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62nd annual American Hibiscus Show/Plant Sale June 2

May 29, 2013
Pine Island Eagle

The James E. Hendry Chapter of the American Hibis-cus Society will hold its 62nd annual Hibiscus Show/Plant Sale from 14 p.m., Sunday, June 2, at the Araba Shriners Center in Fort Myers.

The free hibiscus show is the oldest, largest and best attended of all Florida's hibiscus shows, attracting several hundred people annually, organizers said.

"The event will showcase hundreds of different hybrid hibiscus blooms in a variety of colors and forms which will be judged in several different classes including amateur, collector, open collector, commercial and seedlings," said chapter president Wanda Schmoyer, in a prepared statement.

More than 700 hybrid hibiscus plants will be for sale.

This is the best opportunity Southwest Floridians have to add to their hybrid hibiscus collection, organizers said.

This delicate and beautiful plant grows abundantly in Florida's tropical climate. Members of the society who are experts in the care and growing of hibiscus will be available to provide advice. Should members of the public have questions regarding how the blooms are judged, there will also be several senior American Hibiscus Society judges available to respond.

Fact Box

If You Go

Who: James E. Hendry Chapter

of the American Hibiscus Society

Where:Araba Shriners Center,

2010 Hanson St., Fort Myers

When:Sunday, June 2, 14 p.m.

How: Free admission & parking

In addition, raffles will take place throughout the event.

Free raffle tickets will be given away every 30 minutes for gift certificates from a variety of venues, including Oasis Restaurant, Hooters, Cloyde's Steak & Lobster House, Hemingway's Island Grill, Outback Steakhouse, Victory Layne Chevrolet, We're HAIR For You, Salon Nicholas, Unbelievable Hibiscus, Gavins Ace Hardware, Snyderman's Shoes and B&B Organics.

This continuing show is made possible through the generosity of community sponsors, organizers said. This year's sponsors include Aterra Realty, Attorney Thomas C. Chase, Driftwood Garden Center, Edison National Bank, Dr. Jacob Goldberger, Greenscapes, Dr. John Kagan, Hooters, Orr Insurance Group, Advanced Pain Management & Spine Specialists, Riverland Nursery, Dr. Darrick Saunders, Storm Shutter Warehouse, Tim's Tree Service, Tropical Hardware, Victory Layne Chevrolet and Wilford & Lee.

Anyone who desires to learn more about how to grow, graft and hybridize this attractive tropical flowering plant can do so by joining the James E. Hendry Chapter, AHS at the show.

The show is the highlight of the year for the society and no further meetings will take place until they resume in October. The society meets at Eco-Living Center, 6490 South Pointe Blvd on the second Sunday of each month. Anyone interested is cordially invited to attend the next meeting Sunday, October 13 @ 1:30 PM.

Parking and admission to the Annual Hibiscus Show/Plant Sale is free.

The Araba Shriners Center is at 2010 Hanson Street.



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