Where is IFASBOOKS this weekend?
This weekend, March 11 and 12, 2023, the IFAS Extension Bookstore will be attending the Marion County Master Gardeners’ Spring Festival at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion in Ocala.
The Spring Festival is the largest plant sale and educational expo in the region. This year’s festival will center around Florida-Friendly Landscaping™, offering up native plants and instructional sessions teaching you how to set up your own low-maintenance, Florida-friendly yard that can both save you water and provide habitat for wildlife. There will also be several food booths and a kid zone.
The festival is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $3 at the gate, cash preferred, but children 12 and under enter free. However, no pets are allowed (except service animals). Come say hi!
Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL)
In keeping with the theme of the Spring Festival, here are some of the bookstore’s FFL offerings:
Florida-Friendly Landscaping is a common-sense approach to gardening that begins with the principle “The Right Plant for the Right Place.” This pattern book is a guide to finding the right plants for your part of Florida and the right place in your yard for planting them. Written by UF/IFAS horticulturists and professional landscape designers, this lushly illustrated guide offers landscape plans and comprehensive lists of native and Florida-friendly plants suitable for each of Florida’s USDA hardiness zones, as well as sections on plant groups, irrigation, and helpful landscape design tips. Whether you live in the Panhandle or the Gold Coast, the Florida-Friendly Landscaping Pattern Book will help you find the right plants to make your landscape look beautiful with a minimum of water, fertilizer and maintenance. Color, 71 pp.
Stormwater retention ponds are designed to control flooding and enhance water quality by filtering nutrients out of the rainwater washing across lawns, fields and pavements after storms. Creating a buffer zone of native and Florida-friendly plants around retention ponds will filter stormwater reaching the shoreline, reducing algae blooms and creating a beneficial ecosystem to improve pond appearance and service to the surrounding environment. This ID deck is a guide to native and Florida-friendly plants that are uniquely suited for these areas.
A Kid’s Guide to the 9 Principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™
This colorful, easy-to-read book is the perfect way to introduce youth to the nine principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™. Follow the travels of “Miss Flory” and FFL Kids Harriet and Russell as they learn to create vibrant, sustainable landscapes through efficient water use, mulching, distinguishing good bugs from bad bugs, recycling waste, and other important FFL practices. Written and illustrated by Florida Master Gardener Volunteers, this delightful book can be shared by children and adults, in the classroom and at home. 58 pages, full color.