Miami/CoralGables ... 10b meet

alexcortez(10b)September 23, 2011

Good morning everyone,

I just saw Silvia//Oakland/9b invite to a garden party and I thought hers was such a wonderful idea. I am wondering if there are enough of us in the neighborhood to for an informal group and meet occasionally and share.

I have seen a few formal groups in the area but they meet too far from my house and their schedule do not work with my full time/working mother schedule.

I am also only occasionally on the board because of my work schedule so I do not know everyone but would be happy to organize a first meet. I live close to Books and Books in Coral Gables that has a great patio cafe.

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I would like to meet up with other gardeners! I feel very alone trying to grow veggies in Miami.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2011 at 8:04AM
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coffeemom(Broward z10)

I've been having computer trouble so it's taken me a while to get back here and say "I'm in!"
I can't ever remember a meet in Miami.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2011 at 5:49PM
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Well three is a group. That is a start. I will wait and see if a couple more reply and then we will figure out a date.

Growing veggies here feels very lonely here too. Most of my neighbors must think I am crazy. It does not help that I have terrible allergies and hayfever and try and wear long pants and sleeves, scarves and hats in 90 degree weather.. I cannot wait for cooler weather. I can only last 1/2 an hour out and I am drenched in sweat and have to go in and change my clothes.

There must be more gardeners in the neighborhood though. I have seen a couple of veggies beds when I biked around my neighborhood in Spring.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2011 at 9:20PM
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I would love to meet other veggie gardeners. I am two steps outside Coral Gables - near University of Miami. I lurk the GW every day. Just say when and where.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2011 at 4:58PM
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Coffeemom, if I can ride with you I'll go :)

    Bookmark   September 27, 2011 at 10:15PM
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i would love to meet fellow gardeners in miami, this part of florida is always a challange to grow vegs.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2011 at 8:02AM
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coffeemom(Broward z10)

I'll bring Trini but I really don't grow veggies. I can bring my Master Gardener books for you to look over for info, though.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2011 at 9:57AM
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Well I try to grow veggies and I am all alone here in zone 10 A land. :) I know it can be done but now the early freeze date has been move up to the first week on Dec for me . So if it can't produce in 60 days or less , I don't think I am going to fool around with a fall veggie garden anymore . I am going to try some lettuce and spinish this year. I took a class on veggie growing a few years ago at mounts , but they were mainly looking to recruiting volunteers for community gardens. I don't have the time right now.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2011 at 12:28PM
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I am counting six. And coffeemom I am sure we can talk about something else beside veggies. I don't know about you but my garden (and the neighbors') has been hit by spiraling white fly. It is totally attacking palms and banana trees but it has many host including vegetables. It is supposedly traveled from the Carribean, reached Australia in 2006 and South Florida last year and is starting to be a serious problem (right at the heal of the ficus/whitefly infestation).

Shall we wait a bit to see if more reply or shall we set a date? Once we have a date I can try and recruit a couple of people in my neighborhood whom I have seen growing veggies/gardners.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2011 at 1:00PM
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I live in Plantation, outside of Fort Lauderdale, but I don't mind the drive and would love to meet other gardeners around here. I am new to gardening, so I really have nothing to offer by way of seeds or advice, but I'd love to be involved anyway. I'd love to just sit and visit with others with the same interests. If I'm not babysitting my grandson on the day you all meet, count me in.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2011 at 7:37AM
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Randy Ritchie

If you haven't scheduled yet, maybe I can hook up with Justine? I can drive (live in Fort Lauderdale), or help with gas money. I too don't grow food, just an occasional Cuban oregano and a re-cycled pineapple top planted in a pot, ha.

I'd love to catch up with those I've not seen in awhile and meet those I've never met.


    Bookmark   October 5, 2011 at 8:44AM
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any idea of when this will be happening?
I'm in West Broward and wouldn't mind the drive down.
I'm expecting visitors Nov thru Dec so won't be able to get away for my selfish garden needs till next year.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2011 at 6:17PM
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I would love to be a part of this also. I am in Southwest Broward.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2011 at 9:23AM
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I'm here in Coral Terrace, near Westchester, and would love to compare notes with others that face the same problems that I do.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2011 at 12:07PM
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Sorry I have been slow getting back to you (hubby was ill then had to travel). We have a nice group for a gathering and here are my suggestions, please tell me which you prefer and I will set it up:

Date: How about Saturday the 22nd or Sunday the 23rd? Can you tell me which you prefer?

Place: My recommendation is to meet at the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden. They have the Edible Garden Festival that weekend and have lots of talks and hands on workshops on gardening all for the price of the admission. I also have a membership and could invite three of you for free. They also have lots of great activities for kids (for the parents and grandparents) and food vendors and plants for sale.

Time: We could meet at 9a.m. at the door. The Garden opens at 9:30 and the talks start at 10a.m.. I put a link for details and copied and pasted the program below.

Details: Bring a hat and something to sit on if you do not want to sit in the grass.

Hopefully this plan will suit most of you if not I will propose an alternative or a second meeting for those who cannot make it.


The Edible Garden Festival:
When: Saturday, October 22, 2011 - Sunday, October 23, 2011 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

The Edible Garden Festival will feature delicious food, cooking demonstrations, a scarecrow competition, plant sales and gardening demonstrations and lectures on how to create your own edible garden.
3rd Annual Scarecrow Competition

Enter into this year�s competition by creating an original botanical themed scarecrow!

All scarecrows will be showcased at our Edible Garden Festival through our Howl-o-ween event October 30. Guests will be able to cast votes to help us decide who will win the 2011 competition. Download a rules and application packet.
Garden Demonstrations (Cycad Circle)

Saturday, October 22

10:00 a.m. Carolyn's Simple Tips for Growing Herbs, Carolyn Coppolo,
Redland Herb Farm
11:00 a.m. Basic Cheesemaking Techniques, Hani Khouri,
Mediterranean Organics
12:00 p.m. The Tools You Need to Grow Vegetables, Muriel Olivares,
Little River Market Garden
1:00 p.m. Building Rich Soil, Ben Thacker, Troy Gardens
2:00 p.m. Local, Organic Eggs: Their Importance in Your Diet,
Alice Pena, PNS Farms
3:00 p.m. Setting Up an Organic Raised Bed, Andres Mejides
Sunday, October 23

10:00 a.m. Dehydrating Fruits and Vegetables, Leila Werner, FTBG
11:00 a.m. Planting and Caring for your Tomato Plants, Margie Pikarsky,
Bee Heaven Farm
12:00 p.m. Designing Your Edible Garden, Dylan Terry, Ready-to-Grow Gardens
1:00 p.m. The History of Beer, Larry Goeser, Good Beer Larry
2:00 p.m. A Garden at Every School, Mary Keppler, FTBG
3:00 p.m. Edible Landscaping, Melissa Contreras, Urban Oasis Project
Cooking Demonstrations (Garden House)
Saturday, October 22

11:30 a.m Lemon Zucchini and Traditional Green Papaya Salad,
Chef Johnson Teh, Lan Pan Asian and Yuga in the Gables
12:30 p.m. Local Wahoo Crudo, Chef Albert Cabrera, The Local Craft
1:30 p.m. Tempeh Curry with Sweet Potatoes and Green Beans
and Pumpkin Pecan Cookies, Whole Foods Market
Health Starts Here Specialists, Jessica and Amanda
Sunday, October 23

11:30 a.m. Herb Marinated Mahi-Mahi with Celeriac and Tomato
and Corn Relish, Chef Chris Bulgarin, Delicious Catering Services
12:30 p.m. Guava and Onion Crostini, Chef Alicia Toledo
1:30 p.m. Asian Shrimp and Vegetable Salad, Chef Brian Collaro,
Whole Foods Market

Lectures (Garden House)

Saturday, October 22

10:30 a.m. The Home Worm Production, Noris Ledesma, FTBG
2:30 p.m. Gardening with Your Children, Samantha and Jeff Wasielewski,
Sunday, October 23

10:30 a.m. Home Beekeeping, Richard Campbell, FTBG
2:30 p.m. The Medicine Cabinet in Your Garden, Alison Walker, FTBG
Tours of the Edible Garden

Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m.
Gardening at Fairchild: A Tour of our Edible Garden

Fall Beer Garden (Cycad Vista)
Sponsored by Whole Foods Market


Whole Foods Market � sampling Holy Mackerel Special Golden Ale and
Holy Mackerel Panic Attack

Goldcoast Beverage

The Boston Beer Company � sampling Samuel Adams Boston Lager,
Octoberfest, Sam Light, Cherry Wheat and Latitude 48

Latis Imports � sampling PALM Belgian Amber Ale

Magners � sampling Magners Original Cider and Magners Pear Cider

Family Demonstrations
Saturday and Sunday

12:00 p.m. Bee Smart, Bee Cool with Bees, Noris Ledemsa, FTBG
Learn all about honeybees, their importance in our ecosystem and how you can have a safe bee hive at home.

1:00 p.m. Cooking with Plant Parts, Chef Kathleen Duran and Bonita
What parts of a plant are edible? Just the flowers? Or can you eat the stems and the roots, too? Find out how to create a salad using all the parts of a plant!

2:00 p.m. Building an Organic Edible Garden with your Family, Slow Food Miami
See how it easy it is create your own edible garden in your backyard - the whole family will enjoy!

Free Yoga from Rina Yoga, Saturday and Sunday

10:30 -11:15 a.m. Yoga (Adults)
1:30 - 2:00 p.m. Little Yogis (Kids)

Here is a link that might be useful: Edible Garden Festival

    Bookmark   October 11, 2011 at 12:59AM
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I think I was too slow to respond and the thread got burried. Do you guys/ladies still want to meet?

I am planning to go to the garden on Saturday morning and hopefully some of you can make it. Let me know.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2011 at 10:55PM
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Although the event at Fairchild is excellent, I thought the idea was to get to know each other. That won't happen with all the goings on.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2011 at 10:05PM
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coffeemom(Broward z10)

Not wanting to step on toes here but I'm willing to host a get together. I'm about halfway between everyone who's responded and besides I'm newly retired!!!!!!
If you want to do it before the holidays, I'm available Sat 11/12or Sun11/13 unless that is a mini vaca weekend because of Vets day. I could do 10/30 but that's the day before Halloween and don't want to stress out the mom's(just bring chocolate)Or the 3rd weekend in Nov.
What works for y'all? Everyone will have to go home with plants as I am thinning out the jungle. If you refuse I will toss them in your car as you drive mercy
Alex, I would love to meet up with you at Fairchild but I will be in Orlando at the MG conference. I know it will be a drive from the Gables to my house in pembroke pines but would love to have you here.

    Bookmark   October 16, 2011 at 9:00AM
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I would love to meet up at your place! I live in Plantation. There is a lady that offered free manure on this site a few weeks back. She isn't a gardener (yet), but she may be interested in joining in. I am new to the whole thing and have more to ask than more to offer, but I can bring something to eat or whatever we need, just let me know. I am available on all mentioned dates. I will have to arrange for my daughter to be home to watch my grandson if we meet on the 12 or 13 Nov. so I'll need just a little advance notice.
Thanks for offering your place to meet. Hope it will work out for all of us.
I am going to try to attend the garden events in Miami as well, but am not certain which day, as I foster kittens and I have to be at an adoption event one of those days next weekend. But, it's a marvelous idea and thank you for sharing the information.

    Bookmark   October 16, 2011 at 9:45PM
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Randy Ritchie

I'm in! Just let us know. Any/all dates open for me. I know, my life is boring, ha. Would love to catch up with the others.

Justine, I'd love to meet up. One thing tho-if they do the Fairchild Gardens option, I wouldn't be able to go. It's more walking/standing than I can manage, and Idon't own a wheelchair, lol. If you get the chance, by all means, go. I have longed to go to Fairchild, but it's just not possible. If we end up meeting at someone's home for a swap, I would love to do that.

Justine, do you foster kittens through a rescue or on your own? I'd love to do that, but not able to. We had one rescue kitty this past Summer, and loved her so much, we ended up adopting her!


    Bookmark   October 17, 2011 at 9:53AM
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I foster through Animal Aid. It's a no kill rescue here in Broward/Palm Beach Co.

If you go to their web site and click on available cats, you can see my 4 foster kitties. They are Ana, Gamon, Moira, and Arthas. (My daughter named them:))

I also volunteer once a week at Petco in Plantation, where I go in and clean the cages, love on the cats for a while, and make sure they are all well. You are welcome to come and sit with the cats and visit while I clean if you ever feel up to it. I go in on Thursday nights about 6.

If you decide you'd like to join up to go to the gardens, let me know. I'd be glad to push you around if you needed.

Hopefully, we'll get a chance before too long to hook up and hang out with some other fellow gardening enthusiasts. If not, we'll make some time. I DO SO LOVE a good cup o joe and a good company. We'll make it work for us Broward-ites!

    Bookmark   October 17, 2011 at 10:57AM
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Randy Ritchie

I just looked closer at the Fairchild Gardens site, and they do have wheelchairs for loan, first come first served. I am so tempted, if I had a 'pusher', lol. But I just hate to impose on anybody; I can stand and walk a fair amount, but once the pain sets in, I'm done. I tried to email you through GW, but didn't find a link to do so.


    Bookmark   October 17, 2011 at 1:00PM
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I don't know why, but it seems everything happens at once. I have roofers coming over Thursday/Friday, and I can't see them finishing on time to let me go on Saturday. I have another commitment on Sunday. We'll see what happens.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2011 at 3:12PM
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Randy Ritchie

Justine - Just looked at your foster kitties; they are beautiful! Looks like they are thriving, beautiful coats too. Ah, but I'm all full up.....

Thanks for the invite to meet at Petco at the cat room. I just might take a ride out there one of these days to visit with you and the kitties.


    Bookmark   October 18, 2011 at 7:28AM
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Not stepping on my toes or anything. That is very kind of you to host a gathering. I am happy to go once but my schedule would not allow to go regularly which is fine. Sunday November 13 would work for me. I am in general not fussy about location and suggested the event at Fairchild because I think of it as a gardener's dream:-) or maybe I should say this gardener's dream (I was there last year and the year before).

If you are still willing how about we organize two outings (since I am going anyway to Fairchild).

This Sunday at Fairchild. Tell me you will be there and I will wait for you at the door. Again I can take in three with me free on my membership. There are wheelchairs to loan there and even though they stop the shuttle on events days, they have little electric carts they use to transport those who need them from the door to the main gathering area. Once you are there it is very compact and there is not lots of walking. They have a picnic area where we can meet, sit and chat. But you need to let me know.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2011 at 6:14AM
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The rain has delayed the roofers. Saturday is now open. Where/what time do we meet and how do we recognize each other?

    Bookmark   October 19, 2011 at 8:05PM
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I have proposed Sunday as I am going on Saturday with some non gardeners friends. You are welcome to join us anyway since no one else seemed interested in Sunday. I will email you my phone number. We plan to go there early but one of my friends has a newborn and we were going to go whenever the baby is up.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2011 at 9:08PM
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Dear Garf,
Again you are welcome to join me at Fairchild tomorrow if you want and if you want to go Sunday I can go Sunday too. Again you cna go in oon my membership and your wife is welcome too as I can admit four people.

HOWEVER: I tried to email you my phone number and I do not see anyway of doing that on your page. Either you do not have an email link or I am doing something wrong. Can you or someone else help? I can email you my phone number as soon as I can figure it out. I will check back here in the morning and we cannot figure it out I can leave you a ticket at the door. Let me know.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2011 at 9:14PM
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scents_from_heaven(z9b Orlando FL)

Kristi if you are hosting in November I just might be able to come down. I would so love to see you once again and see your lovely jungle. I NISS YOU.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2011 at 1:25AM
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Hey everyone,

Sorry, I dropped out of this thread. It's too late for me to go to Fairchild. I wish I'd come back sooner! Sounds like it would have been an awesome time.

I'm still down for a Miami meeting sometime. I'm going to subscribe to the thread so I'll see any other posts.


    Bookmark   October 24, 2011 at 9:14AM
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coffeemom(Broward z10)

Crap! Forgot all about this. We got caught up last week with our community garage sale.

I would still love to get together but how about after the holidays? There's nothing going on in late Jan/early Feb. and if we have the warm winter we're supposed to have it should be perfect. I promise to post early and give everyone plenty of time to arrange stuff.
Again, I'm so sorry for dropping the ball on this.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2011 at 1:29PM
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That works!

    Bookmark   November 12, 2011 at 10:44PM
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I'd be interested in a meet up as well. I'm in Hollywood. I'll keep an eye on this thread.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2011 at 8:50AM
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Randy Ritchie

I'd love to attend too. Just have to keep watching the thread.


    Bookmark   November 24, 2011 at 7:46AM
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I just found this thread. Is this still happening? I live in Coral Terrace.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2015 at 4:35AM
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Guess not.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2015 at 8:22AM
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