Horticulture and Environmental Study Group

Mission of the Tri-County Horticulture and Environmental Study Group (TCHEC):

To study and learn about the horticulture of our area by studying different groups of plants and visiting gardens to see examples of the horticulture, landscape design and other elements of interest

To visit and learn about environmental issues in Northwest Florida and visit sites of particular interest and environmental concern

To learn about the creatures and wildlife of the area and to learn to be “Florida Friendly” in our landscape and gardening practices

To share with our clubs and the public the things we learn in an effort to make our earth more environmentally sound for ourselves and future generations

Upcoming Programs

September 28, 2017  10:15 a.m.
Program: “Bromeliads in all their Glory” by Marie Harrison
Program Venue: Fort Walton Beach Library, 185 Miracle Strip Parkway, SE
Field Trip: Nearby home of a bromeliad enthusiast to view his vast collection
Lunch: Magnolia Grill, 157 Brooks Street SE, FWB
Reservations to Kat Spieker, 678-9898 or 687-6381 spkfreedom@embarqmail.com
Sponsor: Valparaiso Garden Club, Kat Spieker, Chairman

October 26, 2017 10:00 a.m.
Program: “Birds at the Nature Trail at Veterans’ Park” by Walt Spence
Program Venue: Fort Walton Beach Library, 185 Miracle Strip Parkway, SE
Field Trip: A bird walk at Veterans Park on Okaloosa Island
Lunch: The Gulf on Okaloosa Island; To make reservations call, 850-863-5639 or email Lynda_1@cox.net
Sponsor: Garnier Beach Garden Club, Lynda Penry, Chairman

November 16, 2017 10:00 a.m.
Program: “Environmentally Friendly Gardens”
Program Venue: Coldwater Gardens, 709 Creek Stone Road, Milton, FL 32570
Activities: Guided Tour of facility’s many greenhouses and gardens Cost: $7.00.
See website at www.coldwatergardens.com.
Lunch: Bring your own brown bag lunch and eat on a covered patio overlooking the gardens. Water and other beverages provided by Navarre Garden Club. On your own: visit Holland Farms, peanut growers. Google Holland Farms for more info.
Sponsor: Navarre Garden Club, Linda Broker, Chairman

January 25, 2018 10:00 a.m., 2018
Program:  “Gardening Outside the Box” by Joe Taverniti
Sponsor: Milton Garden Club
Details incomplete

February 22, 2018  (time to be announced)
Program: Bus tour to Maclay Gardens (https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Maclay-Gardens) and Tallahassee Nursery (http://www.tallahasseenurseries.com/)
Lunch: a restaurant in Tallahassee
Sponsor: Green Thumb Garden Club, Joyce Waters-Smith, Chairman and
Valparaiso Garden Club, Marie Harrison, Assistant
More information nearer the date.

March 22, 2018 10:00 a.m.
Program: “Gopher Tortoise Relocation Project” by Erica Lane, Eglin AFB Biologist
Program Venue: Jackson Guard, 107 HWY 85N, Niceville
Lunch: TBD
Sponsor: Valparaiso Garden Club, Gaye Baltz, Chairman


May 24, 2018 10:00 a.m.
Program: “Daylilies in Florida”
Program Venue: Dragon’s Mead Daylily Farm, 9431 N Holland Rd, Panama City, FL 32409
Lecture and growing information by owner. Daylilies for sale! (http://www.dragonsmead.com/)
Lunch: a local restaurant TBD
Sponsor: DeFuniak Springs Garden Club, Cindy Stone, Chairman