Class Title: Basics of Gardening in Southwest Florida
Instructor: Taylor Walker
Class Description: Are you a new resident and interested in gardening at your new southwest Florida home? Or, are you a novice gardener looking for advice? Look no further than this half-day course to learn all the basics of gardening in the unique environment of southwest Florida. Taylor Walker, horticulturalist with Florida Edible Landscaping (http://www.floridaediblelandscaping.com/), will introduce you to appropriate native and ornamental plants and their proper growing conditions and maintenance schedules. By the end of the afternoon, you will be more than eager to transform the area around your home into a beautiful garden!
Date: Saturday, November 9
Location: Kapnick Center; White Classroom (124)
Class Size: 25 participants
Cost: $20 Garden Members/ $25 Non-members
Registration Deadline: Friday, November 1st, 5:00pm
Instructor Bio:Taylor graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2011 with a degree in Environmental Studies. While at FGCU, Taylor organized the Backyard Farmers organic gardening club and helped start the FGCU Food Forest Initiative. He has worked with many botanical and ecological organizations, including the Inland Ecology Research Group, Naples Botanical Garden, Sanibal Sea School, Fruitscapes Nursery, and the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. During the last four years, Taylor has helped design and establish many urban gardens with a focus on hardy fruit trees and edible ecosystems. Currently in Estero, Florida, Taylor tends a food forest garden called Xanadu with over 200 varieties of plants that produce tropical fruits, nuts, vegetables, spices, roots, and herbs. His vision for sustainable edible landscaping is a culmination of his knowledge of ecology fused with horticultural science.