Of gardeners' interest

Published: Saturday, January 18, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 17, 2003 at 10:15 p.m.
  • CAMELLIA SOCIETY: The Gainesville Camellia Society meets Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at Summer House at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, 4700 SW 58th Drive.
    This month's program will be given by well-known camellia grower and exhibitor Eileen Hart on air-layering and grafting of camellias. Visitors are always welcome.
  • ROSE PRUNING CLINIC: Gainesville Rose Society members will hold a pruning workshop Feb. 1 at the Gainesville City Hall rose garden. Gardeners are invited to attend to learn proper techniques for cutting back their roses; bring gloves and pruning shears.
    The society will also hold a pruning workshop at the rose garden at Kanapaha some time in February; details will be announced.
  • BAMBOO SALE: Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is hosting its 21st annual winter bamboo sale. This year's offerings include 15 kinds, of which two are rarely offered types: Sweetshoot (a runner with tender delicious shoots); and Wong Chuk (Chinese for Royal Bamboo), a gorgeous giant clumper wasn't offered last year in order to build up propagation stack. There is usually a waiting list for this one.
    It's also known as Weaver's Bamboo, as its thin-walled canes can be split and used to weave baskets and other items.
    The sale is only during January and February, when bamboo transplants well, and clumps are sold dug-to-order. There is usually a one- to two-week period between ordering and pick up and payment can be made at the time of pickup.
    This year's bamboo workshop is Jan. 25 from 1-3:30 p.m. and early registration is recommended ($10 single, $15 per couple). Weather permitting, the workshop will be held in the bamboo garden and will include a tour of Kanapaha's collections.
  • AIR POTATO ROUNDUP: The fourth annual Great Air Potato Roundup is Feb. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Volunteers will be assigned natural areas to help rid them of this invasive vine. During winter, the vines are easily pulled from the trees, and the tubers can be picked up.
    Volunteers receive a free T-shirt, food and are in the drawing for great prizes, including a mountain bike.
    For more information or to register call 334-2231, or visit www.natureoperations.org. Registration on the day of the event (pre-registration is suggested) will be at Morningside Nature Center at 3540 E. University Ave., three miles east of downtown Gainesville. (It was formerly headquartered at Westside Park.)
  • FLORIDA GARDENING EVENTS: A 2003 Florida gardening events calendar has been set up at www.floridagardener.com/FGE/FGE1.htm.
    This calendar lists events that have been submitted by garden clubs, plant societies, botanical gardens and others holding Florida garden-related events.
    To add events, use form at www.floridagardener.com/FGE/FGEform.htm.
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