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Ornamental Grasses – A Great Choice for Central Florida

As the seasons change so does our outdoor landscape.  Some plants are languishing while others are chugging along producing flowers.  A beautiful and easy-to-maintain addition to a landscape are ornamental grasses.  They add subtle colors this time of… Read More

How do I attract the “good bugs?”

The nine principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping* are designed to help: Save water Support wildlife Reduce guesswork Improve water quality Make YOUR ideal landscape a reality!   *(Need a refresher on the 9 FFL Principles? Check out this previous… Read More

October Lawn Care

Ask Master Gardener Volunteer JoAnn GreenAfter hauling hoses and sprinklers around the lawn this past September, I know why the gardening experts say that turfgrass is high maintenance!  Hopefully October will bring us more moderate temperatures and some… Read More

2nd Annual Garden Festival is Coming Together

Last Year’s success It was not quite a year ago the Highlands County Master Gardeners had their inaugural Garden Festival and plant sale.  They themed it, Let It Grow!  And grow it did; from a great plant sale… Read More

Redheaded Pine Sawfly Is Destructive

July 4, 2019 Looks, as the old saying goes, can be deceiving. This useful advice is certainly applicable to all the nocturnal visitors in the past weeks who are showing up in the home landscape and garden plots…. Read More

Master Gardener Gardening Bench: Strawberries

Strawberries By John Dawson, Master Gardener Volunteer 2007 Here in Central Florida, now is the time to plant strawberries. Find more articles on exciting topics here.  The home garden strawberry, Fragaria × ananassa, is a hybrid species that… Read More

The Luffa Gourd – Luffa Cylindrica

Ask Master Gardener Volunteer Linda Clemens One of the pleasures of winter time is looking at garden and seed catalogs and planning for the spring garden.  A vegetable that caught my eye last year was the luffa gourd. … Read More

Master Gardener Garden Bench: Down the Garden Path

Down the Garden Path By Norma Kisida, Master Gardener Volunteer 2012 Article from the September 2019 addition of the award winning Master Gardening Bench monthly newsletter created by the Master Gardener Volunteers of Manatee County.  If you enjoy gardens you… Read More