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Category: Home Landscapes

Let’s go on a TreeQuest!

Each year, on the third Friday in January, Sarasota County’s UF/IFAS Extension & Sustainability Dept. celebrates Florida’s State Arbor Day. Since 2018, the County’s urban forestry Extension program Treejuvenation Florida, has marked the occasion with… Read More

Master Gardener Volunteers on… the orchid tree, a corsage for your yard

Closeup of a Bauhinia x blakeana "orchid tree" blooms. [CREDIT: "Unha-de-vaca" by Mauricio Mercadante (CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0), via]

By Karen Pariser Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member Looking for an amazing pop of color and texture in your Florida yard? Consider the impact of a flowering tree. Specifically, the orchid tree. Bauhinia basics… Read More

Is finding school garden funding a New Year’s resolution?

girl gardening

Growing a school garden and looking for grant support? Perhaps finding funding is your New Year’s resolution. After all- when you live in Florida, school gardens are in-season in January. Fortunately for you there are… Read More

In the Neighborhood: A Florida-, bay-, and wildlife-friendly yard

By Lee Hayes Byron, County Extension Director and Abbey Tyrna, Water Resources Extension Agent As I travel around Sarasota County, I see so many examples of sustainability and best practices applied in peoples’ yards, homes,… Read More

Master Gardener Volunteers on… the all-too-troublesome allamanda

Allamanda cathartica. [CREDIT:, Dezalb]

By Dianne Beaver Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member With large, bright-yellow flowers and vibrant-green leaves, Allamanda cathartica seems like the perfect plant to brighten up your patio or front garden area. It is a… Read More

Master Gardener Volunteers on… lantana, the beauty that IS a beast

Lantana camara blossom in an indoor trough. {CREDIT:]

By Karen Clark Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member Lantana checks off all the boxes that make a plant popular. Colorful? Check. Drought tolerance? Check. Handles sandy, salty “soil”? Check. Holds up to direct sunlight?… Read More