February 20 (Tuesday, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM) or February 24 (Saturday, 10:00 AM to Noon):
The program will start with the unique construction of this large family of plants known as palms – what defines a palm, understanding the importance and distinctions of native and ornamental palms, the best choices for Southwest Florida and their care. Palms are generally the most popular and expensive part of the homeowner’s landscape, but they generally don’t come with an instruction manual. Taught by experienced horticulturists who regularly work with nearly 100 palm species at the Estates, the program will provide the tools for reading palms to recognize nutritional issues, maintenance practices, and proper feeding and pruning of various species well suited for our landscapes. Current issues facing certain species of palms in Florida will be covered. The last ½ hour of the program will be a tour and Q&A session in our Palmetum.
This comprehensive entry-level palm program also covers best planting techniques, watering and post hurricane and flood care. Participants will each receive a palm seedling that was propagated at the Estates, a bottle of water, and a copy of all of the teaching materials covered in class, as well as a 20% discount coupon good toward plants in our Garden Shoppe.
Advance registration is required. This class always sells out quickly, so be sure to register early because class size is limited. Class will be held at the Fort Myers-Lee County Garden Council building on Larchmont Avenue (across from the Estates’ overflow parking lots).
Cost: Edison Ford members: $45; non-members: $60
Click here to register.