Calusa Garden Club members prepare for plant sale

Calusa Garden Club members are preparing their plants and practicing their floral design skills for the club’s Third Annual Plant and Thanksgiving Arrangement Sale on Tuesday, Nov. 21.  The event features over 150 plants grown by members and beautiful fresh floral arrangements perfect for Thanksgiving.

On Oct. 24, garden club members Marianne Foley, Kathy Stark, Nanette Baumgardner and Sara Wolf worked under the poinciana tree at Calusa Park to clean out the huge stand of Aechmea blanchetiana bromeliads.

The overgrown thicket of plants was unsightly, and the plants did not flourish in the shade of the poinciana tree. Foley had received approval from the Parks and Recreation Department of Marco Island to remove the plants and harvest some of the healthy ones. Therefore, the gardeners picked out some of the healthiest plants to sell at the plant sale on Nov. 21. The photos show the workers and the large group of plants.

Garden Club President Kimberly Korb Porter and First Vice-President Nancy Adams have also been working on separating and repotting plants for the plant sale. All the plants sold by the garden club have been grown by members with loving care. Porter and Adams are pictured with some of the plants they are repotting, including some miniature agave, a lovely smaller agave-like plant with green and white stripes on the leaves.

On Oct. 23, the club held a floral design workshop with a lesson on vertical designs with tropical flowers. The photos show Marsha Riss and Sue Oldershaw with their tropical vertical floral designs. At the Plant and Thanksgiving Arrangement Sale, the club will offer fresh floral designs with a Thanksgiving theme that will be lovely in the buyer’s home, whether on the buyer’s dining table, lanai, kitchen island, or buffet.

The sale will take place from 10 a.m.

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