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September 9, 2015

Roll Up Your Sleeves! Vegetable & Herb Gardening Workshop at Bok Tower Gardens Sept. 19


LAKE WALES, Fla. – Roll up your sleeves and start getting ready for Florida's gardening season on Saturday, September 19 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Bok Tower Gardens.

Join local expert and Roosevelt Academy/Farms agriculture teacher Ray Cruze to learn the basics of planting your own garden, from seed starting to harvesting. If you’ve never gardened in Florida before or are looking to become more successful, this interactive workshop is for you. $35 per participant; includes a hands-on project to take home.

Instructor Ray Cruze brings 20 years of Florida gardening experience as the Agriculture Teacher at Roosevelt Academy and as a Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA) Certified Horticulture Professional. Ray will cover all the basics including containers, growing mediums, light, warmth, water and attention. You will be able to experiment with different techniques including starting from seeds and using coir bags.

“Tips will be offered on how to use a plant's own defense system to help control diseases and pests found on most vegetable crops," Ray said. "The use of organic fertilizers and supplements like fish emulsion and seaweed will be demonstrated as well."

This unique session will help you learn the skills necessary to become an enthusiastic gardener," said Bok Tower Gardens Director of Education Tricia Martin. “Ray is a phenomenal resource, and we're so excited to offer this fun and informative class."

The registration fee is $35/person and includes Gardens admission and all materials. To register, please email or call 863.734.1222.

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About Bok Tower Gardens:
Voted Florida’s best garden, Bok Tower Gardens is a National Historic Landmark located 10 miles from LEGOLAND Florida, 55 miles southwest of Orlando and 60 miles east of Tampa near Lake Wales in Central Florida’s rolling hills of citrus. Open every day of the year from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Visitor Center, Café and Gift Shop are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults and $3 for ages 5-12. Members and children under 5 are admitted free. LEGOLAND ticket holders will receive free admission for children under 12. For more information, contact Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Boulevard, Lake Wales FL 33853; 863-676-1408 or visit


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