The Tampa Bay Chapter of the RFCI meets on the second Sunday of each month (unless otherwise noted*) at 2:00 p.m. in Driscoll Hall, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 501 S Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL. Please note: Good Shepherd is on the west side of Dale Mabry, the same side of Dale Mabry and 3 blocks north of Christ the King Catholic Church.
Good Shepherd’s parking lot is not accessible from Dale Mabry. Please access parking lot from Dale Avenue (south side of church) or Horatio Street (north side of church). Be careful. Neither cross street has a traffic signal.
We feature speakers (university researchers, professional growers, and our own local horticultural experimenters and experts) who:
- Address the challenges, opportunities, and rewards of successfully growing some of the most delicious fruit in the world . . . right here in Central Florida
- Discuss fertilization, irrigation, pest control, and frost protection requirements and strategies
- Lead hands-on propagation and grafting workshops
- Answer your rare fruit questions and guide you to relevant resources for further information
For information about our programs, see Meeting History.
Bring a dish to share for the buffet and a plant for the plant table! Get raffle tickets! Win plants!
At the conclusion of the educational part of the meeting, we share a delicious buffet. Guest or member, you will want to bring a dish to share . . . which entitles you to a raffle ticket. More often than not, your number will be called and you will win the opportunity to select a plant to take home from the variety of specimens members have propagated and donated for the plant table. While you eat, people will tell you what they grow, what has worked for them, and what they want to try next. Fun!
Members get even more benefits . . . access to our seed table. Every month members are provided a selection of seeds, often rare fruit trees and vegetables.
*We do not have a general meeting in the months of April and October (you will find us at the USF Plant Festival). We also do not have a general meeting in February . . . we are “Celebrating Citrus” at the Florida State Fair.