Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club to host expert on growing Proteas at upcoming meeting

On Thursday, Jan. 17, the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club will hold its Quarterly Meeting at 5 p.m. at its Club House located at 17025 Avenida de Acacias in Rancho Santa Fe. The meeting will feature the awarding of the club’s Volunteer of the Year 2012 Award, followed by a presentation on Growing Proteas In Your Garden. Light refreshments will be served. All members and their guests are welcome. The event is free.

Renowned expert, Ben Gill will present a slideshow and talk about growing different Protea varieties. Gill will give advice on soil preparation, variety selection, irrigation, location, fertilization, mulching, pruning and harvesting these magnificent plants.

Gill has been in the Protea business for nearly 35 years. Through his company, California Protea Management, Gill has helped to developed Protea farms in California, Mexico, Chile, Colombia and China. Gill has contributed many articles to trade journals, magazines and newspapers. He has been consulted with for television and horticultural news programs. He was chosen to hold positions on several boards of directors representing the floral industry. Following his presentation, Gill will have Protea plants available for purchase.

Garden Club members and guest who plan to attend the meeting should R.S.V.P. to LaVerne Schlosser at 858-756-4529 or