What’s New Around The Park, January 2020

The new year has brought a renewed wave of activity to the gardens at Lakes Park. We are very gratedful to have such gifted and passionate volunteers working to keep the gardens beautiful.

A chilly day for planting!

Shane has donated a banana leaf fig tree and a dessert rose to the Botanic Garden. On a chilly January morning, the “A Team” showed up to get them planted.

Shane and his dessert rose plant donation.

Shane and his dessert rose plant, donated to the Lakes Park Botanic Garden

 

Ernest and Howard braved the cold to plant the tree donated by Shane. It found a home in the Fragrance Garden.

Ernest and Howard braved the cold to plant the banana leaf fig tree donated by Shane. It found a home in the Fragrance Garden.

 

The dessert rose plant is potted for the Succulent Garden

Volunteers pot the dessert rose plant in the Succulent section of the Fragrance Garden. Kathy picked out an earth-toned pot to match the existing gravel.

 

Lee County Bird Patrol, January 4th 2020

Bird Patrol is an organization made up of Lee County Volunteers “dedicated to protect, monitor, observe and educate our public regarding the contribution that birds make to the delicate balance of our ecosystem in the Lee County parks and Conservation 20/20 acquisitions.”  Bird Patrol conducts the “Morning Meander” monthly on the first Saturday at Lakes Park.

Lee County Bird Patrol "Morning Meander" tour at Lakes Park on January 4th 2020

Bird Patrol tour at Lakes Park on January 4th 2020 

Marie Di Rosa writes:

The Lakes Regional Park January 4, 2020, Morning Meander was a huge success with at least 39 species of birds spotted and at least 5 species of butterflies identified. There was even a Skipper that joined us for the group photo, included in this email. It perched on one of the participant’s hat. Good luck finding it! A huge Thank You goes out to the 25 participants, especially Bob Hickie and Jaimie Symington, for their help in spotting birds…. Please join us on future walks at Lakes Regional Park. They are held the first Saturday of each month. Walks start at 8AM. Please meet at Shelter A7. For a list of other tours offered by Bird Patrol guides for Lee County, please visit http://www.birdpatrol.org

What Strange Objects Are These?

Music park plant instruments are being assembled by Parks & Rec

“Music Park” instruments are being assembled by Parks & Rec – to be installed in the Children’s Garden! CLICK THE PHOTO to DONATE to the Music Park.

Parks & Rec has been hard at work assembling the first batch of “Music Park” instruments for installation in the Lakes Park Children’s Garden. Invented by Grammy-award winning musician Richard Cooke (1989, Best New Age Album), these outdoor “sound sculptures” are currently installed on 5 continents and in all 50 United States. We’re excited to bring a whimsical and fun outdoor musical experience to both resident and visiting children in Lee County. Can’t wait for Parks & Rec to “plant” these in the Children’s Garden!

We are currently raising funds to help pay for these instruments and the cement work required to install them. 

TO DONATE:

BY CHECK: Please mail to LPEF, P.O. Box 61076 Fort Myers FL 33906 and write “Music Park” on your check.

BY CREDIT CARDPlease click here to donate via Square.

Plant maintenance and harvesting

Have we mentioned that Lakes Park has the BEST, most devoted squadron of volunteers any park anywhere has ever seen?  It’s true! There are both resident and snowbird volunteers among our ranks, all equally enthusiastic and passionate about the mission – enhancing the beauty and experience of Lakes Park.

Marge has returned to Fort Myers for several years now, and volunteers in the gardens keeping up with the labeling of our plants. Here she is with Rod, doing their labeling thing.

Marge has returned to Fort Myers for the winter months for several years now. She volunteers by maintaining the plant labeling in our Botanic Garden. Here she is with Rod, doing their labeling thing.

 

Community Garden volunteer leader Bill Johnson and team harvesting food from the ABC Garden for donation to the Community Cooperative soup kitchen.

Bill Johnson and team, harvesting food from the ABC Garden for donation to the Community Cooperative soup kitchen. Many of our Community Garden members donate food from their beds as well.

 

Bill loads up the car with produce harvest and other food donations for delivery to the Community Cooperative.

Bill loads up the car with the Community Garden produce harvest and other food donations for delivery to the Community Cooperative.

Poinsettia plant donation to Lakes Park by Iona-Hope Episcopal Church

Poinsettia plants donated to Lakes Park by Iona Hope Church

Next time you’re in the the Fragrance Garden, check out the new poinsettia plant collection donated by Iona-Hope Episcopal Church; keep an eye out for them as you pass the Wedding Gazebo.

January continued to bring us holiday cheer in the form of poinsettia plants donated to the park by Iona-Hope Episcopal Church.  Cultivated poinsettia are not often thought of as landscaping plants. Native poinsettia are much smaller and less showy, but much more well-adapted to Florida’s climate. Cultivars require a bit of extra care, with emphasis on soil conditions (not too soggy, please) and pests. Neem oil is recommended to keep the bugs at bay.  Last year’s donations succumbed to mealy bugs during the humid summer months; heat and humidity encourages faster reproduction, and the plants became overwhelmed. This year, our volunteer garden manager Kathy Busick is forewarned and forearmed, and we hope to have these poinsettia for years to come. For more information about poinsettia in Florida, visit this page from the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Services – UF/IFAS – Ornamentals – Poinsettia.

Want to donate some plants to the Lakes Park Botanic Garden?

CONTACT US at Info@LakesPark.org
OR
Visit the gardens on a morning workday – Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 – 10:00 AM

and speak with the volunteer gardeners.