Tag: Master Gardeners

2nd Annual Garden Festival is Coming Together

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

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

Trouble with Tomatoes

Lots of red tomatoes

Not how we do it up North? When it comes to gardening, Florida is just different.  Northern gardener bite their lips and try not to scream when they first try their craft in Florida. It’s not that great… 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

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

Winter’s great for planting tomatoes.

Lots of red tomatoes

A growing mecca Some northerners, (from Georgia north!) don’t understand Florida’s vegetable growing season. Northern states are, after all, used to producing vegetables all summer. In Florida, from October until spring, lots of food travels out of state… Read More

Succulents are all the rage

A succulent Dish Garden with decorative rocks. Photo by David Austin

What’s a succulent? One of the latest crazes in gardening is growing succulents. Anyone that has collected a few usually finds themselves hooked. They come in all shapes sizes and colors and the ease of growing them can… 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

Are Your Plants Protected from the Cold ?

Ice covers limbs of peaches. Overlayed with text, Protecting your plants.

Does my ficus need a jacket?           Florida usually has several days that your more tropical plants might be in danger. When frost is predicted you will want to protect your more sensitive plants. Identifying… Read More

Timing your Florida Vegetable Garden

Florida’s bountiful vegetables Florida is known for a lot of unique things. Palm trees, beaches, warm breezes, orange trees, and cattle are signature Florida images. Vegetable fields do not come to most people’s minds, partly because most vegetable… Read More