Programs, Field Trips, and Luncheons


September 15, 2021      Vegetable Gardening in Florida

Master Gardener, Mike Stevens, will share some great ideas to help inspire you to start or expand your own vegetable garden. In Florida, this is the time to get your gardens started!

October 20, 2021           Butterfly Gardening with Native Plants

Florida Master Naturalist, Tony Mauriello, will share with us the technique of Butterfly gardening and how to create a design environment that attracts butterflies. Various Florida native plants are discussed for the most common butterflies that visit Southwest Florida.

November 17, 2021       Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center

Field Trip – Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC) – 10941 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda. CHEC CEO, Michael Bednar will lead a walking tour at 10:30 am for those who would like to participate, followed by picnic style refreshments from 12:00 noon to 12:30 pm in a screened pavilion. Our business meeting will follow. A signup sheet will be available at our October meeting, or email to reserve a space for the hike. See all that CHEC has to offer and hear about their future.

Dec. 3 & 4, 2021            Holly Days Garden Walk & Poinsettia Sale

Friday and Saturday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is our 27th annual event and our major fundraiser. This year’s theme is Christmas Dreams “I’m Dreaming of a*______ Christmas.” Each garden location carries a unique theme *fill in the blank with: Fantasy, Whimsical, Traditional, Shabby Chic, Classic Car, and Enchanted Tropical. We need all our members to share their talents.

December 10, 2021       Christmas Holiday Luncheon

11 a.m. at the Isles Yacht Club. Details regarding menu selections and price will be available prior to luncheon. We ask you to bring a nonperishable food item to help a local food bank.

January 19, 2022           NGC Pre-Flower Show Preparation

National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC) Master Flower Show Judge, Claudia Chopp, and Stephanie Green are our Flower Show Co-Chairs. They will teach us about award winning floral designs and horticulture in preparation for the NGC Standard Flower Show we are hosting on March 22nd.

February 16, 2022         Keep Charlotte Beautiful

Executive Director, Rhonda Harvey, of Keep Charlotte Beautiful is our guest speaker. She will give a presentation on the impact and importance recycling has on our eco-systems.

March 16, 2022             Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens

Field Trip – PRB&SG 5827 Riverside Drive, Punta Gorda. Come out and explore the gardens, see the sculptures, and visit the butterfly house. Following the tour, we will gather for lunch and our meeting.

Update February 23, 2022

Meet at the gardens at 9:45 am. Please bring/wear a hat. We are pleased the international blockbuster exhibit ZimSculpt, a world-renowned show of modern Zimbabwean stone sculptures, for the first time at Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens, will be there during our visit. They will be working on their art and selling their wares. This exhibit is in addition to the various permanent sculptures in the gardens. You can bring your own lunch or purchase a prepared box lunch for $12.50. Choice of lunch is either ham, turkey club, chicken salad, or veggie wrap, including a bag of homemade chips, bottled water, and a cookie. Lunch must be ordered by March 7th. The tour will be guided and take approximately one and a half hours. Following the tour, we will have lunch on the patio by the Koi Pond.

March 22, 2022              NGC Standard Flower Show

Tuesday, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Isles Yacht Club. Theme: “Those Were the Days” We are delighted to present this year’s Standard Flower Show. See the magnificent floral designs and extraordinary horticulture presented by our many talented members. Free to the public, please invite your friends.

April 20, 2022                The Amazing Gopher Tortoise

Florida Master Naturalist, Tony Mauriello, will describe the unique characteristics of the gopher tortoise and the serious issues threatening these gentle creatures.

May 5, 2022                   Spring Luncheon 2022

Thursday, 11 a.m. at the Isles Yacht Club