Martin County Library System Press Releases

July 11, 2013

Spend a delectable day at Taste of the Tropics

MC Master Gardeners

The Master Gardeners of Martin County are gearing up to present its special annual gift to the community from 9 a.m.- noon on July 27: Taste of the Tropics.

Members will share a wealth of knowledge about the huge variety of fruit-bearing plants that grow in Martin County’s subtropical climate.

The centerpiece of this free Saturday morning event is a fruit-tasting in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road in Stuart, which includes demonstrations of easy methods to cut and prepare fruit.

There will be many varieties of mango to taste, as well as unusual fruits you may not know, but which are popular in many countries of the tropics and subtropics.

This year, Master Gardeners are partnering with the Martin County Library System and Friends of the Martin County Library System to present the event in a new venue, the Blake Library, using space both inside the library and around the grounds.

There will be lemonade, steel drum band music and face-painting for children in the library courtyard.

Upstairs in the Exploration Lab, guest speakers will include Ira Smith, past president of the Rare Fruit Council in Palm Beach, local author Charles Boning and Dr. Jonathan Crane, tropical fruit crop specialist, UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center. Outside, a number of vendors will sell tropical fruit trees, vegetables, herbs, free-trade items, jewelry, garden treasures, books and more.

The majority of Florida’s tropical fruits mature and are ready for picking in the summer. Many will be included in the day’s interesting displays. There will also be information and displays of vegetables well-adapted to growing in the subtropics.

The Master Gardeners of Martin County offer this event yearly as a way to give back to the community. The University of Florida/IFAS Martin County Master Gardener program trains and maintains horticulture volunteers for the University of Florida/IFAS Cooperative Extension Service. The goals of this program are to increase the availability of horticultural information for the community at large and to improve the quality of life for the residents of Martin County through horticulture volunteer activities. Members also support and partner with a number of other not-for-profit organizations in the area.

There is always a big turnout, so come early and enjoy the goodies!

Submitted by Tess Everett on behalf of the Martin County Master Gardeners.

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