No meeting this month. Regular meetings to resume in September
As the Sarasota Garden Club is still undergoing renovations, there will be no meeting this Tuesday, August 23.
We will resume with our regularly scheduled meetings next month, September 27th, with more details to follow soon.
A huge thank you to everyone who attended last month’s Mangofest meeting at the Waldemere Fire Station.
We had a fantastic turnout and heard lots of great questions and helpful answers from our wonderful club members.
We tasted over a dozen varieties of fresh, juicy mangoes. While some had their clear favorites, the only consensus we all agreed upon was that mangoes are delicious!
Extra thanks go to:
- Kip Weinhold who donated a beautiful jakfruit which was auctioned off, and Larry Atkins for getting it to us.
- Nick and Coralee who brought a monster of a Valencia Pride mango to auction
- All those who brought fresh mangoes or other treats from their trees pre-cut for the tasting
- Larry Atkins who brought a variety of fresh mangoes from his trees to sell
- And of course to all those who came early to help set up and those who stayed after and helped clean up, including Heidi and Terry who helped with both!
If you missed out on our recent meetings, you can download:
Celeste Welch’s PDF slideshow and handout from June on Growing Bananas HERE.
Ph.D. Mercy Olmstead’s PDF Presentation and 2016 Pest Management Guide for Peaches + a link to her blog HERE
And Dr. Paul Lyrene’s PDF presentation on Blueberries for Sarasota HERE.
Just scroll to the bottom of the post and click on the links.
We look forward to seeing you in September! More details about our September Speaker and Topic will be announced soon.
We welcome non-members to attend any of our meetings; your first meeting is free and after that you’re welcome to join or just pay the $5 meeting guest fee. We hope to see you there!
“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 at Sarasota Garden Club, at 6:30 pm on the fourth Tuesday of each month:
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 and social time
7:00 – Guest lecturer begins
8:00 – Following our speaker, we hold a plant raffle and enjoy various treats brought in my members and guests at our tasting table.
8:30 – Clean-up
We welcome guests to join us for any meeting!
Your first meeting is free, after that you can choose to join us as a member, or simply attend when you like and pay a $5 meeting fee.
We strive to keep our membership costs affordable:
- Single membership: $20/year
- Family/household membership: $30/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.