Get Growing: Garden calendar

Here is Get Growing, our weekly garden calendar. Dates begin Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009:

SATURDAY

Naples Orchid Society's annual plant 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 www.naplesorchidsociety.org

Dr. Dougbug to the rescue

Doug Caldwell aka “Dr. Dougbug,” the Collier County Extension Service entomologist, will help those with plant pest problems in the landscape at the Home Depot on Davis and Airport-Pulling. If your plants are pesterded by bugs bring a sample in a plastic bag and Dr. Dougbug will offer his help.

* Where: The Home Depot

* When: 10 a.m. to noon

* Cost: Free

* Info: 353-4244

MONDAY

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

WEDNESDAY

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, including materials.

* 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 homes@naplesnews.com, 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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