Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island will host its 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. This year, as luck would have it, the sale will feature over 35 exotic staghorn ferns, large and small, in addition to Charlette Roman’s wonderful orchids and hundreds of other healthy plants ready to plant in a landscape or display as décor in a home.
The good luck for Calusa Garden Club of acquiring over 35 staghorn ferns was due to a local couple, Diane and Dennis Charvat, who purchased a home on Isles of Capri. The Charvat’s new home’s front yard contained a large mahogany tree stump on which a multitude of staghorn ferns were growing. In August, Diane Charvat sent an Email to Calusa Garden Club asking if its members would like to have the staghorn ferns because the Charvats planned to re-landscape their new home.
Kimberly Korb Porter, president of Calusa Garden Club, sprang into action. She recruited Janice Engel, a garden club member whose staghorn ferns are a prominent feature of her garden, and they went to look at the ferns. Since mahogany is a very hard wood, Porter and Engel were unable to remove most of the ferns.
Then Porter returned with Debbie Kuhlman, Roger Kuhlman, and David Ponder, and armed with a large curved tree saw, they got to work. Their combined efforts yielded over 35 fantastic staghorn ferns. The original mahogany tree stump adorned with multiple staghorn ferns is shown in a photo. In another photo, Debbie Kuhlman and Kelly Ponder show some of the smaller healthy ferns.
Porter and Kuhlman worked to find temporary homes for the staghorn ferns. Several members volunteered to keep some