Nursery News



Chris Rollins, an expert in rare tropical fruits, joined twelve participants at Grimal Grove on February 24th giving a lively and interactive demonstration on air and root propagation techniques. After much discussion on everything you need for a successful graft (and the sad tales of what can go wrong), the group went on a tour of the Grove to review special propagation secrets with certain types of fruit trees.  Chris even spent some time with the nursery people at the Grove to identify some “donated” fruit trees  that were lefIMG_2626t by unidentified sources.  Chris also led tours of the Grove the following day with lively stories about the different rare tropical fruits that grow in the Grove. Thanks Chris for your time and knowledge!

Participants at Chris Rollins’ talk included Marcia Gehring, Tammy Scott, Bill Chalmers, Katie Breckheimer, Sybil Martin, and Master Gardeners Barbara Smith, Linda Marshall, Linda Douville, Hallett Douville, Laura Haarmeyer, Kim Gabel, and Mary Brady.



Rita Rivenbark, one of the Grimal Grove nursery volunteers, is a Master Gardener for southern Florida.  Rita lives on Big Pine Key and is passionate about gardening which shows when she comes every Friday (and days in between!) to tend to the trees in our propagation area at the sales store on Route 1 and also at our private nursery at the Grove.  Rita’s experience and advice with compost, propagation, and plant and pest identification is incomparable.  Rita always come with a smile and it is contagious among the other volunteers.

Rita getting ready to clean a couple of our “hospitalized” patients.


Rita recently purchased some baskets and purses from a thrift store and propagated stag horn ferns on them. They are thriving!

Growing Hope Initiative