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Brown’s Plant Files

April 18, 2018

Sent: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 8:28 AM
Subject: Brown’s Plant File: Native plant sale, rain barrel workshop,

Good Morning All:

Three events for you.
1. Celebrate Earth Day with a Rain Barrel Workshop and Plant Sale at Rotary Park – Saturday, April 21
5505 Rose Garden Road; Cape Coral FL; 33914
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39-549-4606

Native Plants, Butterfly Plants, and Edible Plants for sale
Saturday, April 21, 9:00am – 1:00pm
A variety of native trees, shrubs, flowers, grasses, and groundcovers will be available. There will also be some non-native butterfly plants and edible plants available. Native plants are great because once they are established, they require less chemical interference and less attention to thrive. Plus, native plants benefit and attract wildlife such as birds and butterflies. Native plant experts will be on hand to help you choose the right plant for the right place. Come early for best selection.
See paper How to Attract Butterflies to your South Florida Garden

Rain Barrel Workshop
Saturday, April 21
$45 per barrel
Class begins at 9:00am
One inch of rain on a 1,000-square-foot roof can yield up to 625 gallons of water.  Rain barrels are a great way to collect some of this water. Not only does this give you free water, but it reduces storm-water runoff, a major source of water pollution. In this workshop, Lee County Master Gardeners will teach you how to set up a recycled 55-gallon plastic barrel to collect rainwater from your roof. Set-up instructions, maintenance, artistic possibilities and a reference booklet are provided. This workshop will show you how to conserve water, save money, and protect water quality. All supplies are provided. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required.
See paper on Cisterns and Rain Barrels of the Caribbean.

2. Soils, Fertilizers, and PlantSoil Relationships.
Tuesday, May 1. North Fort Myers Recreation Center.
See paper on urban fertilizer.

As you may know, most of my county publications are no longer available online. If you need information on a variety of plant topics (native, flowering trees, etc.) send me a request there is a good chance I have it as a pdf file.

Stephen H. Brown
Horticulture Agent
UF/IFAS Lee County Extension
Parks and Recreation Division
3410 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33916
Office: (239) 533-7513   Cell: (239) 850-4184
Email: brownsh@leegov.com
Brown’s web page:  http://lee.ifas.ufl.edu//hort/GardenHome.shtml
Solutions For Your Life:”
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/TOPIC_SFYL_Start

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April 6, 2018

On April 6, 2018 at 5:26 PM “Brown, Stephen” <BROWNSH@leegov.com> wrote:

Good evening All:
First, here is a new fact sheet on all you want to know about Cocoplum identification, uses and problems.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/EP/EP55300.pdf

The previous fact sheet was on Joewood, another native Florida plant.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/EP/EP54800.pdf

We have two upcoming classes.Click on the class for more information

  1. April 28 – Introductory Florida-Friendly Landscaping Class. Rotary Park Env. Center, Cape Coral. No cost.
  2. May 1 – Soils, Fertilizers, and Plant-Soil Relationships. North Fort Myers Rec. Center. $25/person.
    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/urban-fertilizers-tickets-44419075651?aff=es2

Here is my latest video on the untimely death of several parking lot trees.
https://youtu.be/fz1jbKCZOXY

I have also attached two older fact sheets. Both on plants blooming this month.
Dinner Plate Tree
Queens Wreath

To unsubscribe, let me know by clicking on the return button. Do not erase anything from the subject line.
Feel free to contact me with any questions of landscape or garden concerns.
May you have a most agreeable weekend.

Stephen H. Brown
Horticulture Agent
UF/IFAS Lee County Extension
Parks and Recreation Division
3410 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33916
Office: (239) 533-7513   Cell: (239) 850-4184
Email: brownsh@leegov.com
Brown’s web page:  http://lee.ifas.ufl.edu//hort/GardenHome.shtml
Solutions For Your Life:”
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/TOPIC_SFYL_Start

October, 2017

Sent: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 7:39:50 AM
Subject: Brown’s Plant File: Lawn and Florida Friendly Landscaping Classes, hurricane and trees/gall

Good morning All:

I hope your storm recovery is going well and that we are returning or have returned to a normal state.
We are continuing with our Fall Gardening Series.
How much do you know about your lawn and how to keep it weed and disease free?
Lawn expert and Florida Certified Horticultural Professional, Bob Cook will share tips on how to do it right.
Bob will be at Rotary Park this Friday, October 13th, from 9AM-10:30AM. This is a Free class.
Click on the both attachments for detail.

Our next Introductory Florida Friendly Landscaping class will be a the City of Bonita Springs City Hall on October 24th.
Click on the first attachment for the detail.
If you would like UF Extension to recognize your yard as being Florida Friendly, attending this class will go a long way.
It’s easier than you think.
http://lee.ifas.ufl.edu/Hort/GardenPubsAZ/Yard%20Recognition3.pdf

Master Gardener Sonja Smith will show you how to add winter colors to your garden that will last well beyond the season.
Her home gardening series presentation is scheduled for October 27th. See first attachment.
Here’s something on colorful bedding plants. Lots of pictures.
http://lee.ifas.ufl.edu/Hort/GardenPubsAZ/Annual-Flowers-Bedding_Plants.pdf

Do you want more information on assessing hurricane damage trees? This is the best publication there is.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/FR/FR17200.pdf

YouTube on Red Mangrove.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZINehTgt_E

Attachments:
Fall Gardening Series 2017 FFL schedule 2017 – Fall 2017
FFL schedule 2017 – Fall 2017

Please feel to contact me if you have any questions.

Stephen H. Brown
Horticulture Agent
UF/IFAS Lee County Extension
Parks and Recreation Division
3410 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33916

Office: (239) 533-7513   Cell: (239) 850-4184

Email: brownsh@leegov.com
Brown’s web page:  http://lee.ifas.ufl.edu//hort/GardenHome.shtml
Solutions For Your Life:” http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/TOPIC_SFYL_Start

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