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Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping

Planting for Pollinators

Bright red clusters of Penta flowers

Greener is not always better Yards with green grass and green hedges only, can make for a boring yard. Especially if they don’t have anything blooming.  There actually is a lot more to it than… Read More

Being Florida-Friendly™

Two alligators lounge tail to tail on a canal bank.

Water, water, everywhere We are in Florida after all. Who would believe we could run out of water? It seems the sunshine state is practically surrounded by water and inland, the fresh water springs and… Read More

Summer Plantings for Florida Heat

A line up of Multicolored Caladium leaves

Florida’s summer plantings are different Florida’s Summer plantings need to be hardy if they are to make it through the heat and humidity. For the same reasons we don’t grow vegetables here in the summer;… Read More

Keeping Your Yard Florida-Friendly

Two alligators lounge tail to tail on a canal bank.

Keeping it Green If you are a gardener and you have lived anywhere else, you realize pretty quickly that Florida is different. The weather, the bugs and a whole lot of other gardening issues add… Read More

What’s that black mold on my plant?

University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Science logo over the Florida Master Gardener Logo

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… Read More

Master Gardener training begins January 25th

University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Science logo over the Florida Master Gardener Logo

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… Read More

Silent Invader: Mexican Petunia, Ruellia simplex

Closeup of two Ruellia flowers UF/IFAS Photo: Tyler Jones.

Love and Hate Facebook gardening groups will light up at the mention of Mexican Petunia, Ruellia simplex.  Comments like “Worst weed ever!”, “My favorite plant!”, “Invasive! Pull it out quickly!”, and “It’s so easy to… Read More

Silent Invader: Lantana

Close up of lab grown Orange Lantana Flower

Silent Invaders When we think of things as being invasive we often imagine something like water Hyacinths covering every inch of a waterway or acres of Brazilian Peppers blocking out the sun where nothing else… Read More

Plans on the way for 2nd Garden Festival

The Highlands County Master Gardeners are having their 2nd Annual Garden Festival on the November 16, 2019

Let it Grow The Highlands County Master Gardeners took a leap of faith last year and it paid off. The annual plant sale became a Garden Festival. Their theme, “Let it Grow” described the process… Read More

Honey Bees, are in the air!

Worker Honey bee feeds on pink salvia flower

The business of bees Honey Bees are everywhere in Highlands County. It’s that time of year when the bees are busy making honey. Because Highlands County produces so much citrus and citrus produces a heavy… Read More