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Gardening During the Pandemic: Finding a Refuge (10/12/2020) by polkmg - Gardens have been associated with healing since ancient times, and people have long turned to gardens as places of refuge.  During these current days of health, economic and other concerns, the need for healing and refuge is paramount. ... Read More
Caladiums: Big Color for Shady Gardens (10/2/2020) by polkmg - Caladiums are tuber plants in the Araceae family, which are best known for their fabulous foliage.  Even if you have what is construed to be a “brown thumb”, you will be pleasantly surprised at the ease of the... Read More
Brahminy Blind Snake (9/24/2020) by polkmg - Perhaps while working in your yard you have come across an animal that looked very much like an earthworm… but not quite… have you considered it might be a snake?  Next time, take another look.  If it is... Read More
MGV”The Dirt” Newsletter – Sept. (9/11/2020) by Danielle J. Shalginewicz - The UF/IFAS St. Lucie County Master Gardener Volunteer Newsletter is back in action after 6 years. It’s Fall Ya’ll and it’s time for growing your veggies. Learn tips to use and share in this issue of The Dirt.... Read More
Garden Guide and Journal Available for Sale (9/2/2020) by Anne Yasalonis - How do you plan your garden and landscape for the upcoming season? Do you need a place to refer to for monthly tips and to record garden successes (and failures)? The Your Polk Yard, a 12-Month Garden Guide... Read More
Blue Calamintha Bee (8/26/2020) by polkmg -   Who hasn’t heard about the rediscovery of the rare blue calamintha bee in Florida, most likely thought to be extinct? It would surprise me if you hadn’t heard because this little blue ball of wonder has generated... Read More
Suspicious Seed Packets New Updates From FDACS (8/4/2020) by Anne Yasalonis - The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has updated their recommendations for residents receiving suspicious seed packets by mail. Why is this a concern for Florida residents? The types of seed in the packages remains unknown... Read More
Growing Happy Houseplants (7/27/2020) by Anne Yasalonis - Houseplants are becoming increasingly popular, and rightfully so—from unique plants to fun and quirky containers, they are a great addition to your home décor. How do you know what plants will grow well in your home? Follow these... Read More
From The Garden Bench: Chaya Tree (7/1/2020) by Alyssa Vinson - The Curious Case of the Chaya by Norma Kisida, Master Gardener Volunteer 2012 Not long ago, I went with a group of Manatee County Master Gardener Volunteers for a tour of ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization) located... Read More
Do you need tree work? Find a certified arborist. (6/18/2020) by Anne Yasalonis - If you are in need of tree work, particularly if you have concerns as we move into hurricane season, it is important that you find a qualified professional to do that tree work for you.  We suggest that... Read More
Let the Power of the Sun Restore Your Garden Soil (6/17/2020) by Emily Marois - Written by  Philippe Bilger, Master Gardener Volunteer For many living in South Florida, summer is the time to enjoy the sun and the fun activities available to us. Due to the heat and humidity during the summer, growing... Read More
Don’t Let the Summer Heat Bug You (6/16/2020) by polkmg - Summer rains have begun.  It is hot, muggy and buggy, and to top it all off, the chances of plant disease increases during our rainy season. While this may all seem overwhelming, there are ways to control and... Read More
Vegetable Gardening Link Round-Up from UF/IFAS Extension (6/1/2020) by Anne Yasalonis - Are you looking for information on growing vegetables in Florida? We have gathered all of the UF/IFAS fact sheets and websites for you. Vegetables from A-Z (get information on specific vegetables) Starting the Garden Using Seeds Starting the... Read More
Growing Bulbs in Central Florida (5/29/2020) by polkmg - Bulbs can be grown in yards throughout Florida, but they are not the traditional tulips and daffodils you would find in northern climates. Plant your bulbs in sun to partial sun locations in spring, summer, or fall, depending... Read More
Mosquitoes in and around your home (5/27/2020) by Anne Yasalonis - The arrival of summer temperatures and summer rainfall bring to mind another of our summer arrivals: mosquitoes.  These pesky insects are a reality to residents of Florida, and questions associated with disease spread and the best repellents are... Read More
Springtime blooms for the garden (and our pollinator friends, too!) (5/15/2020) by polkmg - Springtime color welcomes birds, butterflies, native bees and other pollinators! Did you know that urban pollinator gardens offer not just beauty, but also places of refuge, protection and nourishment for our airborne wildlife? These blooms, mostly from Florida... Read More
The Neighborhood Gardener May 2020 (5/14/2020) by Emily Eubanks - In May’s issue of the Neighborhood Gardener we share resources for the countless Floridians who began victory gardens during quarantine. This issue includes information about building raised beds at home, planting and harvesting greens, online continuing education opportunities,... Read More
Build your own pollinator hotel (4/23/2020) by Anne Yasalonis - What is a Pollinator Hotel? A pollinator hotel is a habitat for bees and wasps that is created from a variety of materials. Why Build a Pollinator Hotel? If you would like to support native pollinators that are... Read More
My Journey to Creating a Monarch Butterfly Garden Part 3: Plant Choices (4/23/2020) by Wayne Hobbs - Written by Lou-Ann Johanboeke Master Gardener Volunteer This is part 3 of a series, you can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here Milkweeds In the design of my garden, I worked to develop it as a Monarch Waystation. ... Read More
Always wanted to be a UF/IFAS Extension Master Gardener Volunteer? (4/22/2020) by Lisa Sanderson -   You can apply for the Fall 2020 Master Gardener Volunteer Class now! Do you enjoy gardening and want to know more about gardening in central Florida?  Is conserving and protecting water quality important to you?  Does acquiring... Read More
Celebrating Florida Master Gardener Volunteers during National Volunteer Week (4/22/2020) by Emily Eubanks - It’s #NationalVolunteerWeek and we’re celebrating our Master Gardener Volunteers. These men and women serve their communities wholeheartedly, everyday. Many have even found ways to continue to serve remotely throughout this difficult season. Let’s take a look at their... Read More
Earth Day Round-Up: What to do, attend, and learn! (4/22/2020) by Anne Yasalonis - TO DO: Make Beeswax Food Wrappers at Home Make a Worm Farm at Home Make a Pollinator House at Home Start Composting Install a Rain Barrel TO ATTEND: Let’s Make Some Black Gold! Composting Webinar April 22nd at... Read More
Let the worms do the work! Build your own worm farm for composting (4/21/2020) by Anne Yasalonis - What is a Worm Farm? Worm farming, or vermicomposting, is a way to recycle food waste using worms.  Worms are housed  in an enclosed compost bin, or worm farm, and are fed food scraps.  The worm farm is... Read More
Announcing the Florida Master Gardener Volunteer Book Club (4/17/2020) by Emily Eubanks - The Florida Master Gardener Volunteer Program is proud to announce its inaugural FMGV Book Club. Beginning this month, we invite you to join us for a community reading of “The Foodscape Revolution” by Brie Arthur.
2020 Clay County Master Gardener Volunteer Training Now Open (4/16/2020) by Wayne Hobbs - The time has come to start your application for the 2020 UF/IFAS Extension Clay County Master Gardener Volunteer training!  Read below for a big about our awesome group and how to apply! Who We Are The UF/IFAS Extension... Read More
Odd Looking Caterpillar Becomes Beautiful Swallowtail Butterfly (4/14/2020) by llw5479 - One of the things to do while stuck at home due to COVID-19 restrictions, is to look for caterpillars and butterflies in your landscape. I’ve noticed giant swallowtail butterflies (Papilio cresphontes) a little early this year. The giant... Read More
The Virus was First Discovered in Plants (4/14/2020) by llw5479 - Did you know that the first virus discovered was in plants, not in humans? As early as 1857, tobacco farmers in the Netherlands recognized a new disease of tobacco. It wasn’t called a virus at the time as... Read More
The Neighborhood Gardener April 2020 (4/10/2020) by Emily Eubanks - In April’s issue of the Neighborhood Gardener we share Wendy Wilber’s timely message to our volunteers and community. This issue also includes information about foodscaping, online continuing education opportunities, and our Plant of the Month, agapanthus. We’re excited... Read More
My Journey to Becoming a Monarch Butterfly Garden Part 2: The Life Cycle of the Monarch (4/9/2020) by Wayne Hobbs - Written by Lou-Ann Johanboeke Master Gardener Volunteer So, as I said in Part 1 of My Journey to creating a monarch butterfly garden, we released about 25 Monarchs in the course of 4 months that first year.  Those... Read More
Peace In Gardening: Getting Started (Part 2 in the Series) (4/9/2020) by Alyssa Vinson - Introduction In this time of social distancing, we are all spending more time at home. This ‘extra’ time has encouraged many folks to re-evaluate the current state of their home garden. Whether you are an avid gardener that... Read More
Resources from UF/IFAS for teachers, parents, and kids (4/8/2020) by Anne Yasalonis - UF/IFAS Extension has science-based resources on a variety of topics for teachers, parents and kids.  From insects to robotics, plants to manatees, we have curriculum, videos, and coloring sheets you can use! This page will be updated as... Read More
Awful Aphids (4/6/2020) by Wayne Hobbs - Created by Connie Gladding Master Gardener Volunteer Be on the lookout for these yellow polka dots on emerging plant sprouts in your butterfly gardens.  It seems almost overnight they appear.  Especially scout your milkweeds. The milkweed stems, undersides... Read More
Roselle, The Florida Cranberry (4/3/2020) by Michelle Leonard-Mularz - Roselle, a relative of hibiscus, was once used widely as an edible plant in Florida. The flowers are less showy than other hibiscus varieties, but their calyces (sepals at the base of the flower) are amazing! As the... Read More
My Journey to Creating a Monarch Butterfly Garden Part 1: The Butterfly Garden (4/1/2020) by Wayne Hobbs -  Written by Lou-Ann Johanboeke Master Gardener Volunteer It all started about 2 years ago when I told my husband that I wanted to build a butterfly garden.  We took a large corner of our back yard and dedicated... Read More
Gardening for the Whole Family (4/1/2020) by Les Harrison - Ask Master Gardener Volunteer JoAnn Green Well, most of us are sheltering at home these days.  The children are in a new school environment learning online, and we adults are also in a new environment working from home. ... Read More
April is Water Conservation Month! (4/1/2020) by Julie Schelb - April is often very dry in terms of rainfall here is Central Florida. In an effort to help and encourage you to save water this month, below are some tips you can use to save water in the... Read More
A New Caterpillar in the Garden? First Step, Identification! (3/30/2020) by polkmg - Recently, I was thrilled to see a new caterpillar in my garden. I have many host plants for butterfly larva and was excited to find out what it was. It was a pretty caterpillar. Would it be a... Read More
Trees are subject to infection from other trees (3/26/2020) by Les Harrison - Article Written By: Les Harrison With all the current information of contagious diseases, it is important to remember humans are not the only susceptible species in Wakulla County.  Whether slow or fast, the results can be tragic for... Read More
What is that Fuzzy Caterpillar Falling from My Oak Tree? (3/25/2020) by Julie Schelb - Tussock moth caterpillar (Orgyia spp.) Why the oak trees? Over the last couple of weeks, if you have oak trees, you have probably seen tussock moth caterpillars (Orgyia spp.). They crawl all over anything underneath the trees. Oak... Read More
What’s that black mold on my plant? (3/25/2020) by David Austin - That unsightly black stuff When a black film we call sooty mold visits your plants and covers the leaves you can be sure of at least one thing. You have an insect problem.  Most of you have seen... Read More
Hello spring! March Blooms in the Garden (3/19/2020) by Julie Schelb - It is finally spring! Well, maybe it has been spring in Central Florida for a few weeks now, but it is finally official. If you find yourself needing to grab some fresh air, take some time to check... Read More
UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension NOTICE (3/19/2020) by Les Harrison - The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information, and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion,... Read More
A Garden is a Place of Hope (3/19/2020) by polkmg - A recent ad from a gardening catalog stated that “Gardening is not Cancelled”. What an inspiring thought! These days are hard, with health and economic fears, and it can seem at times there is nowhere to hide, but... Read More
Gardening tasks during a time of social distancing (3/18/2020) by Anne Yasalonis - It can be hard to think of things to do when social distancing, but remember, you can still be alone (or with your family) while outside! There are plenty of things you can do in your own yard... Read More
Your First Spring Vegetable Garden in Wakulla (3/18/2020) by Les Harrison - Ask Master Gardener Volunteer Linda Clemens So, you live in Wakulla County now and would like to try your hand at vegetable gardening!  Welcome!  I am going to outline a few of the things that you need to... Read More
Horticulture Updates from UF/IFAS Extension Polk County (3/17/2020) by Julie Schelb - Updates from the Horticulture Programming at UF/IFAS Extension Polk County We will continue to update this page with the latest information related to the gardening and landscaping programming at UF/IFAS Extension Polk County.   Plant Clinic If you... Read More
Florida’s Water Resources are Under Stress (3/11/2020) by Les Harrison - Ask Master Gardener Volunteer Dan Dobbins Florida’s water resources are under stress due in part to its’ large and growing human population and use of traditional landscaping practices. These practices, emphasizing turf grass usage, often require substantial applications... Read More
Tomato and Pepper Plant Sale in Escambia County (3/6/2020) by Beth Bolles - Get a jump on growing Florida’s favorite fruit at the Tomato and Pepper Plant Sale on Saturday, March 28 from 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Escambia County Master Gardener Volunteers will offer information and demonstrations on container edibles,... Read More
The Wakulla Gardener March/April 2020 Newsletter (3/6/2020) by Les Harrison - If you have any questions or suggestions for future articles please email to wakullamg@ifas.ufl.edu Follow Us Follow Us       The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational... Read More
UF/IFAS Extension St. Johns County Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program (3/5/2020) by Terra Freeman -   The Florida Master Gardener Volunteer program is a volunteer training program designed to help University of Florida Cooperative Extension faculty disseminate research-based information about horticulture to the public. UF/IFAS Extension St. Johns County will be accepting applications... Read More
Azaleas for Early Spring Color (3/4/2020) by Les Harrison - Ask Master Gardener Volunteer JoAnn Green One of the first ornamental shrubs to bloom in late winter or early spring in my shady landscape is the azalea.  They bring a burst of color to an otherwise dull winter... Read More
Happy Birthday to…Florida! (3/3/2020) by Anne Yasalonis - Did you know that today, March 3, 2020, is Florida’s 175th birthday?  We know Florida is pretty special and a great way to celebrate, is to get outside and explore and appreciate all that Florida has to offer! ... Read More
Sherlock Holmes and the Mysterious Plant Illness (3/3/2020) by polkmg - Have you ever wondered how Master Gardener Volunteers figure out what’s wrong with a plant? We ask ourselves (or you) a series of questions before we start looking for the answer. You can ask yourself these questions, too. ... Read More
UF/IFAS Extension Florida Master Gardner Volunteer Columbia County Trailer Wrap (3/2/2020) by tracydz -   The goal of this trailer wrap was to transform a run-of-the-mill red trailer into an attractive one which catches the eye of people who pass by it. The objective was to market a gardening help clinic associated... Read More
Azaleas for Early Spring Color (3/2/2020) by Les Harrison - Ask Master Gardener Volunteer JoAnn Green One of the first ornamental shrubs to bloom in late winter or early spring in my shady landscape is the azalea.  They bring a burst of color to an otherwise dull winter... Read More
Mark Your Calendars… (2/28/2020) by Ed Thralls - UF/IFAS Extension Orange County is kicking off March with two of our biggest events of the year – come out and enjoy the fun! The Orange County Master Gardener Volunteer Garden Festival & Plant Sale is on Saturday,... Read More
Throwing Some Light on Shade Gardens (2/13/2020) by Alyssa Vinson - Gardening with native plants can increase your chances of success in challenging areas. Landscapes come in all shapes and sizes; small and sunny, sandy, shady and wet and sometimes tucked in the back corner of a building. In order... Read More
Alternatives to the Normal Valentine’s Day Bouquet (2/11/2020) by Anne Yasalonis - Are you looking for a unique gift for someone this Valentine’s Day? If you traditionally grab a bouquet of roses, or a potted plant from the local store, think outside the box this year and try one of... Read More
Spring Cleaning in the Florida-Friendly Landscape (2/10/2020) by Anne Yasalonis - Spring is a good time to clean up, plan and prep your landscape for planting.  Even though we don’t experience winter in the same way they do “up north”, plants may be damaged and there is still work... Read More
Potato (Solanum tuberosum) (2/7/2020) by Les Harrison - Ask Master Gardener Volunteer Linda Clemens Potato (Solanum tuberosum) One of the first crops planted in the north Florida vegetable garden in the New Year is the potato, also known as the “Irish potato” to differentiate it from... Read More
Two Evergreens for the Winter Landscape (2/6/2020) by Les Harrison - Ask Master Gardener Volunteer JoAnn Green There are few plants that offer color (other than browns or grays) in the winter landscape.  Most perennials die back or lose their leaves in the cooler weather.  Cast Iron plants (Aspidistra... Read More
Water Quality Degradation (1/29/2020) by Les Harrison -   Ask Master Gardener Volunteer Dan Dobbins         Florida water resources Florida, arguably has more water resources than any other state in the nation. However, they are not limitless and its’ large and continually growing... Read More
Water Quality Degradation (1/29/2020) by Les Harrison -   Ask Master Gardener Volunteer Dan Dobbins         Florida water resources Florida, arguably has more water resources than any other state in the nation. However, they are not limitless and its’ large and continually growing... Read More
Water Quality Degradation (1/29/2020) by Les Harrison -   Ask Master Gardener Volunteer Dan Dobbins         Florida water resources Florida, arguably has more water resources than any other state in the nation. However, they are not limitless and its’ large and continually growing... Read More
Water Quality Degradation (1/29/2020) by Les Harrison -   Ask Master Gardener Volunteer Dan Dobbins         Florida water resources Florida, arguably has more water resources than any other state in the nation. However, they are not limitless and its’ large and continually growing... Read More
Water Quality Degradation (1/29/2020) by Les Harrison -   Ask Master Gardener Volunteer Dan Dobbins         Florida water resources Florida, arguably has more water resources than any other state in the nation. However, they are not limitless and its’ large and continually growing... Read More
Water Quality Degradation (1/29/2020) by Les Harrison -   Ask Master Gardener Volunteer Dan Dobbins         Florida water resources Florida, arguably has more water resources than any other state in the nation. However, they are not limitless and its’ large and continually growing... Read More
Water Quality Degradation (1/29/2020) by Les Harrison -   Ask Master Gardener Volunteer Dan Dobbins         Florida water resources Florida, arguably has more water resources than any other state in the nation. However, they are not limitless and its’ large and continually growing... Read More
From the ‘Garden Bench’: Color in the Winter Garden (1/27/2020) by Alyssa Vinson - By Norma Kisida, Master Gardener 2012 Whether a full-time or a seasonal resident, we want the most from our landscape. Here in sunny Florida we are fortunate to be able to have colorful plants all year, if we... Read More
An Overview of the Honeybee Pollination Industry (1/22/2020) by polkmg - Did you know that each honeybee produces a mere teaspoon of honey during its lifetime, but they are still one of the major contributors to our food resources?  Were you aware that 80% of the food consumed in... Read More
Caring for poinsettias after the holidays (1/20/2020) by polkmg - Here’s an interesting fact: a poinsettia’s bloom is triggered by dwindling day length. That means that if you tuck your holiday poinsettia into a flowerbed for next year, it needs to be in an dark spot. The poinsettia... Read More
Your Florida-Friendly Landscaping Resolutions for 2020 (1/14/2020) by polkmg - News articles continue to identify the many challenges Florida faces in protecting our valuable and often fragile natural environment; challenges that range from the loss of natural habitats to growing stresses on the quality and quantity of our... Read More
Trees Available at Arbor Day, Saturday, January 18, 2020 (1/8/2020) by Les Harrison - Ask Master Gardener Volunteer JoAnn Green Small Trees If you already have large trees in your yard, you might want to think about adding some smaller (or understory) trees for a layered, woodland effect.  Smaller trees are those... Read More
The Wakulla Gardener Jan/Feb 2020 Newsletter (1/7/2020) by Les Harrison - The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information, and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion,... Read More
National Farm to School Month in Broward County (1/3/2020) by lbravo1 - Article by UF/IFAS Extension Broward County  Director Lorna Bravo Did you know that October is National Farm to School month in Broward County?   The Broward County Commission issued a proclamation to the Davie-based UF/IFAS Extension declaring October... Read More
DIY Draped Hypertufa (1/3/2020) by Barbara L. Edmonds - Perfect for fairy gardens and great for gift giving. You’ll create a unique, one of a kind, draped container using portland cement infused fabric. Multiple uses in addition to a traditional planter; displaying faux flowers, in the guest... Read More
Master Gardener training begins January 25th (12/31/2019) by David Austin - Sharpen your gardening skills! Highlands County Master Gardener Class is getting ready to start. Every year, the last Saturday in January, the class kicks off. After that first Saturday class, classes will be on Wednesdays until the last... Read More
Don’t forget to eat your vegetables. (12/27/2019) by David Austin - Your parents were right Your parents probably told you to eat your vegetables. Over and over again. You knew they were right, and hopefully you came to love them. Vegetables that is, I’m sure you love your parents... Read More
Wakulla County Master Gardener Volunteer Program January 16, 2020 (12/26/2019) by Les Harrison -   Wakulla County Master Gardener Volunteer Program of 2020 is now accepting applications for anyone who would like to become a student for this year’s class. Program begins on January 16, 2020 Print your Application by clicking on... Read More
Plant Clinic for Elementary Science Days (12/24/2019) by Barbara L. Edmonds - Nature Coast Master Gardener (NCMG’s) volunteers entertained, informed and engaged Bell and Trenton Elementary students during Science Days. We used portable herbarium books, turkey tangle frog fruit seedlings, sand spur, cotton bolls, warm and cool season Florida vegetable... Read More
Master Gardener of the Year honored at banquet (12/20/2019) by David Austin - The Highlands County Master Gardeners held their year-end banquet at the Island View Restaurant Monday evening, and installed their new officers. They also honored some Master Gardeners that excelled at volunteering this year. Judi Bentley took home the... Read More
Calamondin ( Citrofortunella microcarpa) II (12/18/2019) by Les Harrison - Ask Master Gardener Volunteer Linda Clemens   Calamondin ( Citrofortunella microcarpa) One of the most useful fruit trees for the north Florida home garden is the calamondin.   A calamondin (also known as calamansi) is a small, tart, juicy... Read More
Georgia Aster Part II (12/12/2019) by Les Harrison - Ask Master Gardener Volunteer Dan Dobbins Sun loving plants Most present day residents are not aware Florida’s climate was not always the warm semitropical one it is today. In prehistoric times, Florida was much cooler and drier as... Read More
From the ‘Garden Bench’: Gardening Tips for Part-time Residents (12/10/2019) by Alyssa Vinson - Gardening Tips for Returning Part-Time Residents by Amy L. Stripe, Master Gardener Volunteer 2008 This is a busy time for Manatee County’s Master Gardeners! Our winter residents are arriving in droves and discovering “surprises” in their gardens; happily,... Read More
From the ‘Garden Bench’: Pomegranate (12/10/2019) by Alyssa Vinson - Growing a Pomegranate Tree By: Joy Derksen, Master Gardener Volunteer 2004 Come the holidays and I think of the pomegranate tree. Dressed up for the holidays with a quantity of ornament-like fruits hanging on the edges of the... Read More
Pre-Holiday Stress: A Remedy to Consider (12/9/2019) by polkmg - December can be a time of busyness and stress. How easy it is to get totally “wrapped up” (so to speak) in holiday projects and plans! One of the best antidotes to pre-holiday stress is to spend a... Read More
Native Trees for Shade (12/4/2019) by Les Harrison - Ask Master Gardener Volunteer JoAnn Green As the weather cools down, I find that I can endure more time in the yard this time of year better than during the heat of summer!  During the winter months I... Read More
UF/IFAS Extension Master Gardener Legacy Award Grant Winners (11/29/2019) by lbravo1 - Article by UF/IFAS Extension Broward County Horticulture Extension Agent: Lorna Bravo Did you know that In 2019, UF/IFAS Extension Broward County Master Gardener Program received the 2019 Master Gardener Legacy Grant award? This award recognizes the importance of... Read More
Homeowners and Educators Honored at First Florida-Friendly Landscaping Awards (11/26/2019) by Kirsten Romaguera - GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The first-ever Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) Awards Celebration, held Oct. 20, recognized leaders in applying the program’s principles and in educating others on the program. The awards were divided into two categories: seven landscape awards, which... Read More
From the ‘Garden Bench’: The Lovely Damselfly (11/21/2019) by Alyssa Vinson - The Lovely Damselfly by Nancy Porter, Master Gardener Volunteer 2014 The damselfly, as well as the dragonfly, has been around for close to 300 million, yes, that’s 300 million, years! Maybe that is why there currently seems to... Read More
From the ‘Garden Bench’: Macro Lens Photography (11/21/2019) by Alyssa Vinson - Take Eye-Popping Close-up Photos on Your Smartphone by Nancy Hammer, Master Gardener 2014   Recently a fellow Master Gardener shared a close-up photo taken with her Smartphone. I was amazed at the magnification, and asked how she got... Read More
Roselle (Florida Cranberry) (11/20/2019) by Les Harrison - Ask Master Gardener Volunteer Linda Clemens   Roselle (Florida Cranberry) (Hibiscus sabdariffa) A new plant in our demonstration vegetable garden this year is roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa), also known as Florida Cranberry.  This is an heirloom plant, grown by... Read More
2020 Plant Trends Head Off the Beaten Garden Path (11/19/2019) by Samantha Murray - Expect to see more eco-conscious and unconventional plants in homes and gardens for 2020, according to horticultural experts with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Below are some of the hottest trends to look... Read More
Wakulla’s Master Gardener team a state standout (11/18/2019) by Les Harrison -   Wakulla County competed in the plant identification contest The UF/IFAS Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Team from Wakulla County competed in the plant identification contest at the biennial 2019 Florida MasterGardener Conference in Kissimmee and placed second statewide.... Read More
Wakulla’s Master Gardener team a state standout (11/18/2019) by Les Harrison -   Wakulla County competed in the plant identification contest The UF/IFAS Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Team from Wakulla County competed in the plant identification contest at the biennial 2019 Florida MasterGardener Conference in Kissimmee and placed second statewide.... Read More
Wakulla’s Master Gardener team a state standout (11/18/2019) by Les Harrison -   Wakulla County competed in the plant identification contest The UF/IFAS Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Team from Wakulla County competed in the plant identification contest at the biennial 2019 Florida MasterGardener Conference in Kissimmee and placed second statewide.... Read More
Wakulla’s Master Gardener team a state standout (11/18/2019) by Les Harrison -   Wakulla County competed in the plant identification contest The UF/IFAS Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Team from Wakulla County competed in the plant identification contest at the biennial 2019 Florida MasterGardener Conference in Kissimmee and placed second statewide.... Read More
Wakulla’s Master Gardener team a state standout (11/18/2019) by Les Harrison -   Wakulla County competed in the plant identification contest The UF/IFAS Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Team from Wakulla County competed in the plant identification contest at the biennial 2019 Florida MasterGardener Conference in Kissimmee and placed second statewide.... Read More
Wakulla’s Master Gardener team a state standout (11/18/2019) by Les Harrison -   Wakulla County competed in the plant identification contest The UF/IFAS Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Team from Wakulla County competed in the plant identification contest at the biennial 2019 Florida MasterGardener Conference in Kissimmee and placed second statewide.... Read More
Wakulla’s Master Gardener team a state standout (11/18/2019) by Les Harrison -   Wakulla County competed in the plant identification contest The UF/IFAS Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Team from Wakulla County competed in the plant identification contest at the biennial 2019 Florida MasterGardener Conference in Kissimmee and placed second statewide.... Read More