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.
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.
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?
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.
BY CHECK: Please mail to LPEF, P.O. Box 61076 Fort Myers FL 33906 and write “Music Park” on your check.
BY CREDIT CARD: Please 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.
Poinsettia plant donation to Lakes Park by Iona-Hope Episcopal Church
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.