GARDEN A RARE RESOURCE
PHOTOS BY BEA WALKER/FOR THE NEWS-LEADER
Master Gardener volunteers Elaine Roblez and Janet Barnes, above, are on the Fruit Demonstration Garden team (Karen Mitts and Elizabeth Smith are not pictured) and have maintained the garden for two years. They decided to add drought tolerant plants to the bed outside the Yulee Extension office and now have quite a collection. Plantings include: Agapanthas, Blue Salvia, Cabbage Palm tree, Coreopsis, Day lily,
Firecracker, Indian Hawthorn. Muhly grass, OSO Easy Cherry Pie Rose, Plumbago, Scarlet salvia, Shrimp plant and a Tea Olive tree.
Muscadine Grapes grow along the trellis system installed by Nassau Master Gardener volunteers. For details on what’s in the garden, see http://nassau.ifas.ufl.edu/horticulture /fruit/fruitlist.html.
The Fruit Demonstration Garden at the Yulee Extension office, top left, is unique in the metro Jacksonville area. Other Extension offices do not have a Fruit Demonstration Garden. The collection includes citrus trees, grapes, apples, fig, pear, blueberry shrubs, grapevines and a nectarine tree.
New to the Fruit Demonstration this year is the Seminole Pumpkin, Cucurbita spp.. Traditionally grown by native tribes in South Florida, the Seminole pumpkin remains one of the tastiest and most reliable pumpkins for Florida gardens. For more information on the Seminole Pumpkin, see: http://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/giam/
Horticulture Agent III
County Extension Director