Wellington Garden Club will meet on the first Monday of each month at the Village of Wellington Community Center located at 12150 Forest Hill Blvd, Wellington, FL 33414. We will begin our first business meeting for members only in September at 9:30 AM. Our next meeting in October is open to the public and we invite you to join us. To reserve a spot or for any questions, please contact us via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everyone knows that home and community food gardens can
provide fresh and delicious food. We also know that urban food gardens can help
the environment and local economy. But, just how beneficial are they? Until
now, no one has really measured just how beneficial an urban food garden can
be. Dr. Z has recently completed a research project to answer that question and
published a book that explains the results of 5-year study on the many ways
that our home and community gardens make our cities more sustainable. Did
you know that your home food garden could save enough energy to power the
average U.S. house for a year? Or that your food garden may conserve tens of
thousands of gallons of water each year? Urban food gardens have tremendous benefit
to both the grower and the community. Join us for a presentation on just how
important our food gardens really are.
Ellen Chestnut, a 15 year member of the Wellington Garden Club and Master
Flower Show Judge for 25 years, has been affiliated with several south Florida
garden clubs. She was the first
accredited judge to join the Wellington Garden Club and co-chaired the club’s
first Standard Flower show. In addition,
Mary Ellen served as past director of District 12 flower show judges. Learn about the
importance of the flower show schedule “law of the show”, the impact of the
physical location of the show, how the choice of container can affect the
appearance of your composition, the use and balance of color and skillful
interpretation of the flower show theme.
Seven years ago Jesse and
Dee Vance of Nature's Relics discovered one of Florida's great natural
treasures. A rare commodity that few know very much about--and that is
"Old Growth Cypress Wood." What was once a virgin cypress stand now provides
the owners a prime area for collecting and reclaiming this centuries old wood.
Logged back in the 1800’s, these remnant pieces are retrieved on private land
and brought back to Ft. Lauderdale for recycling. The first stage in the
repurposing process is cleaning and preparing the wood to make it user friendly
for mounting plants, floral designs, landscaping, for interior/exterior
decorating, and for one-of-a-kind art pieces. It is nature at its best!
Wildlife Technician, Colleen Closius, from the
University of Florida, will share her interest in South Florida ecology and
conservation with us as she gives a presentation on invasive species such as
Burmese pythons, Argentine black and white tegus, and Nile Monitors.She is joined by Dr. Frank Mazzotti, Ph.D.
professor at UF, AKA the “Croc Doc”. Some of his interests include endangered
species and environmental education. According to Dr. Mazzotti, their presence
and the problems associated with them have gotten a lot of attention.Is it possible some of these invasive species
are here in South Florida in our very own gardens, lurking about looking to
devour an endangered species? We may even get to see real, live species.This is surely a meeting not to be
Gardening for birds and other wildlife in South
Kirsten Hines is a
writer, photographer, biologist and environmental educator focused on wildlife,
nature, travel and conservation. She has long championed South Florida’s native
plants and habitats, including as coauthor of the Institute for Regional Conservation’s
Natives for Your Neighborhood online plant conservation resource and,
with James Kushlan, the gardening book Attracting Birds to South Florida
why gardening is different in sub-tropical South Florida, and what you can do
to make your own yard, even just a patio, more attractive to our unique
community of birds and other wildlife, helping to restore and maintain the
region’s ecological functions through wildlife-friendly landscaping.
March 7, 2016 Overview of Tropical Bamboo
in the United States
Saporito, past president of the American Bamboo Society’s Florida Chapter and the
Owner of Tropical Bamboo, is the
premier supplier of ornamental tropical bamboo plants located
in Loxahatchee Groves. Many of these clumping bamboo varieties have only become available
in the U.S. during the past decade, providing a new, exciting, controlled
element for landscapes. There are
challenges to bringing tropical bamboo into the United States. In the U S, bamboo is grown almost
exclusively as an ornamental plant and south Florida provides an environment
suitable for a wide selection of these large woody perennial grasses. Other less utilized uses are farming for
bamboo shoots, a traditional forest vegetable in Asia, and in construction due
to its strength, durability and affordability.
Stopek has been professionally involved in south Florida’s nursery and
landscape industries for the past 40 years. He
has produced a large assortment of plants dating back to 1975 in both Broward
and Palm Beach counties.
will display many photos of assorted succulents including Agaves, Aloes,
Portulacarias, Euphorbies and more succulents or related type plant
elements. These are plant species that are quite
effective in your landscapes with little maintenance
concerns. Wonderful architecture and artistic qualities
generated from this plant group that can brighten up any landscape composition.