Digging into Myrtles Betz’s Caladesi Victory Garden
September 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Join us to learn how Great Floridian Myrtle Betz (1895-1992) cultivated community with the food she grew on Caladesi Island 100 years ago. Myrtle, a master gardener, learned growing basics from her immigrant father. She then created her own approach to raising food for their pioneer home on Caladesi Island. Listen in as Myrtle’s granddaughter, Terry Fortner, a well known speaker, uses intimate archival photos and anecdotes to share:
– What varieties of fruits, vegetables and herbs in the Caladesi garden of Myrtle Scharrer Betz
– Cultivation techniques used by Caladesi pioneers
– Buying, propagation and seed saving circa 1917
Speaker Terry Fortner enjoys celebrating the accomplishments of her maternal grandmother, Myrtle Scharrer Betz. From 1977-1983, with her grandmother’s involvement, Terry lived, worked, and grew a garden in a local citrus grove, an experience that has gained value with time’s passing. Terry’s work life activities include being a teacher, horseback-riding instructor, and long time personal assistant to Gladys Douglas. She is active in Pinellas County historic preservation and proactive for projects at Caladesi Island.