The Wellington Garden Club will meet Wednesday, Oct. 5 at the Lakeview Room at the new Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). A social light breakfast begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by a business meeting at 10:30 a.m., and a program at 11:30 a.m. on the “History of Tropical Fruits in South Florida,” presented by Larry Grosser.
Grosser, a Palm Beach native and club member, will be presenting an informative lecture on the fruit trees native to the area. He will relate stories on how citrus, mango, coconut and other exotic species arrived in South Florida. Also included will be fruit-related histories about some local communities, such as Wellington and Atlantis, and the Henry Flagler connection to the big freeze of 1894-95.
Grosser is a past president of the Rare Fruit Council, a master gardener and a longtime member of both the Mounts Botanical Garden and the Fairchild Tropical Garden. He is a retired environmental scientist who is a docent with the Historical Society of Palm Beach County.