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Friday, November 12, 2010
Annual Open Garden
If you live in the Tampa Bay Area or plan to be visiting in the next couple of weeks ~~~ for the next two weekends you have the rare opportunity to walk through a real, live, Florida-Friendly garden.
Monica Brandies is a writer, speaker, photographer and gardener. Every year she graciously opens her garden gate to whomever wishes to have a walk-through. Mom and I had the chance to go last year.
Among her plants and books for sale Monica offers many cuttings for free. She'll be available to sign her books and answer questions. Her family is on hand as well to help with taking visitors through the garden and serving up free herbal tea tastings.
It was last year that I bought my butterfly gingers from her. I also came home with a pretty ti plant and bromeliad that have flourished in my garden. So bring your own vessel for transporting goodies back home but don't bring a shovel. She doesn't encourage digging. Do you blame her?
There are two Saturday options available to plan your visit.
November 13 and 20.
Both days her garden is open to the public from 10 - 1.
1508 Burning Tree Lane, Brandon, FL, 813.654.1969
Remarkably she has squeezed-in numerous fruit trees onto her moderately-sized lot in Brandon.
You will find most of the plants have been labeled with markers for easy identification as you walk through.
One of my favorite plants she displayed in full bloom last November was the yellow Holmskioldia sanguinea Mandarin's Hat. Somehow I missed the cuttings for this one. It would be worth it to go back just for that.
After seeing her orange cosmos growing in a very partially shady garden I searched out seeds and planted some of my own. Mine never looked this good.
Ever since seeing this variety of calathea (I think that's what it is) I have been on the lookout for it to purchase. This would be a great addition to the tropical garden.
I find myself intrigued about an open garden concept. I've had lots of visitors come through my garden. But I don't think I'm brave enough to publish an open garden invitation. What about you? Do you think it would be a fun thing or is it something you'd even consider?
***Mexican sunflower in first photo was photographed in Monica's neighborhood. All remaining photos in this post were photographed in Monica's garden from tour 2009.***