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Landscape design_classCurb Appeal 101

Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 10 a.m. - FREE

Instructor:  Mayer Berg, Riverland Nursery Owner


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 foliages, 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.  This class will review how you can apply landscape design principles to enhance your home’s curb appeal.  Mayer Berg, Riverland Nursery owner, will demonstrate a wide array of beautiful and hardy plants that can be used in interesting combinations to create a visually appealing landscape that complements your home.

 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.

hedgeCreating Privacy with Plants

Saturday, July 23, 2016 @ 10:00 am - FREE

Instructor:  Mayer Berg, Riverland Nursery Owner

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

When selecting plants to use as a hedge, 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.

Most hedges consist of a row of closely planted, single specimen shrubs. The best hedge plants have a full to the ground, dense growth habit and respond well to regular pruning.

In contrast to a hedge, a planting screen typically provides privacy by using a deeper plant bed and staggering a variety of large and medium plant specimens that are spaced to allow a more natural growth habit. Privacy screens have a more informal appearance and generally require less maintenance than a tightly pruned hedge.

 

Call Riverland Nursery to reserve a space at 239-693-5555 or email us.



 

Classroom

 

Riverland Nursery offers a variety of classes throughout the year. 

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Well Behaved Plants for the Landscape


Saturday, June 11, 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.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016 @ 10 a.m.  FREE
Instructor: Donna Cressman, Lee County Master Gardener 

Palms are among the first plants that come to mind when envisioning the perfect plants to imbue our landscapes with a lush, subtropical ambiance.

Before selecting new palms for a landscape, homeowners should research the palm's growth habits, temperate zone hardiness and its susceptibility to disease. Donna will present information on the myriad of palms that can be successfully grown in SW Florida.  She will discuss their attributes and how to evaluate them as a suitable palm for the landscape.  She will also discuss the proper care for maintaining healthy palms and provide information on the diseases and insects that are impacting the health of palms in our area.   

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

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Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 10 a.m. - FREE
Instructor: Mayer Berg, Riverland Nursery Owner

Growing a variety of fruit in your backyard can be a rewarding endeavor with the added bonus of being able to harvest and eat fresh fruit from your own trees.

Before spending the time, effort and money needed to successfully cultivate a fruit tree, it is important to consider what kind of fruit you desire and to research the growing requirements for the selected fruit.

It is also helpful to evaluate the various cultivars by the taste of the fruit, size of the tree, and the time of the year that the fruit is ready for harvest.  A mango is not just a mango.  Which cultivar do you prefer?  There are many varieties of mangos, avocados, bananas, guavas, figs,  mulberries, sapotes, etc.

Mayer will discuss the various fruiting trees that are being 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.

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

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Saturday, May 14, 2016 @ 10 am - FREE

Instructor: Donna Cressman, Lee County Master Gardener 

Butterflies and hummingbirds capture our attention and add inspiring beauty to our yards and gardens. Gardens designed to attract hummingbirds and butterflies should include an assortment of nectar rich plants especially those with brightly colored red, orange, and pink flowers. In addition to the nectar plants which provide nutrition for the butterflies, in order for the butterflies to stick around and raise their families, a successful butterfly garden will include the host plants for the caterpillars to consume. Donna will teach you which plants will lure these beautiful creatures to your garden.

Your landscape and gardening choices influence the wildlife attracted to your yard. By creating a butterfly and hummingbird friendly habitat in your yard, you will have hours of enjoyment observing these colorful creatures and you will help ensure their survival.


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.

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.

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Preparing Your Landscape for Summer

Saturday, March 26, 2016 @ 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.

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Saturday, May 30, 2015 @ 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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Gardening with Containers

Saturday, April 23, 2016 FREE

Instructor:  Mayer Berg, Riverland Owner

 

Container gardening can be an important part of our gardens and landscapes. A striking container can provide the setting for a stunning display of unique plants to create a strong visual draw. They can be particularly useful for creating curb appeal, a dramatic entryway, interest to a pool area, and to provide privacy around sitting areas.

 

"Thriller, filler and spiller."  Class participants will learn how to select plant combinations that exemplify this container design concept.  Trees, shrubs, fruits, ornamentals, foliage and flowering plants can all be grown in a container.  The key is to select plants that will adapt well when grown in a container in our unique climate.  Mayer will also discuss the best soils and container styles to use.

 

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

 

 

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Saturday, August 24, 2013 @ 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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Guidelines for Rose Selection and Planting

Saturday, March 19, 2016 @ 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 pest 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. Email a space reservation at info@riverlandnursery.com 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.

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Best Practices for Installing Establishing and Maintaining Healthy Plants 

Saturday, Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 10 a.m.  FREE

Instructor:  Mayer Berg, Riverland Owner 

 

When purchasing new plants most people will carefully select the specimens that appear the healthiest of the lot. After making their plant selection and taking it home, it is now up to homeowners to properly plant and care for the plant in order to ensure its health and survival.

 

Despite the abundance of flora that we see thriving all around us, Florida's unique soil and extreme climate can make it difficult to establish healthy plants. Mayer will demonstrate the how and when of proper planting, establishing and pruning techniques for maintaining landscape plants. Mayer will also discuss appropriate plant nutrition and fertilization schedules for optimizing blooms and growth.

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

 

Landscape design_classLandscape Design Basics

Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 10 a.m. - FREE

Learn how to enhance your home's curb appeal.  This class will show you how to landscape beyond the builder's basic package of grass, ten woody shrubs and 2 code trees.  Mayer Berg, Riverland Nursery owner, will discuss fundamental landscape design principles and plant selection criteria.  He will discuss how using these principles can help you select great trees and shrubs and transform your yard into an aesthetically pleasing outdoor space.

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.


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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Saturday, January 30, 2016 @ 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 and palms are the bones of the landscape, providing a framework for the overall landscape design.  A specific specimen and its placement often will determine what other plants are used in the landscape.  Many customers visit the nursery in search of the "perfect" tree or palm to fit their needs.  They are selected on the basis of many qualifying 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 hardy trees and palms well-suited to SW Florida.  These will include many unique specimens that may not be commonly seen in landscapes.

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

 

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Great Lanai Plants

Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 10 a.m.  FREE

Instructor:  Mayer Berg, Riverland Nursery Owner

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? Mayer 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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Designing a Florida Friendly Landscape

Saturday, January 24, 2015 @ 10 am - FREE

Instructor: Mary Ann Parsons, Lee County Master Gardner

The concept of a Florida friendly landscape design is one that stresses the importance of protecting Florida's natural resources by conserving water, reducing waste and pollution, creating wildlife habitats and preventing erosion. Mary Ann Parsons has taught Florida friendly landscape design techniques for over 10 years. Mary Ann will discuss how to design a landscape that will require minimal maintenance and inputs such as irrigation, mowing, fertilization, and pesticides.

Not only are the Florida friendly landscaping principles good for the environment, but the plants considered 'Florida friendly' are fantastic, beautiful plants that everyone would appreciate having in their garden. This is the class for you if you are interested in creating a garden that, with minimal maintenance, will require less time, money, and effort. You will be rewarded with a delightful garden that provides fragrance, song birds, butterflies and 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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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.


BambooBamboo in the Landscape
Saturday, April 12, 2014 @ 10AM - FREE
Riverland Nursery, Fort Myers, FL

Mayer Berg, Riverland Nursery owner, will introduce the class to the many fantastic varieties of bamboo and demonstrate how clumping (non-running) bamboo can be incorporated into SW Florida landscapes.  Bamboo has a beautiful form and whether used as a single specimen or in a grouping, this tree's usefulness in the landscape is unquestioned.  Mayer will discuss the unique qualities of the various hardy options available, including several hard to find unusual varieties and varieties that stay small.  A large selection of bamboo will be available to view and purchase.

 

Call Riverland Nursery to reserve a space at 239-693-5555 or email us.

 

Thornless BougainvilleaGreat Plants for Winter Color
Saturday, January 19, 2013 @ 10am - FREE
Instructor: Mayer Berg, Riverland Nursery Owner

Seasonal residents often struggle with creating a landscape that reflects the beauty of Florida's tropical climate during the winter.  Creating a landscape that performs well in the winter can be challenging because the days are short, it is the dry season and it can be very cold at times.  If you are interested in creating a garden or landscape that transitions smoothly into the winter season  with beautiful plants and flowers, this is the class for you.  Mayer will introduce class participants to plants that are strong wintertime performers.  Mayer will also discuss the best ways to care for these winter blooming plants including proper placement, nutrition, pruning and water needs to maximize their stunning appearance during these drier months.  The class will include a tour of Riverland Nursery's beautiful demonstration gardens.

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.

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