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Gardeners meeting changed

By Staff | Nov 23, 2012

Due to a special event by the Sanibel Library involving the entire facility, the December meeting for the Sanibel-Captiva Gardeners’ master gardener lecture series has been changed to 10 a.m. on Dec. 13.

The remainder of the series’ programs for 2013 will be held on the first Thursday of each month as in the past eight years.

The speaker for the Dec. 13 program is Sonja Smith, a master gardener for 23 years, on the topic of “Garden Lore: Examination of Gardening Practices.”

She will validate or debunk many of the commonly accepted good gardening practices. Two of the most respected academic authorities (authors and research professors) state tha any planting instructions and many other practices written prior to 1987 are no longer valid!

Smith will discuss and illustrate how to plant a rootbound herb or shrub, the proper depth and size of planting hole, the use and amount of organic backfill, to prune or not prune a newly planted shrub or tree, proper container planting of vegetables, herbs and flowers, best practices in cleaning tools, merits of compost, the leading cause of decline or death of shrubs and trees, and irrigation recommendations for new trees and shrubs.

She will compare eight beneficial animal manures and some fascinating facts on organically grown food and recommendations for fertilization of native and non-native plants.

Smith has taken these guidelines, which have been adopted by American Nursery & Landscape Assoc., American Society of Consulting Arborists, American Society of Landscape Architects and the Tree Care Industry Association and Land Grant American universities, such as the University of Florida for her talk.

This program is in the top five of the previous 60 programs. It is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.