We have a wonderful group of ladies that are terrific growers without the aid of a greenhouse as not one of us has one!

We take an average of two or three trips a year, each one educational and fun-filled. Our day bus trips have included the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach; the Bonnet House Museum and Tropical Gardens in Fort Lauderdale, and the Naples Botanical Garden. And of course, we love visiting our outstanding Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, here in Sarasota.

Our “Hort” crew has visited local gardens and nurseries learning how to grow plants of the season.

There is so much to enjoy, with a growth of knowledge, in the field of Horticulture. We derive satisfaction in the cultivation of our gardens and the beautification of landscapes.

Propagation, the controlled perpetuation of plants, is the most basic horticultural practice. The object of this practice is to increase the numbers of a plant preserving its essential characteristics. Propagation is accomplished by the use of techniques such as cutting, grafting or the use of seeds. Success depends on extensive control of the environment, including light, water, temperature, soil structure and fertility and pests. Other techniques used are training (changing a plant’s orientation in space) and pruning (judicious removal of a plant’s parts) which we hope, when doing this improves the appearance or usefulness of the plant.