Coastal and Tropical South

March, 2012
Regional Report

Shows & Events

USF Botanic Gardens Spring Plant Festival
USF Botanic Gardens spreads over 16 acres of gardens and greenbelt on the USF Tampa campus with a living collection of more than 3000 plants, animals, and habitat. They are hosting their 23rd Annual Spring Plant Festival on April 14 from 10am-3pm at 12210 USF Pine Drive in Tampa. Check out the plant sale for those unusual, seldom seen, local favorite plants, plus more than 50 vendors, clubs, and plant societies with booths to tempt and inspire you. Get help from experts and meet gardeners who share an interest in public gardens and fun events. Admission is $5 and supports the Gardens; parking is free. For more information, call 813-974-2329.

Favorite or New Plant

Bamboo Palm
Too many gardeners look down on bamboo palm, maybe because it is so easy to grow once you understand its needs. Warm, not necessarily humid spaces with any amount of light at all can give it a comfortable home. This palm thrives in pots with soil that drains well and is richly organic, needs relatively less water than most palms, and only annual additions of fertilizer in most situations. For this little effort, you get a pot full of thin stems with long, pointed leaves that are both stunning and graceful. Over time, bamboo palm can reach 10 feet tall even indoors, and all the while, it works busily to clean the air. In fact, this Chamaedorea is listed in the top 15 such plants in research done on the Gulf Coast at the Stennis Space Center.

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