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March in the Park attracts good crowd

By Staff | Mar 14, 2011
MICHAEL PISTELLA Victor Rodriguez paints one of his planters made from recycled tires during the Garden Club of Cape Coral’s third annual March in the Park at Jaycee Park, Saturday. Rodriguez has a business, Victor’s Tables, located at Fleamasters Flea Market in Fort Myers. More photos are available online at: cu.cape-coral-daily-breeze.com.
MICHAEL PISTELLA All about herbs Garden Club of Cape Coral co-president Linda Keirstead talks about one of her passions, herbs, during her club’s third annual March in the Park at Jaycee Park, Saturday. More photos are available online at: cu.cape-coral-daily-breeze.com.

Saturday’s March in the Park, hosted by the Cape Coral Garden Club, gave plant lovers by the thousands the chance to indulge their passion at Jaycee Park.
Greeted by warm weather, organizer Ginny Huffer said 5,000 people made their way through the event.
“We’ve had a constant stream of people,” Huffer said Saturday. “I think the sunshine really brought people out. And they’re buying a lot of plants.”
Along with a host of plants for sale, people also had the chance to learn something, too, with information available on a variety of plant-related topics.
Huffer said the educational components of the event were just as important as fund-raising components Saturday, although she added that local high school students get to take advantage of both aspects.
Huffer said the Garden Club of Cape Coral awards two $250 merit awards to Island Coast High School Students for furthering their education in horticulture.
Huffer added that it was important for children to begin learning early about plants and horticulture, as it makes them more environmentally conscious.
“If they’re around it in their homes it (the interest) does carry through,” she said.
Rachel Singletary from the Coccaloba Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society was giving demonstrations on worm bin and composting, teaching people to “reuse, reduce and recycle”.
“It’s been great,” Singletary said of March in the Park. “People have been very interested and they’ve been buying … it’s definitely bigger than last year.”
Singletary, along the University of Florida’s Lee County Extension Program, regularly hosts the “Taste of Lee,” which gives people the opportunity to learn, and taste, exotic and native fruits and vegetables.
Singletary said this year’s Taste, which takes place in July, will have double the tasting tables from last year.
As events like March in the Park and Taste of Lee continue to grow, so does the population that’s concerned about the environment, according to Huffer.
“There have been a lot of interested people today,” Huffer added.