Black BambooDebunking Bamboo Myths


Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 10am - FREE

Instructor:  Vince Molnar, Riverland Nursery Owner

 

Vince will explore the wonders and usefulness of using clumping (non-running) bamboo in Florida landscapes. Bamboo can be a stunning and very unique addition to our gardens. Explore the various hardy options available, many that are unusual and several varieties that stay small. A large selection of bamboo will be available to view and purchase.

 

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Mark your calendars for these upcoming classes. 

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Saturday, February 10, 2018 @ 10am - FREE
Instructor: Donna Cressman, Riverland Nursery Associate

 

Most of our landscapes include the same four or five palm trees. There is an array of superior and beautiful palms that can be used often to fulfill a number of landscape objectives. Donna will emphasize palms that will prosper in our unique climate and soil conditions. A tour of Riverland's expansive demonstration gardens is included, featuring several unique palms.  A large selection of palms will be available to view and purchase.

 

Reservations are suggested and can be made online by clicking here.

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Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 10 a.m. - FREE

Instructor:  Vince Molnar, Riverland Nursery Owner

Vince will discuss basic landscape concepts as well as unique plants that look their best in our cooler months. This class is intended to provide a useful starting point for those wishing to improve their landscapes and to solve challenges such as improving curb appeal, creating privacy, trees to establish shade and beauty, attracting birds, and reducing physical plant maintenance. 

His discussion will include assessing drainage, soil, shade versus sun, irrigation, measuring areas, landscape bed layout, and much more.  He will also explain how to evaluate plants to ensure that you select 'the right plant for the right place'.
 
Reservations are suggested, and can be made online by clicking here.

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Riverland Nursery offers a variety of classes throughout the year. 

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The following class descriptions are examples of previous classes.  You can receive information on new classes by registering to receive our newsletter emails on the left side of our homepage.

 

 

 

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Saturday, January 27, 2019 @ 10 am - FREE

Instructor: Donna Cressman, Lee County Master Gardener 

Donna will teach the basics of creating gardens that attract and retain a  population of Florida butterflies and hummingbirds. She will discuss the essential host and nectar plants for our area and techiques for assisting the threatened Monarch butterfly.  These lovely creatures add beauty and serenity to our gardens.  They are important plant pollinators and crucial for the cycle of life.  By creating a butterfly and hummingbird habitat in your yard, you will have hours of enjoyment observing these colorful creatures and you will help ensure their survival.  An extensive selection of butterfly host and nectar plants will be available for purchase.


Reservations are suggested.  Click on link to register: http://riverlandnursery.com/hours-a-location-2/class-registration.html

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Stunning Container Combinations

Saturday, January 20, 2018 FREE

Instructor:  Vince Molnar, Riverland Nursery Manager

 

Creating a beautifully planted container is a great way to add an instant focal point to patios, lanais, walkways and entryways.  Vince will conduct a workshop demonstrating the myriad of wonderful plant options for creating container gardens with 'the thriller, the filler and the spiller' concept.  He will walk you through the steps to design and plant a lush, stylized container garden. Vince will also share helpful tips on soil selection, watering, fertilizing and selective pruning for optimizing the plants' health.  Container gardens are easy to plant and simple to maintain, all you need is a little creativity and inspiration.

 

 

Reservations are suggested.  Click on link to register:  Class Calendar

Thornless BougainvilleaHardy Drought Tolerant Plants for Winter
Saturday, December 9, 2017 @ 10am - FREE
Instructor: Rachel Turner, Riverland Nursery Associate

Winter in Florida brings the start of the dry season and with it comes the need to maintain our landscapes to keep them lush and colorful all season long.  This may sound intimidating and time consuming, but there are many drought tolerant plants that can help to reduce some of the work.  Join Rachel to learn how to use these hardy, drought tolerant plants to add color, texture, and interest to your landscape, even during the dry season!


Reservations are suggested. Click here to register. his e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 239-693-5555.

Zebra LongwingAttracting Pollinators to Your Landscape

December 16, 2017 @ 10 am - FREE
Instructor: Wendy Brosse, Riverland Nursery Associate

 

Hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees, oh my!  Southwest Florida certainly has no shortage of beautiful tropical flowering plants!  This class will focus on helping you understand which animals and insects pollinate different flowers based on their colors, shapes, smells, position, and behavior.

Wendy will also lead the class in exploring the grounds of Riverland to see pollinators in action! You'll take an up close and personal look at the many plants that Riverland offers as fantastic pollinator attractors.

Reservations are suggested. Click here to make a reservation.

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Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 10 a.m. - FREE
Instructor: Mayer Berg, Riverland Nursery Owner

Growing fruit trees in our backyards is one of the many perks of the Florida lifestyle.  Mayer will introduce class participants to the numerous cultivars that can be incorporated into landscapes and successfully grown in our area.  He will also review the appropriate care and maintenance necessary to help ensure the tree's health and maximize fruit production.  
 
Riverland Nursery carries an extensive collection of various varieties of mangos and avocados, lychees, figs, sapodillas, mulberries, sapotes, miracle fruit, jujubes, starfruit, jaboticabas, guavas and more!  A tour of Riverland's tropical fruit garden will be available to demonstrate some of these wonderful plants. 

 

Reservations are suggested.  Click here to register.

Landscape design_classCreating Curb Appeal

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 10 a.m. - FREE

Instructor:  Vince Molnar, Riverland Nursery Manager

This class will teach class participants how to apply landscape design principles to enhance their home's curb appeal. You can create year round visual interest in your landscape by selecting plants that have contrasting leaf shape, size, color, texture, density and pattern. By juxtaposing plants with a variety of contrasting foliage, the visual characteristics of the plants are further emphasized and the landscape becomes a composition of color and texture.  Add a few plants selected for their colorful blooms and the result is an aesthetically pleasing landscape.  
 
Vince will demonstrate a wide array of beautiful and hardy plants that can be used in interesting combinations to create interest and complement your home. 

 

Reservations are suggested. Click here to register.

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Hardy, Successful Roses for SW Forida

Saturday, November 11, 2017 @ 10 AM - FREE
Instructor: Mayer Berg, Riverland Owner

Mayer will introduce class participants to the lovely roses that deserve to have a role in our garden designs.  His discussion will include the best methods for planting and maintaining roses.  He will discuss his favorites that have proved themselves winners for gardens in Florida's challenging hot and humid climate.   Some grow on their own rootstock and others are grafted onto a hardy, fortuniana rootstock.  These roses have demonstrated superior disease resistance and performance in our southern gardens.  Sign up for this class to learn more about favored roses for our area and how to incorporate them into landscapes. 

Reservations are suggested. Click here to register.

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Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 9am - FREE

Instructor:  Vince Molnar, Riverland Nursery Manager

Riverland Nursery is partnering with the Animal Refuge Center in this class which will highlight plants that are potentially toxic for our pets.  Laura Braun, ARC Veterinarian, will describe the risks to pets when there are toxic plants in a landscape. She will also explain the signs and symptoms of plant toxicity In the event your pet may have consumed one.  Many of these plants are common and pet owners are often unaware of the potential danger these plants can pose to pets. Vince Molnar, Riverland's Manager, will join Laura and present non-toxic plant options which can be utilized as wonderful alternatives for replacing toxic plants. The event will also feature pups from the refuge center that are in need of loving, forever homes.  Please join us for a great morning of fun and learning!

 

 Reservations are suggested.  Click on link to register: Class Calendar

 

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Saturday, August 12, 2017 @ 10:00 am - FREE

Instructor:  Rachel Turner, Riverland Nursery Associate

Proper plant selection and placement can beautify the landscape and create privacy at the same time.  Rachel will discuss the various options for creating privacy with plants and demonstrate useful shrubs and bamboos for this purpose.

When selecting plants to use as a privacy barrier, it is important to consider the plant characteristics such as the rate of growth, density of the foliage, susceptibility to leaf drop in cold temperatures, ease of maintenance and average maintainable height.

Reservation are suggested.  Click on link to register: http://riverlandnursery.com/hours-a-location-2/class-registration.html

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Creating Beautiful Landscapes on a Budget

Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 10 a.m. - FREE

Instructor:  Vince Molnar, Riverland Nursery Manager

Vince Molnar, Riverland Nursery General Manager will discuss how to create visually appealing landscapes without breaking the budget.  This can provide a useful starting point for those wishing to improve and update their landscapes.  A tour of Riverland’s spacious demonstration gardens will be included to provide additional landscape examples.

Reservations are suggested.  Click on link to register: http://riverlandnursery.com/hours-a-location-2/class-registration.html

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Saturday, August 26, 2017 @ 10 am - FREE
Instructor: Vince Molnar, Riverland Nursery Manager

 

Our copious Southwest Florida summer rains can create areas of sitting water in low and poorly drained areas, making it very difficult for most plants to thrive or even survive.  Vince will conduct a new class on determining how to assess and correct some of these challenging areas.  There are many great plants and trees that can withstand these conditions. Vince will demonstrate excellent plant options for wet areas and lead a tour of our "wet area" demonstration garden.

 

Reservation are suggested.  Click on link to register: http://riverlandnursery.com/hours-a-location-2/class-registration.html

 

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Best Practices for Installing, Establishing and Maintaining Healthy Plants 

Saturday, Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 10 a.m.  FREE

Instructor:  Vince Molnar, Riverland Nursery Manager

How deep is the planting hole?  How much sunlight?  How much water?  How far apart to plant?  Like most things in life, gardening isn't an exact science.  But by applying a few basic gardening principles, you can help ensure that your plants thrive in their new environment.  
This informative class will provide class participants with the knowledge necessary to optimize plant health and growth.  Vince will explain how to evaluate plants to ensure that you select 'the right plant for the right place'.  He will demonstrate the how and when of proper planting, watering and pruning techniques.  He will explain how to spot potential problems such as insect infestation or nutritional deficiencies and the best ways to treat them.  Vince will also discuss appropriate plant nutrition and fertilization schedules for the long term health of the plants.

Reservations are suggested.  Email a space reservation to info@riverlandnursery.com or  call 239-693-5555 for a reservation.

 

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Great Lanai Plants

Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 10 a.m.  FREE

Instructor:  Vince Molnar, Riverland Nursery Manager

Our temperate winters are a wonderful time to open our patio doors and spend time relaxing and eating in our screened lanai areas. Are you interested in learning how to create a lush, tropical sanctuary that starts inside the lanai and extends to the exterior garden that surrounds your private, personal space? Vince will discuss great plant options for lanai interiors and how to enhance the lanai experience by extending the tropical ambiance to the exterior surrounding area.

His discussion will include evaluating the area for sun, shade, irrigation, desirable plant height and width; and how to select plants that will be less likely to litter the pool or lanai area with leaves and petals. He will also discuss how to help the plants thrive by using the appropriate fertilizer, care and maintenance.

Reservations are suggested.  Email a space reservation to info@riverlandnursery.com or  call 239-693-5555 for a reservation.

 

 

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Introduction to Florida Friendly Landscapes

Saturday, Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 10 a.m.  - FREE

Instructor: Rachel Turner

We are fortunate to have Rachel Turner as one of our newer associates.  Rachel has extensive knowledge of Florida native plants and how to incorporate them into our gardens and landscapes. 

Rachel will introduce class participants to Florida friendly and native shrubs and trees that require lower inputs of irrigation and fertilizer, less maintenance, and attract wildlife.
These wonderful plants deserve your attention when designing your landscapes and gardens.   She will discuss their growth habits, water and care requirements, and the best ways to incorporate them into a landscape design. 
 

If you are interested in creating a garden which requires less time, money and effort, this is the class for you!  You will be rewarded with a delightful garden that provides fragrance, song birds, butterflies, beauty and the knowledge that you are being a better steward of your small piece of paradise.


Reservations are suggested. Email a space reservation at info@riverlandnursery.com or call 239-693-5555.

 

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Preparing Your Landscape for Summer Travel

Saturday, April 8, 2017 @ 10AM - FREE
Instructor: Mayer Berg, Riverland Owner

This class is for homeowners preparing to leave for the summer, as well as those wanting to learn more about proper plant maintenance.

Mayer will focus on how to keep our plants healthy and attractive by demonstrating proper pruning techniques. He discussion will include information on which of our fabulous winter bloomers will do well with a hard cut back before the summer growing season. He will also explain how to plan a fertilization schedule that will provide nutrition to optimize plant growth and success during the summer.

He will review plants that he considers 'well behaved' because they require less ongoing maintenance and are easy to keep under three feet tall. These are excellent plants to consider as replacements for the high maintenance, fast growing giants in your landscapes.

Reservations are suggested. Email a space reservation at info@riverlandnursery.com or call 239-693-5555.

Crape Myrtle 3 01Summertime Winners in the Garden

Saturday, May 13, 2017 @ 10 am - FREE
Instructor: Mayer Berg, Riverland Owner


Many Florida gardeners like to infuse their landscapes with a variety of unique, stunning summer blooming plants that thrive on long hours of daylight, intense heat and rain. Mayer will introduce class participants to the stars of the summertime landscape. His will discuss the growth characteristics of the plants and how to incorporate them into the landscape. He will also explain how to care for them and what to expect from these plants during the cooler months.

Reservations are suggested. Email a space reservation at  info@riverlandnursery.com  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 239-693-5555.

 

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Saturday, March 18, 2017 @ 10AM - FREE

Instructor:  Mayer Berg, Riverland Nursery owner

"The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago.  The second best time is today."  Chinese Proverb

Trees are the bones of the landscape, providing a framework for the overall landscape design.  A specimen and its placement will often determine what other plants are used in the landscape.  Many customers visit the nursery in search of the "perfect" tree to fit their needs.  They evaluate their tree choices on factors such as: form, providing privacy, shade, beautiful flowers, fragrance, berries and shelter for wildlife, or fruit for the homeowner.  Mayer will discuss and demonstrate a variety of beautiful and size appropriate trees well-suited for residential landscapes.  These will include many unique specimens that may not be commonly seen.

Reservations are suggested.  Email a space reservation to info@riverlandnursery.com or call 239-693-5555.   

 

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Well Behaved Plants for the Landscape


Saturday, December 17, 2016 @ 10 a.m. - FREE
Instructor: Mayer Berg, Riverland Nursery Owner

The use of sustainable, low-input plants in landscapes can save time, effort and money.  They say "experience is the best teacher" and Mayer is going to share his list of plants that he has found to be easy to grow and well-behaved.  Our landscapes should be composed of plants that give us joy and not plants that need continual maintenance.   Low input plants are adapted to our soil and climate, reducing the need for pesticides, excessive water and frequent maintenance.  Many of his favorite Florida friendly plants provide food and shelter for birds and other wildlife.  By incorporating these plants into your landscapes and gardens you will also be rewarded with the year round pleasure of watching and listening to them as they explore the garden.  

Reservations are suggested. Email a space reservation at info@riverlandnursery.com or call 239-693-5555.

pink petticoat flowerCreate a Vertical Garden

Saturday, January 31, 2015 @ 10am - FREE

Instructor: Robert Ashton, Robert's Garden Owner

This is a class for those who are looking for creative, inspirational ideas for their landscape designs. As the sizes of our urban home lots have shrunk, the concept of vertical gardening is an attractive gardening alternative for those with limited space. Vertical gardens are popular for their aesthetic qualities and their capacity to provide privacy and/or screening of unattractive features. They are also very useful in urban areas because they introduce the greenery necessary for air quality and quality of life.

There are many types of structures that can be used to support a vertical garden. Robert has created a series of attractive, specialized trellises, tuteurs and arbors that can withstand Florida's extreme climate. He will discuss how these structures can be incorporated into our landscapes and how to select plants that are adaptable to a narrow, vertical growth habit. His wonderful concepts and ideas will inspire and have you visualizing how to incorporate a vertical gardening feature into your landscape.

 

Reservations are suggested. Email a space reservation to info@riverlandnursery.com or call 239-693-5555. his e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 239-693-5555.

Giant Swallowtail_CaterpillarAdvanced Butterfly Gardening

Saturday, November 12, 2016 @ 10 am - FREE
Instructor: Donna Cressman, Lee County Master Gardener


If you are already passionate about butterfly gardening and want to learn more about helping to ensure the survival of these beautiful creatures, this is the class for you.  Donna will present the latest research on OE disease in Monarchs.  She will demonstrate how to actually raise butterflies by the usage of mesh cages to protect the caterpillars from predators.  This class is geared towards those who are experienced and have good understanding of the basics of butterfly gardening.  We look forward to a good discussion and the sharing of practical tips.

Reservations are suggested. Email a space reservation at  info@riverlandnursery.com  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 239-693-5555.

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Great Plants for Shade Color

Saturday, June 6, 2015 @ 10AM - FREE
Instructor: Mayer Berg, Riverland Owner

Our customers frequently ask us to help them select plants that will provide color in a shady area of their yard.  Mayer will discuss and demonstrate wonderful plants that will add color, texture and interest to a shady garden area.  Select the right plant for the right place and you can create a garden with colorful, thriving plants even in the shade.

Reservations are suggested. Email a space reservation at info@riverlandnursery.com or call 239-693-5555.

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Saturday, January 9, 2016 @ 10AM - FREE
Instructor:  Dan Weis, Professional Bromeliad Grower


Bromeliads are admired for their colorful foliage and stunning, unique blooms.  They are fantastic, low maintenance plants for adding a tropical flair to gardens and landscapes.  Dan Weis has more than 25 years of experience collecting, growing and propagating bromeliads in SW Florida.  Dan will discuss the various bromeliad cultivars and their respective flowering habits.   He will review the water, fertilizer, and maintenance requirements for successfully growing healthy plants.  He will demonstrate which cultivars can be grown in the sun versus those that will require more shade.  He will also demonstrate how to remove the offset pups and propagate new plants.

Reservations are suggested. Email a space reservation at info@riverlandnursery.com or call 239-693-5555.

CaterpillarIdentifying & Controlling Unwanted Garden Pests
Saturday, February 4, 2012 @ 10:00 am - FREE
Riverland Nursery, Fort Myers, FL

 

Bugs.  They can be big, tiny, beneficial, harmful or just annoying.  Florida has lots of them.  If you are not paying attention, insects can quickly devastate trees, palms, shrubs, flowers, or lawns.  Bob Cook, an instructor for the Florida Certified Horticulture Professional program, will teach class participants how to identify and control “uninvited” insects, fungus and other garden challenges. 

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Creating a Habitat for Birds
Sunday, June 26 @ 1:00 pm - FREE
Riverland Nursery, Fort Myers, FL

 

Riverland Nursery will host “Creating a Habitat for Birds,” a free class conducted by Donna Cressman and Wendy Sprague on Sunday June 26th @ 1pm. Donna and Wendy are Master Gardeners in Lee County. The importance of attracting birds to our urban and suburban landscapes is often overlooked. Birds play a vital role in our sensitive eco-systems not to mention the beauty and pleasure derived from watching and listening to them from our gardens. Donna and Wendy will make a list of suggested plants to assist in creating these habitats. Many of these plants can be seen in Riverland’s demonstration gardens and are available for sale.

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Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010 @ 10AM - FREE
Riverland Nursery, Fort Myers, FL

Riverland Nursery will host “Using Succulents in Your Garden,” a free class conducted by John Lucas Saturday Dec. 18th@10am at Riverland.  Mr. Lucas has extensive experience growing and using succulents creatively in landscapes.

Succulents are a wonderful addition to the xeriscape landscape requiring surprisingly little care and water.  An extensive selection of succulents including unique cacti, yuccas, agave, desert rose and much more will be available for sale.

Reservations are suggested. Email a space reservation at: info@riverlandnursery.com  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 239-693-5555.


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