The 63rd Master Gardener Lecture Series on Thursday, Feb. 7, will have Stephen Brown, director of the University of Florida Extension for Lee County, return as guest speaker.
His topic for the Sanibel-Captiva Gardeners meeting, at 10 a.m. at the Sanibel Library, is "Current problems on Sanibel-Captiva and nearby barrier islands."
For more than 20 years, Brown has been the horticultural program leader and coordinator of the Master Gardener programs of Florida, which has graduated more than 250 master gardeners in Lee County. Additionally, he instructs and certifies all landscape professionals that apply fertilizer, pesticides, herbicides and fungicides in Lee County.
He is the adknowledged expert on Southwest Florida palms, flowering trees, shrubs and all current insect infestations. Brown is a highly respected consultant to many cities, including Sanibel, destination resorts, parks, preserves and commercial nurseries.
In his spare time he writes a weekly Q & A newspaper column and monthly articles in "Florida Gardening." Brown maintains a current, informative and dynamic website with amazing videos and downloadable fact sheets.
He has established a strong working relationship with commercial nurseries, plantations and major retail establishments. He has been an invited guest to Sanibel's vegetation committee and to the City Council to offer his expert opinion.
His presentations are informative, current, lively and always accompanied by excellent digital powerpoint photography.
This is a real opportunity to listen, learn and ask questions of Southwest Florida's expert on horticultural issues.
The lecture series is free and open to the public, but seating at the library is extremely limited.