Our speaker for the meeting was Missy Schukraft. She’s a landscape architect with a masters in historic preservation.
Missy recommends that homeowners rely on native and Florida friendly plants – those that are draught tolerant or can stand wet feet. Some of her favorite plants are ilex schillings, cycads, coonties and palmetto palms.
She recommends using these plants for structure in the garden as too much softness can end up looking messy. She will put annuals in large containers or urns in the garden bed for color. She has also been using a lot of succulents and wart fern.
Two of the trees that she has a lot of success with are the Texas Olive tree and the Silver Buttonwood.
Missy advised that it is becoming too warm in the Tampa area for some of the old garden plants – Camillas, azaleas, magnolias, tea olives and gardenias. Established specimens have adapted but it is becoming difficult to get new plantings to do well. Additionally, some of these plants don’t like the reclaimed water – particularly roses.
One of her favorite roses is the Charles Phillipe.
She also uses bromeliads and doesn’t think they hold more water (as a mosquito issue) than other plants.
Lauren, our treasurer, is collecting dues for 2016 - $45.
Scott took plants to the Metropolitan school that the kids could use to grow for pizza toppings. His photos will be published on the Moonlight website (thanks Nancy!)
Casie announced that the Board of the Garden Club was willing to turn all control of the Holiday Market event over to Moonlight. Some members expressed doubt that we could/should accept the responsibility.
The next meeting will be May 3d at Mary Mirabal’s garden.