Grab your lunch and join us at the UF IFAS Extension Collier County Office for an AWESOME series of gardening topics sure to please you!
January 31st, Florida-Friendly Flowering Plants
Gardening in Southwest Florida can be challenging: unfamiliar plants, diseases and weeds; sandy soils, heavy rains (or long stretches with NO rain), and a long growing season (365 days!). But whether you're a Florida native or a new resident, finding the best plants to grow in your yard can be a pleasure in this subtropical state. During this program you will get some fresh new ideas about Florida-friendly flowering plants that can be used in our area, and basic tips to growing them. Some of the principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ will also be addressed in the presentation.
February 17, Common Toxic Garden Plants
Your garden may be a relaxing retreat, but it's not a place to let your guard down, especially when it comes to small children and the family pet. Some popular plants like oleanders, milkweed, Angel’s trumpet, and many others you prize for their ornamental beauty, can turn into toxic killers within minutes if ingested, whether consumed out of curiosity or by mistake. Learn about these and many other plants you need to be aware of, especially if you have small children or pets, and what to do when ingestion is suspected.
March 17, Unique Container Design
Whether you are a beginner or an expert gardener, container gardening offers flexibility and creativity. This program will focus on both unusual planters as well as unusual plants. The program will cover: Basic principles for all container planter, unusual ways to display plants, growing epiphytes in our climate, and choosing the right plant for the right place to be successful in your SW Florida garden.
April 24, The Fabulous Diversity of Bromeliads
Native to Central and South America, there are over 2600 species of Bromeliads. They grow in deserts and rainforests, at all altitudes, in sun and shade and many thrive right here in Southwest Florida. Master Gardener Chris Gilbert will present dozens of colorful varieties for you to consider for your landscape in an informative power point presentation. He will discuss how to grow, divide, and care for this unique and diverse group of plants.