This unique lecture and workshop showcases bananas. Steve Brady begins with a lecture on the botanical history of bananas and their origin. Participants will learn how to plant and care for bananas in your landscape as well as the best varieties to grow in our area. Following the lecture is a workshop that explains clever ideas for using the abundance of bananas, since a plant will have dozens of bunches ready at one time. The workshop will end with a tasting of banana dishes and include a list of recipes and ideas to put into practice at home.
- Date: Monday, February 8
- Time/Place: 10 am – 12 pm, FGCU Kapnick Center room 123 at Naples Botanical Garden
- Cost: $15 Members / $20 Non-Members
Since planting his first mango seed at the age of 7, Stephen Brady has had a passion for growing tropical fruits. A retired physician with an undergraduate degree in Botany, Stephen has a small urban farm just a mile from Naples Botanical Garden that is home to a collection of 600 fruit trees and 300 coffee trees. Stephen was one of the many local fruit enthusiasts featured in the documentary The Fruit Hunters (2012), which follows exotic fruit cultivators and preservationists from around the world. Stephen himself has traveled the world searching for new fruits and new varieties. He also sits on Naples Botanical Garden’s Collection Committee.
Andrea Grace is the Adult Education Manager at Naples Botanical Garden. She is a graduate from FGCU in Environmental Studies with a minor in Biology. She has a passion for interesting garden crafts, vegetable production and permaculture design and puts those skills to use on a daily basis at her home in Fort Myers.
To register* for this or any other Lifelong Learning class, workshop or lecture, please call 239.643.7275 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Please note: The registration process is not complete until payment is received over the phone. Certain classes fill up quickly and we will accept registrations on a first come, first served basis.