3rd Annual Mangofest + Q&A Panel
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM July 26, 2016 | Waldemere Fire Station
Please note a change in meeting location for July. Due to renovations at the Sarasota Garden Club, this month only we will be meeting at the Waldemere Fire Station at 2070 Waldemere St, one block east of US 41.
TFSS will provide mangoes for tasting, and lots of toothpicks.
Darryl and Kevin have traveled to Pine Island and scouted lots of local outlets to find some wonderful mangoes for our Mangofest. Just a few of the varieties we’ll be tasting include:
- Coconut Cream
- Fruit Punch
- Imam Pasand (rare!)
- Maha Chanok
- and more!
Members are also encouraged to bring their own home-grown mangoes of known variety. Please prepare them in 1/2-to-3/4 inch cubes, in a serving dish or tub and ready for tasting, and bring a small sign telling the variety.
Our planned speaker, Noris Ledesma, has international travel obligations and had to postpone her visit here until next year. But we have plenty of tropical fruit knowledge right here in TFSS, so this month’s presentation will be our own Q&A.
Bring your general tropical fruit tree questions, and we’ll put them out for any member in attendance to address. It will be informative, and a good way to get to know our fellow members better.
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.