Sunday, May 16, 2021

Gardening Expo Planned by Garden Club & Center for the Arts

Submitted Photo | Sara Wolf, Hyla Crane and Sandy Wallen.

Sandy Wallen, President of Calusa Garden Club, Sara Wolf, Chair of the Gardening Expo, and Hyla Crane, Executive Director of Marco Island Center for the Arts met recently to plan for the day-long Calusa Garden Club Gardening Expo and Flower Arranging Classes to be held on March 2, 2019 at the Marco Island Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Drive.

Three free gardening seminars will feature local experts in their fields.

At 10 AM, Patricia Rose of Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance will show beautiful orchids of different varieties and demonstrate methods of caring for orchids such as watering, re-potting, pruning, and mounting.

At 12 noon, Dale DeFeo, Calusa Garden Club Horticulture Chairperson, will present Amazing Succulent Dish Gardens. DeFeo will show the wow-factor of a succulent dish garden in your décor with examples from her collection, as well as demonstrate techniques for dividing succulents, planting succulents together, fixing a succulent dish garden that is past its prime, and rehabilitating failing plants in succulent dish gardens.

At 2 PM, Sue Oldershaw, 30-year Marco Island gardener, and Donna Kay, Florida Master Gardener, will demonstrate how to grow vegetable and herb plants on Marco Island in earth boxes, and feature month-by-month tips and instruction on gardening tasks through the use of the Calusa Garden Club Month-by-Month Gardening Guide.

In addition to the free seminars, the Garden Club will teach a Floral Design Workshop at 10 AM and repeat the workshop at 1 PM.

For a workshop price of $60, pre-registered participants will receive containers, flowers and all supplies and tools. Calusa Garden Club award-winning floral designers, including National Federation of Garden Clubs Flower Show Judges Diane Hughes and Juliette Flasche will instruct participants in making “Spring is Here!” – a floral design featuring spring flowers for their homes. Design assistants will help participants with technique and use of materials. Pre-registration for the Floral Design Workshop is required by February 20, either online at, then go to “Events,” or by telephone to Marco Island Center for the Arts at 239-394-4221. Enrollment is limited to 20 per class session.

As an added visual treat, Calusa Garden Club members will display unique floral designs in the Lauritzen Gallery. The variety of designs will include floor designs, underwater designs, and creative line designs, in addition to designs featuring dramatic leaf manipulation.

Calusa Garden Club is a member of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs and membership is open to those interested in horticulture, floral design and environmental matters residing five months or more in Collier County. Calusa Garden Club meets the second Monday of each month, October through March, at Wesley United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 350 S. Barfield Drive, Marco Island. Business meetings begin at 12:30 PM and programs begin at 1:15 PM. Calusa Garden Club welcomes visitors interested in our educational programs and visitors interested in membership.

Contact the Garden Club at, or on the Garden Club’s website,, or visit the Club’s Facebook page Calusa Garden Club.

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