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Garden Gala 2019 set for this Saturday

February 20, 2019
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

This Saturday, Feb. 23, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., the Garden Club will be hosting its annual Garden Gala. This year's theme is "Go Native," encouraging the use of native plant landscaping and celebrating the plant history of the Calusa Indians.

Master Gardener Marty Kendall will deliver a demonstration/lecture on "How the Calusa Used Our Plants." Kendall's book "The Plant World of the Calusa: A View from Pineland" is a non-technical book about plants the Calusa Indians used.

This year's Garden Gala chair is Beth Smith.

"The Matlacha/Pine Island Fire Department is joining in this year," Smith said. "They will have a fire truck out front with firefighters, and a tent in their parking area to answer any questions and educate the public on their programs and community awareness."

This year's Gala will have over 70 vendors with a variety of nurseries, garden art, local artists, local businesses, including the All Native Garden Center and Little Gator Farms and Edison Ford Winter Estates.

The lecture/demonstration schedule:

- 9 a.m. - Kraig Hankins, environmental biologist: "The 10 Worst Lawn Mistakes."

- 10 a.m. - Dolly Tomlinson, Master Gardener: "Planting an Herb Window Box."

- 11 a.m. - Kathy White, Master Gardener: "Color and Personality in Your Garden."

- 12 p.m. - Donna Cook, Pine lsland Garden Club: "Flora arranging using plant material from your yard."

- 1 p.m. - Marty Kendall, Master Gardener: "How the Calusa Used Our Plants."

"We have many raffle prizes donated by local merchants and individuals, a silent auction and we've added a raffle wheel this year so every spin is a winner," Smith said. "We will also have bake sale items and Little Lilly's Island Deli will be offering a selection of lunch items."

The Garden Gala will be held on the grounds of Phillips Park that PIGC maintains. All proceeds will be donated to island charities such as the Calusa Land Trust, CROW, Beacon of HOPE, Pine Island Food Pantry and to assist Pine Island Elementary School.

Frank Tuma will be providing island music and the Snook Cowboy will be the emcee this year to make announcements during the event.

For more information, contact Smith, Gala Chair, at 410-336-0262, or email



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