July Meeting: Tuesday, July 23
Next Meeting: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Tuesday, June 25, 2019 | Sarasota Garden Club
Are you ready to eat mangoes? Every July the Tropical Fruit Society of Sarasota hosts a mango tasting event. This is by far our most popular meeting of the year.
This year it will be a “members only” event, but not to worry, our dues have been lowered to just $10 per year, or $20 for a family— and you can become a member the night of the event. Even if you can attend only this one meeting for the entire year, the opportunity to taste and compare dozens of different mangoes is well worth the $10. Sorry, no guest admissions this month.
Club officers will do their best to provide mangos, but because of the large MangoFest turnouts, we are counting on our members to contribute some of their own mangos, ready-to-eat in bite-sized pieces. Please also bring a small file card or other sign with the name of the mango variety.
Last year we had over 30 varieties of mangoes to sample, from the ordinary to the rare and exotic, and even some that were unknown to all in attendance.
We hope to repeat the same experience this year. This is an outstanding opportunity to learn about the many complex flavors and subtle aftertastes in the world of mangoes.
Lemon Zest, Coconut Cream, Sweet Tart, Orange Sherbert – these are but a few of the varieties of gourmet mangoes that might make their appearance at our most popular meeting of the year. A fabulous event not to be missed!
“The Tropical Fruit Society of Sarasota is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes associated with the propagation, cultivation, selection, improvement or enhancement of superior cultivars of tropical fruits, and the distribution of tropical fruit trees and the associated knowledge necessary for their successful cultivation and harvest, for the benefit of mankind. A 501c3 corporation.”
We are a group of enthusiastic and passionate tropical fruit lovers, focused on the art and pleasure of growing our own tropical fruit here in the Sarasota area.
We love to exchange ideas, and share knowledge, tips and expertise with fellow gardeners.
But most of all, we love to enjoy ripe, delicious, homegrown tropical fruit!
Our regular monthly meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month, except August and December, at the:
Sarasota Garden Club
1131 Boulevard of the Arts
Sarasota, FL 34236
Located on the northwest corner of US41 & Blvd. of the Arts, in front of the Van Wezel
6:30 – Sign in, social time, and tasting table
7:00 – Short business meeting, followed immediately by speaker’s presentation
8:00 – Plant raffle and social time
8:30 – Clean-up
We welcome guests to join us for any meeting!
Non-members are welcome to attend meetings for $5 admission, except for tasting events such as the July MangoFest, which are $10.
We strive to keep our membership costs affordable:
- Individual membership: $10/year
- Family/household membership: $20/year
Past talks have included:
- Grafting Techniques, Wayne Clifton
- Should You Consider Growing Citrus?, Gary Patton
- All About Jackfruit, Dr. Noris Ledesma
- Growing Pomegranates in Florida, Dr. William Castle
- Lychees, Longans & Spanish Lime, Will Wright
- Canistel and Sapodilla in the Home Landscape & Tropical Fruit Pollination, Dr. Jonathan Crane
Our donations help fund club activities such as fruit tastings, honorariums to bring in four star speakers, and cover our beautiful meeting location.
Past speakers have included Dr. Jonathan Crane of the University of Florida and Associate Director of Horticultural Sciences at T.R.E.C. in Homestead, and Dr. Noris Ledesma, Curator of Tropical Fruit at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.
We always appreciate donations made in person, but we welcome them online as well.