Ask the experts about selecting and maintaining trees

The final “Gardening in the Panhandle LIVE!” will help homeowners plan for a long-term investment in their property: trees. Whether looking for the perfect spot for your new landscape addition to thrive or seeking advice on maintaining older trees, University of Florida experts are ready to help.

UF/IFAS Extension horticulture agents in the Northwest Florida counties developed the free virtual series to address topics related to home landscaping. The next session will invite experts to offer tips on selecting and maintaining trees live on Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. Eastern/noon Central.

The video streams concurrently on both Zoom and the “Gardening in the Panhandle” Facebook page, and questions are answered on both platforms. Zoom participants can submit questions in advance when they register, at

The upcoming expert panel features special guests Ryan Klein, assistant professor of arboriculture in the UF department of environmental horticulture, and Larry Figart, UF/IFAS Extension Duval County urban forestry agent. They are joined by UF/IFAS Extension Northwest District agents Mark Tancig, Leon County; Larry Williams, Okaloosa County; and Matt Orwat, Washington County.

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 already included discussions on weeds, spring vegetable gardening, lawn care, culinary herbs, ornamental and turf diseases, beneficial insects, an open Q&A, beginning beekeeping, invasive plants and houseplants. After each session, recordings are closed captioned and uploaded to a YouTube playlist (

Follow the “Gardening in the Panhandle” Facebook page to be the first to learn when future events are scheduled.


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


Posted: December 7, 2021

Category: Events, Home Landscapes, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Event, Gardening In The Panhandle, Trees, Virtual, Webinar

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