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Horticulture Corner: Rare + Exotic Plants

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Join Mason McCandless as he shares his passion for rare and exotic plants and explains how to build and care for a vibrant collection. They’re the divas of the plant world but keeping them happy is easier than you think! Mason will cover the basics and more advanced care tips to get your collection thriving.

The workshop will include how to create the right environment (without knocking down a wall), watering tips, propagation, the power of poles, soil mixes/media, pest and disease prevention, moving a collection, and beneficial bugs (yes, indoors!). Be prepared to learn and laugh as we explore the troubles, joys, and lessons of loving rare and exotic plants. Guests will also have an opportunity to purchase propagations of plants grown by Mason as well as try his acclaimed brown butter vegan cookies.

Mason is the owner and operator of Pink Prince Plants, a Black+Queer-owned cottage rare plant nursery and pop-up bakery founded to create joy during the depths of 2020. He is a Houston native recently transplanted (along with his plants) to Florida by way of Brooklyn. Mason fell in love with exotic plants at first sight. For three years, he has brought his curiosity, focus, and passion to building a collection of more than 200 rare specimens.

Along the way, he’s learned best practices by trial and error. Now he shares those lessons to save you many of those headaches. Mason is also a baker. At the height of the pandemic, he merged his two hobbies and Pink Prince Plants was born.Now he offers gorgeous plants, remarkably yummy baked goods, workshops, and good vibes to the world.

This program will be offered in-person at the Garden Club and simultaneously on Zoom. Masks are optional for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 but are recommended to help protect everyone. Those who are unvaccinated should wear masks; the Garden Club appreciates your cooperation.

The program is free and open to the public.

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