‘Fruitmania’ set for Feb. 22

  • Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Have you ever thought of growing fruit in your backyard?

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 third 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, professor of Horticultural Science at Florida Southern College.

Other lecturers will 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 and 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 ticket can be purchased at Cypress Gardens (843) 553-0515.

Tickets are $30 after Feb. 20.

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