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Celebrate Pollinator Week June 21-27

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Calling all gardeners (and all who want to be gardeners)! Would you like to learn how to help our natural environment and add beauty to your yard?  Join in this year’s annual international celebration of… Read More

Herbs: A Series of Helpful Fact Sheets

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Herbs are popular plants for many reasons. They are fun to grow and eat, and are attractive in the landscape. We have developed a series of fact sheets that will help you select, grow, and… Read More

Six Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

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The annual celebration of Earth Day promotes the message that everyone can contribute in a positive way to help preserve and restore our earth’s precious resources.  Here are five (no, six!) actions you can take… Read More

Fallen Oak Leaves Make a Great Mulch

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It is a great time of year to refresh your landscape beds with mulch. A good source for (free) mulch is fallen oak leaves, which are in abundance this time of year.  Oak leaves are… Read More

What does frost and freeze damage look like?

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There were quite a few cold nights during January and February this year and many of our landscape plants suffered frost and/or freeze damage. But what does that look like and what should you do… Read More

Florida Friendly Demonstration Garden at UF/IFAS Extension Polk County

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Have you visited the Florida-Friendly Landscaping (FFL) Demonstration Gardens at UF/IFAS Extension Polk County in Bartow? These gardens feature the nine principles of FFL and received a state award in 2019. The gardens are open… Read More

Monarchs get all the love: How to increase butterfly diversity in your yard

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When it comes to butterfly gardening, monarch butterflies seem to get all the love.  Monarchs are the butterfly “homecoming queens”! They are drama queens, too, as they lead fascinating lives of intrigue, participating each year… Read More

Plants Need Social Distancing Too

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Social distancing has become an all-too important description of our healthy relationships with one another during the pandemic.  Did you know plants can benefit from “distancing” too?  In fact, for central Florida gardeners, “distancing” in… Read More

Gardening During the Pandemic: Finding a Refuge

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… Read More