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.

Meeting Times: 2nd Sunday (Oct., Nov., Jan., Feb., March, May)
1:30-4:00 pm
Meeting Location: Garden Council Headquarters Bldg., 2166 Virginia Ave., Fort Myers, FL 33902
Contact Address: 1301 SE 20th Court
Cape Coral, FL 33990
Phone Number: 239-738-3796
Annual Dues:


Special Events: 68th Annual Hibiscus Show and Sale on Sunday June 16th from 1-4pm at the Araba Temple, 2010 Hanson St., FM
Members (approx): 88
Bonsai Society of Southwest Florida

Bonsai Society

Meeting Times: 3rd Saturday, Monthly (Jan.-Nov.) 9 am – 12 noon
Meeting Location: Garden Council Headquarters Bldg., 2166 Virginia Ave., Fort Myers, FL 33902
Website Address:
Contact Address: Sam Wollard
P.O.Box 61945
Fort Myers, FL 33906-1945
Phone Number: 239 209-3162
Annual Dues:


Special Events: 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
Members (approx): 40
Caloosa Rare Fruit Exchange
Meeting Times: 1st Tuesday, Monthly 6:30 pm
Meeting Location: Council Headquarters Bldg, 2166 Virginia Ave., Fort Myers, FL 33902
Contact Address: Lynne Manley
6670 Chipper Lane
North Fort Myers, FL 33914
Phone Number: 239 543-9910
Annual Dues:


Special Events: Monthly Field Trips,
Participation in a “Taste of Lee – Tropical Fruit Fair ” yearly as allowed via fruit production.
Members (approx): 37
Caloosahatchee Bromeliad Society

Bromeliad Society

Meeting Times: 3rd Sunday (No meeting in April or Dec.) at 1:15 pm
Meeting Location: Garden Council Headquarters
2166 Virginia Ave
Fort Myers, FL 33902
Contact Address: Cate Peterson
3606 Bonaire Ct.
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Phone Number: 941 626-9140
Projects/Donations: 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 Dues:


Special Events: 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.
Members (approx): 135
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”.

Meeting Times: 3rd Wednesday (Sept. – June) 6:30 pm
Study group to learn about use and delight of herbs.
Meeting Location: FMLC Garden Council Headquarters
2166 Virginia Ave., Fort Myers, FL 33901
Contact Address: 1615 Woodford Ave.
Fort Myers, FL 33901
Phone Number: 239 233-1348
Projects/Donations: Herb mound at the Garden Council headquarters
Members (approx): 15