Fort Myers-Lee County Garden Council, Inc. Mon, 18 Jul 2016 18:22:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Honorary Service Award 2016 Wed, 20 Apr 2016 20:38:18 +0000 7th Annual Berne Davis Honorary Service Award
“Memories: A Look Back in Time”

held April 8, 2016

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Each year the Fort Myers-Lee County Garden Council honors a Person of the Year with the Berne Davis Honorary Service Award to a deserving member of a Garden Club or Society for community service, special projects, going above and beyond in a Garden Club or Society, and making a difference in advancing the goals of Garden Council.

This award will be given annually to one person. This award may be presented to a Garden Club or Society member who has demonstrated outstanding service and leadership previous to the award year. This award is in recognition from others bringing awareness of outstanding service and leadership qualities in the Fort Myers-Lee County Garden Council membership.

Gardening Garage Sale March 13 Fri, 04 Mar 2016 14:35:18 +0000 The James E. Hendry Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society will be holding a “gardening garage sale” Sunday, March 13 from 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM at the Salvation Army Building, 10291 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, FL. Door opens promptly at 2:30 PM.

Members of this hibiscus chapter will be selling items relating to gardening including shovels, trowels, sprinklers, gloves, pots, baskets, decorative yard items, etc. There will also be hybrid hibiscus & butterfly plants for sale from Exotic Hibiscus located in Labelle. All prices will be VERY reasonable so please stop by and get inspired to do some Spring gardening.

Members of this hibiscus chapter will be available for any questions. There will be information available on how to care for hibiscus, plus hibiscus books & pruning shears for sale. Admission and parking are FREE. This is a good opportunity Southwest Floridians have to add to their hybrid hibiscus collection.

This “Gardening Garage Sale” will be the first of its kind for this chapter. The society meets at The Salvation Army Building, 10291 McGregor Blvd on the second Sunday of each month @ 1:30 PM. Anyone interested is cordially invited to attend their next meeting Sunday, May 1, 2016 @ 1:30 PM. Check out their website at

Bok Tower Gardens Tour Wed, 13 Jan 2016 15:53:15 +0000 Bok Tower Gardens 2016 JGC Bus Tour Printable Flyer

TIME:      8 AM TO 6 PM



*One-day Combo GROUP Admission Adults $15…this ticket option includes General Admission and access to a self-guided tour of Pinewood Estate.  Also, includes admission to the GardensPine Ridge Nature TrailPreserve Trail and the Visitor Center complex.

This tour is open to all members of Jasmine Garden Club, Inc. and the Fort Myers-Lee County Garden Council, Inc. their friends and/or family!

8:00 AM DEPARTURE     The travel time is approximately 2 ½ hrs.

Lunch is on your own-food will be available for purchase at the Café or bring your own!!

Approx. 3:30 PM departure from Lake Wales for return to Fort Myers by 6 pm

Please contact Mitzi Marckesano (239) 561-5513 or email at

to make your reservation. The cost is $45 per person.



Bring your cameras, have fun, join us and help fill our bus!! Water will be provided…

Bok Tower Gardens has offered some of Florida’s most remarkable experiences to more than 23 million visitors since 1929. Through its historic landscape gardens, unique Singing Tower carillon and magnificent 1930s Mediterranean-style mansion, the Gardens offer unparalleled opportunities for artistic, cultural, personal and spiritual enrichment. Bok Tower Gardens is open 365 days a year from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Visitor Center, Blue Palmetto Café and Tower & Garden Gift Shop are open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. with limited hours on holidays.

The Singing Tower carillon concerts are at 1 & 3 p.m. daily with short selections played on the hour and half-hour.

“Florida Impressions” by Jayne Crews-Linton

Local artist Jayne Crews-Linton presents traditional oil and watercolor paintings depicting Florida landscapes. See her exhibit on display in the Visitor Center daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from January 15 to April 16, 2016. Bok Tower Gardens is proud to present exhibits that display artwork, historical stories, and cultural connections to the Central Florida region. These are included with general admission.

Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden Wed, 13 Jan 2016 15:49:50 +0000 Printable Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden Flier

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Coral Gables, Florida

Bus Tour

Sponsored by the

Garden Club of Cape Coral, Florida

The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is named in honor of Dr. David Fairchild. Dr. Fairchild worked with the United States Department of Agriculture and later in his laboratory providing plants for the Garden that would enrich, feed and beautify the souls of people all over the globe.  Works of art have also been added to enhance the beauty of the Garden. The Garden, covering 83 beautiful acres, continues to be the living legacy of Dr. Fairchild.

This tour is open to all who are interested.

Date:               February 20, 2016

Departs:          7:00 a.m. from Coralwood Mall, Cape Coral, Florida

The bus will leave the Garden at 3:00 p.m.

Cost:                $53.00 – includes the bus and entrance to the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Reservations:  Please make your check payable to Garden Club of Cape Coral and send to

The Garden Club of Cape Coral

PO Box 152022

Cape Coral, Florida 33915

Deadline for Reservations:  January 30, 2016       The cost is nonrefundable.

Lunch: May be purchased at the Garden Café which shares a wall with the new butterfly house

or you may bring your own lunch.

Narrated tram rides are available throughout the day to tour the garden.

Please join with us, the members of the Garden Club of Cape Coral, as we tour the Garden.

Featured in the Fort Myers News-Press Tue, 12 Jan 2016 21:41:22 +0000 , SHENSON@NEWS-PRESS.COM9:04 a.m. EST November 21, 2015

On a tiny plot of land tucked off the main Fort Myersthoroughfares, ferns, orchids, roses, bromeliads, and ginger create a quiet Florida landscape.

“Welcome, welcome,” Kay Holloway, president of the Fort Myers Lee County Garden Council, greets visitors each Tuesday.

“Come on in,” she beckons from a  gazebo with a water fountain, the entrance to the slight 0.2 acres filled with many native greens.

Garden clubs across the county and nine plant societies, each focusing on their specialties, maintain the gardens and the Mina Edison Botanical Library. The clubs and societies represent 1,576 members.

“Each plant society has a little section they take care of,” Holloway said.

“Mighty” Marty Ward, a member of three garden clubs, founding two of them, and Carolee Drotos, who’s helping in re-imagining the gardens in its sixth year, lead tours on a recent Tuesday.

The garden is named for Berne Davis, who is 101 and  the benefactor of arts and civic causes in Lee County.

The brick walkway, with pavers recognizing garden society presidents, loved ones and public figures, follows a circular path from the gazebo, starting with a rose garden to the left, and a stand of birds of paradise to the right.

“The bird of paradise is very, very happy here,” Ward points out under the partial shade of the towering trees, a slight breeze sending cool air along the path.

Members recently pruned the hibiscus trees and replanted roses after members learned the delicate tea roses took too much care for upkeep.

“Now we have knockout roses,” Ward said. “They’re a little more like an old-fashioned rose.”

The learning aspect is part of the garden’s mission to “educate, cultivate and be of service to our members and the community,” Holloway said. Drotos and Ward said they encourage those new to Florida and those hoping to landscape their properties to stop in for advice, see which plants thrive in this climate and soil, and see how big the plants can get.

And they, too, are still learning. The club created a wetlands garden to take advantage of the storm runoff which drowned other plants. Benches line a shaded pavilion overlooking a footbridge, providing a mid-tour rest.

“It’s hard to find stuff that blooms in the shade,” Drotos said.”I’m working on that.”

Pentas, porterweed and sweet almond bushes grow toward the back of the property, and walking iris blooms in the spring.

Crepe ginger and verigated ginger fill a section of the garden, which Ward explains ants play a role by encouraging the crepe ginger to bloom.

“Most of the these insects have a purpose in nature,” she said.

The bromeliads are adjacent to the ginger along the back fence.

“It’s what I consider the pride of the garden,” Ward said, with several of the bromeliads blooming in purples, reds or whites in the dappled shade.

“They’re in their element right here,” she said..

The Bonsai club maintains a tree, which demands constant care.

“It would be a very common ficus,” Ward said. “In the tree world, it would be 10-feet tall.”

The walk can take 10 minutes or an hour, depending on your interest and your time.

“Needless to say, I love it,” Ward said. “It gives me reason to get out of bed.”

With meeting rooms and the reference library, members are planning a $120,000-$130,000 renovation beginning in late spring that will reconfigure the meeting space and allow bigger garden clubs to meet.

Mary Ann Singel and Sandra Ebersole, both of Atlanta and Fort Myers, roamed the gardens with their husbands past the marble Lorelei statue, Plant It Pink tribute to breast cancer survivors, the young cypress trees and staghorn fern hanging from a cypress.

“It’s very beautiful,” Singel said, saying she doesn’t have a green thumb.

“There’s a good variety,” added Ebersole, who both agreed was the better gardener.

Holloway asked them to sign the visitors book, tracking the number for the city, which deeded the club the property. Last year tallied 600 visitors, and the garden clubs want to encourage more people to stop by.

“To me it’s a piece of paradise in the middle of urban sprawl,” Holloway said.

If you go

*What: Tour the Berne Davis Botanical Garden, created with the work of  20 local garden clubs and nine plant societies. 

*When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays.

*Where: Fort Myers-Lee County Garden Council, 2166 Virginia Ave., adjacent to the Edison Home, Fort Myers. 

*Cost: Free.

*Information:  332-4942. 


Tree Planting 2015 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:02:26 +0000 [See image gallery at]

Flower Show 2015 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:58:14 +0000 [See image gallery at]

Flowers in Art & Music: The Keys to Happiness! A standard flower show presented by Fort Myers – Lee County Garden Council, Inc. Friday March 6, 2015

Honorary Service Award 2015 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:56:36 +0000 [See image gallery at]

Royal Palm Garden Club Flower Show Fri, 09 May 2014 14:14:40 +0000 [See image gallery at]

Royal Palm Garden Club held a flower show at the Garden Council headquarters on March 20 & 21st, 2014. This was the first flower show held at the new Garden Council building – Royal Palm held the last Flower Show at the old facility in 2004.

The show was titled” Paris – City of Light, City of Love”.  Co-Presidents of Royal Palm are Marty Ward and Lois Feng.  The show Chairman was Terry Pinck.


Master Gardeners Graduation 2014 Fri, 09 May 2014 14:11:07 +0000 [See image gallery at]

About 75 people attended the potluck and graduation of 25 new Master Gardeners on Friday, May 2, 2014.

Certificates were presented by Extension Agent (and teacher) Stephen Brown.