The Garden Club of Cape Coral will host its 3rd annual March in the Park event Saturday, March 12, at Jaycee Park.
Ginny Huffer, a member of the Garden Club of Cape Coral, said March in the Park is an annual fund-raiser for the organization that began three years ago because a couple members wanted to do something more for the community, which led to providing scholarships for students.
She explained that as a result they had the opportunity to provide one $250 merit award to an individual last year who wants to pursue horticulture. This year they will provide two $250 awards.
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Cape Coral resident Kathy Taylor checks out orchids from Zen Orchids and Tropical Plants during last year’s Garden Club of Cape Coral’s March in the Park.
The March in the Park will have more than 40 vendors featuring an abundance of plants, shrubbery, palm trees and apple and peach trees.
The event will feature seven speakers covering various garden topics, from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The first speaker, Cheri Sukovich, will share information at 9:30 a.m. about the Natural Resource Academy at Island Coast High School. The academy will also be selling fresh tilapia filets during the event.
What: 3rd Annual Garden Club
of Cape Coral March in the Park
Where: Jaycee Park
When: March 12, from 9 a.m., until 4 p.m.
Tom Becker with the Florida Yards and Neighborhood Program will talk about the "right plant in the right place" at 10 a.m.
Ginny McCarthy will talk about growing and using herbs at 11 a.m. and Marty Ward will demonstrate to the audience how to do a floral arrangement at noon.
At 1 p.m., a presentation about worm castings will be addressed by Rachel Singletary, who raises red wigglers and African night crawler worms because they can tolerate being captive in a bin. These two species of worms cannot be placed in individual yards because they eat and survive differently.
"I raise worms for the actual castings," she said, which is a natural fertilizer. "It is a natural soil additive as well as a fertilizer. The worms make it for you for free."
She explained that the worm castings can be used throughout the rainy months as well.
Singletary said although there are native worms in Florida, they cannot be placed in a bin because they do not thrive in captivity. She explained that individuals can attract them by burying their kitchen scraps deep into the soil, so it does not attract possums.
Singletary's 20-minute presentation will teach individuals how to create an environment for worms, so they will produce castings to use for the garden. She explained that she uses shredded paper for the bedding, which is placed in a plastic bin.
"If people want to bring their bin, we can get them set up that day," she said.
Once it is set up and the worms are placed inside, she said you then feed them kitchen scraps.
"The worms eat everything for you and they do all of the work," Singletary said. "Let the worms eat your kitchen scraps and they provide you with an organic fertilizer that is safe for the environment and free."
Singletary will have worms for sale during the event, which can be purchased by a half pound or pound. She explained that avid gardeners would probably want a pound of worms for $25.
"Worms will triple their population in three months," she explained. "So once you start a worm bin you will always have worms."
Singletary provides free seminars about worm casting at her house. For more information, call 239-543-9910.
Geri and David Prall will talk about bromeliads and succulents at 2 p.m. and how to grow and use citrus will be addressed by Debbie Hughs, who is in charge of the nursery at the Ford and Edison estate at 3 p.m.
Huffer said that the Garden Club will raffle off about 45 items throughout the day. She explained that the vendors will also donate something to be raffled off as well.
A master gardener and representative from the Lee County Extension Office in Fort Myers will be present during the event, so individuals can ask any specific questions they may have.
Garden art vendors will also have items set up at the event.
A table will be set up for those who are interested in a club membership, she explained because they are always looking for new members.
Joe's Italian Kitchen will be serving breakfast and lunch. Ice cream will also be for sale.
Last year between 2,000 and 3,000 people attended March in the Park..
The Garden Club of Cape Coral holds a monthly meeting, which is open to the public on the second Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m., at the Epiphany Episcopal Church, 2507 Del Prado Blvd, one block south of the Midpoint Bridge.