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Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping

Odd Looking Caterpillar Becomes Beautiful Swallowtail Butterfly

Yellow giant swallowtail butterfly on pink phlox

One of the things to do while stuck at home due to COVID-19 restrictions, is to look for caterpillars and butterflies in your landscape. I’ve noticed giant swallowtail butterflies (Papilio cresphontes) a little early this year. The giant… Read More

The Virus was First Discovered in Plants

Tobacco mosaic virus on tomato leaf

Did you know that the first virus discovered was in plants, not in humans? As early as 1857, tobacco farmers in the Netherlands recognized a new disease of tobacco. It wasn’t called a virus at the time as… Read More

Low Maintenance by Design Landscape Lecture

It is possible to create a landscape that is impossible to maintain. A landscape should be aesthetically pleasing, functional and maintainable. A pleasing, low maintenance landscape requires some planning and some thought put into correct plant selection and… Read More

Master Gardener Volunteers’ Fall Plant Sale

People shopping at indoor Master Gardener Volunteer plant sale

As we move into fall, we can expect some relief from summer’s heat and humidity. This change offers a time to possibly catch up on landscape jobs.   September also offers a favorable time to purchase and plant… Read More

When & How to Renovate Your Landscape Presentation

Sheila Dunning, Commercial Horticulture Agent with the University of Florida Extension Office in Okaloosa County, will provide a lecture on landscape renovation. This free hour-long presentation will be held on Wednesday, August 21 from 10 to11 a.m. at… Read More

Growing Orchids at Home Seminar & Wrong Tree in the Wrong Place

Okaloosa County Master Gardener Lee Vanderpool will offer a free lecture on growing orchids on Wednesday, July 17. This hour-long presentation titled Growing Orchids at Home begins at 10 a.m. and will be held at the Okaloosa Extension… Read More