Shangri-La Springs Offers Educational Organic Summer Gardening Classes
|Cecelia Morales, organic garden manager at Shangri-La Springs
Shangri-La Springs, a historic property in downtown Bonita Springs, is offering organic summer gardening classes on Thursdays: July 18 & 25 and August 8 & 15 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. each day. Additional classes may be added in the fall.
The one-hour classes will be led by Cecelia Morales, Organic Garden manager, with topics on summer gardening including vegetables, leafy greens, fruits and herbs and how to propagate and care for them, how to take of your soil and watering practices. Participants will receive plant and seed takeaways.
A Southwest Florida native, Morales brings a wealth of organic and sustainable gardening knowledge to the tours. Prior to joining Shangri-La Springs, Morales was a nursery caretaker and plant retailer at Fruit Scapes Nursery in Bokeelia, where she cultivated and maintained a variety of local and imported fruits and plants. While attending Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), Morales dedicated more than three years to the university’s Food Forest, a student-run sustainable permaculture garden, where she assisted in food cultivation and served as the service-learning coordinator. She received her degree in elementary education from Florida Gulf Coast University and certification in permaculture design in 2017.
“I love getting people passionate about growing their own food and getting to share my experiences in the garden.” Morales said.
All ages who can be actively engaged for an hour are welcome and should bring water, sun protection, comfortable clothing that can get dirty and closed-toe shoes. If you have garden gloves and hand pruners, feel free to bring them. Classes are limited to 15 participants and will be held at Shangri-La Springs’ garden-side tennis courts and in the on-site organic garden.
Cost is $20 per person per class. For information or to sign up, contact the gift shop at firstname.lastname@example.org, 239-949-0749.
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