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Sherlock Holmes and the Mysterious Plant Illness

Hat, pruners and gloves in the garden

Have you ever wondered how Master Gardener Volunteers figure out what’s wrong with a plant? We ask ourselves (or you) a series of questions before we start looking for the answer. You can ask yourself these questions, too. … Read More

Alternatives to the Normal Valentine’s Day Bouquet

pink camellia

Are you looking for a unique gift for someone this Valentine’s Day? If you traditionally grab a bouquet of roses, or a potted plant from the local store, think outside the box this year and try one of… Read More

Spring Cleaning in the Florida-Friendly Landscape

plant florida friendly

Spring is a good time to clean up, plan and prep your landscape for planting.  Even though we don’t experience winter in the same way they do “up north”, plants may be damaged and there is still work… Read More

Caring for poinsettias after the holidays

poinsettias

Here’s an interesting fact: a poinsettia’s bloom is triggered by dwindling day length. That means that if you tuck your holiday poinsettia into a flowerbed for next year, it needs to be in an dark spot. The poinsettia… Read More

Your Florida-Friendly Landscaping Resolutions for 2020

plant florida friendly

News articles continue to identify the many challenges Florida faces in protecting our valuable and often fragile natural environment; challenges that range from the loss of natural habitats to growing stresses on the quality and quantity of our… Read More

Brazilian Peppertree Biological Control Field Demonstrations

Brazilian Peppertree

The UF/IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center, the UF/IFAS Extension St Lucie County and partner agencies are hosting a series of field demonstration days throughout central and south Florida focusing on Brazilian peppertree biological control.  Topics addressed… Read More

Pre-Holiday Stress: A Remedy to Consider

bridge over natural Florida lake

December can be a time of busyness and stress. How easy it is to get totally “wrapped up” (so to speak) in holiday projects and plans! One of the best antidotes to pre-holiday stress is to spend a… Read More

Fall Blooms in the Garden: All the Warm and Fuzzy Colors!

Red flower spikes on cardinal flower

Well the temperatures have only slightly cooled, but the day lengths are definitely getting shorter. Don’t worry, the fall colors of central Florida have arrived! As we get ready to turn the clock back, check out some of… Read More

Muhly grass is a showstopper this time of year

Muhly grass

Have you seen this blooming ornamental grass in landscapes around central Florida? This fall showstopper is Muhly grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris), an easy-to-grow native grass. Muhly grass is clumping and is showy in the fall.  It looks attractive in… Read More

Should I be worried about the puss caterpillar?

Puss caterpillar

This little guy has been all over the news recently and can be found in our yards in Polk County.  The puss caterpillar, the larvae of the Megalopyge opercularis (or southern flannel moth) is one of the most… Read More