Growing Fruit Trees in Containers with Will Wright
Next Meeting: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Tuesday, February 27, 2018 | Sarasota Garden Club
Do you want to add a fruit tree to your yard, but think you don’t have room? Try a container! This month our speaker, Will Wright, a Master Gardener and our Society Chairman, will show us how it’s done!
On a trip to Venezuela in 1992, Will sampled many fruits he had never heard of, but it was one taste of a Sapodilla fruit that launched his passion for raising tropical fruit trees. However, Will was living in Houston, and even though it’s hot and muggy during the summer, the winters are too cold for tropical fruit trees.
Will met this climate challenge head on by growing citrus and a few other tropical fruit trees in containers. That way he could grow more trees and they could be moved indoors during the winter and the rest is history. Will officially opened his own tropical fruit tree nursery, Tropical & Rare Fruit Trees, LLC in Florida a year ago.
This summer he will complete a graduate course in tropical fruit horticulture at the University of FL in Homestead. This is quite a tasty change from a career as a Geological Engineer who specialized in hazardous site remediation!
“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.