Bats & Gardens, a Natural Connection with Shari Blissett-Clark
Next Meeting: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Tuesday, May 22, 2018 | Sarasota Garden Club
Many gardeners underestimate the value of bats and their role in keeping unwanted insects under control. But do you know who we have to THANK for keeping the bug (mosquito) population down (in a sustainable and ecological way)?? BATS!!! Bats are JUST amazing, little, flying mammals!
Through careful placement of “bat houses,” some farmers have completely eliminated any need for spraying insecticides! The bat population suffers from inaccurate myths, insecticides and pollutants, and loss of habitat. All of these factors are working to decrease the bat population.
Our rapidly changing world is leaving bats poisoned, stressed, and homeless – all major factors in the decline of these irreplaceable animals.
Please join us to hear Shari Blissett-Clark’s colorful and engaging program. This presentation is wonderful for kids, too!
Sharri will dispel the many erroneous myths about bats and replace them with the fascinating facts about bats and their irreplaceable contribution to Florida’s habitats.
Bats provide important environmental services that factor heavily into human health, including benefits to commercial agriculture, stock growers, and backyard gardeners.
This program will cover methods gardeners can use to encourage bat activity, along with conservation strategies that anyone can use to help conserve these beneficial mammals.
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet live Florida bats after the program. “Bat houses” will be available for purchase or to order for those interested in helping our winged friends. Hope to see you there!
Shari Blissett-Clark is a founder of Bat Belfrys, Inc. — A florida non profit dedicated to conserving Florida’s bats.
“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 on the fourth Tuesday of each month, except August and December, at the:
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, social time, and tasting table
7:00 – Short business meeting, followed immediately by speaker’s presentation
8:00 – Plant raffle and social time
8:30 – Clean-up
We welcome guests to join us for any meeting!
Non-members are welcome to attend meetings for $5 admission, except for tasting events such as the July MangoFest, which are $10.
We strive to keep our membership costs affordable:
- Individual membership: $10/year
- Family/household membership: $20/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.