Tag: Central Florida

April showers…?

What image comes to mind when you hear the term “drought-tolerant plant?”   Ugh. Unfortunately, there are a handful of common misconceptions about drought-tolerant landscaping that just won’t go away. Too often, the phrase “drought-tolerant” immediately conjures up… Read More

Request a speaker for your adult or youth group

Are you looking for a speaker for your civic organization, club, or school classroom? Consider a gardening program from UF/IFAS Extension Polk County.  We have a variety of gardening and landscaping programs for all ages. To request a… Read More

Undergraduate Student Spotlight: Jared Fuqua

This week, we would like to spotlight Jared Fuqua, an undergraduate plant science student here at the UF IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center in Apopka. Jared started his schooling at Valencia College then transferred into the UF… Read More

UF Research Center Celebrates 50 Years of Keeping Central Florida Green

APOPKA, Fla. – Few residents may think of the University of Florida and a team of researchers when they look at their trees, shrubs, or vegetable gardens. But, UF scientists’ research on pests, urban landscaping and local food… Read More

Wildflower, weed, … or groundcover?

Often, the question of “wildflower vs. weed” is a matter of location. I recently decided to test that concept with the native succulent “weed” Portulaca pilosa, a.k.a. pink purslane.     Trivia factoid #1 – One nickname for… Read More