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Landscape design_classCreating Curb Appeal

Saturday, March 1, 2014 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.

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Homeowners can create year round visual interest in landscapes 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.  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.

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Beautiful Container Combinations

Saturday, March 15, 2014 FREE

Instructor:  Mayer Berg, Riverland Nursery Owner

Creating a beautifully planted container is a great way to add an instant focal point to patios, lanais, walkways and entryways. Mayer will conduct a workshop demonstrating how to select stunning plant combinations for a variety of container styles. He will walk you through the steps to design and plant a lush, stylized container garden. Mayer will also share helpful tips on soil selection, watering, fertilizing and maintaining your container garden in Southwest Florida. Container gardens are easy to plant and simple to maintain, all you need is a little creativity and inspiration.

 

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veggiesCreating A Successful Edible Garden

Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 @ 1:30 p.m.  - FREE
Riverland Nursery, Fort Myers, FL

IInstructor: Ken Ryan, Local entrepreneur and winner of the 'Innovative Farmer Award'

Ken Ryan owns and operates Herban Gardens in North Fort Myers. The focus of his business is growing high quality produce which he sells to upscale, local restaurants.

 Ken will share his extensive knowledge on growing herbs, vegetables, edible flowers and fruit in SW Florida's unique environment. He will review sustainable and organic growing practices. His discussion will include when to plant, insect and weed control, proper plant nutrition and more. This is a wonderful opportunity for class participants to learn how to grow their own high quality, fresh produce.

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Miami Supreme_GardeniaWonderful Plants for the Senses
Saturday, November 9, 2013 @ 10:00 am - FREE
Riverland Nursery, Fort Myers, FL

 

While most people select plants for their physical beauty, shape and structure, many plants are also desirable for their fragrance, texture, sound and taste.  Donna Cressman, Lee County Master Gardener, will introduce the concept of appreciating plants for all their wonderful characteristics that add to our enjoyment of them.  Who can resist touching a foxtail fern's leaves?  Inhaling the fragrance of a blooming gardenia?  Listening to the clanking and squeaking sounds of bamboo canes as they sway in the wind?  Or tasting the flower of a red button costa?  All these delights exist in our gardens and we can learn how to take the time to enjoy them.  Donna has been exploring the concept of gardening for all the senses and class participants have this wonderful opportunity to share in her enthusiasm for the topic. 

 

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Giant Swallowtail_CaterpillarAdvanced Butterfly Gardening

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.

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pink petticoat flowerBeautiful Flowering Vines
Saturday, January 26, 2013 @ 10am - FREE
Instructor: Mayer Berg, Riverland Nursery Owner

Vines are one of our best selling categories at the nursery.  They are an excellent way to add color, texture and structural variety to the landscape.  Vines are grown on arbors, fences, walls, pergolas and posts for their aesthetic qualities and also for providing privacy and/or screening of unattractive features.  Vines provide beautiful flowers, fragrance, edible fruit, nectar for hummingbirds and butterflies, shelter for wildlife and food for caterpillars.  Mayer will be discussing vines that can be successfully grown in SW Florida.  The class will include a tour of our demonstration gardens where there are more than eighteen varieties of vines growing.

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Guidelines for Rose Selection and Planting

Saturday, January 18, 2014 @ 10 AM - FREE
Instructor: Dolly Tomalinas of the Greater Fort Myers Rose Society 

Dolly will introduce class participants to the lovely roses that deserve to have a role in our garden designs.  Her discussion will include the best methods for planting and maintaining roses.  She will discuss her 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. 

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Bromeliads add_color_to_landscape._150x150Success with Bromeliads

Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 10AM - FREE
Instructor:  Kathy Lockwood, Lee County Master Gardener


Kathy Lockwood, Lee County Master Gardener and bromeliad enthusiast, will instruct a class on growing bromeliads.  Bromeliads, with their colorful foliage and stunning, unique blooms, are wonderful, low maintenance plants for gardens and landscapes. Kathy will teach class attendees how to identify bromeliads that can be grown in the sun versus those that will require more shade.  She will also discuss how to care for the bromeliads; including how to plant and water them and what type of fertilizer to use.  Bromeliads produce many offset pups and Kathy will demonstrate how to remove them and successfully propagate new plants. 

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Orchid 3_1280x1280Growing Unique Orchids
Saturday, July 12, 2014 @ 10AM - FREE
Instructor: Robert Riefer, Award winning orchid horticulturist

Orchids are a wonderful addition to a tropical Florida landscape.  This class is an opportunity for class participants to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to successfully grow orchids in South Florida's extreme wet and dry seasons.  Robert is a local, well-known expert on growing and caring for orchids.  Robert will discuss proper nutrients, watering schedules, sunlight, air circulation, re-potting, diseases and much more.  

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Preparing Florida Landscapes for the Summer Growth Spurt 

Saturday, Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 10 a.m.  FREE

Instructor:  Jeff Israel, FNGLA Certified Horticultural Professional 

 

Experienced gardeners know that a pruning job should not be judged by how the plant looks when finished pruning but by how the plant looks a year later.

 

Landscape maintenance in Florida can be a twelve months a year endeavor and many gardeners are interested in learning the pruning methods that will give maximum results with minimal effort.  Jeff will demonstrate the how and when of proper pruning and trimming techniques in order to maintain healthy trees and shrubs.  Pruning correctly opens up plants to let in more light and air and helps reduce the build-up of woody stems, dead wood and disease.  Jeff will also discuss appropriate plant nutrition and fertilization schedules for optimizing blooms and growth.

 

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Butterfly 5_800x800Gardening for Butterflies and Hummingbirds

Saturday, October 25, 2014 @ 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.


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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.

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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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Great Lanai Plants

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 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 and courtyard areas.  Are you interested in learning how to create a lush, tropical sanctuary in your lanai?  Mayer Berg, Riverland Nursery owner, will discuss great plant options for small areas such as pool lanais and enclosed courtyards.  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 and pesticides (if needed).

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Royal Poinciana_1280x1280_1024x1024_800x800Selecting Beautiful Trees for SW Florida

Saturday, November 15, 2014 @ 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 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 to fit their needs.  Trees are selected on the basis of many qualifying factors, such as: 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 well-suited to SW Florida.  These will include many unique shade, specimen and ornamental trees that may not be commonly seen in landscapes.

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hedgeCreating Privacy with Plants

Saturday, October 18, 2014 @ 10:00 am - FREE

Instructor:  Mayer Berg, Riverland Nursery Owner

Mayer will discuss the various options for creating privacy with plants and demonstrate our favorite shrubs for privacy.

Many of our customers are searching for hardy shrubs to be used as privacy hedges or for the purpose of screening undesirable views. 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.

 

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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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Bonsai 2Introduction to Bonsai

Saturday, November 8, 2014 @ 10:00 am - FREE

Jim Bremer, member of the Bonsai Society of SW Florida, will give a presentation on the history and cultural foundations of the ancient Japanese art form known as Bonsai. He will demonstrate the tools and techniques used in creating, cultivating and caring for bonsai trees. Jim will explain how to select a unique specimen plant with interesting architecture that will lend itself well to a bonsai creation. He will also demonstrate the pruning and shaping methods employed in creating an aesthetically pleasing, Bonsai tree. A selection of plants suitable for bonsai will be available for purchase.

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Cactus Flower"border="0Using Succulents In Your Landscape
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.

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palmPalm Tree Care and Maintenance

Saturday, May 31, 2014 @ 10am
Instructor: Donna Cressman, Lee County Master Gardener 

 

Beautiful, elegant palm trees imbue an immediate tropical ambience in the landscape and are usually the bones of a lush Florida landscape design.  Proper palm tree selection and care will increase longevity, help avoid diseases and enhance property values.  Palm tree maintenance should begin with proper planting and continue for the life of the tree.  Donna will discuss the nature and characteristics of various palm tree species that can be successfully grown in temperate zones 10a and 9b.   She will discuss proper palm care and nutrition for maintaining healthy, thriving trees.  The discussion will also include information on the diseases and insects that can affect the health of palm trees. 

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Sun & PalmGardening With Summer Impact Class
Saturday, June 27, 2009 @ 10am - FREE
Riverland Nursery, Fort Myers, FL

Jerry Meola, well-known owner of Pelican Coast Farms, an organic grower of orchids, leads this class.  The discussion begins with learning about non-traditional plants that can be successfully grown in our Florida heat.  Learn how you can grow many plants considered impossible such as evergreen day-lilies, bred for our unique SW Florida climate.

Did you know you could grow orchids in your perennial garden? Several types of terrestrial orchids will be discussed and shown, some of which flower throughout the year. Special emphasis will be made on various growing techniques for perennial beds, and using the same plants in decorative pottery for poolside and patio.

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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.

 

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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.

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