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A New Caterpillar in the Garden? First Step, Identification!

spanish moth caterpillar

Recently, I was thrilled to see a new caterpillar in my garden. I have many host plants for butterfly larva and was excited to find out what it was. It was a pretty caterpillar. Would… Read More

What is that Fuzzy Caterpillar Falling from My Oak Tree?

Tussock moth caterpillar (Orgyia spp.) Why the oak trees? Over the last couple of weeks, if you have oak trees, you have probably seen tussock moth caterpillars (Orgyia spp.). They crawl all over anything underneath… Read More

A Garden is a Place of Hope

relaxing purple flowers and statue in the garden

A recent ad from a gardening catalog stated that “Gardening is not Cancelled”. What an inspiring thought! These days are hard, with health and economic fears, and it can seem at times there is nowhere… Read More

Gardening tasks during a time of social distancing

planting in the garden

It can be hard to think of things to do when social distancing, but remember, you can still be alone (or with your family) while outside! There are plenty of things you can do in… Read More

Horticulture Updates from UF/IFAS Extension Polk County

UF IFAS Extension Office Sign

Updates from the Horticulture Programming at UF/IFAS Extension Polk County We will continue to update this page with the latest information related to the gardening and landscaping programming at UF/IFAS Extension Polk County.   Plant… Read More

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

Updated 03/16/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. Please call your local… Read More

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… 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… 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… Read More