On Thursday I attended a Fall Gardening Workshop offered by the Duval County Extension Office and hosted by the Mandarin Garden Club. Although I knew the general whereabouts of the road the Garden Club was on, I mapquested the address so that I would know whether to turn left or right when I got to the road. Mapquest showed it as being set back in the woods off the main drag so I left Poppie an email where I was going in case I turned up missing. You never know about these things when you lead an “interesting life.”
The workshop featured three speakers on Growing Wildflowers, Dispelling Misperceptions About Trees, and Fall Gardening. In the Wildflower section, we were given a freebie handout – all in color and poster sized – The Wildflowers of Florida. I must confess to wishing I could have gotten a few of those for my Florida and Georgia readers. It’s put out by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services so maybe ya’ll can request one from the Commissioner, Charles H. Bronson. We also got a little packet of ‘Coreopsis lanceolata’. I’m always excited when I get wonderful freebies from these Extension Agent classes because I always seem to forget that they often do this. You know my memory is not worth squat.
After the workshop, the Mandarin Garden Club invited us to tour their gardens and pick out a free plant to take home. I was beside myself when I found a Rudbeckia Longifolia (S.E. native) which had a totally different leaf structure than the annual rudbeckia seeds I have on hand. One of the Garden Club members told me it would act more like a perennial. Hotdiggity!
These Extension Office classes are always worth attending. I spent three hours in classes, was offered fruit, crackers and cookies for snacks, a garden tour (including a spectacular butterfly garden), a wildflower poster, seeds and a plant for $5.00. Can’t beat it.
For you locals, the Mandarin Garden Club has some upcoming events that might interest you:
- October 6 — Trash/Treasure sale — 8 am – 2 pm
- November 10 – Craft Fair — 9 am – 4 pm
- March 2 — $1.00 Clothing Sale — 9 am – 2 pm
- April 27 – Plant sale — 8 am – 2 pm
Here are some of the photos I snapped at the Mandarin Garden Club’s lovely gardens: