He will then talk about the key programs developed to improve our water resources including a discussion of the key projects affecting the west coast. Phil will also include information about water quality and quantity in Lake Okeechobee and the Caloosahatchee watershed and provide a summary of the 2020 legislative activities related to water resources.
As mentioned above, Phil serves as the Regional Representative at the South Florida Water Management District’s Ft. Myers Service Center. He also serves as the agency’s legislative liaison advocating natural resource issues with the Florida Legislature. He has worked for the District since 2006 serving in roles as Service Center Director and Administrator for the Big Cypress Basin.
Phil has over 25 years of resource management experience with the State of Florida including the Bureau of Beaches and Coastal Systems, Department of Environmental Protection and Division of Recreation and Parks, Department of Environmental Protection. He currently serves as a member of the SW Florida Regional Planning Council, the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program Management Committee and the Hendry County Economic Development Council.
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.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020, Family Garden Club – Picnic at Lemon Bay Park
The Family Garden Club of Englewood will hold the last meeting of our 2019-2020 season on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. This will be our Annual Picnic meeting and will be held in the gazebo at Lemon Bay Park. Lemon Bay Park is located at 570 Bay Park Blvd. in Englewood. Please plan on arriving between 11:00am and 11:30am. The club will provide hamburgers and hot dogs with all of the associated condiments. Please bring a side dish or dessert for everyone to enjoy. We will not have a speaker at the meeting but we will hold a “guess the plant” activity. We are also looking for volunteers to help set-up the tables and to “work the grill.” Direction to Lemon Bay Park
Please signup, or volunteer to help cook or setup, by RSVP’ing. Tell us your name, how many will be coming, your email address, what you will bring (side dish or dessert) and if you want to help at the picnic. Please RSVP here.
This will be an enjoyable and informative picnic meeting at a beautiful and scenic location. A short business meeting will follow the picnic at the discretion of the president. Please join us.
Our meetings are open to the public and membership is not required. 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.
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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