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March in the Park: Cape Coral’s Garden Club presents its annual plant and garden art sale Saturday

By Staff | Mar 12, 2020

Looking for that exotic plant you haven’t been able to find or want a piece of handcrafted art to complete your outdoor patio?

This Saturday, horticulturists can find an abundance of greenery this weekend to fawn over and even purchase at The Garden Club of Cape Coral presents “March in the Park,” an annual plant and garden art sale — the club’s biggest fundraising event of the year, drawing vendors from all across Southwest Florida.

“We are very excited,” said Susan Lawson, co-organizer of the event. “Each year we offer different vendors and different speakers for the public to hear.”

The event takes place at Jaycee Park in Cape Coral from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be more than 30 vendors selling all types of plants such as palms, shrubs, natives, succulents and ground covers. Art includes essential oils, stepping stones, metal works and hand painted pots.

The incredible networking ability of the garden club allows for so many different selections to be available at March in the Park. Lawson said members of the club attend other shows and invite other vendors to participate in one of the largest plant sales all year in the area. The vendors also spread the work to their circles, making this event a can’t-miss for garden-enthusiasts.

While the plants may be the star of the show, locally handcrafted art selections are sure to turn some heads and could make a great addition to your garden or outdoor area.

“Glory Days has beautiful metal art work, big spinning suns,” Lawson said. “Sandy Sacco has hand painted, bright colored clay pots, rain barrels and neat trash cans. And wait until you see the wind vanes and wind directionals — such unique garden art.”

Attendees can also learn a thing or two while perusing the abundant selection at Jaycee Park.

Master Gardens will be onsite to help answer any questions residents may have and Lawson said many of the vendors are extremely knowledgeable about the plants they sell and often are growers themselves.

March in the Park also features speakers on a variety of topics centered around gardening.

At 9:30, Master Gardener Adrienne Diaz, aka “Miss Potter,” will have tips on how to have a fun, easy and successful garden in a Southwest Florida setting.

At 10:30, Fred Rubino will provide a hypertufa demonstration. At 11:30, Garden Club member Sherie Bleiler will give you the inside scoop on getting butterflies into your yard. At 12:30, Master Gardner Sandy Salzman will discuss Bokashi composition. And at 1:30, garden club member and President of the Southwest Florida Orchid Society, John Hampton, will give a talk on “Basic Orchid Culture.”

For the kids, there will be face painting and other activities available. Food will be provided by the Boy Scouts.

Proceeds of the event will go towards scholarships for highs school students in the form of the Marty Ward Merit Awards.

“In addition we support about five other schools that have horticulture programs and a couple of Florida Federated Garden Club initiatives,” Lawson said. “Also, we support the Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build Home, as well as the butterfly garden at the SW Library and the Rose Garden at the Historical Society.”

The Garden Club of Cape Coral meets the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at The Kiwanis Club. All meetings are open to the public.

“Come and enjoy the beautiful park and river,” Lawson said. “And yes, we will have sunshine!”

The Kiwanis Club is at 360 Santa Barbara Blvd. in Cape Coral.

Jaycee Park is at 4125 SE 20th Place in Cape Coral.

For more information, visit www.gardenclubofcapecoral.com.

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