Pomegranates in Florida with Cindy Weinstein
Next Meeting: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Tuesday, April 23, 2019 | Sarasota Garden Club
Join us April 23rd for a talk about growing pomegranates in Florida. Our speaker, Cindy Weinstein, is owner and operator of Green Sea Farms near Zolfo Springs, FL. Cindy and her husband started Green Sea Farms in 2010 after cruising on a sailboat for 20 years. They now have over 140 pomegranate varieties on eight acres and sell pomegranate trees worldwide. Cindy, President of the Florida Pomegranate Association, serves on the UF/Gulf Coast Research and Education Center Advisory Committee, and is a Supervisor for the Hardee County Soil and Water District. Cindy will discuss the best varieties of pomegranates to harvest in our neighborhood according to season.
Cindy plans to share pomegranate horticultural practices including nutritional requirements. Growing in the form of a bush, pomegranate trees don’t need a lot of space in the landscape. They can be planted as a privacy hedge, using several varieties for an extended harvest. Depending on the cultivar, pomegranates are available from August to November.
“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.