Stephen Brown, Show Us Your Palms

Thanks Stephen Brown, Lee County Extension Agent, for your talk on palm problems. This was at the monthly meeting of the Royal Palm Chapter, FNGLA, hosted by Steel Trucks.

Vegetable Gardening in Naples

Thanks to the Collier County Master Gardeners for the opportunity to talk about my favorite topic: Growing vegetables. Like last year this program attracted a large crowd that fit comfortably in the sanctuary of Unity church. Most of the audience were experienced gardeners from outside Florida and wanted to know when, how and where best…

Dr. Aaron Palmateer

Royal Palm Chapter and friends learn from Dr. Aaron Palmateer. Thanks to Dr. Doug Caldwell (Collier Co. Extension) for hosting this meeting.

Tough on Turf

Thanks to the Master Gardeners of Lee County for including me in their educational series of talks. My topic on Wednesday was “Lawn Problems and Solutions”. I was lead to inform these 50+ homeowners about turf grass and its care but I found myself offering comfort and confrontation. “More lawns are killed with a dull…

New Rec. Center in N. Ft. Myers

I gave a brief presentation of new fungicides and insecticides along with talks given by Drs. Mannion and Palmateer of the University of Florida. Thanks to Stephen Brown, Lee Co. Extension agent for putting on this event for pest control license holders and Master Gardeners. This new recreation center is on business 41, north of…

Tomatoes in November

I gave a talk at Riverland Nursery in Ft. Myers this morning about vegetable gardening. My favorite part is showing giant photos of ripe tomatoes sliced in half and describing their flavors: Cherokee Purple, smoky and complex. Yellow Pear, like tart yellow grape that pops in your mouth when you pop it in your mouth….

Better Blooms at the Naples Botanical Gardens

Thanks to Dr. Doug Caldwell, Collier County Extension Agent, for inviting me to speak about bringing out the best in your bedding plants.  On Friday, October 11th we were able to draw a crowd of nearly 70 interested gardeners. It’s fun to encourage people to expand their horizons by considering some old-fashioned flowers in the…

High on Hibiscus

I enjoyed speaking to the James Hendry chapter of the local Hibiscus Society. These people are passionate about their plant(s)! We met at Famous Dave’s in Fort Myers on the 13th of this month. In the past they met at Terry Park but won’t any more due to Lee County budget constraints. I spoke about…

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…