Master Gardener Volunteer Monthly Educational Meetings
- Thursday, March 6, 1:30-2:30pm, ‘Tour of Sustainable Florida Friendly Home Landscape’ by Master Gardener and PBC Chapter President Rare Fruit Council International Susan Lerner. Tour location: 6800 Country Place Road, West Palm Beach. Commute together from Mounts Building parking lot 1:00pm-sharp. Directions from the Mounts Building go north on Military Trail to Belvedere Road. Take a left onto Belvedere go west to Skees Road. Take Right (north) on Skees Road. continue north then take right onto Country Place Road.
- Thursday April 3, 10:00am-3:00pm, Monthly Master Gardener Educational Meeting Mounts Auditorium ‘Palm School’ by Dr. Monica Elliott Professor of Plant Pathology and Co-Director of University of Florida Fort Lauderdale Research & Education Center. Lunch on your own 12-1pm.
- The Successful 2014 South Florida Fair. Thanks go out to all the Master Gardeners who volunteered for PBC Cooperative Extension and the Master Gardener Booth. Forty Seven (47) Master Gardeners volunteered 489 hours, had 8500 contacts and distributed 4300 IFAS Publications on gardening to the fairgoers.
- Thanks to the teams of Master Gardeners who interviewed candidates for Spring 2014 PBC MG Training: Uma Bhatti; Trafton Foster; Joseph Kress; Rita Welch; Donna Nardo; Montse Guiu; Susan Lerner; Holly Ande; Anne O’Loughlin; Martha Bennett; Carleen Ferrell; Steve Aberbach; Sydelle Dombrowsky; Molly Sims; Harry Winkler; Charles Holzschuh; Gelraldine Geiger; Margie Rosenstock; Lynda Hare; Barbara Kreminski; Eleanor Heslin; Mary Drexler; Paula Donelan; Janet Mack.
- The Mounts Botanical Garden Guild Nursery is open Monday and Thursday mornings from 9-noon. 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 10am-4pm and Sunday Noon-4pm.
- Mounts Spring Plant Sale Saturday, April 26, 9-5 and Sunday, April 27, 9-4. 12 Master Gardeners are needed to staff the Master Gardener Booth Saturday 9:00-1:00 or 1:00-5:00 / Sunday 9:00-12:30 or 12:30-4:00pm with breakdown. Call Deborah Levulis to volunteer for this event at 561-233-1758.
Mounts Botanical Garden Educational Programs:
- Florida-Friendly™ Landscaping:It Starts with the Soil Saturday, March 1, 9:00am–12:30pm. Mounts Auditorium. Member: $35; Non-Member: $40. Ron Rice, PBC Agricultural Extension Agent, Gardening on South Florida’s predominantly sandy, infertile soils can be challenging. This class will teach you what you need to know to have a greener thumb. You’ll explore the pros and cons of your soil type and discover how to select and apply the best fertilizer and amendments for your plants. Included: tips on how to create compost for your garden and how to grow great plants in containers. Price includes a University of Florida soil test.
- Bromeliads: Divide & Conquer Saturday, March 8, 9:00am–12:00pm. Members: $40; Non-Members: $45. Mounts Auditorium. Jeff Hutchinson & Joe Libertucci, Bromeliad Society of the Palm Beaches, Conquer your fears of division. Jeff and Joe will show you how to divide and care for colorful bromeliads. Then, you’ll practice the process yourself and take home a pup to grace your garden or patio. Wear old clothes and bring garden gloves. Price includes all materials. You can purchase additional plants after the program.
- Mounts Book Club Tuesday, March 11, 10:00am–11:30am. Clayton Hutcheson Center Conference Room. Members: Free; Non-Members: $5 entrance donation. Join us for a deliciously diabolical discussion of Amy Stewart’s Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities. We’ll explore some of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations, including plants that kill, maim and intoxicate. Stop in even if you haven’t read the book.
- Butterfly World Tour Tuesday, March 18, 7:30am–4:00pm. Members: $50; Non-Members: $60. Go on the road with Mounts to Butterfly World in Coconut Creek. This park features the largest butterfly house in the world as well as 10 acres of gardens and aviaries. Get a close up view of butterflies in various stages of growth, witness the miracle as new butterflies emerge, and delight in the antics of thousands of exotic butterflies. Interact with lorikeets, the clowns of the bird world, and discover the amazing world of hummingbirds and other exotic species as they buzz around you in a flower-filled habitat. Stop by the Butterfly Garden Plant Shop to purchase nectar and host plants. Please bring your own lunch or plan to eat on your own in either of the cafes. Pre-paid registration is required by March 7.
- Stroller Struts Thursday March 20, 10:00am–11:00am. Members: Free; Non-Members: $5 entrance donation. Enjoy a lovely morning strolling through our Garden with your youngest ones in tow. Relax and take a self-guided tour using your cell phone, or just spend time with the young ones experiencing the sights and sounds of Mounts. Meet at the Garden Entrance off of Military Trail.
- Making a Garden Trough: The Hypertufa Process Thursday, March 27, 9:00am–11:30am. Members: $20; Non-Members: $25. Mounts Auditorium. Ted Johnson, Master Gardener. Trough containers are all the rage. These functional planters resemble old stone but are lighter in weight. They’re also durable and perfect for miniature gardens or small plants. In this workshop, you’ll watch our instructor demonstrate how you can create a hypertufa container at home. We’ll supply tips on potting mixes and planting. Wear old clothes and bring clear plastic safety glasses and well-fitting, waterproof dishwashing gloves. Class limit: 20.
Fall 2014 Master Gardener Training Program begins February 26, 2004!
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Master Gardener Volunteer Program
531 N. Military Trail
West Palm Beach, FL 33415
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