TROPICAL FRUIT SOCIETY OF SARASOTA
June 19th Meeting Information
We have heard many speakers but have not put our lecture knowledge to task. This Wednesday Kim Giaccardo, our vice chairman will be making a presentation on lychees. Mrs. Giaccardo will discuss the history of the lychee tree, its unique cultivation requirements, different cultivars for the home gardener and various ways the fruit is consumed. Small tasting samples of the locally grown fruit for you to take home and a lychee based liqueur will be available for tasting.
Selby will be renovating the Great Room air conditioning system during July and August therefore we will talk about meeting in a park or substitute the monthly meeting for a trip to the Pine Island Mango Festival or a grove tour of Brown’s or Mixon Farm. Perhaps a picnic or an idea that you would like to see us do would be fun for the summer.
Check out the ” Meetings” page for full information including location and times.
Our membership is dedicated to educating the community on the benefits of propagating back door tropical and sub-tropical fruit. Our society is organized exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes associated with the propagation, cultivation, selection, improvement or enhancement of superior cultivars of tropical fruit, and the quest for knowledge necessary for successful cultivation and harvest of our home and patio container gardens.
We meet the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Activities Center Building, Sarasota, Florida 34236.
Please join us at the tasting table to sample the locally grown fruit and tropical food items hand crafted by our members. There are 30 minutes allotted to pleasant conversation, perusing the library and sharing gardening tips before we begin the meeting to discuss club business and introduce the speaker of the month.
Our library is made up of over 100 items including books, pamphlets, cd roms that will help the avid tropical gardener.
Once or twice a year we sponsor a Rare Fruit Tree sale to fund our activities and speakers. There are various club activities throughout the year that include IFAS field days, trips to Botanical Gardens, Fruit Festivals, Fairchild’s Mango Madness, Echo, Pine Island, Florida Department of Agriculture’s Citrus Arboretum and visits to members backyards by zip code or zip trips to learn new ideas from each other.
Guests are always welcome.