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RE: Weekend Report

Sounds like you had a nice trip! 

I always feel that if I learned 'something' then the seminar or class was
worth my time and effort.

So did you take lotsa pictures?


> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of james singer
> Sent: Saturday, January 22, 2005 4:45 PM
> To: Chat
> Subject: [CHAT] Weekend Report
> We took a long weekend. Drove down to Naples Botanical Garden for a
> hands-on workshop on Tropical Fruit Trees. It turned out to be more of
> an introductory tour than I had expected, but it nonetheless taught us
> a lot of stuff we didn't know and gave us some ideas for planting the
> rest of the plantation.
> The fragrant begonias were blooming at the NBG, so we had to find one
> of those when we left. We went to a nursery we've been to before [it's
> on the road to Marco Island], and sure enough they had one. We bought
> it and headed north.
> Spent the night in Fort Myers and then drove back to Naples this
> morning to visit Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. If any of you get
> this far south, make sure that's on your itinerary. It is fantastic.
> The native epiphytes--Tillansia--were blooming at this time of year.
> There were night herons, lesser blue herons, alligators, and
> red-bellied turtles everywhere.
> Left Corkscrew and headed to ECHO's tropical fruit nursery. We have
> been lusting after a "Carrie" mango for a year or so. ECHO had one this
> time. We also bought a "Red Lady" papaya and an Okinawan spinach, which
> is a tangy perennial salad green for the subtropics.
> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
> 27.0 N, 82.4 W
> Zone 10a
> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
> Maximum 100 F [38 C]
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