Discover the Fun of Gardening

February 17, 2011   

This is always one of our favorite times of the year. The afternoons are warm, the mornings are cool; It's the perfect weather for getting out in the garden. The nursery is starting to fill up with everything from Japanese maples and magnolias (pictured) to beautiful asters, pincushion flowers and gazanias. Perfect for getting your garden out of its winter blues.

2011 will be an exciting year at Kerby's and this Saturday at 10am is our first workshop of the season on Cold Hardy Fruits. Come out and find which of your favorite fruits grows well in our area. Check out the event calendar for other fun workshops and events, including our first ever kid's event and of course Spring Fling on the boardwalk. It will be a great year to Discover the Fun of Gardening.

Happy Gardening,
Kim, Joey and Mark

In This Issue
Cold Hardy
Fruit Trees

Upcoming Events


Cold Hardy Fruit Trees

There are so many different types of fruit trees that grow well in central Florida. Below is a sample of some of the cold-hardy fruit trees that do well and don't require cold protection during the winter months. For more in depth information on proper planting, pruning and general care of these types of fruits, come out to the workshop this Saturday, February 19th at 10am.

Peaches & Nectarines - There is nothing better than eating a fresh peach right off the tree and letting the juice drip down your chin. Here in central Florida, we can grow a number of delicious varieties including, Flordaprince, UF Sun and Tropic Beauty. Nectarines are the smooth-skinned cousin of the peach, but just as delicious and nutritious. Sunraycer and SunRed are two great varieties that will fruit in our climate.

Apples & Pears - An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and with your own tree, you won't have to see the doc all year! Anna and Dorsett Golden are a great apple combination and are our version of Red Delicious and Granny Smith. Apples and pears need pollinators, so you need two trees in close proximity.

Persimmons - With a delicious orange flesh that's a little like jelly, persimmons are yummy fresh or can be used in a variety of baked goods. Matsumoto is a delicious variety for its large size and consistent production.

Figs, olives and pomegranates - This Mediterranean combination will add a healthy punch of antioxidants and omega-3s to your diet, and they are all cold hardy. All three are easy to grow, and love well-drained, sunny areas.

Berries -
There are lots of berries that we can grow here, including delicious mulberries that grow on large trees to healthy blackberries that grow on brambling vines. This year, we've gotten in some Ouachita blackberries that are thornless and easy to grow! Of course you can't forget about blueberries, a superfood with high amounts of antioxidants. They are starting to flower now and will be fruiting soon.

Grapes - Whether you enjoy making wine or eating them fresh, Florida's muscadine grapes are a delicious treat. Try Ison grapes for a large deep purple berry with lots of sweet flesh. Grapes are great for growing up a trellis, arbor or for covering a gazebo.

Kiwi -
Kiwi is a unique plant because there are male and female plants, and both varieties are required for fruiting. These delicious fruits are great in smoothies, fruit salads or just cut up as part of a healthy breakfast. They were once called strawberry peaches because of their flavor.

Pecans - Pie, sticky buns, coffee cake, pancakes . . . what can't you add pecans to? These large trees provide beautiful shade for picnics and play, and yield bushels of pecans in the fall.

Citrus -
Tangelos, tangerines, oranges, grapefruits and kumquats are all hardy citrus trees that produce lots of fruit year after year. Citrus are one of the easiest fruits to grow in our area.

Avocados - New this year, we've got a few different varieties (Lila, Fantastic, Joey, Poncho (pictured) and Mexicola Grande) of avocados that can survive temperatures down to 15 degrees! If you've ever wanted to try an avocado tree, but were worried about the cold, now is your chance.



Upcoming Events

Kerby's has lots of fun planned for the garden in 2011, including workshop favorites on vegetables, herbs and roses, as well as some new kids gardening events that will get the whole family involved. 2011 will be a great year to Discover the Fun of Gardening.


Workshop: Growing Cold Hardy Fruits

Peaches, Apples, Pears, Plums, Persimmons, Citrus
Featuring Cold Hardy Avocados

Saturday, February 19th at 10:00 am

Recent cold winters may have you wondering what fruit trees you can plant that will survive through frosts and freezes. Never fear! There are tons of options. From Peaches and Apples, to Mulberries and Cold-Hardy Avocados, there are enough cold hardy fruits to fill any orchard. Come out to this workshop to learn our secrets for great fruit trees and see all the tantalizing trees that are easy to grow in our area.



Workshop: Spring Vegetable Gardening
Saturday, February 26th at 10:00 am

Healthier, tastier vegetables are easy to grow, and in this workshop, you'll get all the information you need to get your vegetable garden going this spring. Also included is an Earthbox demo, showing you how to grow veggies, even with limited space.



Workshop: Cold Hardy Landscaping
Saturday, March 5th at 10:00 am

Tough plants for Florida Gardens are the feature in this workshop. You'll see some amazing plants that are great at taking whatever mother nature throws at them. We'll also teach you some tricks for creating a beautiful landscape. Featuring our We Plan You Plant service, for anyone wanting a jumpstart on a gorgeous landscape.



Spring Fling
Saturday, March 12 10am - 4pm

Bring on the color! You won't be able to resist all the amazing flowers we've found for this year. Come out on Saturday and enjoy some fresh cotton candy and popcorn and take a stroll around the boardwalk to see all of this season's new arrivals. 



Workshop: Classic Southern Gardens
Saturday, March 26th at 10:00 am

Want to create a classic southern garden with camellias, gardenias and azaleas. Come out and learn about the best way to plant, prune and care for these classic shrubs.






Kerby's Kids Gardening Activity
Saturday, April 2 from 10am - 2pm

Little hands, a little dirt and lots of fun; it's the first ever Kerby's Kids event. Come out with the family for this fun event that will let everyone get there hands a little dirty. The kids will get to learn a little about plants, and create their own masterpiece to take home and watch grow.  





Workshop: Tropical Fruit Trees
Saturday, April 9th at 10:00 am

Juicy and delicious, there is nothing like picking fruit from a tree you've grown and eating it on the spot. Whether you like mangos or jakfruit, kiwi or papaya, or nance and custard apple, there is a fruit to fit every taste. After the workshop, you'll be able to sample some of the delicious fruits that can be grown in our area.



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2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 685-3265

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