Come to our Annual Tropical Fruit Tree and Herb Sale!
Saturday, April 8 from 9am – 1pm, rain or shine!
Location: 3975 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL (Unitarian Universalist Church)
Come choose from an exceptional selection of tropical fruit trees, direct from Pine Island expert grower Steve Cucura of Fruitscapes nursery. And new this year, herbs from D & D Growers of Lithia, one of the Suncoast region’s top herb nurseries.
Along with Steve, and Dennis from D & D, our dedicated and experienced club members will be on hand to assist you and help you choose the perfect trees and herbs for your needs.
Please share this sale with your friends and on Facebook!
Prices at the sale will be about the same as at local retail nurseries, and this once-a-year fundraiser will help the Tropical Fruit Society of Sarasota continue its mission to educate and support home growers of tropical fruit here on Florida’s Suncoast.
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Tips For Growing More Mangos with Noris Ledesma, Ph.D.
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | Sarasota Garden Club
Noris Ledesma, Ph.D., Curator of Tropical Fruit at Fairchild Tropical Gardens, will be our speaker at the March meeting.
She is an expert in tropical fruit horticulture, specializing in mangos. Not only is Noris is a dynamic, high energy speaker, she is also great at conveying her knowledge to ordinary gardeners like us.
Recently she has been showing local farmers how to increase their mango production. Sharing this information, Noris will be providing us with simple steps to increase flower production, fruit set, and harvest. She will also talk about various cultivars, horticultural fundamentals, and techniques for training and pruning.
Dr. Ledesma has an educational background in Tropical Fruits and Economy, and Forestry Engineering. She has worked with mango growers throughout Latin America, Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Africa, and India. For the past 17 years she has been employed at the world renowned Fairchild Tropical Gardens in Miami.
“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.