Get Growing: The garden calendar

Here is the current garden calendar:

Oct. 17

Orchid class

A dendrobium culture and repotting class by Cindy Gillis offered for a low fee that includes the class, a plant and materials to pot it.

Where: East Fork Orchids. 24509 Rodas Drive, Bonita Springs

When: 9 a.m.

Cost: $12

Information: 495-1699 or

Orchid sale

It’s first-come, first-served, at the Naples Orchid Society’s annual plant sale. From 400 to 500 orchids will be for sale, including cattleyas, dendrobiums, phalaenopsis, vandas and oncidiums. Prices will range from $5 and up, depending on the size and type of orchid. Raffle tickets will be sold until 12:30 p.m. for three blooming orchid plants.

Where: Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Drive, Naples

When: Noon to 4 p.m.

Cost: Free admission

Information: 822-7765 or

Oct. 19

Fruit club meeting

Collier Fruit Growers Council monthly meeting features Ian Orlikoff, president of Eco Logic Plant Care, a division of Signature Tree Care.

Ian will talk about alternatives to the use of chemicals and fertilizers for safe, sustainable and environmentally sound plant and soil care.

Where: Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

Information: 530-2383

Oct. 21

Florida yards class

The Florida Yards and Neighborhoods introductory class teaches the nine principles that guide Florida-friendly landscaping in Lee County. Taught by FYN staff and Lee County Extension master gardeners, each principle is explored in class. Plant selection and placement, efficient irrigation, proper mulching, smart fertilizing and other techniques to obtain a beautiful and healthy yard will be discussed. Also included is a tour of the Florida-Friendly Landscape Demonstration Garden.

Where: Eco-Living Center at Rutenberg Park, 6490 South Pointe Blvd., Fort Myers

When: 6 to 9 p.m.

Cost: $5 per household

Information: 239-533-7514

Oct. 24

Native plant sale

The Florida Native Plant Society Coccoloba Chapter is holding its annual native plant sale with hundreds of locally grown native trees, shrubs, wildflowers and butterfly garden plants for all Southwest Florida habitats. The group is also participating in a global event to educate citizens on the ability to lower carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere just by planting a tree, so 350 live oak trees will be for sale for $3.50 each.

A rain garden workshop will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for an additional $40 fee.

Where: Manatee Park, 10901 Palm Beach Blvd, Fort Myers

When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost: Free admission; workshop $40

Information: 543-9910

To include your organization’s gardening special event for the public, e-mail information no later than two weeks in advance in the format shown here, to, or send it to “Get Growing,” Naples Daily News, 1100 Immokalee Road, Naples, FL 34110. Please provide a contact telephone number and name for further information. No notices can be accepted by telephone.

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