Of gardeners' interest


Published: Wednesday, January 9, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 9, 2008 at 12:00 a.m.

Rose society: The Gainesville Rose Society meets Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Summer House, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens.

The program by consulting rosarians will be on pruning, fertilizing and pest control. With a new rose growing season just ahead, this is the perfect time to be giving serious thought to these basics of rose culture. There will be plenty of time for questions. Visitors are welcome.

Bamboo: Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is hosting its 26th annual dug-to-order bamboo sale. A workshop is scheduled for Saturday, 1:30-4 p.m.

This session will provide an overview of bamboo cultivation and selection of bamboos for specific landscape use. Advanced registration is recommended (372-4981), and the cost is $10 per person or $15 per couple. There is a $5 discount for North Florida Botanical Society members.

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is at 4700 SW 58th Drive; the entrance is one mile west of I-75 on Archer Road. Regular hours are 9 a.m.-dusk Saturday and Sunday, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The gardens are closed on Thursdays. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children 6-12, and free for children under 6.

Gainesville Garden Club: The board of directors for the Gainesville Garden Club meets Jan. 17 at 9:30 a.m. at the Gainesville Garden Center.

Coffee will be served by hostess circles Jasmine and Mimosa at 9:15. Circles meet Jan. 24.

Arbor Day program: The Four Seasons Garden Club will celebrate Florida's Arbor Day Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. at the Thomas Center Gardens, 302 NE 6th Ave.

An oak tree will be planted under the supervision of City Arborist Meg Niederhofer, who evaluates the health of existing trees in the gardens and recommends replacements when needed. The Four Seasons Garden Club will be recognized with an Arbor Day Proclamation Monday night at the city commission meeting when the City of Gainesville recognizes the club for its efforts to beautify Gainesville.

After the Arbor Day Celebration, the club members and all guests will adjourn to the Long Gallery for a program on Champion Trees in Florida with Dave Conser of the Florida Department of Forestry. The Florida Federation of Garden Clubs has a theme for this administration of Focus on Florida, and thus this program will focus on our magnificent trees. Visitors are welcome to both the tree-planting ceremony and the lecture at the Thomas Center. Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion.

Koi demonstration: The Gainesville Koi Club is hosting a two-day koi show Jan. 19-20 at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens.

Tanks will be set up on the grounds and visitors will be able to learn how to maintain habitats for these colorful Japanese fish. There will be certified judges on hand as well as members of the club with many years of experience. Show hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. both days; judging will start at 11 a.m. Saturday.

For more information, contact Karen or David Hardcastle (wavenbye@embarqmail.com) or Don Hellard (dhellard@bellsouth.net).

There will be admission charged to get into the gardens.

Plant and tree festival: The Historic Village of Dunnellon merchants are planning a Green Thumb Plant and Tree Festival on March 8.

Garden clubs, native plant societies, school agriculture classes, plant vendors and individuals who have plants or outdoor products to sell are invited to participate. Produce vendors also are welcome.

Master Gardeners will be on hand throughout the day to speak on different aspects of gardening here in North Central Florida as well as landscape design. Festival-goers can register to win a tree.

If your club or business is interested in renting a booth, contact Nancy Myers at The Grumbles House (465-1460) to obtain an application. Booth fee is $25. Booth size is 10 feet by 20 feet.

Gardening classes: The Alachua County Extension Office is offering the Great Gainesville Gardening Course. All classes will be presented by Wendy Wilber, Alachua County Horticulture Extension Agent, and are free. Call 955-2402 or 337-6209 (voicemail) to register for any or all of these classes.

These classes will help participants have a great yard with minimum environmental impact. Classes will be held at the Alachua County Extension Office, 2800 NE 39th Ave. in Gainesville, 6-8 p.m. Topics include:

Invasive Plants and Alternatives - Jan. 23. This class will teach participants how to identify problem plants in their landscape and how to replace them with Florida friendly plants.

Raised Bed Square Foot Gardening - Feb. 6. This class will cover creating and using raised beds for vegetable gardening.

Selecting Shrubs and Trees - Feb. 20. This class will teach participants about Florida-friendly shrubs and trees for North Central Florida.

Perennials for the Butterfly Garden - March 5. This class will teach participants to select great perennials to attract butterflies and caterpillars.

The Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Landscaping Program on Jan. 25, 3-5 p.m. will cover the ins and outs of creating a Florida Friendly Yard. Participants will learn how to create a landscape that conserves water, looks great and is easy to take care of. Invasive plants will also be covered in this class.

Grants for community gardens: Since 2003, Fiskars (a garden tool company) has inspired and encouraged creative expression through gardening with Project Orange Thumb.

To promote sustainable agriculture, horticultural education, community involvement as well as neighborhood beautification, 10 grants will be offered in 2008.

Community organizations, schools, gardening clubs, senior centers or other groups interested in fostering gardening within their community are invited to apply. Awardees will receive up to $1,500 in Fiskars garden tools and $800 for plant materials to cultivate their garden vision.

Deadline for grant applications is Feb. 15 and winners will be announced March 15.

For grant application materials or additional information about Project Orange Thumb or Fiskars Garden & Outdoor Living visit www.fiskars.com or call (800) 500-4849.

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