Of gardener's interest

Published: Saturday, January 25, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 24, 2003 at 9:46 p.m.
  • 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 which wasn't offered last year in order to build up propagation stock.
    (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 payment can be made at the time of pickup.
    This year's bamboo workshop is today from 1-3:30 p.m. It costs $10 for individuals, $15 per couple. Weather permitting, the workshop will be held in the bamboo garden and will include a tour of Kanapaha's collections.
  • BROMELIAD SOCIETY: Gainesville Bromeliad Society members will learn about Nidulariums - the so-called "birds nest" bromeliads, because their inflorescence (flower) is nestled at the center of their rosette of leaves - at their meeting Sunday afternoon at 2.
    These cold-hardy plants thrive in deep shade and moist locations. Various specimens will be for sale, and one will be given as a door prize.
    The meeting will be held in the University of Florida entomology/nematology conference room on Hull Road, east of the Center for the Performing Arts. Visitors are welcome.
  • WATER GARDENING: Nature Coast Koi and Watergarden Club will meet Sunday at 1 p.m. in the social hall at the Original Suwannee River Campground, U.S. 19 in Old Town.
    For information, call (352) 542-8925. Visitors are welcome.
  • CATTLEYA ORCHIDS: The Gainesville Orchid Society meets Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Summere House, Kanapana Botanical Gardens. Ed Bugbee from Featherstone Orchids in Dunnellon will present a program on mini-cattleyas. A beginners class on growing cattleyas will be taught by Candace Hoollinger at 7 p.m.
    There will be refreshments and orchids will be available for purchase.
  • ROSES: The Gainesville Rose Society is holding its annual pruning clinic Feb. 1 at the Gainesville City Hall rose garden.
    Participants may come anytime between 9 a.m. and noon. Bring gloves and pruning shears. Pruning techniques will be demonstrated and literature on pruning will be handed out.
  • 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 entered 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.)
  • ORGANIC GARDENS: The UF Organic Garden Co-op will hold a workday Feb. 8. Plot rental fees for the season (February through August) will also be accepted from members.
  • UF SEMINAR: "Expanding Your Plant Palette," a seminar for growers and landscapers, will be hosted by the UF's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and Florida Nurserymen and Growers Association Feb. 11.
    The morning workshop will cover foliage color alternatives for the landscape, promising native plants, new shrubs for the Southeast and tropical accents. It will be in an interactive video conference format and presented at G0001 McCarty Hall D.
    Registration is $50 for continuing education credits, and $35 for non CEU. Call extension agent Gary Brinen at (352) 955-2402 for more information.
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