Diagnosing plant problems
Master gardeners will help you remedy your plant pest problems and recommend best care techniques in the landscape. Bring photos or samples in plastic bags to better diagnose the situation.
When: 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays
Where: Home Depot, Airport Road and Davis Boulevard (inside garden center)
When: 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Saturdays through May 25
Where: Third Street Farmer’ Market, behind Tommy Bahama’s in the Neapolitan parking lot between Third Street and Gordon Drive
When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays through April 30
Where: Central Avenue Public Library, 650 Central Ave, Naples
Admission: Free for all posts
Information: 239-353-4244 or visit collier.ifas.ufl.edu
Floral exhibit celebrates Florida’s history
Learn about Florida’s history through “La Florida: The First 500 Years,” a historical representation of native plants and peoples during the past 500 years of Southwest Florida’s history. The exhibit presents the plant evolution from the Calusa Indians through the European discoverers, settlers, scientists and entrepreneurs like Edison, Ford and Collier.
When: 5-8 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Eco-Living Center at Rutenberg Park, 6490 South Pointe Blvd., Fort Myers
Cost: Free and open to the public
Information: Call Suzy Valentine at 239-992-0113
Tropical fruit tree and honey sale
Pick up good buys on tropical trees and honey.
When: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 2
Where: St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church, 2425 Rivers Road, Naples
Fragrances of orchids
The monthly meeting of the Naples Orchid Society will feature Harold Hills, Ph.D. of the University of Miami who will discuss orchid fragrances. A student of the biology of orchids, his work on orchids and the chemical makeup of their fragrances spans 30 years.
When: 6-9 p.m. Thursday (program begins 7:30 p.m.)
Where: Baker Center gym at Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Drive, Naples
Cost: Free to guests; table available for memberships
Information: 239-775-5220 or NaplesOrchidSociety.org.
Plant help clinic
The Master Gardener educational series under the IFAS/Collier County Extension will feature entomologist Doug Caldwell (“Dr. Dougbug”) who will discuss pests that plague plants and answer questions along with the master gardeners. Bring samples (in plastic bags) or photos to better diagnose the situation.
When: 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday
Where: Unity of Naples Church, 2000 Unity Way, Naples
Cost: $7 or $25 for 10 classes
Information: 239-353-4244 or collier.ifas.ufl.edu
Garden meeting and plant swap
Every month, the community is invited to the Golden Gate Community Garden Meeting and Plant Swap. Join in building a community vegetable garden. Bring a cup and anything garden related to swap with others.
Refreshments will be served; kids are welcomed.
When: 7 p.m. every second Tuesday
Where: Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples (in the rear pavilion next to the playground)
Information: Visit communitygardencollier.weebly.com; Facebook Public Group “Collier County Community Garden”
Free plant clinic
The master gardeners of Collier County Extension Services provide free help and advice on landscape needs, plant material and plant selection on a walk-in basis. Bring your questions, photos and samples in plastic bags for review.
When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays, through April
Where: Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples
Information: 239-353-4244 (Collier County extension office) or Collier.ifas.ufl.edu
All about tropical fruit
Learn about and discuss tropical fruit with The Collier Fruit Growers club. Guest speakers share information about growing and propagating tropical fruit trees and plants. Tasting tables will be available. The public is invited to visit. Membership is $15 annually.
When: 7 p.m. the third Monday each month
Where: Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples
Cost: Free and open to the public
Beginner’s bonsai workshop
The Bonsai Society of Southwest Florida will feature Mike Lane who will conduct a beginner’s workshop. After an introductory talk, workshop participants will receive a Fukien tea tree for styling and individual instruction on bonsai styling techniques. Krystin Muller will also give a brief talk on caring for wood cutting tools and will be available following the workshop to professionally sharpen scissors and cutting tools for a small fee.
Open to the public, guests are invited to bring their trees for styling suggestions.
When: 9 a.m. March 16
Where: Support Personnel Association of Lee County (SPALC), 6281 Metro Plantation Road, Fort Myers
Cost: Free to attend meeting; $10 for workshop
Information: Call Jim Bremer 239-482-7543 to register or visit thebonsaisswfl.com.