Searle Brothers Nursery, Inc. &
The Rainforest Collection® presents...
The 14th Annual Spring Plant Extravaganza!
March 2nd, 3rd & 4th 2012
March 9th, 10th & 11th 2012
30 Years in Business!
It is hard to believe it has been thirty (30) years since the nursery opened in 1982. Many palms, plants and experiences have been grown along with friends and family. The 30th Anniversary comes with a new change to the Searle Brother's Plant Extravaganza formula that has worked so well over these years. The Extravaganza now spans two weekends, starting with the first full weekend in March. The rain delay weekend from last fall showed that many customers enjoyed having two opportunities to attend, whether the weather might not agree, or they may not be able to make it during the first weekend.
The spring and fall Searle Brothers’ Plant Extravaganzas have become a great way for IPS Members, Palmtalk Forum Members and fellow tropical palm & plant enthusiasts to come together and meet in the South Florida area. The events have always been a great way to spend a weekend in the company of those who share your passion for gardening and collecting tropical ornamental plants. To describe the events as just mere plant sales would be an understatement; as they have become much more in the form of social events for our friends and family. Forum members, friends and people have all come from far and wide to attend and we are continuously surprised in the distances they will cover to share in the event. In regards to the following details, I have tried to include as much information about the upcoming Fall Extravaganza as I can. If you see something that you need to know that is missing and should be added, please post the idea(s) here or contact me, Jeff Searle or the nursery with the methods listed below and let us know...
South Florida Location:
Searle Brothers Nursery, Inc.
6640 SW 172nd Avenue
Southwest Ranches, Florida 33331
Western Broward County
*see Map below...
Spring 2012 Schedule:
Friday, March 2nd - 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday, March 3rd - 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday, March 4th - 9:00AM - 4:00PM
also the following weekend...
Friday, March 9th - 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday, March 10th - 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday, March 11th - 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Our Famous Weekend Free BBQ Lunch
First Weekend: (Saturday 11:00AM - 2:00PM) – (Sunday, 11:00AM - 2:00PM)
- The Free BBQ lunch has been a feature of the Extravaganza since the first one. Attendees have known to come hungry and get their fill of burgers, hot dogs and drinks. During the first Sunday of the last Extravaganza, customers dined while listening to Crafton Clift and his many years of horticultural expertise.
Nursery Office #: (954) 434-7681
Nursery Fax #: (954) 680-2750
Nursery Website: www.rainforestcollection.com
Nursery Email: Searlebrothersnursery@yahoo.com
Jeff Searle #: (954) 658-4317 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Private Message: PM Jeff Searle
Ryan (Palmarum) Email: email@example.com
This is a general street map of western Broward County, Florida showing the location of the nursery (Palm tree symbol). Using Sheridan Street would be the best option to get to the nursery if you are heading west through the county. If you are taking the Florida Turnpike, use the Griffin Road exit from the north, or the Pines Blvd. exit from the south. If you need any additional directions, please contact the nursery, Jeff or I (Ryan). When you get close to the nursery, look for large power lines as they run east and west above the nursery. Parking is along the shoulder of 172nd Avenue in front of, and down the street from, the nursery entrance. If you intend to arrive early before sunrise (and many usually do) be wary of hard-to-see speed bumps along 172nd Avenue and there is a possibility of a speed trap as well.
Plant Availability, Photo Requests:
For plant availability including a copy of the ever-growing list of palms, cycads and other information regarding which plants and species will be for sale, please contact the nursery, Jeff Searle or I (Ryan). The plant selection process has already begun and will continue right up to the last day before the Extravaganza, (sometimes even on the mornings of the event if the need applies.) The sale lists for palms, cycads and crotons will be made available as soon as they are completed. Special selections might be pulled for sale as requests, but only if the plants are available. There will be certain species, varieties and cultivars that will only become available in limited quantities. These rarer plants will likely sell out quickly in the morning hours, so be sure to arrange your wish list accordingly. Plant groups may have been moved around the sales area, relocated, or added in with others. In order to speed your way to your favorite plants please ask a nearby volunteer as to their location.
Like with previous events, I will be able to provide preview photos of the actual plants for sale. They will be posted in this topic for those who are interested. Send me a message or an email with the names of the plants you would like to see, including members of specific groups or genera. Sale booklets will be made available at the Extravaganza. They will include the sale list of palms, cycads and crotons for sale. Holders located at both entrances to the main shade house will have the booklets on display. As soon as I have a basic list of species and varieties for sale, I will be able to email or PM it to anyone who would want a copy. Each plant will be priced with either a lavender tag or will have the price written on the pot.
Featured Plant Groups:
The plant selection at the Extravaganza is constantly growing and changing. The largest and most diverse group is by far the Palms, of which there will be over 250 species available. The Spring is not usually the peak time for crotons as the summer months are the ideal time for production. The croton cultivars for sale currently number more than 100.
Heliconias and Gingers
Tropical Flowering Trees and Shrubs:
Rare and Hard-to-find Exotics:
and more: There is always a chance a new & exotic species of tropical plant will make its way into the sales area.
The Sale Flyer:
The nursery has mailed out sale flyers to everyone on our mailing list. If you are on the mailing list and do not receive one, please let Jeff or myself know. In addition, if you would like to be placed on the mailing list for future Extravaganza flyers, please send a message to me with your address.
We do provide a limited amount of carts for customers to use, but it is recommended that you bring your own plant shopping conveyance. The carts do go quickly in the morning of each day, soon after the gates open and customers make their way to the sales area. During the day when they are returned from the holding area or the parking lot, they are placed back on the concrete pad across from the register area.
There is a very nice Hampton Inn within a short driving distance of the nursery. It has been used by our customers, volunteers and family members in the past who travel a long way to reach the Extravaganza and who require a comfortable place to stay. The Hampton Inn Pembroke Pines/Ft. Lauderdale West is located at the intersection of I-75 and Sheridan Street. (see map above...) If you like to inquire about the hotel, follow the link below:
The 13th Annual Fall Extravaganza was certainly not a lucky one. For the first time in years, there was tumultuous rainfall during the second day of the sale. Not only did it limit the activity on Saturday, but the storm flooded the sales area for Sunday. The raindate protocol was activated for the first time and the Extravaganza opened again for the second weekend in a row. Customers and collectors came in force and donned umbrellas and rain jackets.
Link: 13th Annual Fall Extravaganza
- A view within the shadehouse on Friday afternoon. One of the few times during the weekend when it was not raining. That is a 3 gal. Areca vestiaria var. 'Maroon Leaf' being carried towards me.
- Rain soaked and drenched to the bone, many customers kept on shopping through Saturday.
Information and Invitation:
If you need any more details regarding plants, directions, or anything that I have not included above, feel free to contact the nursery, Jeff Searle or myself by the methods mentioned above. Feel free to post any messages, questions, etc. in this topic. Jeff Searle, I and all the family members and volunteers look forward to meeting everyone including new and familiar Palmtalk Forum members and IPS members at the upcoming Extravaganza. Be sure to find one of us and introduce yourself. You will be sure to find other Forum members at the event as well, possibly walking right past you down an aisle or grabbing for the same plant. The entire Searle family and the masses of volunteers will be waiting to help you find that perfect plant.
We hope to see you there!
After the sale ends on each day, there is usually a 'Post Tour' at Jeff's house to look over his collection.
A few attendees and volunteers are often invited over for a drink and some extended plant related activity.