Although the weather did not cooperate, raining most of the day and turning the yard into a giant puddle, the crowds still came to the Port St Joe Garden Club's Christmas in the Garden event last Saturday. The building was decorated with Christmas cheer and filled with sounds of Christmas carols when the Forgotten Coast Ukulele band played. And gardeners and those just struggling with their current state of landscaping, or lack thereof, came away with useful information from the three informative presentations presented throughout the day.
Jill Beebee and Patty Dunlap, both master gardeners and Port St. Joe Garden Club members, discussed what to do post Hurricane Michael. Jill discussed which trees are most wind resistant; needless to say, slash pine trees as we can all attest to are not high on the wind resistant scale. She advised pruning only those branches or fronds that are totally brown, suggesting "now is not the time to reshape that tree or bush."
Patty Dunlap focused on lawns and perennials and along with Anita Groves, Training Coordinator with the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, emphasized now is the time to regroup and think about how you use your yard and plan your landscaping accordingly.
If you would like to spend less time, money and chemicals in your yard plant native or Bay and Gulf friendly species. In other words stop fighting nature and join in and enjoy it. Anita focused her presentation on Bay and Gulf friendly landscaping and provided many suggestions for the species that will thrive in this coastal environment.
Rick Thomas, Master Rosarian from Thomasville, GA and part time resident of Cape San Blas discussed the care and selection of roses in a coastal environment. Rick provided suggestions of roses that will do well in our coastal environment and advised that the best way to learn about growing roses is to join a Rose Society where other members share their passion and knowledge of roses.
All proceeds collected at this event will be used for the re-beautification of our areas special community spaces.