Walking Tour of Palma Sola Botanical Park’s Rare Fruit Tree Collection
1 PM – 2/2:30 PM December 27, 2016 | Palma Sola Botanical Park
There is no TFSS meeting this month, however we invite you to join your fellow members for a very informal tour of the rare fruit tree collection at Palma Sola Botanical Park in west Bradenton.
We’ll gather near the entrance at 1:00 pm, Tuesday, December 27, for an easy walk around the 75-tree collection that is maintained by our sister club, the Manatee Rare Fruit Council. At least two and probably more of its members who are familiar with the park will join us to talk about the park and its trees.
In addition to the outstanding collection of rare fruit trees, the park has many plantings of tropical ornamentals. We’ll probably tour for an hour or so, leaving plenty of time for those who also wish to visit nearby Robinson Preserve.
Location & Directions:
Palma Sola Botanical Park is located at 9800 17th Ave NW, in far west Bradenton, just north of Geraldson Community Farm and just across the corner from Robinson Preserve.
From north and central Sarasota go north to Route 70, west to 75 St W, and north, crossing Route 64, to 17th Ave NW and go west.
From the southeast take I-75 to Route 70 and go west to 75th St W. From the north take the easiest way to west Route 64 and then 75th St W.
Join us if you can for this easy, enjoyable outing.
If you are unable to join us, we wish you Happy Holidays and Joyful Healthy New Year and look forward to seeing you in 2017!
“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.