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New club promotes home grown fruits

  • Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Have you ever thought of growing fruit in your back yard? Or maybe you have tried without much success. The Lowcountry Fruit Grower Society would like to see more people growing healthy and nutritious fruit in their backyards.

The club meets monthly on the 3rd Sunday at 3 p.m. at the North Charleston Armory at 5000 Lackawanna Blvd.

Experienced speakers from all over the Lowcountry present programs on a wide variety of fruit growing techniques.

The Society has teamed up with Cypress Gardens to have an all-day home fruit grower’s school called Fruitmania GS on Feb. 22. Topics for the home gardener include growing citrus, strawberries, brambles, peaches, blueberries, exotic fruits and an introduction to beekeeping.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Malcolm Manners, the Professor of Horticultural Science at Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida. Other lecturers include Master Gardener Darren Sheriff, Stan McKenzie, a specialist in cold hardy citrus, Steve Parsley on annual fruits, and Jim Strom on beekeeping.

A people’s Choice Jam & Jelly contest is also part of the event.

There will be vendors selling fruit trees, blueberry, strawberry, and vegetable plants and other garden related items.

Tickets are $25 and include admission to Cypress Gardens. Advance tickets can be purchased online at Square Up Market Place under Fruitmania Garden School. https://squareup.com/market/low-country-fruit-growers-society/fruitmania-garden-school or at Cypress Gardens (843) 553-0515. Tickets are $30 after February 20.

You can find Lowcountry Fruit Growers Society and Fruitmania GS on Facebook.

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