Improving your Garden Soil
Wae Nelson, editor of Florida Gardening magazine
Wae Nelson was a mechanical engineer in the aerospace and defense industries before founding Florida Gardening magazine. Wae takes a fascinating engineer’s approach to improving your garden: Biochar. Soils need three things to grow great plants: water, nutrients, and microorganisms. Wae will show you how to improve the soil, prevent fertilizer runoff and keep our waterways clean, and grow bigger, more beautiful, more vigorous plants. This works even for potted plants and our South Florida sandy soil. Good soil is imperative for a beautiful garden—don’t miss this one.
President Ed Whelan was not present so the meeting was called to order by Virginia Jens, President of the American Begonia Society. Virginia asked Treasurer Frances Drescher for her report: we have $3041.59 in our account.
Sandy Sklar then introduced two guests: Marty Spayer and Cindy Bush and also Kyle Bergman who is a new member.
Sandy, who works for Mounts, told us that the garden is open for a stroll this Wednesday evening. The Shady Affair plant sale will take place on Sept. 13-14. Virginia then suggested to Sandy that she send an email blast to all our members soliciting help to care for the begonia garden.
Sandy mentioned that our next meeting on September 8 will feature speaker Wae Nelson who will speak on improving your soil. Virginia then reminded us that the ABS annual meeting takes place at the end of this month in Fort Worth. Finally, it was decided that field trips to Palm Hammock and Excelsea will be discussed at next month’s meeting.
Virginia was the speaker for this meeting and her topic was “What makes a plant a begonia?” She presented a slide show and reviewed the characteristics and classifications of begonias pointing out that there are 1600 species of begonias making it the sixth largest angiosperm genus. She also reviewed the various types of begonia leaves and then divided us into smaller groups and gave each group a tray of begonias to identify as to classification and leaf type. Members were then able to buy some of these begonias for $5 each, the money going to the chapter. She also supplied handouts which reiterated her remarks.
The badge plant was won by Denise Friedlander.Respectfully submitted,
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