Open Gardens, October 6

 In General

We always have people requesting tours of Neem Tree Farms so we’ve set “Open Yarden” for most first Saturdays (except holiday weekends).  Along with our neem and Ayurvedic herbs, we have tons of cuttings, seeds and you-digs PLUS plant swaps so you never know what you’ll find. (And before you ask, everything listed below is free, although the neem and Ayurvedic plants in the greenhouse are for sale.)

The mulch is free too — bring big trash bags or a pick-up truck to haul away! Plus we have tons of bamboo if you need stakes for your plants — please bring clippers though.

And this month, Jim Shaw will be demonstrating how he makes bio-char from scrap lumber and selling the finished products.

Free stuff includes:

  • Two beautyberry bushes in five-gallon pots (please bring your own pot though) and several you-digs that birds planted for us.
  • One spectacular salmon angel trumpet, also in a five-gallon pot.
  • Milkweed seedlings, just now poking their heads out of the ground.
  • Limited quantity of peanut butter tree, originally given to me by Tanja and a highlight of almost every kid’s trip here!

You dig:

  • Rangoon creeper
  • Everglade tomato (also limited quantities, but some seed is dried and packaged.)
  • Papalo, or summer cilantro which has practically become a weed in my garden.
  • Lemongrass (lots and lots, please take some or I’ll have to kill it!)
  • Candlestick senna plants
  • False roselle, thousands and thousands ready to transplant!
  • Native porterweed (ground cover)
  • Clerodendrum (pagoda or bleeding heart)
  • Naturalized periwinkles (aka vinca)
  • Wild pineapple (very prickly, bring protective clothing)


  • One of my personal favorites: fire bush covered in butterflies
  • Walking iris
  • Coral porterweed
  • Bush morning glory
  • Sweet almond
  • Golden dewdrop
  • Mulberry
  • Rangoon creeper

Seeds (some you pick, some in cute little bags and others in bulk)

  • Beach morning glory
  • Daikon radish (really a winter crop but definitely one of the most attractive vegetables we grow).
  • Gaillardia
  • Moringa
  • Seminole pumpkin
  • Dwarf yellow poinciana
  • Cleome
  • Parsley and dill for people or swallowtail butterfly caterpillars
  • Luffa
  • Small quantities of other seeds from previous events, including some you’ve heard of, like kale, and some so exotic I’m not sure what they are!

Plus you never know what somebody will bring to swap (but if you don’t have anything, that’s cool too. We all started off where you are!)

October 6, 2018, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 602 Ronele Drive, Brandon, FL  33511

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