Get answers to your landscape disease questions in next ‘Gardening in the Panhandle LIVE!’

  • The next “Gardening in the Panhandle LIVE!” will discuss ornamental and turf diseases, live on June 10 at 1 p.m. Eastern, noon Central.
  • Recordings are posted afterward at
  • Zoom requires pre-registration, and viewers have another option to tune in on Facebook Live. An expert monitors each platform’s comments to answer viewer questions live.

Yellowing leaves and patchy lawns aren’t always a result of improper watering or nutrition. Diseases in the home landscape can cause a variety of undesirable appearances, and University of Florida experts want to help home gardeners have all the right tools to maintain a healthy landscape.

To address some of the most common home landscaping and gardening questions, UF/IFAS Extension horticulture agents in the Northwest Florida counties developed a free virtual series called “Gardening in the Panhandle LIVE!” The next edition, going live June 10 at 1 p.m. Eastern/noon Central, will discuss ornamental and turf diseases. It airs concurrently on both Zoom and the “Gardening in the Panhandle” Facebook page.

UF/IFAS experts are on hand to answer audience questions during each event. The upcoming expert panel features Phil Harmon, a UF/IFAS plant pathology professor specializing in turfgrasses; Stephen Greer, UF/IFAS Extension Santa Rosa County director and agriculture agent; Larry Williams, UF/IFAS Extension Okaloosa County residential horticulture agent; and Matt Orwat, UF/IFAS Extension Washington County horticulture agent.

Zoom participants can submit questions when they register. Registration is required at to receive the access information for that platform. Both the Zoom and Facebook comment sections are also monitored and addressed by UF/IFAS Northwest Extension District horticulture experts who are not on the current panel.

The series began last year as more people turned to gardening during the COVID-19 pandemic and virtual programming increased in popularity. The 2021 series has previously included discussions on weeds, spring vegetable gardening, lawn care and culinary herbs. After each session, recordings are closed captioned and uploaded to a YouTube playlist ( Previous recordings can be viewed there now.

Coming up in the next few presentations are discussions on beneficial insects (July 29) and an open question-and-answer session on landscape topics (Aug. 12). View the rest of the schedule at


The mission of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is to develop knowledge relevant to agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge available to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. With more than a dozen research facilities, 67 county Extension offices, and award-winning students and faculty in the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UF/IFAS brings science-based solutions to the state’s agricultural and natural resources industries, and all Florida residents. | @UF_IFAS

(Featured image shows rose rosette disease. UF/IFAS file photo.)


Posted: June 7, 2021

Category: Events, Home Landscapes, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Horticulture, Larry Williams, Matt Orwat, Okaloosa County, Phil Harmon, Plant Pathology, Santa Rosa County, Stephen Greer, Turfgrass, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Extension Northwest District, Washington County

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