Plant Societies

American Hibiscus Society – James E. Hendry Chapter

Founded in 1952 as a non-profit organization and named after James E. Hendry Jr., one of the founding members, we are the oldest Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society. Located in beautiful Fort Myers, Florida, our mission is to encourage and promote the development and improvement of hibiscus rosa-sinensis, the “Queen of the Tropics”, throughout Southwest Florida.

2nd Sunday (Oct., Nov., Jan., Feb., March, May)
1:30-4:00 pm
Garden Council Headquarters Bldg., 2166 Virginia Ave., Fort Myers, FL 33902
1301 SE 20th Court
Cape Coral, FL 33990


68th Annual Hibiscus Show and Sale on Sunday June 16th from 1-4pm at the Araba Temple, 2010 Hanson St., FM
Bonsai Society of Southwest Florida

Bonsai Society

3rd Saturday, Monthly (Jan.-Nov.) 9 am – 12 noon
Garden Council Headquarters Bldg., 2166 Virginia Ave., Fort Myers, FL 33902
Sam Wollard
P.O.Box 61945
Fort Myers, FL 33906-1945
239 209-3162


37th Annual Bonsai Show & Sale – Nov 3-4th 9:00am – 5:00pm Sat.
at FMLCGC, 2166 Virginia Ave., Fort Myers, FL 9:00am – 4:00pm Sun.
Admission is free, parking is on Larchmont Street

Public picnic & auction 3rd. Sat. in April, April 21, 2019
9:00am – 12:00pm at Council HQ
Caloosa Rare Fruit Exchange
1st Tuesday, Monthly 6:30 pm
Council Headquarters Bldg, 2166 Virginia Ave., Fort Myers, FL 33902
Lynne Manley
5227 Seminole Ct.,
Cape Coral, FL 33904
239 945-3707


Monthly Field Trips,
Participation in a “Taste of Lee – Tropical Fruit Fair ” yearly as allowed via fruit production.
Caloosahatchee Bromeliad Society

Bromeliad Society

3rd Sunday (No meeting in April or Dec.) at 1:15 pm
Garden Council Headquarters
2166 Virginia Ave
Fort Myers, FL 33901
Carol Sweat
2240 Royal Lane
Naples, FL 34112
239 732-7017
Bromeliad Society International, The Cryptanthus Society, Friends of Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, Friends of Fakahatchee Swamp, Florida Council of Bromeliad Societies., Fort Myers-Lee County Garden Council Inc.


Annual Plant Sale 1st weekend in December (Dec 1-2, 2018)
Location –Araba Shrine Center, 2010 Hanson St, Fort Myers.
Judged show on odd years.
Florida Herb Enthusiasts

Florida Herb Enthusiasts is a group of people who are interested in learning about growing and using herbs. Definition of HERB, according to Kaye Cude and Monica Brandis, is “any useful plant”.

3rd Wednesday (Sept. – June) 6:30 pm
Study group to learn about use and delight of herbs.
FMLC Garden Council Headquarters
2166 Virginia Ave., Fort Myers, FL 33901
1615 Woodford Ave.
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239 233-1348
Herb mound at the Garden Council headquarters