Dr. Ed Gilman fills the auditorium

Many thanks to Robert Olinger and all the people of Forestry Resources for hosting the March FNGLA meeting. We met at the Naples Botanical Garden and the crowd was so big (over 120 people) we had to break up in two groups for the walking tour. Over a dozen members of the American Society of Landscape…

Who would pay $60.00 to see a farm?

Four air-conditioned busses gathered at Collier County Extension office on Wednesday, March 20th. They filled with vacationers and home owners eager to learn about what’s growing “Beyond the Beaches”. Once a year the extension office promotes agriculture/horticulture to the public and invites them on a day-long tour of nurseries, tomato fields, packing houses to see the size…

Slices, dices, chops in seconds.

Mayer Berg, owner of Riverland Nursery in Fort Myers has a commitment to educating his customers about gardening. Most weekends they host talks on topics like roses, herbs, butterfly gardens, container gardening, etc. He asked me to guide home owners though the topic of pruning their landscape plants. His garden center is unique in many ways:…

Fertilizer draws a crowd?

Who would show up for a lecture about fertilizer? At 10:00 on a Thursday morning no less. My hat is off to the Collier County Master Gardeners and the educational programs they hold for the public. This year they created a series of talks, given by local experts, to teach about horticultural topics ranging from fruits, vegetables, flowering shrubs and…

Do pesticide applicators die young?

I have handled pesticides all my adult life and wondered if this affects my health and that of genuine handlers like pest control operators. This link clearly answers that question. “The pesticide applicators were consistently and significantly healthier than the general population of Florida.” That makes sense. These men work hard out in the fresh…

Full moon, wrong month

Seasoned gardeners say that the last threat of frost in our area is the full moon in February. But last night’s (Mar. 28) full moon brought us 45 degrees in Fort Myers! Here are our tomato plants staked and draped with frost fabric last year.