New Officers for Spring Hill Garden Club

New officers Spring Hill Garden Club

The new officers of the Spring Hill Garden Club were installed at the May 2016 meeting held at Buffet City in Brooksville.

The new officers, pictured above, are from left to right: Directors, Mary Wuest and Jeannie Erickson; Secretary, Joan Shaw; Treasurer, Janice Zacharkan; 1st Vice President, Angela Benschneider; 2nd Vice President, Doris Morrice; and President, Kathryn Pierson.

The next monthly meeting will be Tuesday, September 28 at 1 pm, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd, Spring Hill.

Florida Friendly Plant of the Week: Peacock Ginger, Kaempferia spp.

by Lilly Browning, Hernando County Florida Friendly Landscaping Program Coordinator

Peacock Ginger, Kaempferia spp. Is a wonderful plant for those who miss their hostas up north. It has a “hosta look” to it, with its wide leaves and intricate foliage patterns. It is not a native Floridian plant, but it does well in horticultural zones 8-10. Hernando County is in Zone 9a. This nice ground cover grows about 2 feet tall and 1-4 feet wide. It likes dry to partially moist soil and it is a wonderful plant for those party sunny to shady areas in your landscape. It has little to no salt tolerance. It will shoot up small, four petaled purple flowers.

Florida Friendly Plant of the Week: Yaupon Holly

Lilly Browning is the Hernando County Florida Friendly Landscaping Program Coordinator

Yaupon Holly, Ilex vomitoria, is a great native plant that can be used as a shrub or as a small, specimen tree. They have tiny leaves and produce white, spring through summer flowers. The red fruit provides food for wildlife in the late fall and into the winter. It will grow 15-30 feet tall and 6-20 feet wide. They prefer wet or partially moist soil. They enjoy a sunny to partial sunny location in the landscape. They have a high salt tolerance, so it is a plant to think about if you live on the coast.

Master Gardeners Needed

UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County

What is a Master Gardener? What do they do? Is the program for everyone? All good questions. Here we will try to provide the answers. Master Gardener programs exist in all fifty states and in Canada. The program goals are to provide instruction and science-based information to individuals who will, in turn, volunteer in the community to share that knowledge with the public. Requirements to participate vary from state to state. Florida’s Master Gardener program is part of the Extension Service of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS).

The Teaching Garden at Moton Elementary

Photo courtesy of Linda Kelly

Sherry Pedonesi and Brooksville Garden Club volunteer, Beverly Lewis work with second graders in the teaching garden at Moton Elementary School. The Brooksville Garden club has been gardening with these students since kindergarten. This fall (2016-2017 school year) they will begin third grade and continue with this gardening program under the direction of Sherry Pedonesi and Rich Stratton and the Brooksville Garden Club Volunteers.