Of gardeners' interest


Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 5:25 p.m.

Free trees: Tree seedlings will be given away by the Bradford County Forester at the Bradford Farmers Market on Saturday from 8 a.m. - noon. Florida celebrates Arbor Day in January because it's the best time of year to plant trees here.

Meet Bradford Forester Nicole Howard under the big yellow umbrella and pick up free trees (while they last) and free information on how to plant and care for them.

The market is on the grounds of the Bradford Health Department on U.S. 301, next to Bill Adams Chevrolet. Visit www.BradfordFarmersMarket.com or call the Howard at (904) 964-2461 for more information.

Bromeliads: The Gainesville Bromeliad Society meets Sunday at 2 p.m. in the University of Florida's Entomology/Nematology building, Natural Area Drive.

George Aldrich of George's Plants and Things of Ocala will be the speaker, and he will present a slide program of his trip to Puerto Rico and the bromeliads he found there. There will be a show and tell by members, door prize plants and silent auction plants. George will be selling plants, and annual dues will be collected this month. Visitors welcome.

Orchids: The Gainesville Orchid Society meets Monday in Summer House, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens.

The beginners class at 7 p.m. will feature Joan MacLeod speaking on different types of dendrobiums and their growing requirements. The regular meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.

Visitors are welcome. The gardens are located at 4700 SW 58th Drive. The entrance is about a mile west of I-75 on Archer Road.

Camellias: The Ocala Camellia Show is Saturday and Sunday at the Pioneer Garden Club in the Appleton Cultural Complex, 4331 E. Silver Springs Blvd. (State Road 40). Hours are 2-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Up to 2,000 blooms are expected to be displayed. Home gardeners are welcome to enter their own blooms from 7 - 10 a.m. Saturday.

For more information or entry details, call Patrick Andrews at (352) 595-3365.

Bamboo: Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is hosting its winter bamboo sale through February. There are 16 types, most clumping but some running, in sizes from 8-foot-tall pencil-thin Chinese Goddess to Giant Timber Bamboo, which has canes reaching 4 inches in diameter and 60 feet tall.

To see a list of varieties and prices, visit www.kanapaha.org or call (352) 372-4981.

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is at 4700 SW 58th Drive; the entrance is one mile west of I-75 on Archer Road. Hours are 9 a.m. to dusk Saturday and Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The gardens are closed on Thursdays. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children 6-13, and free for children under 6.

New butterfly garden: The Micanopy Friendship 4-H club has received a Community Pride grant for $450 and plans to use it to design, implement and plant a Florida native butterfly garden to complement the renovation of the community park next to the Micanopy fire station.

The butterfly garden will be a large, interactive garden that will flank one entire side of the community park.

The cost of the entire project is about $2,000 and donations are being sought to complete the project.

For more information contact 4-H agent Ernie Terry at 955-2402.

Herbs: Upcoming events at Maggie's Herb Farm include:

Saturday - Building hypertufa planters, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wear your old clothes and learn to make these amazing containers plants thrive in. This is mud pie making for grownups and you will leave with several completed works, directions , molds and coloring material. All supplies included and snacks and drinks provided. $95, must be preregistered one week prior, limit 10 people, instructor Melanie Palmrose.

Feb. 2 - Cooking with herbs; 10 a.m.-noon. A demonstration on preparing simple herb oils, vinegars, spice mixes, pesto, herbal bread and butters. General instruction on cooking with herbs. Recipes included. Come and pick your own fresh salad and herbs from the garden. $30, instructor James Steele.

Feb. 3 - Cooking with herbal vinegars, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. We will make a delicious lunch using herbal vinegars and all make two bottles of vinegar with recipes to take home. Bring two 8-ounce glass bottles. $45, instructor Marge Powell.

Feb. 9 - Soap making, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., includes European lunch. You will make two different soaps and learn to use lye to generate beautiful effects with natural ingredients and herbs. Bring at least one 4-ounce plastic container for your soap. The container is non reusable once it has been used for soap. $40, instructor Marge Powell.

March 1 - Cooking with herbs, herbal feast, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This a hands-on workshop prepares a lunch using fresh herbs you pick from the garden at the farm and herb-infused wines. You will get a tray of herb plants and detailed recipes using your plants. $50, instructor Marge Powell.

May 10 - Annual Spring Farm Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Come out to our annual festival before Mother's Day. There are vendors with herb and butterfly plants, homemade herb foods, herbal crafts, handmade soaps, dried herbs, birdhouses, medicinal herbalists and local pottery. We have many varieties of basils, mints, lavenders, rosemary, thymes, sages, oreganos , and medicinal plants. and many more hummingbird and butterfly plants.

Preregistration required for all classes two weeks prior. Call (904) 829-0722.

Maggie's Herb Farm is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. the address is 11400 CR 13 North, along the St. Johns River between County Road 214 and County Road 208, west of St. Augustine.

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