Fruit Tree Paradise with Darryl McCullough
Next Meeting: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Tuesday, November 28, 2017 | Sarasota Garden Club
This month’s speaker will share his tropical fruit tree growing experience, philosophy and vision for promoting locally grown tropical fruit in our area markets and restaurants.
Not only is Darryl busy tending 150 fruit trees on two acres at his SweetSong Groves, he also serves as our club Treasurer!
Tropical fruit trees became a post-career passion for Darryl, beginning with a few varieties of tropical fruit trees in 2012, by 2016 he had grown to 150 fruit trees and launched SweetSong Groves. Darryl will also discuss the 3-hour introductory class he offers each Spring and Fall to help new-to-intermediate growers avoid some of the pitfalls growing tropical fruit trees in the Sarasota area.
“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!
Non-members are welcome to attend any meeting for only $5.
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.