The Tampa Bay Chapter of the RFCI meets on the second Sunday of each month (unless otherwise noted*) at 2:00 p.m. in the McLoughlin Center at Christ the King Catholic Church, 821 W. Dale Mabry, Tampa, FL 33609 (one block south of the Trader Joe’s on Swann). 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
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 for rare 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.