Coastal and Tropical South
Shows & Events
Manatee Gardening Day
A full day of activities for gardeners is planned at the Manatee County Fairgrounds (1303 17th St. W., Palmetto, Florida) on March 31. Beginning at 8 a.m. with the Master Gardener Plant Sale, the day's activities include water-wise gardening exhibits and the Master Gardener Spring Gardening College. Class sizes are limited and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. A special treat at lunch will be a program about shade gardening by garden writer Monica Brandies, author of Shade Gardening for Florida. For more information or to register, call Cheryl Werner at (941) 722-4524 or (941) 742-5986 from Manatee or Sarasota County.
Favorite or New Plant
Springtime brings plenty of beautiful flowers to the tropical region, but a particular joy is tabeuia tree, resplendent usually in yellow, occasionally pink. Orlando has many claims to fame, but none more important to gardeners than the late Mulford Foster. He was a world traveler and plantsman, and we are all the lucky recipients of his curiosity and collecting. Among his finds are many bromeliads including some named for his family and friends and the Brazilian native tabeuia. Usually grown from seed, this colorful tree is found in garden centers more often now as growers seek to recover precious plants lost to recent storms.