Coconuts can be found in many yards around Southwest Florida. This program will focus on how to grow coconuts, planting methods, and varieties that do well in Southwest Florida. Participants will find out the tools necessary to process a coconut and learn how to open both green and brown coconuts. Participants will also learn the methods of extracting the pulp and water from the coconut as well as how to make coconut milk and cream. Other recipes for coconuts will be demonstrated and tasted at the end of the program.
- Thursday, January 18
- 10am – 12pm, FGCU Kapnick Center Buehler Auditorium at Naples Botanical Garden
- $15 Members / $20 Non-Members
Since planting his first mango seed at the age of 7, Dr. 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 has traveled the world searching for new fruits and new varieties. He also sits on Naples Botanical Garden’s Collection Committee.
Andrea Grace joined Naples Botanical Garden as the Adult Education Manager in October of 2014. She began her studies at Kansas State University from 2000-2003 where she was inspired by the flint hills to continue her education with plants and environmental issues. After leaving K-State, she traveled the East Coast working on vegetable farms, and then took a few years off to be a stay-at-home mom. After relocating to Florida in 2009, she went back to school and graduated from FGCU with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and a minor in Biology and Interdisciplinary Studies. She has a passion for interesting garden crafts, creative cooking, food production, and permaculture design.
Registration for Lifelong Learning programs can be completed in person at the Chabraja Visitor Center or online via these links:
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Certain programs fill up quickly and we accept registration on a first come, first served basis. Register early to ensure your program is not cancelled due to low enrollment. If a cancellation is required a refund will be issued.
Questions? Call us at 239.325.1354 or email us at LLL@naplesgarden.org.
Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.