Sunday, January 16, 2022

Garden Club Learns About Bromelaids, Iceland Flora

The Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island recently held its first meeting of the season. President Sandy Wallen presided over the business meeting, and Membership Chairperson Jackie Purvis welcomed new members and guests.

Donna Kay, Master Gardener, presented a horticulture workshop on bromeliads with assistance from Barbara Messner and Sue Oldershaw. Members enjoyed seeing the wide variety of bromeliads and their unusual flowers that Kay brought to the workshop.

Club member Jacquelyn Pierce gave a presentation on her trip to Iceland, including Skrudur, the northernmost botanical garden in the world, located near the Arctic Circle. For Pierce, Skrudur was a high point of her trip because of her lifelong interest in gardening and horticulture.

The garden was established in 1905 by the headmaster of the boarding school at Nurdur, who used the garden as an educational tool for the students and a source of food. The Skrudur garden grew into disrepair when the school closed in 1980. Community members have revived the garden and today it as an example of the flora that can be grown in Iceland. Beautiful yellow, blue and purple flowers peek from dark green foliage throughout the garden, and vegetables including turnips and potatoes are also grown there.

The garden’s entrance is framed by an arch made of whale rib bones – quite unusual.

Calusa Garden Club is a member of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs and membership is open to those interested in horticulture, floral design and environmental matters residing five months or more in Collier County.

The club meets monthly on the second Monday at Wesley United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 350 S. Barfield Drive, Marco Island. Business meetings begin at 12:30 PM and programs begin at 1:15 PM. For more information email, or visit or the Club’s Facebook page.

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