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Thursday October 2, 1:30pm-2:30pm, Monthly Master Gardener Educational Meeting. Mounts Auditorium ‘The Mayaima People of Lake Okeechobee’ by Butch Wilson of the Clewiston Museum. Free Plant Raffle following presentation Clewiston Museum Director, Butch Wilson, is presenting a program, “The Mayaimas Indians of Lake Okeechobee” which provides insight into the life and times of the Mayaimas people that once inhabited the Lake Okeechobee region.  Butch Wilson will also be exhibiting Mayaimas artifacts that were collected in the Glades area. Butch Wilson is a sixth generation Floridian who grew up on the southern shores of Lake Okeechobee.  As a young boy, he enjoyed listening to stories of ole Florida, told to him by his great grandmother, grandparents and other Glades pioneers.  This early heritage fascinated Butch and gave him an early appreciation for Florida History. Butch graduated from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee with a Bachelor of Arts in History.  He was employed with United States Sugar Company for 32 years, before retiring and starting a new career at the Clewiston Museum.  The museum has given Butch the opportunity to share his passion for local Glades History with others.  He presents programs on the history of the Lake Okeechobee region to schools, clubs, colleges and other organizations.

Next Month Thursday November 6, 1:00pm-2:30pm, Monthly Master Gardener Educational Meeting  ‘Tour of New Plants in the Mounts Botanical Garden’  by Director of the Garden Allen Sistrunk Meet in Mounts Auditorium to sign in and then proceed to the garden entrance. No Plant Raffle following this tour.

Thank You to Master Gardeners who interviewed the newest class of trainees for the PBC Fall 2014 Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program: Uma Bhatti; Joseph Kress; Rita Welch; Lois Mahony; Carleen Ferrell; Molly Sims; Charles Holzschuh; Margie Rosenstock; Lynda Hare; Barbara Kreminski; Eleanor Heslin; Barbara Sreenan; Mary Drexler; Teri Jabour; Barbara Bogart; Trafton Foster; Steven Aberbach; Harry Winkler

If you have ever been interested in learning how to manage pests using integrated pest management (IPM) strategies on a whole farm or landscape level,
there now is a video series just for you. These video modules were developed by a team of University of Florida IFAS Extension faculty at the UF/IFAS Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center near Live Oak, FL where the 300 acre farm has been transformed into a Living IPM Laboratory putting IPM strategies into real life practices. The farm is now implementing several innovative IPM strategies to manage pests and has reduced pesticide use by more than 50%. When you watch these short video modules, you will learn how to implement strategies such as using trap crops and insect monitoring traps; creating plant habitat for beneficial insects; using birds, bats and owls as pest predators; enhancing the landscape for native pollinators; and scouting to best target management strategies.The direct link to the IPM Whole Farm Modules is ( This ongoing project is supported with funding from University of Florida IFAS, USDA NIFA Extension IPM Program, Southern Region IPM Center, and Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) Program, and the Suwannee Conservation District.

The Mounts Botanical Garden Guild Nursery is open Mondays and Thursday mornings  9:00am-12:00pm. Stop by and shop the nursery for great plants propagated from the Mounts Botanical Garden. If you can’t make the trip to the Guild during the week…you can still purchase from an assortment of Guild nursery plants available at the Mounts Garden Bookstore open weekends Sat 10:00am-4:00pm and Sunday 12:00pm-4:00pm.

Master Gardeners Needed:

Need VOLUNTEER Hours? No dirt, no digging. The Master Gardener Booth is located at the Delray Beach Green Market Pineapple Grove  NE 2nd Avenue. Schedule:  Saturdays starting in October, 8:45-11:30-2:15 Free Parking--City Garage.  Contact Alice Finst  561-498-7140.

Mounts Botanical Garden ‘Garden Grooming Party’ Saturday October 4, 8:30am-11:00am. Lunch provided…For more information contact the Mounts Botanical Garden 561-233-1757.

Master Gardener Volunteer needed for Space of Mind,
a social homeschool in downtown Delray Beach to work with students once per week for about an hour in their garden program. Space of Mind has a garden plot and does the maintenance at the butterfly garden at the Swinton Community Garden. If interested in volunteering call 561-212-0159. .


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Fall 2014 Master Gardener Training Program begins September 3,, 2014!
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