Great Gardens in Florida

The Garden Club of Celebration is happy that the vaccines are here and that we can back to normal soon. We are still having meetings this year, but not in person. Our Zoom meetings have been varied and this month we will see a presentation from England. Tricia and Dave Alesbury, former President of Garden Club will give an illustrated talk on the creation of their garden in Worcestershire, England.
The garden is just under one acre and surrounds their home. It is part of a country estate on the site of the battle of Evesham in 1265. It has taken over twenty years to create an interesting oasis with two ponds, woodland a water feature, greenhouse, garden room and a variety of colorful flowerbeds. Hopefully with the aid of lots of photos, Tricia and Dave will describe how the garden was created, how it has developed and how it is maintained. It has certainly been a labor of love.

Our March 17 meeting, also at 9 a.m., will educate us about the growing and care of roses here in Florida. Fungus and pest issues can make roses difficult to thrive in this climate. Teresa Watkins is an expert in Florida plants and roses and a great presenter. We would love to have anyone interested in viewing these Zoom meetings contact Brad at docwags@gmail.com.

We are not having group field trips until this fall but if people want to get outside, and away from being cooped up in Celebration, there are many wonderful gardens to visit within 1-4 hours from here. This relatively safe entertainment is emotionally satisfying. What a great way to enjoy our nice Florida winter! Some of our favorites include:

• Leu Gardens in Orlando.
• Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales
• Marie Selby Gardens in Sarasota
• Sunken Gardens in St. Pete
• Naples Botanical Garden in Naples
• The Kampong on Biscayne Bay
• Vizcaya in Miami
• McKee Botanical Gardens in Vero Beach
• Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers

Hopefully you will find one or more of these gardens on your things to see list as you start getting out and traveling around this state again. Florida is blessed with a large number of Botanical gardens. Some of the best in the country right here in our back yard.

The club is currently accepting applications for our yearly $1000 college scholarship(s) given to students interested in majoring in the sciences, with preference given to the botanical sciences. Check with your high school counselor.

Our plant focus this month is on vegetable gardening. The following is a link to Leu Gardens website and will fill you in on everything you want to know about vegetable planting schedule in Florida. www.leugardens.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Veggies-and-Herbs-In-Florida-Monthly-Chart.pdf. Thank you Leu Gardens!

The Garden Club of Celebration will probably be back to normal face-to-face meetings this fall. Our six meetings are held at Heritage Hall on the third Wednesday each month. We also have two luncheons and six field trips each year. Our club is a fun social club and not super hard core about plants. Many men are amongst our members. Our dues are $30 per year for a single membership and $40 for couples. We would love to have you as a member if you are interested. Our website is Celebrationgardenclub.org.

By Brad Wagoner, Garden Club President

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