MEETINGS & WORKSHOPS
Naples Garden Club general meetings are diverse. Horticulture, floral design and environmental topics are covered by nationally and internationally-known speakers and Naples experts who share exciting new points of view. These meetings are open to the public and guests are welcome.
At least five horticulture workshops are held each year. At each workshop, a member or visiting horticulturist gives a short lecture or tour. Each month, several floral design workshops are held at the Garden Club office. Instruction is given in applying the principles and elements of design as stated in the National Garden Club’s Handbook. Workshops are open to members only.
Click here for a list of all upcoming Meetings & Workshops with links to registration, as available.
2013-2014 Moonlight on the Marsh Lecture Series
Lectures to Explore Red Tide, Invasive Pythons and Other Environmental Issues in the News
Note: Dr William Mitsch and the Everglades Wetlands Research Park have announced the schedule for this season’s lecture series. As most of our members know, our two Fellowship Endowed Interns are part of this important team conducting their research at the FGCU’s Kapnick Center at Naples Botanical Garden.
FORT MYERS, Fla. – “Florida algae bloom leads to record manatee deaths.” “Biggest python ever captured in Florida caught in Miami-Dade County.” “EPA faces lawsuit over south Florida beach pollution.”
Florida has been making headlines this year with one environmental news story after another: red tide, invasive species, pollution that threatens tourism. The Everglades Wetland Research Park at Florida Gulf Coast University will tackle these timely issues and others of regional and global … Read More
Ikebana Sogetsu School of Naples Demonstration
On Monday, February 18 members of the Naples Garden Club joined The Ikebana Sogetsu School of Naples for a demonstration given by Kaye Vosburgh , a Sogetsu Riji of the highest rank from Boston at Unity Church in Naples.
Susan Morrison had great things to say about NGC!
January meeting speaker, author and master gardener, Susan Morrison enjoyed her time with the Naples Garden Club!
“On my recent trip to Florida, not only did I get to speak to a vibrant and engaged group of gardeners, I also got to tour a spectacular private garden and an inspirational public one . . .”
Click here to read the entire article on her blog.
We Dressed the Table ~ by Linda La Rue Brown
Following Monday’s exciting program presented by Kathy Whalen, 38 members enjoyed a hands-on workshop with Kathy. Each person was encouraged to think “creativity and fun” as they selected various table items and accessories to bring to the workshop. Then we dressed the table, led by Kathy, alternating colors, floral arrangements and place settings. Everyone went home, taking new insights to help them create more exciting tabletops as Garden Club members and for their personal enjoyment of entertaining and beautification of their homes.
We would also like to thank Candi Child for taking great notes and compiling tips and tricks shared by Kathy as she worked. Click here to download the document and get started on your very own unique design
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Even More Fun With Ron
Following Monday’s exciting program presented by Ron Morgan, 26 members enjoyed a hand’s on workshop with Ron. Each person brought his / her own container. Ron provided the plant material and we were off. After a brief introduction, each participant was encouraged to start creating. As we all worked, Ron walked around making suggestions for each of our designs, all the while regaling us with funny stories and a plethora of both practical and creative suggestions. Everyone agreed that it was a marvelous two hours of fun and learning!
We would also like to thank Candi for taking great notes and compiling a list of tips and tricks shared by Ron in his workshop. Click here to download the document and get started on your very own unique design.
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Tips to Renew and Refresh
Naples Garden Club members and our guests enjoyed a very thorough and detailed presentation from Ed Westwood, Mike Malloy (pictured to the left) and Thomas Hecker on ideas of how to rescue our gardens or lanais after one of the hottest summers in recent memory.
Ed Westwood, Landscape Architect and owner of Garden Bleu Design, www.gardenbleu.com, discussed ‘freshening up’ worn out and tired garden spaces with new plantings. He suggested we have a more realistic understanding of our gardens and their maintenance as well as dealing with ‘problem’ areas individually, especially areas that have sun in the summer and heavy shade in the winter. Ed suggested mixing and matching our outdoor spaces not only with plantings, but with hardscapes, container plants, canopies and other decorative pieces to help utilize and … Read More
2011 – 2012 Speakers: An Amazing Lineup!
A few of our national speakers this season include:
Ron Morgan, In the Company of Flowers, Monday, January 9, a renowned San Francisco floral designer and one of the most sought-after and well-recognized floral designers in the United States. www.ronmorgandesigns.com.
Kathy Whalen AIFD, Monday, February 6, Special Event and Floral Design Instructor at the New York Botanical Garden for 15 years will present A Passion For Parties. Kathy has been a visual event stylist and floral designer for more than 30 years.www.kathywhalen.net
Felder Rushing, Monday March 5 promises to be most enlightening. Felder is a Dirt Gardener from Mississippi, author and co-author of 16 gardening books who will present Slow Gardening. Felder uses an offbeat, “down home” approach rife with humorous anecdotes and garden- irreverent metaphors, zany … Read More
Going Over to the Dark Side
Published March 25, 2011
Delightful, witty, and charming are just some of the words that could be used to describe Amy Stewart, the award-winning and best-selling author who spoke at the Garden Club’s March 7 meeting. Ms. Stewart, whose lecture was entitled “Wicked Plants—The Deliciously Dark Side of the Plant Kingdom,” regaled the audience with tales of plants that maim and kill as well as plants that are strange, exotic, illicit, and immoral.
She noted that the public is often unaware of the dangers lurking nearby in the guise of a quietly growing plant. Dangerous plants can be found in public places such as near the Chicago Public Library or in a child’s play yard in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Without realizing it, we often live near plants that can cause allergic reactions, paralysis, breathing problems, … Read More
Gardening in Small Spaces with Big Ideas
Thomas Hecker, Garden Club member and President of EcoBotanic Design, spoke at the February 7th meeting of the Naples Garden Club. His program ”Orchids, Bromeliads, Succulents, Oh My!” began with an overview of the challenges and rewards when gardening within small spaces such as courtyards, patios, terraces and lanais. He defined and showed examples of small spaces common in southwest Florida. He followed with best plant selections, soil recommendations, fertilizers, mulches and containers. Finally, he addressed common pest issues and possible non-toxic solutions.
Hecker stated the importance of an entryway with curb appeal, a desired feature for homeowners that may present challenges of poor soil and narrow planting space. “Low maintenance and high Impact” is his motto for this area. He encouraged us to “select plants that are attractive, can persist … Read More