Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping

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 grow, I love… 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 will grow. Invasive… 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 to a Tee…. 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 nectar flow, the… Read More

Are You Florida-Friendly?

A Hummingbird feeds on a Native Honeysuckle.

  Learning to Landscape 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 to the… Read More

Highlands County Master Gardener class starting January 26th

Close-up of red and green caladium foliage.

Sharpen your gardening skills! Highlands County Master Gardener Class is getting ready to start. Every year, the last Saturday in January, the class begins. The classes are every Wednesday after opening day until the last Wednesday in March…. Read More

Agriculture tours make for a great day to see the Real Florida

An assortment of Florida grown agriculture commodities, including tomatoes, potatoes, and citrus. Photo taken 05-09-16.

Florida Agriculture When you think of Florida, you may think of citrus. In Highlands County we live among the many orange groves. We are the 3-4th largest citrus producing county in the state, depending on the year. We… Read More

Milkweed, Food for Butterflies

A Monarch Butterfly rests on Blue Porterweed inside a butterfly house. Photo by David Austin

By David Austin with co-author Master Gardener, Lesa Morey. Milkweed is food for butterflies Milkweed is a plant best known as a specific host plant sought out by certain butterflies; notably the well-known Monarch Butterfly and lesser considered… Read More

Garden Festival is replacing the Master Gardener Plant Sale

Garden Festival and Plant Sale They say time flies while you’re having fun. This may explain why the Garden Festival feels like it is coming so quickly. Yes, the Annual Plant Sale, which comes on the 3rd Week… Read More

2018 Highlands County Agricultural Tours

An assortment of Florida grown agriculture commodities, including tomatoes, potatoes, and citrus. Photo taken 05-09-16.

Highlands County Agricultural Tour Tickets are now ON SALE! Tickets for our Southern Highlands County Tour taking place on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 are available! Dates/Times: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – Northern Highlands County Agricultural Tour – 7:45am… Read More