Digging into Myrtles Betz’s Caladesi Victory Garden

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.


Annual Board Meeting

Your participation is important to us!
Please join us in the garden for our annual meeting. We will be presenting the annual financial statement and discussing various issues for the ongoing operation of the garden.
This is a Pot Luck gathering, so we request that everyone bring a dish to share.
Paper plates, eating utensils, cups, water, and iced tea will be provided.
We hope to see you there, as it will be a great opportunity to meet with other gardeners and community garden members.
Dunedin Community Garden Association
Board of Directors

Annual Meeting & Garden Gathering

Bring a garden inspired dish to the annual meeting.  We will also be voting in officers and discussing the upcoming fundraiser.

Richard will be serving up some burgers, too.

See you there!

Welcome Back Gardener’s Potluck

Welcome Back Gardener’s Potluck will be held Friday, October 9th at 6:00 pm at DCG.  This is rockin’ chance to meet your fellow DCGA members. More details in the coming days.

If you would like to help Nancy, Gayle and Richard organize this event, please send a note to registrar@DunedinCommunityGarden.com

Not a member?   We would love to see you join us.  Become a member today.



Chef John’s Sweet potato Cookfest

Its sweet potato harvest and Thanksgiving time.   Join renowned local Chef John Lewis as he combines two events into one evening.   Experience and sample various Chef-created dishes.  Learn about:

  • Sweetpotatoes (not yams)
  • Growing and harvesting in Florida
  • What to consider when creating a sweet potato dish
  • Multiple recipes

This is a free workshop.  Bring your curiosity and a friend.

Speaker Chef John Lewis – is co-owner/chef of Chef John’s Creative Culinary Services specializing in catering, private parties, cooking classes and team-building events. Recently he completed 13 years as the Resident Chef of the nationally syndicated “Daytime Show” where his specialties were easy-to-prepare gourmet dishes and kicked – up comfort foods. Find out more by visiting www.itsallaboutthefood.us

Sunset in the Garden

The Dunedin Community Garden cordially invites you to a potluck, seed and plant share gathering.  This is a great opportunity to meet other Community Gardeners and members of the community that support growing our own.  Bring a garden inspired dish to share and enjoy fresh off the grill organic veggie burgers provided by the Dunedin Community Garden!

What to bring:  Seeds or plants to share,  a garden inspired dish to share and drinks of your choice.  If you have an extra outdoor chair bring it along.

Contact Richard A for more information.


Meet n Greet

We have several new gardeners and new Garden Managers.

Come get to know who’s who.  This is a quick informal get-together. Bring with you a cup of coffee, a smile and any questions, comments, or concerns you have about the Garden.