Get Growing: news from the garden community

Rain barrel info Saturday

The final July gardening workshop at the Alliance for the Arts’ GreenMarket is at 10 a.m. Saturday in Fort Myers. This week’s workshop will offer patrons an opportunity to learn about rain barrels and the benefits of rainwater collection from Todd Roy, a horticulturalist at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates.

What: Alliance for the Arts GreenMarket class

When: 10 a.m. Saturday

Where: GreenMarket, McGregor at Colonial boulevards, Fort Myers

Admission: Free

Information: (239) 939-2787 or www.artinlee.org

The Catt man cometh!

Cattleya Alliance expert Alan Koch speaks at the monthly meeting of the Naples Orchid Society Thursday on “What’s New in Mini-Cattleyas,” with special emphasis on those for warm climates such as Southwest Florida has. Koch, who owns and operates Gold Country Orchids in Lincoln, Calif., will also bring plants to sell to members and guests.

Koch is an internationally known Cattleya expert who is an accredited judge and author of articles in Orchid Digest and Orchids magazine.

At this time, the Naples Orchid Society’s “Orchid University” is also offering information about its eight-week basic orchid culture class beginning January 2012.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Location: Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Drive, Naples

Cost: Free; open to the public

Information: www.naplesorchidsociety.org

For the serious horticulturist

Longtime horticulturist Bob Cook of Naples is offering a certified course of practical training for the working horticultural professional. Students will be prepared to take the FNGLA Certified Horticulture Professional (FCHP) exam at the completion of the 13-week class. The course is endorsed by the Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association, Inc. (FNGLA) and covers, among other things, South Florida plant identification, landscape design, installation, irrigation, problem solving and best management practices

What: FCHP Prep Class for people employed in garden centers, landscape maintenance firms, landscape contractors, property managers, nurseries, pest control companies and more.

When: 6:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays beginning Aug. 11

Where: Eagle’s Nest Academy, 6920 Immokalee Road in Naples, 1 mi E. of I-75 (exit 111) south side.

Cost: $150

Information: Bob Cook at (239) 734-0212

Registration: www.weedsandseeds.com/classes.htm

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