By Kris Morton,
2016 EGWS Co-Chair
As each New Year approaches we strive to turn gardening challenges into enjoyable results. We started planning within weeks of our last Garden Workshop Series in March of 2015. After reviewing ideas for topics submitted by attendees our committee came up with what we hope will be a very interesting and diverse Educational Garden Workshop Series for 2016.
Our series started on January 7, when Judy White returned to speak on “Landscaping with Orchids,” a new topic and approach to enhance your garden by mounting orchids in your landscape. Judy and her husband Dave have been in Naples for more than 37 years and have operated their orchid nursery business for more than 23 years. Jade Orchids is the only remaining orchid grower in Collier County. Judy had lots of wonderful orchid advice.
Mark your calendars for Thursday, January 14, when we welcome back Joel Toledo. Joel will speak on “Spring Bloomers.” Joel, owner of Green Door Nursery on Bayshore Drive, is a graduate of the University of South Florida and he uses his degree in environmental science and policy with minor in wetlands restoration to encourage and help his customers. Joel will show us how to brighten your yard or lanai with colorful blooming plants.
We welcome a new speaker on Thursday, January 21. Thomas Becker will present “Water in Your Landscape: When Less is More.” Tom has a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and a master’s degree in training and development, both from Penn State University. He currently works for UF/IFAS/Charlotte County Extension as a horticulture assistant. He provides education on the Florida-friendly landscaping directed to homeowners and community associations who are re-landscaping and retrofitting community-owned areas to save water and improve water quality.
And on Thursday, January 28, Master Gardener Chris Gilbert will discuss “Design Principles of Landscaping.” Chris and his gardening interests have carried through his amazing career in the Boston area, working with Martha Stewart, Julia Child and PBS. He has been nominated four times and received an Emmy for directing the restoration of the historic Governor’s Mansion in Richmond, Virginia. Be inspired by Chris as he helps you discover your personal style and needs and create curb appeal with pizazz!
“Edible Landscaping” is the topic on Thursday, February 4. John Dawson will show us how saving money never looked and tasted so good. John was an electromagnetic environmental effects engineer for 38 years prior to his retirement. He started as a MG in Maryland in 2004 and moved to Bradenton in 2007 where he quickly became a Florida master gardener. He co-edited the MG 2008 Maryland Master Gardener Handbook and currently writes many articles for the Manatee award-winning newsletter, is on the Executive Advisory Board Committee, and has amassed over 2,735 hours of service as a Florida MG.
And this is only the first half of our 10-week Garden Workshop Series. The complete series is $30.00, or $10.00 per lecture, and is open to the public. Pre-registration is not required, but if you would like to beat the rush you may purchase the Series ticket through Eventbrite. Visit our website at www.collier.ifas.ufl.edu for more registration information, or call 239-252-4800 UF/IFAS Collier County Urban Horticulture Agent, Florida Yards and Neighborhoods and Master Gardener Coordinator Isabel Way-Soto.